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REVIEW: GERMAN CINEMA AROUND THE GLOBE 2015

The strongest German presence in Toronto for years, historic Gold, Silver and Bronze at the Student Oscars® for German directors, German cinema feted at the Berlinale, on the Piazza in Locarno as well as German TV in the USA – these are just a few reasons to be cheerful in 2015. Or translated into figures: 2015 saw over 2,700 programming slots and around 300 awards for German films and co-productions at the major international festivals.

Mariette Rissenbeek, managing director of German Films, gave the following summary: "2015 was a year for German cinema when fantastic new talents appeared on the international stage at prominent places like the festivals in Karlovy Vary, Toronto, Rome and Busan or at the Student Oscars®. But it was also a time when established great directors and filmmakers, who had already earned their first spurs, successfully returned with their new projects."

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WARM RECEPTION FOR FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS IN CHINA
Eike Frederik Schulz, Antoine Monot Jr., Joel Basman (© CMM)

Over 5,000 cinema-goers came to Beijing, Chengdu, Quingdao und Shenzhen to see German cinema in a festival organized by German Films and the Goethe-Institut in November. The actors Antoine Monot and Joel Basman presented their films WHO AM I – NO SYSTEM IS SAFE by Baran bo Odar (Wiedemann & Berg Film) and WE ARE YOUNG. WE ARE STRONG. (by Burhan Qurbani (UFA Fiction) at the 3rd Festival of German Cinema. Co-author and actor Eike Frederik Schulz travelled to China for Sebastian Schipper's VICTORIA (MonkeyBoy, deutschfilm, RadicalMedia), which opened the festival in Beijing along with a gala show in the AUDI City. They also drew attention to different aspects of German cinema in panel discussions and workshops with film students.

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GERMAN DOCS AT IDFA 2015
Arek Gielnik, David Bernet, Sonia Otto (© IDFA)

Seven productions with German participation featured in the competitions at Europe's largest documentary film festival, the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA, 18 - 29 November 2015). It offered a prominent international platform for a total of 21 German films and co-productions. German Films organized a get-together with AG DOK under the label of German Documentaries, honoring the German films at the festival and providing a networking opportunity for around 150 guests from all over the world. SONITA by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami (DE/IR/CH, Tag/Traum) received two festival prizes on its world premiere in the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary: the Audience Award and the Doc U Award of the Youth Jury.

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JELLA HAASE GERMAN SHOOTING STAR 2016
Jella Haase (© Debora Brune)

The European Film Promotion (EFP) announced the names of the 10 young European acting talents who are to be honored as EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2016 at the Berlinale. The German actress Jella Haase was selected as one of Europe's best talents.

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700 SPECTATORS FOR HEAD FULL OF HONEY IN MOSCOW
Thomas Stuber, Peter Kurth (© Kirill Chaplinsky)

The Festival of German Films in Moscow was held under rather difficult conditions this year due to the political and economic situation in Russia. It was therefore all the more heartening and remarkable to see the great interest there for German cinema. Altogether, there were over 2,600 visitors, which, considering that the festival was a day shorter this year, meant that there was an increase in the number of admissions. Til Schweiger has a strong fan base in Russia. His film GUARDIANS (Barefoot Films, Warner Bros Entertainment) was seen by over a million cinema-goers in Russia in 2014. The screening of HEAD FULL OF HONEY (Warner Bros. GmbH, Barefoot Films) at this year's festival was sold out in a very short time so that another two extra screenings were programmed. In total, 700 Muscovites came to see the German box-office hit.

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FESTIVALS

Nicolette Krebitz' WILD in Sundance competition along with five German co-productions. More...

Festival del Film Locarno 2016 with retrospective on cinema in the young Federal Republic of Germany. More...

10 German shorts in Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival competitions. More... 

German films and co-productions at Slamdance, Ljubljana, Taipei, Kerala, Doha, Marrakesch and Bahamas.

 
 
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

Awards for German films and co-productions in Dubai, Doha, Poitiers, Amiens, Tallinn and Barcelona.

Annie Awards nomination for DISSONANCE by Till Nowak as Best Animated Short Subject. More...

 
 
BOX-OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

International: LOOK WHO'S BACK in the Netherlands.

Germany: HEIDI with good start in cinemas.

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