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PHOENIX DELIGHTS IN SAN SEBASTIAN
Christian Petzold

From Canada to Spain: after its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, PHOENIX (Schramm Film Koerner & Weber) had its European premiere in the competition at San Sebastian. The film by Christian Petzold also met here with euphoric reactions from the public and the press. The International Association of Film Critics and Journalists presented the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize to PHOENIX. LIMBO (DFFB) was invited to screen in the New Directors Competition, the international competition for first and second films, at the biggest festival in Spain. The director Anna Sofie Hartmann – together with her lead actress Annika Nuka Mathiassen, producer Ben von Dobeneck, editor Sofie Steeneberger and DoP Matilda Mester – was very pleased about a sold-out premiere screening and an enthusiastic audience during the Q&A. After the premiere of LIMBO, German Films organized a networking event for around 40 international participants, including international journalists, buyers and festival delegates. Actress Veronica Ferres was in San Sebastian to present the competition entry CASANOVA VARIATIONS by Michael Sturminger (FR/AT/DE, X Filme Creative Pool) which features her in a lead role. There was also further German presence in the jury: actress Nastassja Kinski and cinematographer Reinhold Vorschneider were among those deciding on the prize-winner in the competition.

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STRONG GERMAN CINEMA IN ROME
WE ARE YOUNG. WE ARE STRONG. team (© Getty Images/Rome Film Fest)

German cinema had its strongest ever presence at the Rome International Film Festival (16-25 October 2014) since the festival was launched nine years ago. The starting point was made with the world premiere of WE ARE YOUNG. WE ARE STRONG. (UFA Fiction, cine plus Filmproduktion, UFA Cinema). THE LIES OF THE VICTORS (DE/FR, Heimatfilm), a further German world premiere in Cinema d’Oggi, took place in a cinema almost filled to capacity, with the director Christoph Hochhäusler in attendance. A particularly young audience was attracted to the Gala for Christian Ditter's LOVE, ROSIE and Mark Monheim's ABOUT A GIRL in Alice nella Città. WE ARE YOUNG. WE ARE STRONG. director Burhan Qurbani and his actors Saskia Rosendahl, Trang Le Hong, Joel Basmann, Jakob Bieber, David Schütter and Devid Striesow were feted at the end of the film with ten minutes of emotional applause. Afterwards, German Films hosted a reception with representatives of international festivals and buyers.

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NEW ATTENDANCE RECORD IN PARIS
Christian Petzold & Christoph Hochhäusler (© Evelyne Garat)

The Festival of German Films in Paris (8-14 October 2014) remains a success story. Existing now in the French capital for the past 19 years, the festival has made its mark with constantly high admissions figures and prestigious guests. This year, the attendance with over 5,500 even managed to surpass last year's figures by an impressive 1,500. There were lots of young visitors to the Cinéma L'Arlequin, including a total of 1,400 school children who used the opportunity to see German films – a bus even traveled from Normandy to Paris for the festival. The 2014 edition was opened with the sold-out avant-premiere of Christian Petzold's PHOENIX (Schramm Film Koerner & Weber), with the director in attendance, which was held in collaboration with the French distributor Diaphana. The film made a real impact and was ahead of the rest of the field to take home the Audience Award. Director Christian Schwochow, actress Anja Antonowicz and Julia Franck, the author of the source novel, were all delighted about the cinema being filled to capacity at the avant-premiere of WEST (zero one film, Terz Film, öFilm). Other particular crowd pleaser were the German entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar® BELOVED SISTERS by Dominik Graf (DE/AT, Bavaria Film, Senator Film, Kiddinx Film) and Till Kleinert's THE SAMURAI (Schattenkante, DFFB), which was also sold to France.

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SECOND CINEMA FOR GERMAN FILMS IN BUENOS AIRES
BANKLADY director Christian Alvart

Although five years younger than the event in Paris, the Festival of German Films in Buenos Aires nevertheless delivers similar figures. Around 7,200 cinema-goers came to the 14th edition which took place from 11-17 September 2014, some 1,000 more than in 2013. This year saw the festival being held for the first time in a second cinema alongside the established Village Cine Recoleta. The new festival cinema Arte Multiplex Belgrano was very well attended from the outset. All of the seats were taken for six of the 13 performances. One of the crowd favorites here was again Dominik Graf's BELOVED SISTERS (DE/AT, Bavaria Film, Senator Film, Kiddinx Film) with three sold-out shows and over 600 spectators in total. BANKLADY (Syrreal Entertainment, Studio Canal), which opened the festival with the director Christian Alvart in attendance, was very popular as was THE WHOLE SHEBANG by Doris Dörrie (Olga Film), EXIT MARRAKECH by Caroline Link (Desert Flower Filmproduktion, Erfttal Film- & Fernsehproduktion, B.A. Produktion, MTM west television & film, Studiocanal Film), and SUCK ME SHAKESPEER by Bora Dagtekin (Rat Pack Filmproduktion, Constantin Film Produktion)  with two capacity screenings each.

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SPOTLIGHT: SOUTH KOREA
Screening at MEGABOX Gangnam

German Films organized Industry Screenings in the South Korean capital of Seoul for the first time from 1-3 October 2014. More than 20 representatives of local distribution companies came to see eight new German productions and three trailers in the MEGABOX Gangnam cinema, including the German entry for the Oscar® BELOVED SISTERS by Dominik Graf (DE/AT, Bavaria Film, Senator Film, Kiddinx Film) and the box-office hit NOT MY DAY by Peter Thorwarth  (Westside Filmproduktion, DONAR FILM, Deutsche Columbia Pictures, Mr. Brown Entertainment). Animation films are one of the most popular formats in Korea. This was also confirmed by the great interest at the screenings in such films as THE LITTLE MEDIC – THE SECRET MISSION OF THE BODYNAUTS by Dietrich Grönemeyer and the preview trailer for MANOU by Luxx Film. 

Four German sales agents (Beta Cinema, Global Screen, Picture Tree International and Sola Media) used the opportunity to discuss their films with potential buyers at a networking lunch organized by German Films. Some sales were near to being closed even before the screenings had finished. German Films was supported at the event by Kevin Han who shared his great expertise about the Korean film industry.

German Films Market Study South Korea…  

 
 
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

European Film Awards: Three nominations for German short films. More...

International Emmy Awards: Nominations for GENERATION WAR & THE WAGNER FILES. More...

Awards for German films in Ottawa, Drama, Message to Man St. Petersburg, Krok, Sapporo, Curtociruito Santiago de Compostela, ZurichChicago, Beijing, Valladolid und Riga.

 
 
FESTIVALS & MARKETS

AFM: Visit the German Films umbrella suites at the American Film Market.

PANORAMA ALEMÃO: Round three for German films in Brazil. More..

IDFA: 8 German docs in the competitions. More...

German films at Doc Lisboa, Hamptons, Montreal Nouveau Cinema, Ghent, Jihlava, Mill Valley, Mumbai, São Paulonews/news-releases/datum/2014/10/16/german-films-co-productions-at-sao-paulo-2014/, SANFIC, Abu Dhabi, Viennale, Philadelphia, Cork, Stockholm, Tokyo, Thessaloniki, AFI Fest, Kiev, MUCES and Arras.

Geman shorts at Uppsala, Curta de Cinema Rio de Janeiro, Winterthur, Seoul and Beijing.

 
 
INTERNATIONAL RELEASES

International theatrical releases of German films in September supported by the German Films' Distribution Support Program. More...

Warner Bros. is planning a US-remake of WHO AM I - NO SYSTEM IS SAFE by Baran bo Odar (Wiedemann & Berg Film). After its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the world sales company TrustNordisk sold the German thriller already to Japan (Phantom Film Co.Ltd), Latin America (Borsalino) and Poland (Hagi Film). More territories are currently in negotiation.

 
 
BOX-OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

International: GUARDIANS reaches 1 million admissions in Russia. THE 7TH DWARF successfully released in Portugal, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Germany: TOUR DE FORCE and COMING IN with a good first weekend in German cinemas.

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