Saarbrücken (dpa) - The 42nd Max Ophüls Preis (MOP) film festival in Saarbrücken started online for the first time on Sunday evening.

The director, photographer and producer Wim Wenders (“Der Himmel über Berlin”) received the honorary award for his services to the young German-language film.

The award ceremony had previously been recorded in Berlin.

Due to the corona pandemic, the 42nd edition of the MOP will take place for the first time as a pure online festival until January 24th; the speeches and interviews for the opening event had already been pre-produced in Saarbrücken.

Wenders was delighted with the award, "because it is not for me but for something I enjoy doing: supporting the next generation."

He does that "not entirely unselfishly" because working with young people gives him a lot.


The 75-year-old is also the producer of the documentary “A black Jesus”, which was shown following the official award ceremony.

In the strip by Luca Lucchesi, the worship of a black Jesus statue in a Sicilian village is illuminated.

Film Festival Max Ophüls Prize