The four films are Volker Schloendorff's 1979 movie "The Tin Drum" based on the novel by Guenter Grass, and Istvan Szabos' 1981 tale of an actor selling his soul to the Nazis during the Third Reich in "Mephisto." Caroline Links won the award in 2003 for "Nowhere in Africa" about a German Jewish family, who fled to Kenya to escape Nazi Germany, and in 2007 it was Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's turn with his communist East German Drama "The Lives of Others." "Aus dem Nichts" comes about 13 years after Akin shot to international prominence when he won the Berlin Film Festival's top prize, the Golden Bear, for his story about a young Turkish woman rebelling against her family in "Gegen die Wand" ("Head-on").
Israel's threat to launch preemptive air strikes against Iran if nuclear talks fail to stop its nuclear enrichment activities were debated in Germany last month after novelist Guenter Grass published a poem, What Must Be Said, which contended that Israel was threatening to "wipe out the Iranian people."
He voiced strong solidarity for 1999 Nobel Literature Prize laureate Guenter Grass for his outspoken criticism of Israel, and said it was not Grass who should be criticized for his anti-Israel comments but those politicians who are escalating tensions in the Near and Middle East by tightening economic sanctions against Iran.
Nobel Prize-winning German writer Guenter Grass has described Israel as a threat to world peace and said it must not be allowed to launch military strikes against Iran, in a poem that led one German newspaper to brand him "the eternal anti-Semite".