Special Advance Screening of “The Monuments Men”

One day before the official German release date, the U.S. Embassy invited 700 high school students to an exclusive advance screening of “The Monuments Men” at the Delphi-Filmpalast am Zoo in Berlin. The movie, directed, written, and produced by George Clooney who also portrays one of the lead characters, previously premiered at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. The audience included students from Berlin and Brandenburg, teachers, film studies professors, fellows of the Hertie Foundation, the Schwarzkopf Foundation and the Deutschlandstiftung Integration, alumni of U.S. Government exchange programs, and various TV and newspaper journalists. This exclusive film preview was made possible by the generous support of Twentieth Century Fox of Germany and the Delphi-Filmpalast am Zoo. “The Monuments Men” is based on the non-fiction book, written by American authors Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter, who took up the story of the “Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program,” the so-called Monuments Men, a section of the Allied Forces tasked to protect cultural property in war areas during and after World War II. In his speech, Ambassador John B. Emerson stressed the importance of cultural conservation and tolerance and highlighted the historically significant contributions of the Monuments Men.