Europäischer Autorenkreis für Film und Video e. V.
European Film & Video Makers Circle


35 Years in the EAK

Ruth Maria König, the grand old lady and Honorary President of the EAK, joined the EAK 35 years ago. Today Ruth König is 94 years old.

With vigorous strides she walks from her library into the living room to move a heavy oak chair in front of a monitor. She refuses help. "I can still do that!" She shows guests her latest film. "I live and breathe by making films," says Ruth König, inserting a DVD and letting the pictures from last year's trip to Egypt run their course. The film is 40 minutes long, and with steady pans, rock-solid images and an eye for detail, the world of the pharaohs comes to life - in the historic King's House in Lindau.

"I still have piles of film footage and I'm going to have it digitised." If tactfully asked, when the elaborate and extensive work with the old material might be done, Ruth König refers spiritedly firstly to the long-lives of all the women in the family and secondly to her cousin, who is 103 years old. "I would like to live to be 110 years old, maybe 120!”

In the 35 years of her membership in the EAK, Ruth König laid the foundations for friendly interaction between the film makers. And then she repeats the sentence she has said so often, which was never meant completely seriously, but expresses the philosophy of the EAK and represents the loving attention to each individual author: "Remember, you have all made a masterpiece!"

We would like to congratulate you on your 35 years of membership in the EAK and wish you all the best in your wonderful hobby of filming.

Peter Klüver