June 2019
27 June 2019
The team of MANY HAPPY RETURNS (© Wenli Liu for German Films)
CLEO star Marleen Lohse (© Wenli Liu for German Films)

MANY HAPPY RETURNS was the fourth German film in a row to be selected for the competition of the Shanghai International Film Festival. The 22nd edition of the festival took place from 15 to 24 June 2019. Director Carlos A. Morelli, the lead actor Mark Waschke and producers Jonas Weydemann and Yvonne Wellie presented the competition entry to an enthusiastic audience.

A German focus was staged for the 16th time in cooperation with the festival. Eleven titles were presented by the filmmakers in person in Shanghai. Focus Germany was opened by CLEO which had already been the opening film of the Generation Kplus sidebar of the Berlinale. A keen interest was aroused in the German films and the screenings were well attended. The director Carolina Hellsgård (ENDZEIT), actress Marleen Lohse (CLEO) and producers Jonas Weydemann and Frauke Kolbmüller (SYSTEM CRASHER) provided insight into the background of their respective productions during a press conference and at the Q&A sessions after the screenings.

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DAS BOOT actor Franz Dinda & producer Holger Reibiger with Christine Harrasser (German Films) in Shanghai (© Dennis Ruh)

German series and TV productions continue to have success in holding their own in the international market. Serial formats "made in Germany" are also in great demand at international TV festivals alongside the traditional formats. German TV and series producers came home with prizes for their productions from numerous festivals held in June.

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Annecy festival director Marcel Jean & director Izabela Plucinska (© Martin Scheuring)
German stand at the MIFA (© Martin Scheuring)

German animation was very well represented at the largest and most important international animation film festival in Annecy (10 - 15 June 2019) with eight shorts in the Competition sections and two titles in the Special Screenings. As a member of the Competition jury, Izabela Plucinska presented the international premiere of her new animated film PORTRAIT OF SUZANNE (DE/PL/FR) in an 'out of competition' screening.

Two German films were among the prize-winners at the awards ceremony: RULES OF PLAY by Merlin Flügel received the Jury Award in the Competition for Graduation Films. A YEAR ALONG THE GEOSTATIONARY ORBIT by Felix Dierich, the winner of the Vimeo Staff Pick Award, is now available online here

You can find out more about the German presence at Annecy 2019 here...

Andreas Dresen, Annekatrin Hendel, Alexander Scheer (© Alberto Nevado)
Fariba Buchheim, Erik Schmitt, Marleen Lohse (© Eduardo Candel)

The latest in German cinema was celebrated at the Festival de Cine Alemán in Madrid from 4 to 9 June. The opening in the Palacio de la Prensa, a cinema built in 1929 and steeped in tradition, was a complete success with more than 800 guests. Following the screening of GUNDERMANN, director Andreas Dresen and lead actor Alexander Scheer spoke about the film with the Spanish audience who was very moved and even shed some tears.

The party continued in Sala 0 under the cinema. This was also where Andreas Dresen and Alexander Scheer gave a concert playing guitars and ukuleles. They did the Gundermann songs proud and included Dresen's favorite song, "... and the grass keeps growing" (Gras by Gerhard Gundermann). There were many requests for interviews with Andreas Dresen from the Spanish press (print & TV).

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German Films invites film rights holders to participate in the selection of the German entry for the 92nd OSCAR® competition in the International Feature Film (Feature Film, Animation Film, Documentary Film) category. If you would like to register your film, this should be done by 26 July 2019 at the latest. Further information can be found here.


The German Films Previews are being held in Düsseldorf from 3 to 6 July. Around 100 foreign distributors will be invited to the three-day event to watch new German films in a relaxed and informative atmosphere. Read more about the event in the July Newsletter and here.

Great success at the German Film Festival in Australia (21 May - 12 June 2019): Palace Cinemas and German Films were able to attract 31,070 viewers to the festival this year with the diverse program. That's twice as many as in 2018! More information about the festival 'down under' can be found here.


German films and co-productions at Cannes, Huesca, Palm Springs, Edinburgh, Shanghai, Zagreb, Krakow, Kyiv, Cluj-Napoca, Karlovy Vary, Sheffield, Taipei and Vila do Conde.


Awards for German films and co-productions at Krakow, Kyiv, Tel Aviv, Annecy, Huesca and Palm Springs.


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