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February/March 2019
 
19 March 2019
 
 
 
GERMAN FILMS: NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR
Mariette Rissenbeek, Simone Baumann © Kurt Krieger)

Mariette Rissenbeek will be handing over the management of German Films on 31 March 2019 and moving to the Berlinale. She will be succeeded by Simone Baumann, who was previously German Films' foreign representative for Eastern Europe and Russia and a producer at Saxonia Entertainment, as managing director.

 
 
SPOTLIGHT: GERMAN FILMS IN THE USA
NEVER LOOK AWAY team (© Kurt Krieger)
OF FATHERS AND SONS team (© Kurt Krieger)

The US isn't an easy place for international cinema due to its strong domestic production output. So, it is all the more splendid that German cinema currently has a strong presence in the United States.

OSCAR®
As in previous years, German Films joined forces with Villa Aurora e.V. and the German Consulate General Los Angeles to host the traditional reception for the German Oscar® nominees in the garden of Villa Aurora. The event took place on 23 February. Around 500 guests from all areas of culture came to welcome the film teams from NEVER LOOK AWAY and OF FATHERS AND SONS and celebrate their nominations.

More about German cinema in the USA…

 
 
CLERMONT-FERRAND
TRACING ADDAI producer Britta Strampe and animator Sonja Rohleder (© Sauve qui peut le court métrage/Baptiste Chanat)

The German short film community presented itself in all its diversity at the 41st edition of the world's most important international short film festival in Clermont-Ferrand (France) at the beginning of the year. With a total of eleven films in the three competition sections – five of which were world premieres – and nine productions in the special programs, German short films were excellently represented in 2019.

Many filmmakers were there to experience the special atmosphere of the very well-attended screenings together with the audience. In total, the festival screenings were seen by more than 160,000 spectators. To top it all, Esther Niemeier received the prize for Best Animation Film in the International Competition for her animated documentary TRACING ADDAI (Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF).

More about the German short films in Clermont-Ferrand...

 
 
FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS: SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF THE 4TH EDITION
FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS launch at the Drama Series Days (© Kurt Krieger)

The fourth FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS campaign was successfully launched on 11 February 2019 as part of the Drama Series Days. In a panel moderated by Stewart Clarke (Int. Editor, VARIETY), Luise Heyer, Maria Dragus and Fahri Yardim discussed their careers and what the difference is between film and series for them in their creative day-to-day work.

After the kick-off of the fourth edition, FACE TO FACE will also put the six faces – Maria Dragus, Christian Friedel, Luise Heyer, Jonas Nay, Jördis Triebel and Fahri Yardim – at the center of international marketing and PR activities throughout 2019. 

FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS 2019 @ MIP TV...

 
 
BERLINALE 2019: AWARDS AND SALES
I WAS AT HOME, BUT... (© Nachmittagfilm)
THE GOLDEN GLOVE (© bombero int./Warner Bros. Ent./Gordon Timpen)

2019 was a doubly successful year for German directors in Berlin. Angela Schanelec was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director for I WAS AT HOME, BUT... (DE/RS, Nachmittagfilm Angela Schanelec) at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.

Her colleague Nora Fingscheidt received the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for films that open up new perspectives and the Readers' Jury Prize of the Berliner Morgenpost for her remarkable drama SYSTEM CRASHER (Kineo Filmproduktion, Weydemann Bros., Oma Inge Film).

As if that wasn't enough, I WAS AT HOME, BUT... and Fatih Akin's intensively discussed film THE GOLDEN GLOVE (DE/FR, bombero international, Warner Bros. Entertainment) were sold to a range of international territories.

More about the sales of the 2019 competition films...

 
 
NEWSBITES

The HORIZONTE 2019 - Festival of German Films (Goethe-Institut Tokyo in cooperation with German Films) showed ten films (eight feature films and two documentaries) at the Eurospace Cinema in Shibuya, Tokyo from 8-15 March 2019. The festival opened with 3 DAYS IN QUIBERON by Emily Atef, in the presence of the director. Guests also included Lars Kraume with his film THE SILENT REVOLUTION (Japanese theatrical release in April), Thomas Stuber with IN THE AISLES (theatrical release in Japan in May), as well as the actor Franz Rogowski, who could be seen in both TRANSIT and in IN THE AISLES. The screenings were very well attended throughout and there was a lively exchange with the audience during the Q&As. The complete program can be found here


Call for applications to 2019 TIFF Filmmaker Lab
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has now opened applications for participation to the TIFF Filmmaker Lab, a five-day talent and mentoring program during the festival at the beginning of September. Young filmmakers who have directed at least two shorts and a maximum of one feature film may apply until 7 June 2019. Further information at www.tiff.net/industry-filmmaker-lab.

 
 
FESTIVALS

German films and co-productions at  Glasgow, Berlin, Tampere, Miami, SXSW, Hong Kong, Bengaluru, New Directors New Films, Porto, Atlanta, Guadalajara, Festival International Du Film D'Aubagne, Tribeca, Cleveland, Ann Arbor, Glasgow Shorts, Cinequest, Bolzano, Thessaloniki, Nijmegen, CPH:DOX and Nyon.

 
 
AWARDS

Awards for German films and co-productions at Angers, Sundance, Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, Mons, Berlin, Dublin, Tampere, Boulder and Thessaloniki.

 
 
INTERNATIONAL RELEASES

International releases of German films in March 2019 supported by the German Films Distribution Support program. More...

 
 
BOX OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

German films are a hit with audiences in the Netherlands and Croatia. More...