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Trailer of the Week: Films on Alzheimer & ALS

"Still Alice"-director Richard Glatzer dies of ALS after celebrating Oscar | Films on degenerative diseases: Still Alice, Honey in the Head and The Theory of Everything.
Trailer of the Week:  Films on Alzheimer & ALS

Richard Glatzer 1952-2015


"Still Alice"-director Richard Glatzer dies of ALS after celebrating Oscar

Los Angeles - This season very successful films raised awareness for the degenerative diseases  Alzheimer and ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). While "Still Alice" and the most successful German film of the year "Honey in the Head" deal with the topic of Alzheimer, the "The Theory of Everything" tells the story of Stephen Hawking, who suffers from ALS. In all three films we learn of people who refuse to give up fighting against a disease which targets the core of their personalities.

The same can be said of Richard Glatzer, the co-director of "Still Alice", who, despite his ALS disuse, continued his astounding work as a filmmaker with fruitful results. It is with sadness that we have received the news that Richard Glatzer (1952-2015) has passed away at the age of 63 as a result of ALS-disease. Due to his condition, Glatzer could only communicate by means of one finger and a tablet computer while directing "Still Alice" together with his husband Wash Westmoreland.

"Still Alice"

"Still Alice" tells the story of Dr. Alice Howland who suffers from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. As an acclaimed linguistics professor, the disease damages Alice at the core of who she is, making her unable to do the work she is known for. To make matters worse, the disease has been diagnosed as hereditary and might affect her children as well.

In the 2010 there were an estimated 21 to 35 million people suffering from the disease worldwide, and the numbers are increasing. There are no treatments to stop or reverse Alzheimer’s, and its patients become increasingly dependent on those around them.

Central to "Still Alice" is Julianne Moore’s performance as Alice, for which she won the Oscar for Best Actress. Richard Glatzer wanted to attend the award ceremony but could not because of his condition. Glatzer and Westmoreland managed to smuggle champagne into the hospital ward, where they watched the ceremony on television. When Moore won the award, they cheered so loudly that the hospital staff thought something bad had happened.

"Honey in the Head"

Berlin - Til Schweigers Alzheimer film “Honey in the Head” has achieved more than 6 million admissions only in Germany, making it the most popular German film of 2014 and 2015. Schweiger was honored with a Special Award at Cinema for Peace for creating  unprecedented attention for the plight of Alzheimer victims.

"The Theory of Everything"

Oxford - "The Theory of Everything" tells the story of Hawking’s struggle with ALS. For his performance as Stephen Hawking actor Eddie Redmayne was awarded the Oscar for Best Actor. ‘The Theory of Everything’ was also nominated for the 2015 Cinema for Peace Film Selection in the category ‘Most Valuable Movie of the Year’.

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