The film producer Lena Vurma and her Berlin-based film production company dragonfly films GmbH receive the VGF’s highest endowed German award for up-and-coming producers, the 60,000 Euro VGF Award, for the production of “Adventures of a Mathematician”, a German feature film that was financed internationally. The prize was awarded during the International Hofer Filmtage in the Bürgergesellschaft Hof.
The Verwertungsgesellschaft für Nutzungsrechte an Filmwerken mbH (VGF) has been awarding the prize since 1994, and young producers based in Germany can submit their first, second or third feature film. The prize money is not earmarked and is intended to strengthen the equity capital of the young production companies and creative people.
Based on the autobiography of the same name, “Adventures of a Mathematician” tells the touching story of Stan Ulam (Philippe Tlokinski), a Jewish-Polish mathematician who fled to the USA in the 1930s. He takes a job in Los Alamos and plays a decisive role in the construction of the first atomic bombs to save his family in Europe.
The jury’s statement: “The development of the first atomic bomb. From the perspective of a mathematician of Polish origin. The film ‘Adventures of a Mathematician’, which producer Lena Vurma and her Berlin-based production company dragonfly films created, tells no less a story. It was a huge undertaking: three co-producing countries, the coordination of several European funding systems and, last but not least, a shoot in Europe to portray the America of the time. An astonishing production achievement, which suggests that Lena Vurma will put her plan into action: to become a European producer. She has already proven this with her film. We congratulate her and are looking forward to the productions that will follow.