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Bernd Eichinger was born in 1949 and died in 2011. He studied Direction and Production Management at Munich's Academy for Television & Film (HFF/M). He founded Solaris Filmproduktion in 1974 and became the president and main shareholder of the Constantin Group in 1979. As a distributor, his releases have included Christiane F (Christiane F - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo, 1981), The Boat (Das Boot, 1981), The Neverending Story (Die unendliche Geschichte, 1984) and The Name of the Rose (Der Name der Rose, 1986). His production arm pursues a two-track strategy, developing high-profile, big-budget projects for the international market and films for the German domestic market. His films as a director include A Girl Called Rosemarie (Das Maedchen Rosemarie, 1997) and The Great Bagarozy (Der grosse Bagarozy, 1999).