Treut, Monica: German Lesbian Director, Honored with Berlin Fest’s Teddy Award

German lesbian filmmaker Monika Treut, who’s 62, received the Teddy Award for lifetime achievement at the 2017 Berlin Film Fest.

The Teddy Award, the world’s oldest kudo honoring queer cinema, turns 31 this year.

Treut, whose movies include the dramas Virgin Machine (1988) and My Father Is Coming (1991), as well as documentaries such as Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting Identities (1999) and Tigerwomen Grow Wings (2005), is considered a pioneer in queer filmmaking.

Treut’s Virgin Machine premiered in Berlin’s Panorama section, and Gendernauts won the Teddy in 1999 for best documentary.

Treut was honored at a gala ceremony in Berlin on February 17.

The 2017 Berlin Film Festival ran February 9-19.