|Fatih Akin, Valeska Grisebach (© Kurt Krieger/Hubert Boesl)|
|TEHRAN TABOO team (© Kurt Krieger/Hubert Boesl)|
|ELA - SKETCHES ON A DEPARTURE team (© Kurt Krieger/Hubert Boesl)|
|Mariette Rissenbeek, Ronald Zehrfeld, Louis Hofmann, Prof. Monika Grütters, Volker Bruch, Alexander Fehling, Peter Herrmann (© Kurt Krieger/Hubert Boesl)|
|NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2017 (© Birgit Heidsiek)|
|German Pavilion in Cannes|
It was the first German-speaking lead for the Hollywood star Diane Kruger in Fatih Akin's competition entry IN THE FADE (DE/FR, bombero international, Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany, corazón international), and her performance created quite a stir with critics and the industry at the 70th Festival de Cannes (17 - 28 May 2017). The jury named her Best Actress and Diane Kruger then extended particular thanks to her director for giving her a strength she didn't know she had. German cinema was also well represented in Cannes in other sections such as Un Certain Regard with Valeska Grisebach's WESTERN (DE/BG/AT, Komplizen Film) as well as TEHRAN TABOO and ELA - SKETCHES ON A DEPARTURE in the Semaine de la Critique.
More about reactions, reviews and sales of the German films in Cannes...
FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS AT THE GERMAN COCKTAIL
There was also quite a bit to celebrate when 800 German and international guests from the industry gathered for the German Cocktail in the park of the Rothschild Villa. Prof. Monika Grütters, Minister of State for Culture and the Media, delivered the opening speech. The cocktail also provided the setting for the launching of the second edition of the FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS campaign which draws international attention to the latest German film successes and puts six of the most promising German actors of the moment into the limelight. Four of the campaign's faces - Volker Bruch, Alexander Fehling, Louis Hofmann and Ronald Zehrfeld - were presented on the stage and answered questions from the international press at the reception and during a day of interviews.
German Films thanks the reception's sponsors Sixt, VGF, Südliche Weinstraße e.V. as well as the media partner VARIETY for their support.
NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER
This year saw the 20th anniversary celebrations for the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER showcase of shorts, which German Films presented in Cannes in cooperation with the FFA. The world premiere with an almost capacity audience at the Olympia Cinema was graced by the presence of a very special guest, State Minister Prof. Monika Grütters, together with the eight women and five male directors of the 11 selected films. The program for the up-and-coming filmmakers in Cannes included various workshops on the work of a sales agent, press & PR, and the Berlinale Talents.
MARKET SCREENINGS AND THE GERMAN PAVILION
Seven market premieres were included among the 23 new German films presented by German Films under the banner of New German Films in Cannes in market screenings at the Marché du Film. It was the 17th year that German Films joined forces with Focus Germany in organizing the German Pavilion in the International Village, which once again proved to be a popular contact point for the accredited professionals.
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