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December 2017
 
 
 
 
GERMAN CINEMA ABROAD IN 2017 - A LOOK BACK

A Cannes Competition entry for the second year in a row, the biggest presence ever in Toronto, double Gold at the Student Oscars®, an animated film as an international box-office success, and a buzz about German series – these are just some of the highlights from 2017. 

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IN THE FADE ON OSCAR® SHORTLIST
Diane Kruger in IN THE FADE (© bombero international/Warner Bros. Entertainment/Gordon Timpen)

IN THE FADE by Fatih Akin (DE/FR, bombero international, Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany, corazón international) has made it to the shortlist of the last nine films for the 90th Oscar® in the Best Foreign Language Film category. This was announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

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FRANZ ROGOWSKI IS THE GERMAN SHOOTING STAR 2018
Franz Rogowski (© Schramm Film)

EFP (European Film Promotion) has announced the names of the 10 up-and-coming actors from Europe who will be honored as EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2018 at the Berlinale. Franz Rogowski from Germany was chosen as one of Europe's best talents.

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AUDIENCE INCREASES IN CHINA
Lars Kraume, Frederick Lau, Michael Koch, Matti Geschonneck in China (© Lu Shan)

From 6,200 to 41,000 screens in the last six years – the expansion in the Chinese film market is without parallel. At the same time, the market is highly competitive and this is particularly the case for foreign films. So, it is even more important to give the local audience an opportunity to get acquainted with German cinema. This was provided by the Festival of German Cinema for the fifth time from 10 to 27 November 2017 with great success – and with an impressive increase in the attendance figures.

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NEW PATHS IN MOSCOW
Simone Baumann, Robert Schwentke, Alexey Prokaev in Moscow (© Vladimir Rudenko)

Similar figures to China can also be seen in the expansion of the screens in Russia. They increased by 80% from 2010 to 2016. That fact and the sheer size of the country mean that this is another market one cannot neglect. The Festival of German Films has existed in Moscow for the past 16 years, although this year didn't open with one of the "crowdpleaser" comedies which have often gone down so well there in the past. But the risk paid off: the screening was sold out long in advance.

More about the opening, subjects which were hotly debated, and what else went down well in Moscow…

 
 
LES ARCS CONNECTS GERMANY AND FRANCE

Germany is playing a rather special role at the 9th Les Arcs European Film Festival (16 – 23 December 2017): the young festival in the French Alps not only asuumed the role of host – in partnership with German Films and UniFrance – for the 15th German-French Film Meeting (18 – 20 December 2017), but also has a focus on German cinema in its program. Numerous distinguished guests are presenting their works or participating in various expert panels.

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FESTIVALS

German entries in competition at Sundance. More...

German films in Palm Springs, Clermont-Ferrand, Kerala, Bogota and at Flickerfest Sydney.

 
 
AWARDS

People's Choice Award at the European Film Award for Maria Schrader's STEFAN ZWEIG - FAREWELL TO EUROPE. More...

Awards for DIFFERENT KINDS OF RAIN and actress Barbara Auer in Tallinn. More...

 
 
INTERNATIONAL RELEASES

International releases of German films in January 2018 supported by the German Films Distribution Support Program. More...

 
 
BOX OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

FOUR AGAINST THE BANK in China. IN THE FADE in German cinemas. More...