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July 2019
 
30 July 2019
 
 
 
TRIPLE THREAT: THREE AWARDS FOR LARA IN KARLOVY VARY
LARA leading actress Corinna Harfouch & director Jan-Ole Gerster (© Sebastian Gabsch, www.sega-foto.de)
SYSTEM CRASHER director Nora Fingscheidt & producer Frauke Kolbmüller (© Manfred Thomas)

LARA celebrated its world premiere in competition at the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival at the Grand Hall in front of a full audience. Director Jan-Ole Gerster traveled to the festival along with the producers, the lead actress Corinna Harfouch, actor Rainer Bock and many other people involved in the film.

The audience wasn't alone in being enthusiastic about the film: The reviews in the international trade magazines (Variety, ScreenDaily, etc.) were also quite impressive. The festival jury was taken in by LARA as well - the film was awarded the Special Jury Prize, the lead actress Corinna Harfouch received the Best Actress Prize, and the drama also received the Ecumenical Jury Prize.

More about the German presence in Karlovy Vary ...

 
 
SPOTLIGHT: GERMAN FILMS PREVIEWS
Simone Baumann (German Films) & Petra Müller (Film- und Medienstiftung NRW) (© Elena Hill)

The German Films Previews - organized by German Films - took place in Düsseldorf from 3 to 6 July. 85 international buyers from 33 countries screened 14 new German feature films.

The screenings were well attended and there was considerable interest from the buyers for THE COLLINI CASE, LARA, WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN and SUNBURNED, in particular.

More about the German Films Previews 2019...

 
 
LOCARNO: COMPETITIONS AND PIAZZA GRANDE WITH GERMAN PARTICIPATION
7500 (© augenschein Filmproduktion)

A veritable nailbiter by an Oscarâ-nominated director on the Piazza Grande, a sensitive film about life as a space filled with possibilities in the Competition, and a wide range of German productions in a variety of sections. 2019 is another a strong year in Locarno. A total of 11 German films and co-productions have been programmed for the 72nd Locarno Festival (7 – 17 August 2019).

More about German films and co-productions in Locarno...

 
 
NEWSBITES

WUNDERBAR TOGETHER - KINO! Germany NOW!
German filmXchange on tour: 15 - 30 September 2019

German Films is organizing a tour of five films in partnership with universities in the midwest of the USA as part of the "Year of German-American Friendship" to foster German-American relations. The focus is on the films by German talents who have grown up in a multicultural environment.

The exchange between the filmmakers and the students is intended to encourage them specifically to find their own cinematic narrative styles in order to address social conflicts and create an understanding for different views. In other words, is the personal multicultural background reflected in the films as a result of the creative process?

Workshops and public screenings will give young students from The College of Wooster (Ohio), Minnesota State University (Minnesota), University of Illinois (Illinois), Aquinas College (Minnesota), and Grand Valley State University (Minnesota) an opportunity to have a more intensive exchange of ideas with the visiting artists Asli Özge, Emre Erkem, Neelesha Barthel, and Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay and gain insight into current German cinema.

The selection includes the following titles: ALL OF A SUDDEN (Asli Özge), ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME (Özgur Yilderim), CENTRAL AIRPORT THF (Karim Aïnouz), MARRY ME!, (Neelesha Barthel) and ORAY (Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay).

Wunderbar Together is a joint initiative financed by the Federal Foreign Office, realized by the Goethe-Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries.

 
 
FESTIVALS

German films and co-productions at Locarno, FID Marseille, Anima Mundi Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro, Jerusalem, Outfest Los Angeles, Stony Brook, Haugesund, Durban, Melbourne, Wroclaw, Guanajuato, Venedig and Ottawa

 
 
AWARDS

Awards for German films and co-productions at Karlovy Vary, FID Marseille and Cluj-Napoca.

 
 
INTERNATIONAL RELEASES IN AUGUST

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

 
 
BOX OFFICE HITS

The first half of 2019 saw a total of 296 German films (minority and majority) being shown in cinemas around the globe and generating a total box office of almost €45 million.

The top success was THE AFTERMATH which posted takings of €8.4 million in 29 territories.

The second most successful title was the Oscarâ-nominee NEVER LOOK AWAY which generated box-office takings of €3.3 million in 16 territories.

The German-Swiss co-production HEIDI, which opened in China on 16 May 2019 and has sold almost 700,000 tickets, is continuing its successful run in the cinemas.