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TORONTO: GERMAN CINEMA STRONGER THAN EVER
Lars Kraume, Piers Handling, Christian Zübert (© Hubert Boesl)
Mariette Rissenbeek, Daniel Brühl (© Hubert Boesl)

German cinema is highly appreciated at the Toronto International Film Festival (10 - 20 September 2015). Recent years have seen films from Germany regularly making an impact with a strong presence in the program and generating strong interest from audiences and industry alike. But 2015 has proven to be a particularly successful year: nine German feature films and three shorts as well as another 21 German co-productions were programmed in various sections. And they attracted a lot of interest at North America's most important film festival.

More about the screenings attended by almost 2,000 spectators, prominent screening times during the popular first weekend, personal congratulations from the audience, German best-selling titles, and praise from leading international media...

German Films again operated a stand in the Industry Zone – the second year running together with Swiss Films – and this was used intensively by the attending sales companies for meetings.

The reception in honor of the German films at the festival on the afternoon of the first festival Sunday was also very well attended. Around 200 guests came to the new location in the Peter Pan Bistro. International buyers, festival delegates, producers and media representatives met with the delegations from such German films programmed at TIFF as COLONIA, A HEAVY HEART, ONE BREATH OUR LAST TANGOTHE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER, and WE MONSTERS as well as the shorts THE FANTASTIC LOVE OF BEEBOY & FLOWERGIRL and A FIRE IN MY BRAIN THAT SEPARATES US.

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All of the German films and co-productions in Toronto…

 
 
STUDENT OSCARS® AT FIRST HAND: AN L.A. DIARY
Team FIDELITY (photo: Alexandra Staib)

Up-and-coming German filmmakers celebrated a historic success at the 42nd Student Academy Awards®: this was the first time that all the prizes in the Foreign Film category went to directors from Germany. A gala awards ceremony in Los Angeles on 17 September 2015 saw Ilker Çatak receiving Gold for FIDELITY (Hamburg Media School), Dustin Loose Silver for THE LAST WILL (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg) and Patrick Vollrath Bronze for EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY (DE/AT).

All three directors travelled to Los Angeles with support from German Films and were able to accept their medals in person as well as take part in various networking activities organized by the Academy.

Ilker Çatak, Dustin Loose and Patrick Vollrath report here in a personal travelogue about their experiences in L.A....

 
 
SPOTLIGHT: BUENOS AIRES
Carlos Zumbo, Gustav Wilhelmi, Giulio Ricciarelli, Laia Costa (© Fabian Malavolata)

There were some illustrious guests at the 15th edition of the Festival of German Films in Buenos Aires (10 - 16 September 2015) this year. Director Giulio Ricciarelli was in town for the opening film and German candidate film for the Foreign Oscar®, LABYRINTH OF LIES (Claussen+Woebke+Putz Filmproduktion, Naked Eye Filmproduction). There was a lot of coverage and great interest in the film from the Argentine press – over 50 journalists came to the press conference and screening with Giulio Ricciarelli. Pupils and teachers from three German schools in Buenos Aires were delighted that he attended the school screenings. The festival audience also liked LABYRINTH OF LIES: the public screenings were sold out and the spectators voted it as the most popular film in the program. The cinema was just as full for the screening of Sebastian Schipper's VICTORIA (MonkeyBoy, deutschfilm, RadicalMedia) in the presence of the lead actress Laia Costa, who answered the audience's questions with lots of passion and humor. LABYRINTH OF LIES was released in Argentina on 17 September 2015 through CDI Films, and VICTORIA on 24 September 2015 via Mirada Distribución. The Festival of German Films consequently provided a festive setting for the avant-premieres and an opportunity for supporting press work with Giulio Ricciarelli and Laia Costa. In total, around 6,400 cinemagoers came to the Village Recoleta and Villa Caballito cinemas to see the latest in German cinema and guaranteed well-attended screenings. In total, six films of the program had sold-out performances.

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All of the films in Buenos Aires...

 
 
FESTIVALS

World premiere for HIGHWAY TO HELLAS in Busan. More...

German cinema at BFI London Film Festival. More...

German films at San SebastianRio de Janeiro, WarsawNew York, ChicagoHaifa, Zurich, Reykjavik and Sitges.

German shorts at Riga, Sapporo, Drama, Lille and Geneva.

 
 
AWARDS

Awards for German films in Melbourne and Santiago.

Awards for German shorts in Drama, Lille and Ottawa.

 
 
INTERNATIONAL RELEASES

The international theatrical releases of German films in October 2015 supported by the German Films' Distribution Support Program. More...

 
 
BOX-OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

Germany: FACK JU GOETHE 2 breaking box-office records.

International: PHOENIX still going strong in the United States. 

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