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JUNE 2016
 
 
 
 
GOOD ATMOSPHERE AT 18TH BIRTHDAY IN MADRID
Mariette Rissenbeek, Doris Dörrie (© Alberto Nevado)
Full house at Cine Palafox (© Alberto Nevado)

Doris Dörrie likes Madrid and Madrid likes Doris Dörrie. Over 1,000 spectators came to the screenings of FUKUSHIMA, MON AMOUR (Olga Film, Rolize, Constantin Film Produktion), which opened the Festival of German Films at the capital's Cine Palafox on 7 June 2016. The Q&A with Doris Dörrie after the end of the screening was also particularly well attended. So, it's not any surprise that FUKUSHIMA, MON AMOUR won the festival's Audience Award, which was presented in cooperation with Filmin. A total of 5,500 admissions at the 18th edition - with two fewer screenings compared to last year - signified another high, despite difficult conditions during the football championships, and a new chapter in the success story for German cinema in Madrid.

More about the extensive press reaction and many spectators for family entertainment...

 
 
RECORD YEAR IN SHANGHAI

Hype around Werner Herzog, two prizes, large presence in the competition and a "Focus Germany" with many guests: it was a very good year for German cinema at the latest edition of the Asian market's key event, the Shanghai International Film Festival. Three productions were in the running for the prestigious Golden Goblet Award - HANNA'S SLEEPING DOGS by Andreas Gruber (DE/AT, enigma film), HEAR THE SILENCE by Ed Ehrenberg (Monoloco Films) and SALT AND FIRE by Werner Herzog (DE/US/FR, Construction Filmproduktion) - and Andreas Gruber was awarded the prize for the Best Screenplay. ED SIEGER’S MOLLY MONSTER by Ted Sieger, Michael Ekblad, Matthias Bruhn (DE/CH/SE, Alexandra Schatz Filmproduktion, TrickStudio Lutterbeck, Senator Film Produktion) picked up the prize for Best Animation Film. The festival's German Focus, which was staged for the 13th year in cooperation with German Films, and the German films screening in other sections were presented by the largest ever delegation attending since the beginning of this collaboration. It included over 30 directors, actors and crew members.

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More films, guests and impressions from Shanghai...

 
 
PRIZES FOR TANNBACH AND JONAS NAY AT IMPORTANT TV FESTIVALS
TANNBACH actress Henriette Confurius & producer Sophie von Uslar (© Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo)
DEUTSCHLAND 83 producer Jörg Winger (© Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo)

June is the month of TV festivals. This is when three of the leading events for this field are held in Shanghai, Banff and Monte Carlo. TANNBACH by Alexander Dierbach (Wiedemann & Berg Television, Wilma Film/ZDF) was very successful this year. The three-part series about a fictional village on the border between Bavaria and Thuringia in the first years after the Second World War picked up prizes at two festivals: it received the Rockie Award as Best Drama Series at the Banff World Media Festival and prevailed against such international competition as MR ROBOT from the USA or VIKINGS from Canada, as well as winning the Golden Nymph as Best TV Movie at the Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo. Moreover, the acting prize in the category of Drama TV Series at Monte Carlo went to Jonas Nay for DEUTSCHLAND 83.

German productions were prominently represented at all three festivals and reaffirmed the good reputation that television from Germany is enjoying on an international level...

 
 
SPOTLIGHT: GERMAN FILMS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
CENTER OF MY WORLD (© Universum Film)
FOG IN AUGUST (© Studiocanal/Anjeza Cikopano)
NELLY'S ADVENTURE (© INDI FILM)

Once upon a time, the German fairytales were popular all over the world – and the anchor point of a tradition for high-quality children’s entertainment from Germany. Currently, German productions for children and young people are also performing outstandingly on an international level – whether through very good takings at the box-office or a disproportionately great presence at festivals. Well-known film stars are regularly being cast in roles, and film production of films for children and young people – whether it's animation or live action – continues to demonstrate a very high level of quality in craftmanship as well as in the dramaturgy. Moreover, production funding programs like "The Special Children’s Film" have contributed to this success.


The important children’s film festivals in Zlin and Toronto have just taken place with a large German presence. Jakob M. Erwa‘s coming-of-age tale CENTER OF MY WORLD (DE/AT, Neue Schönhauser Filmproduktion), about two 17-year-old boys who fall in love with one another, received spontaneous applause at its world premiere in the official competition of the Moscow International Film Festival – a brave choice of programming by the festival given the current political climate against homosexuals in Russia. FOG IN AUGUST by Kai Wessel (DE/AT, Collina Filmproduktion, Studiocanal) will have its world premiere at the Giffoni Film Festival, another important film festival for children and young people. Featuring Ivo Pietzcker (JACK) in the lead role, the film gives sensitive treatment to a subject that is still highly controversial: euthanasia practised on children and young people during the Third Reich.  

More about current festival and box-office hits and a outstanding screening experience for the NELLY'S ADVENTURE team... 

 
 
NEW GERMAN INVITEES TO THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES

The 2016 new invitees from Germany are:

Cinematographers: Frank Griebe, Judith Kaufmann

Designers: Bernhard Henrich

Directors: Maren Ade, Margarethe von Trotta

Film Editors
: Bettina Böhler

Short Films and Feature Animation: Max Lang, Patrick Vollrath

Click here for the full list and press release.

 
 
FESTIVALS

ORIGINAL BLISS in Karlovy Vary Competition. More...

German films and co-productions in JerusalemTapei and Edinburgh.

German animation in Annecy and at Animafest Zagreb.

German shorts in KrakowVila do CondeHuesca and at Shortfest Palm Springs.

 
 
INTERNATIONAL RELEASES

International theatrical releases of German films in July 2016 supported by the German Films' Distribution Support Program. More... 

 
 
BOX-OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

UNFRIEND with good box-office figures in Italy, STEFAN ZWEIG - FAREWELL TO EUROPE with a good start in German cinemas. More...