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GERMAN FILMS IN CANNES 2014
Bettina Brokemper, Katriel Schory, Margarethe von Trotta
Ilker Catak
Caroline Link
Martin Moszkowicz, Monika Grütters, Mariette Rissenbeek
Veit Helmer, Ivan Kronec

There were several prizes for German co-productions at the Cannes Film Festival (14 - 25 May 2014) this year: WINTER SLEEP (TR/DE/FR, Bredok Film Production) won the Golden Palm. The film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan also received the FIPRESCI Prize from the international film critics. Another co-production with German participation, LE MERAVIGLIE by Alice Rohrwacher (IT/CH/DE, Pola Pandora), was awarded the Grand Prix. WHITE GOD by Kornél Mundruczó (HU/DE/SE, Pola Pandora) received the main award in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. Pola Pandora, the German production company serving as a partner on both films, was co-founded by the recently departed Karl Baumgartner, a pioneer of European arthouse cinema. Wim Wenders and his co-director Juliano Ribeiro Salgado received the Special Prize in the Un Certain Regard sidebar for the French production THE SALT OF THE EARTH. Juan Sarmiento was responsible for the camerawork on LEIDI, the Golden Palm for Short Films. He is now living and working in Berlin after having studied at the HFF Potsdam-Babelsberg.

The cinema was filled to capacity at the world premiere of the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2014 program of shorts on Sunday, 18 May 2014. Around 250 guests came to the Star Cinema where the directors and producers of the 14 selected shorts presented their works to an audience of international professionals. The director and Oscar-winner® Caroline Link, who was a member of the jury, was also present at the premiere in Cannes. NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER is organized by German Films and the German Federal Film Board (FFA). After the screening, the audience – which included representatives of international festivals, journalists, producers and buyers, rewarded the achievements of the German short film talents with long and enthusiastic applause. Mariette Rissenbeek, managing director of German Films: "We are delighted that this year again saw such a large interest from people wanting to get to know the up-and-coming generation of German filmmakers at the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER premiere. Everything was represented – from the Western through drama, animation, thriller, documentary and also comedy – and all of this was of a very high quality." The first festival invitations had already started coming in after the screening in Cannes. The NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2014 program will be shown in the upcoming months as part of the Festivals of German Films which are organized by German Films in Madrid, New York, Buenos Aires, Paris and Moscow.

This year, the market screenings organized by German Films under the banner of "New German Films in Cannes" at Cannes' Marché du Film presented 35 new German films. The screenings were well received by the professional visitors. A popular and highly regarded meeting place – along with the German Pavilion in the International Village – proved once again to be the German Reception in honor of German cinema and the films with German participation at the festival. Over 850 guests took the opportunity to come together in a convivial atmosphere on La Plage - Majestic Barrière on Saturday, 17 May 2014. The State Minister for Culture, Prof. Monika Grütters, made the opening speech on the occasion of her first visit to Cannes. The producers Eva Blondiau (TORN), Michael Eckelt (THAT LOVELY GIRL / GETT, THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALLEM), Alfred Hürmer (MAPS TO THE STARS), Thanassis Karathanos (CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA) and Titus Kreyenberg (BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO), the directors Elmar Imanov and Engin Kundag (TORN), Slomi Elkabetz (GETT, THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALLEM) and Jessica Hausner (AMOUR FOU) as well as the actors Christian Friedel and Stefan Großmann (AMOUR FOU) were among those attending from the delegations of the German co-productions showing at the festival. The guests included, among others, representatives of festivals from Moscow, Montreal, Palm Springs, Locarno and São Paulo, the actors Stefan Konarske and Maxim Mehmet, the directors Margarethe von Trotta, Caroline Link, Dietrich Brüggemann, Veit Helmer and Marco Kreuzpaintner, author Katja Eichinger as well as international and national distributors, producers and funders.

German Films thanks its sponsors SANTE Naturkosmetik and VGF for their support.

More pictures from Cannes on Facebook.

 
 
GERMAN CINEMA MOURNS HELMA SANDERS-BRAHMS

On 27 May 2014 German director, screenwriter and producer Helma Sanders-Brahms died after a long illness. She was one of the most important representatives of German post-war film and consistently explored German history, political and social issues like feminism, immigrant workers or the social upheaval following 1968 in her films. Her cinematic oeuvre consists of 16 fictional films and seven documentaries including classics of world cinema like GERMANY, PALE MOTHERUNDER THE BEACH’S COBBLES or NO MERCY NO FUTURE.

 
 
AWARDS

GERMAN FILM AWARDS

The German Film Award, the "Lola", is the most prestigious and highest endowed film award in Germany.

On 9 May 2014 the 10th edition was held at the Tempodrom in Berlin. The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters and Iris Berben, president of the German Film Academy, awarded HOME FROM HOME – CHRONICLE OF A VISION by Edgar Reitz with the “Lola” in Gold for Best Film. Altogether awards in 16 categories as well as an audience award, a lifetime achievement award and the Bernd Eichinger Prize were bestowed.

All 2013 German Film Award winners…

Awards for German flms in Nashville, at Fantaspoa, Hot Docs, Visions du Réel, Documenta Madrid, San Francisco and Planete Doc.

 
 
FESTIVALS

Festival of German Films: German cinema in Madrid and Barcelona...

Focus Young German Cinema and a lot of German guests at Transilvania International Film Festival...

German films at Seattle and Los Angeles.

German docs at Sheffield and Silver Docs.

 
 
BOX-OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

TWO LIVES with a successful opening in France.

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