Among the well-wishers were also prominent figures from the political sector in Germany, such as Bavaria`s Media Minister and Deputy State Premier llse Aigner: “For 100 years now, ARRI has been a key player for the world-renowned media center Bavaria, and a true flagship. The most successful films ever made earned 14 Oscars; our Munich-based, technology specialists at ARRI have 19. Today, ARRI is active around the planet, but it still calls Bavaria home. This long-established company has successfully faced and mastered digitalization; this will ensure that ARRI remains a reliable and important partner to the film and television industry in the future.”
Munich's Deputy Mayor Josef Schmid, Head of the Department of Labor and Economy, and Chairman of the Cultural Committee, added: “Virtually no feature film is made in the world today without ARRI being involved somehow. As Munich natives, we can be proud that this company, with its long history, is an ambassador of our city. They produce many products themselves, often right here in the heart of Munich, thus creating and keeping important jobs and training positions in our state.”
The speeches were followed by an entertaining, varied, and pleasurable evening, hosted by the charming Nina Eichinger. Among the performers was the artist Natalya Netselya, who depicted milestones of ARRI’s eventful history in sand, including the company’s foundation by the two teenage film enthusiasts August Arnold and Robert Richter on September 12, 1917 in a former shoemaker´s workshop in Munich´s Tuerkenstrasse.
ARRI anecdotes were shared with the guests. Film director Edgar Reitz, for instance, recounted the story of how “old” mister Arnold made him dismantle an ARRI camera and then put it back together again when he was a student, saying that when he could, he would let him use the camera for free for his film. Reitz, the son of a watchmaker, succeeded—and was rewarded. Director Joseph Vilsmaier, also in attendance, has a very special connection to ARRI, having done his apprenticeship with the company in the 1950s.