The German film industry is mourning the death last week of the much-loved arthouse cinema-owner Nina Becker who died after along battle with cancer at the age of 41.

Becker was the founder and manager of Munich's Neues Arena cinema and had joined forces with distributor/exhibitor Christoph Ott and film director Peter Sehr (Love The Hard Way) to take over the running of the ARRI Cinema in Munich's Schwabing district a year ago.

In the 1990s, Becker had also worked in the press department of Buena Vista International's German office and she served as the tour manager accompanying the lead actors of Joseph Vilsmaier's 1998 film Comedian Harmonists on a marathon promotional campaign to over 40 towns throughout Germany.