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February/March 2020
 
12 March 2020
 
 
 
BERLINALE 2020 - 70 years of the German capital's festival
UNDINE (© Christian Schulz/Schramm Film)
CURVEBALL (© Sten Mende)

Apart from being the two German majority productions screening in the Berlinale's Competition, Christian Petzold's UNDINE and Burhan Qurbani's BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ also received very positive feedback. The political drama CURVEBALL, which was produced by Fahri Yardim's (FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS 2019) company Bon Voyage Films, played to a full house at its Berlinale Special Gala screening.

While the festival's main prize went to the co-production THERE IS NO EVIL by Mohammad Rasoulof (DE/CZ/IR, Cosmopol Film), FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS (2016) talent Paula Beer was awarded the Best Actress Silver Bear for her performance in UNDINE where she portrayed the eponymous main character. Other German films and co-productions also received numerous prizes. A complete list of the awards can be found here.

More about the German presence at the Berlinale 2020...

 
 
5th edition of FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS – THE WRITERS
© German Films/Cathrin Bach/The Dream Factory

On March 9th German Films launched the FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS 2020 campaign - THE WRITERS - in cooperation with Variety. The fifth edition of the PR campaign puts the spotlight on six German screenwriters who will introduce  themselves and their work at different events throughout the year.

The six authors are: Jana Burbach (BAD BANKS), Katharina Eyssen (HOLIDAY SECRETS), Hanno Hackfort (4 BLOCKS, YOU ARE WANTED), Bernd Lange (CRIMINAL: GERMANY, DAS VERSCHWINDEN), Rafael Parente (8 DAYS) and Laila Stieler (GUNDERMANN, LETTER TO MY LIFE).

You can find everything about this year's FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS - THE WRITERS campaign here.

 
 
CLERMONT-FERRAND 2020
At the Soirée Allemande premiere (© Lisa Hering)
Team Soirée Allemande (© Festival Clermont-Ferrand)

The international industry traditionally celebrates the start of the short film calendar year at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival (31 January-8 February 2020). This year saw the annual German short film program of SOIREE ALLEMANDE/SHORT EXPORT being premiered there for the 15th time. Six shorts were selected for this event from almost 600 German films submitted to the festival.

The filmmakers Dina Velikovskaya (UZI), Julius Dommer (ASCONA) and Hannes Schilling (THE PROBAND) presented their films in person to a full house. The premiere's guests were then invited to a reception hosted by the German Consulate in Lyon and celebrated the major German presence at the festival.

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

 
 
SHORT FILM COUNTDOWN

German Films and the FFA present young talents and their short films to an international audience of professionals through their NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER program during the Festival de Cannes.

The jury consisting of actress Marleen Lohse, commissioning editor Katrin Küchler (MDR/unicato) and exhibitor Dr. Christian Bräuer (Managing Director of the Yorck Kinos/Board member of AG KINO) convened in Berlin on 30 and 31 January 2020 for this year's selection screenings. 

More about the important dates until the premiere in Cannes...

 
 
FESTIVALS

German films and co-productions at Biarritz, Triest, Angers, Manchester, Miami, Sedona, Bengaluru, Tampere, Atlanta, Dublin, New Directors/New Films, Cleveland, Cinequest, Tribeca, Ann Arbour and Aspen.

 
 
AWARDS

Awards for German films and co-productions at Biarritz, Triest, Angers, Sundance, Atlanta, Sedona and Berlinale.

 
 
INTERNATIONAL RELEASES IN MARCH AND APRIL

International releases of German films in March and April 2020 supported by the German Films Distribution Support program. More...

 
 
BOX OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

A total of 141 German films (majority and minority) have been released in international cinemas around the globe since the beginning of 2020, generating box-office takings of almost 15 million euros.

A major success was A HIDDEN LIFE, which generated 2.5 million euros in 29 territories.

Also successful was the animation film LATTE AND THE MAGIC WATERSTONE, which was released in ten countries and had a box office of 2 million euros.

BAYALA, also an animation film, based on the Schleich figurines, has reached an audience of 60,000 since its release in France.