Munich (dpa) - The film industry has said goodbye to the director and cameraman Joseph Vilsmaier in Munich. The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) called him a great filmmaker and a versatile artist with a distinctive, likeable Bavarian voice.

"His heart was in the right place," said Söder on Monday at a funeral service in the St. Michael Catholic Church. Vilsmaier showed a large black and white photo in front of the altar steps with a thoughtful look, a cigar in his hand. He died on February 11 at the age of 81.

The President of the Jewish Community in Munich and Upper Bavaria, Charlotte Knobloch, recalled his attachment to the three daughters and his wife Dana, who died in 2009. "How much love surrounded him was his great happiness." He was also very attached to the Jews. "In commemoration, but also in celebration, he was by our side, all of this makes it so difficult to say goodbye today," said Knobloch. The actor and filmmaker Michael Bully Herbig was deeply moved: "I enjoyed every second with you, I will miss you for the rest of my life."

There was music from Vilsmaier's films such as "Herbstmilch", "Comedian Harmonists" and "Schlafes Bruder". Hubert von Goisern dedicated a yodel to Vilsmaier, Hans-Jürgen Buchner von Haindling and Claudia Koreck sang "Das ewige Lied". The urn burial should take place later in the closest family circle. Mourners were also actors such as Michaela May, Ben Becker, Kai Wiesinger and Sebastian Bezzel as well as Bavaria's former Prime Minister Edmund Stoiber (CSU).