Newsletter
July 2017
 
 
 
 
LOCARNO: YOUNG GERMAN CINEMA IN COMPETITION AND ON THE PIAZZA GRANDE
ICEMAN (© Port au Prince Filmproduktion/Martin Rattini)
THREE PEAKS (© Rohfilm Productions)

After last year's strong German presence including two Competition titles and two films on the Piazza Grande, the Festival del Film Locarno (2 – 12 August 2017) has once more shown itself to be very impressed by German cinema and, in particular, by young filmmakers from Germany. One of them is programmed in Competition, two of them on the Piazza Grande. There will also be two German documentaries adding out of the ordinary perspectives on current political topics in the Semaine de la Critique. A total of 28 German films and co-productions - including several short films - have been programmed.

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KRIEG CELEBRATES WORLD PREMIERE IN VENICE
KRIEG (© Schiwago Film)

As with Locarno, the Venice International Film Festival (30 August – 9 September 2017) also shows that it has a soft heart for young cinema from Germany: Rick Ostermann is returning with his second feature film KRIEG (Schiwago Film) to the Orrizonti sidebar which is dedicated to new discoveries in international cinema. His first feature, WOLFSKINDER, had already debuted there in 2013. In addition, the short film THIS IS THE WAR ROOM! by Boris Hars-Tschachotin (Liquid Blues Production) has been programmed in the Venice Classics – Documentary on Cinema Competition.

More about German films in Venice...

 
 
WHAT'S NEW IN GERMAN CINEMA? THE SUMMER SHOOTS
IN THE AISLES (© Sommerhaus Filmproduktion/Anke Neugebauer)

Summer is the time of the year when film crews are working at full tilt, and that's not any different for German cinema either. Here is the lowdown on some of the hottest film shoots, including new projects from Berlin School icons and box-office darlings, Sandra Hüller falling in love in the aisles of a hypermarket, a Hollywood star being directed by an up-and-coming German filmmaker, as well as the answer to the question: what came after VICTORIA?

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INTERNATIONAL BUYERS VISIT GERMANY

Around 90 international guests, 37 countries, 16 German productions, 12 market premieres – these are the hard facts for the 17th German Films Previews which were held in Nuremberg from 5 to 8 July 2017. Organized by German Films once a year, the event offers international film buyers an opportunity to see the latest German productions on the big screen and network with German world sales companies. This year saw buyers coming from such countries as Brazil, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, Canada, France and Colombia.

And some deals have also resulted from the screenings...

 
 
SPOTLIGHT: GERMAN CINEMA IN SOUTH AFRICA
German delegation in Durban (© Simanga Konstant Zondo/Goethe-Institut Johannesburg)

South Africa isn't an easy place for European or German feature films as the market is  dominated by US productions. On average, they represented between 60 and 70% of the releases in the past five years. Therefore, it was all the more gratifying that the Durban International Film Festival (13 – 23 July 2017), one of the most important on the African continent, provided cinema 'made in Germany' with a prominent platform to showcase its output at this year's edition. In collaboration with German Films, the Goethe-Institut and the German Embassy in South Africa, ten films by German filmmakers were shown in a "Focus Germany" with six guests from the world of acting and directing.

More about the German Focus and which German films have recently performed well in South Africa…

 
 
FESTIVALS

German films at Melbourne, Haugesund, Pula, Odessa, Jerevan, Jerusalem, Giffoni, La Rochelle, Guanajuato and Taipei.

German shorts at Ottawa and Anima Mundi.

 
 
AWARDS

Awards for German films in Jerusalem, Isfahan, Edinburgh and at Palm Springs Short Fest.

 
 
INTERNATIONAL RELEASES

International releases of German films in August 2017 supported by the German Films Distribution Support Program. More...

 
 
BOX OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

RICHARD THE STORK very successful in Russia and the Slovak Republic, three German films in US cinemas. More...