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COUNTDOWN TO CANNES 2015
NEW GERMAN FILMS: MARKET SCREENINGS
NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2015
PRODUCER ON THE MOVE Ingmar Trost (photo courtesy of Sutor Kolonko)

Four German co-productions are programmed in Un Certain Regard at the Festival de Cannes (13 - 24 May 2015). AN by Naomi Kawase (JP/FR/DE, Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion) will be opening the section which will also include CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (TH/GB/DE/FR/MY, Match Factory Productions, Geißendörfer Film- und Fernsehproduktion), LAMB by Yared Zeleke (FR/DE/ET/NO, Heimatfilm), and ONE FLOOR BELOW by Radu Muntean (RO/FR/DE/SE, Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion, cine plus Filmproduktion). AVE MARIA by Basil Khalil (PS/DE/FR, Flying Moon Filmproduktion) was invited to screen in the short film competition. The short ABSENT was selected for the Cinéfondation section which is dedicated to new talents from film academies all over the globe. Born in Bulgaria, director Eliza Petkova came to Germany after finishing her secondary school education and has been studying Directing at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) since 2011. For L'Atelier, which gives projects currently in development the opportunity to present themselves, HILAL, FEZA, AND OTHER PLANETS by Kutlug Ataman (TK/DE) was chosen  the film is being co-produced on the German side by DETAiLFILM. More...

The short EVERYTHING WILL BE OK (DE/AT) by the German director Patrick Vollrath will have its international premiere in the independent sidebar of the Critics' Week along with the German co-production MEDITERRANEA by Jonas Carpignano (IT/FR/US/DE, DCM Productions). Two productions with German involvement have been programmed for the Directors' Fortnight: ARABIAN NIGHTS by Miguel Gomes (PT/FR/DE/CH, Komplizen Film) and MUSTANG by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (FR/DE/TR, VISTAMAR Filmproduktion, Uhland Film). More…

The German producer Ingmar Trost will also be in Cannes as the German representative for the European Film Promotion's PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE networking program. More…

German Films will be presenting 25 of the latest German films to professional delegates at Cannes' Marché du Film from 15 - 20 May 2015 under the banner of "New German Films“. You can find all of the films and screening times here.

This year will be the fifth time that German Films is cooperating with the German Federal Film Board on the presentation of the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER program of shorts. 2015 will see the screening being held in the largest available cinema at the film market due to the great interest from the audience in recent years: Sunday, 17 May 2015, 20:30 h in the Olympia Cinema. More…

German Films will be organizing the "German Pavilion“ in the International Village of the Marché du Film for the 15th year in a row in collaboration with FOCUS Germany, the amalgamation of the seven major regional film funds. The pavilion provides a meeting place and contact point for the accredited guests from the German and international film industries and will appear in a new design for the 15th anniversary: newly designed lounges and the sun terrace will be at the guests' disposal for meetings. Competent advice will be available at the information stands run by German Films and FOCUS Germany in the entrance area.

Contact information:
German Pavilion, #123
International Village – Riviera 
phone +33-(0)4-92 59 01 80

 
 
SUCCESSFUL JOURNEY TO HONG KONG
Giulio Ricciarelli (© HKIFF/Richard Lam)
Timm Kröger (© Dennis Ruh)

Awards and large audience demand for German films at the festival and brisk business for the seven German sales companies on the EFP umbrella stand at the FILMART market that is so important for sales to Asia. The 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival (23 March - 6 April 2015) was a great place for German cinema this year. The umbrella stand of the European Film Promotion at the FILMART was expanded this year with financial support from German Films due to the large demand from the sales companies. PHOENIX by Christian Petzold (Schramm Film Koerner & Weber) received a Special Mention at the festival when it competed for the SIGNIS Award, SWORN VIRGIN by Laura Bispuri (IT/CH/DE/AL/XK, The Match Factory) was presented with the Firebird Award in the Young Cinema Competition. An audience favorite was Giulio Ricciarelli's LABYRINTH OF LIES (Claussen + Wöbke + Putz Filmproduktion, naked eye filmproduction). The festival programmed an additional screening because of the high demand from the public, and the director continued discussions with many members of the audience in the foyer long after the screening had ended. The directors Dietrich Brüggemann and Timm Kröger were also in Hong Kong to present their films STATIONS OF THE CROSS (UFA Fiction, cine plus Filmproduktion) - world premiere in the 2014 Berlinale Competition - and THE COUNCIL OF BIRDS (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg) - which screened in Venice's Critics' Week in 2014.

Timm Kröger describes his impressions of Hong Kong in this travel diary...

 
 
SPOTLIGHT: NEW YORK
Nicole Kaufmann, Mariette Rissenbeek, Hannah Herzsprung, Oliver Mahrdt (© Karin Kohlberg)
Christian Zübert, Karl Rozemeyer (© Karin Kohlberg)

KINO! returned to New York for the second time in April. With its program of ten feature films and the GERMAN SHORT FILM NIGHT showcase, the Festival of German Films brought fresh German cinema to the US metropolis along with the first rays of spring sunshine. Eight guests - from director through actress, producer to film composer - presented their works in Q&As and panel discussions in the Cinema Village from 9-16 April 2015. The audience award was voted on via the website and presented to the family drama FLIGHTS OF FANCY by Christian Bach (Roxy Film). The festival was opened by the tragicomedy TOUR DE FORCE (Majestic Filmproduction) with the director Christian Zübert in attendance. A total of 250 guests had come to the Tribeca Cinemas in SoHo for the opening night and guaranteed that the cinemas were completely full. The film journalist Karl Rozemayer, who was a member of the festival's selection panel, moderated a Q&A with Christian Zübert. Many members of the audience praised the film's positive, but fitting, treatment of the subjects of death and dying. A young New York audience, including students from the New York School of Visual Arts, were attracted to the GERMAN SHORT FILM NIGHT. Up-and-coming director Christoph Rainer answered questions about his film PITTER PATTER GOES MY HEART in a packed cinema. Actress Hannah Herzsprung shared fascinating stories about the extraordinary shoot for WHO AM I - NO SYSTEM IS SAFE by Baran bo Odar (Wiedemann & Berg Film). Producer Philip Budweg spoke about the making of the children's film THE PASTA DETECTIVES (Lieblingsfilm) by Neele Leana Vollmar. A group of pupils from the United Nations International School were among those in the audience for the screening of the teen black comedy ABOUT  A GIRL by Mark Monheim (Imbissfilm). A lively discussion followed with the film's composer Sebastian Pille and actor Nikolaus Frei. Other hits with the audience and hotly discussed were THE LIES OF THE VICTORS (Heimatfilm) and the documentary BELTRACCHI - THE ART OF FORGERY (Fruitmarket Arts & Media), presented by their directors Christoph Hochhäusler and Arne Birkenstock.

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FESTIVALS

Turkish premiere for Festival of German films. More...

Festival de Télévision de Monte Carlo: Three German films in the competitions. More...

German films at Beijing, Cleveland, San Francisco, Nashville, Lecce, Linz, Indie Lisboa, BAFICI, ECU and Cyprus Film Days

German shorts at Annecy.

 
 
AWARDS

Awards for German films at Tribeca, Cleveland, Montreal, Créteil, New York Children's Film Festival and ECU Paris

Awards for German shorts at Go Short Nijmwegen and Aspen Shortsfest

 
 
INTERNATIONAL RELEASES

International theatrical releases of German films in May 2015 supported by the German Films' Distribution Support Program. More...

 
 
BOX-OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

PHOENIX in Argentina. DER NANNY in Germany.

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