News Release
12 September 2016

German Films Service + Marketing, the national advisory center for the promotion of German films worldwide, has launched a campaign to promote a new wave of German cinema achievements to international audiences and to showcase exceptional German talent worldwide.

The initiative - entitled FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS - will spotlight six of the most influential German actresses currently working in the industry, who represent just some of the many dynamic ‘faces’ of German filmmaking today.

Promoting the campaign with a series of marketing and PR measures across the year - most notably, with a launch event to be held at the London Film Festival next month - will be the following actresses:

Julia Jentsch – who recently starred in 24 WEEKS in Competition at this year’s Berlinale and ALL OF A SUDDEN programmed in Berlin and London; Lilith Stangenberg – star of WILD - which world premiered at Sundance earlier this year; Liv Lisa Fries – who will star in Tom Tykwer’s upcoming series, BABYLON BERLIN; Paula Beer – who just won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress in Venice for the lead in François Ozon’s FRANTZ; Sandra Hüller – lead actress in TONI ERDMANN - Germany’s official submission for the 89th Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film, which world premiered in Cannes Competition in 2016, with a North American premiere at TIFF; Saskia Rosendahl – who can be seen in NIRGENDWO by Matthias Starte (World Premiere in Competition of Zurich Film Festival 2016) will star in Oscar®-winner Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s upcoming feature, WERK OHNE AUTOR.

This eclectic group of actresses represent some of Germany’s most established, internationally acclaimed projects as well as up and coming productions that will reinforce German cinema’s global appeal. 2016 has been a stand-out year for local film so far, with an impressive number of important international film festivals giving German productions a prominent platform and German cinema finding an international audience at the box office, too.

"German cinema is on the rise and is exciting, modern, bold, dramatic, funny, unexpected and very multifaceted", says Peter Herrmann, Chairman of the Board for German Films Service + Marketing. "Audiences, press and industry alike celebrated Maren Ade’s TONI ERDMANN in Competition at Cannes and other international festivals. Already over 240,000 French cinema-goers were enchanted by its wit. WILD, by Nicolette Krebitz, with a world premiere in Competition in Sundance, and 24 WEEKS by Anne Zora Berrached in the Berlinale Competition showed just how daring and spirited young German cinema can be. Not to forget the international festival euphoria around VICTORIA by Sebastian Schipper or the box office successes of PHOENIX by Christian Petzold – at US $3 million the most successful arthouse release in the United States in 2015 – and LABYRINTH OF LIES by Giulio Ricciarelli (TIFF 2014) with over 340,000 admissions in France last year. The future looks very promising with three Student Oscar® wins in a row for German filmmakers, a lot of ambitious, high-quality German TV series being produced, like BABYLON BERLIN by Tom Tykwer and exciting new features from the likes of Oscar®-winner Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck coming up."  

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, German cinema is strongly represented once again, with a total of 36 German films and German co-productions programmed.

Jane Schoettle, International Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival commented: "German filmmakers working in every genre are blessed to be able to draw from a deep pool of remarkably talented individuals - the work of these six actresses (which I have greatly enjoyed and appreciated) embody much of what is fascinating, enjoyable and enriching about new German cinema today."

The FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS campaign will enjoy its official launch at the London Film Festival on Sunday 9th October, with an industry and press event in the presence of the actresses leading the campaign, hosted by German Films. 

This announcement is accompanied by a striking image of the six actresses, which was shot by leading German photographer Mathias Bothor earlier this month with German designers including Hien Le, Ivy & Oak, Michael Sontag, Perret Schaad, Philomena Zanetti, Tim Labenda and Wild providing the styling.

photo © German Films/Mathias Bothor