Award ceremony
April 10, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
at Theater am Goetheplatz


More information about the event here:

Bremen Filmpreis of the Sparkasse Bremen 2024 for John Malkovich


We are delighted to not only be able to award the Bremer Filmpreis to John Malkovich on 10 April at the Theater am Goetheplatz.


He also gave something back to Bremen with a special kind of performance: 90 minutes of verbal dissection of some of the greatest classical pieces and composers in music history – accompanied by a chamber orchestra and these very pieces.


The evening was organised by violinist, composer and conductor Aleksey Igudesman.


More information can be found here: An Evening of Music and Humour with John Malkovich

John Malkovich is a globally acclaimed and award-winning actor. He has created complex characters such as Baron de Charlus in the literary adaptation “Time Rediscovered” or menacing figures such as Cyrus “The Virus” in the action film “Con Air”, which immediately captivate the audience. His disarming tool is always his unique voice and clear articulation, which guarantees instant recognition value. In general, his language is often the supporting and tension-generating element, such as in Wolfgang Petersen’s “In the Line of Fire”, where he largely appears as a disembodied counterpart to Clint Eastwood and still received an Oscar nomination for his performance. Over the course of four decades, his choice of roles with the corresponding character traits has become just as varied as the spectrum of film genres in which he breathes life into the characters in his inimitable way. During his career, he has appeared in European arthouse productions as well as comedies, war dramas, action, and historical films from Hollywood. Both subtle and authentic, he makes people sympathise, think, fear and laugh. 

With John Malkovich, we are honouring an icon of Hollywood and European film – a character actor who easily reinvents himself with every role, yet always remains the unique John Malkovich who can captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds. 


32 film awards and 44 nominations speak for themselves, and yet we are delighted that the Bremen Film Prize, the prize awarded by Sparkasse Bremen in co-operation with the Bremen Film Festival, can now join this impressive collection in the form of the “Goldener Mops”. 


During a stay in Munich, John Malkovich once said that he only lives for the time he is on stage or when the camera is rolling. So, he certainly doesn’t mind if the whole of Bremen is allowed to look over his shoulder or into his head for 15 minutes (or even a little longer) – just “Being John Malkovich”. 

Klaus Windheuser, Sparkasse Bremen

Greeting from Klaus Windheuser

(Boardmember Sparkasse Bremen)


For almost a decade, the Bremen Film Festival has been attracting more and more people to Bremen’s cinemas, and Sparkasse Bremen has been a partner from the very beginning. Promoting film culture and filmmaking is an important component of our social commitment.  


We are delighted to see the growing popularity of the Bremen Film Festival, both with audiences and filmmakers. Since last year, the already international film festival has also been thrilling audiences with its new competition for German premieres, bringing even more glamour, Hollywood flair and numerous film guests from all over the world to Bremen.  


The 2023 festival was crowned by the presence and honouring of the fantastic Maria Schrader, who accompanied her retrospective in the city for two days. As Sparkasse Bremen, we are delighted that our commitment and the idea of integrating the film award into Filmfest Bremen has fallen on such fertile ground. The Filmfest Bremen now has an even greater strength that extends far beyond the Hanseatic city. 


This year, we are looking forward to welcoming the exceptional artist John Malkovich, who has left a lasting impression on us all with his cinematic works for over 40 years. He is one of the world’s greats in his profession and has told many impressive stories with his films. After the presentation of our Bremen Film Award in the form of the Golden Pug, John Malkovich will enrich the gala with a live performance. This is only possible in Bremen – and we can all be there! 

Retrospective John Malkovich


John Malkovich has appeared in over 130 productions to date and there is still no end in sight. In this respect, the film retrospective at the film festival can only be a subjective attempt to provide an insight into the multifaceted oeuvre of this exceptional artist. We look at the war drama “The Killing Fields”, which laid a decisive foundation stone for Malkovich’s career and is dedicated to the timeless theme of the responsibility of looking in times of crisis. We are seduced by John Malkovich’s eloquence and intrigue in “Dangerous Liaisons”, laugh at his short fuse in “RED”, enjoy the infantile play with him and, on top of that, are allowed to slip into his head for 15 minutes in the original, absurd and self-deprecating “Being John Malkovich”. 

About the Bremer Filmpreis by Sparkasse Bremen


Since 1999, the Bremer Filmpreis, donated by Sparkasse Bremen has been honouring personalities of the European film scene for many years of merit. Among the award-winning filmmakers are the Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, the Danish director Lars von Trier and the German actress Nina Hoss.


With the cooperation partner Filmfest Bremen, the award, which is endowed with 8,000 euros, will have a new focus on national and international humorous and comedic works from 2021. The cooperation between Sparkasse Bremen and Filmfest Bremen, as well as the new focus on humour/satire, makes it possible to continue the Bremer Filmpreis in a setting that is close to the audience and to once again award an annual prize of international appeal in the Hanseatic city. An important statement for Bremen as a centre for the art of film.


The Filmfest Bremen already honoured director and Oscar winner Caroline Link in 2019 for her achievements in the field of humour and satire. In 2021, bestselling author and TV star Hape Kerkeling received the Bremer Filmpreis from Sparkasse Bremen in a virtual award ceremony from the Theater am Goetheplatz.

A history of laureates

  • 2023

    Maria Schrader

  • 2022

    Aki Kaurismäki

  • 2021

    Hape Kerkeling

  • 2019

    Caroline Link

  • 2017

    Naum Kleimann

  • 2015

    Ruth Waldburger

  • 2014

    Sylvie Testud

  • 2013

    Béla Tarr

  • 2012

    Caroline Champetier

  • 2011

    Alberto Iglesias

  • 2010

    Ulrich Seidl

  • 2009

    Nina Hoss

  • 2008

    Lars von Trier

  • 2007

    Bettina Böhler

  • 2006

    Ken Loach

  • 2005

    Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

  • 2004

    Kati Outinen

  • 2003

    Karl Baumgartner

  • 2002

    Marcel Ophüls

  • 2001

    Tilda Swinton

  • 2000

    Agnès Varda

  • 1999

    Bruno Ganz

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