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Producer Karl Baumgartner dies

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Mar 19, 2014 | 5:37am EDT

Movie producer Karl Baumgartner has died just weeks after he was honoured for his career achievements at the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany. The Italian-born German film producer and distributor passed away at his home in Frankfurt, Germany on Tuesday (18Mar14). He was 65. No more details about his death were available as WENN went to press. Baumgartner was a champion of arthouse cinema who launched his own distribution company, Pandora Film, with Reinhard Brundig in 1982 and discovered filmmakers including Jim Jarmusch and Sally Potter. His most famous credits include Le Havre, Mostly Martha, Samsara and Underground, which was awarded the coveted Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in France in 1995. Baumgartner was honoured with the Berlinale Camera award at the Berlin International Film Festival in February (14) in recognition of his contribution to cinema.

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