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

He has had a lasting influence on the EAK

Not every officer can be said to have had a lasting influence on the association. But Günter Viereckt, who passed away in mid-February, is one of them. He was one of the founding fathers of the EAK and played a key role in developing the non-verbal evaluation system.

For many years Günter was the number two man of the group under the presidency of Ruth Maria König. He was headstrong, combative and always with the aim of standing up for the best of the many members of the EAK at that time. A large number of the authors rate Günter Viereckt first and foremost as a personality on forums and at festivals.

Rarely since has there been someone who presents authors so sensitively, both linguistically and in terms of content, and awards prizes to them. With his sonorous, husky voice he was able to captivate his audience and contribute to the legendary friendly and familiar atmosphere at the EAK events.

But outstanding personalities don't have just one profile. Independence of mind and a lack of willingness to compromise have led behind the scenes to troubles that have caused long-lasting feuds. The last years of his life were marked by severe disease. Günter Viereckt bore this with strength and dignity. His attitude to life and also acceptance of death had admirable traits of serenity and wisdom.

The contents of his last films reflect his thoughts about the cycle of passing and becoming. His life, he told me in one of our last conversations, was as if in different radii, as if in concentric circles that became ever tighter.

Günter Viereckt has now reached the centre.

I think of him and the many hours of enrichment and understanding.

Peter Klüver