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Swiss producer honoured in Berlin

Arthur Cohn has won more Oscars than any other film producer

(Keystone Archive)

Oscar-winning Swiss film producer Arthur Cohn added another trophy to his collection at the opening of the Berlin film festival when he was awarded a Golden Camera award for his documentary "One Day in September".

The documentary is about the seizure by Palestinian guerrillas of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich. It includes news footage taken at the time and interviews with the only guerrilla who survived an unsuccessful attempt by police to free the hostages.

Born in Basel, Cohn is still based there but spends much of his time in Los Angeles. He became a producer after studying international law and working as a journalist.

His other film awards include five Oscars - more than any other producer. The first was in 1961 for another documentary, "The Sky Above, The Mud Below" and the most recent was for "American Dream" in 1990.

Other academy awards were for full-length feature films, including "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis", directed in 1969 by Vittorio De Sica.

Cohn, who is the only foreign producer honoured with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Frame, won a Golden Bear award at the 1998 Berlin festival for "Central Station".

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