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NEW ADMISSIONS RECORD IN MADRID

The Festival of German Films in Madrid continued its successful run into 2015 and - with an additional day this year - was even able to increase the remarkable admission figures of last year's edition. Over 6,000 spectators - almost 1,500 more than in 2014 - came to the Cine Palafox from 9 to 14 June 2015 to discover new German cinema. The press reaction was considerable, including extensive reports in the two biggest daily newspapers of El Pais and El Mundo. For the first time, a four-week online festival then followed from 15 June in collaboration with the Spanish VoD platform filmin. Yet another new theatrical release was announced for a German film in the important Spanish market: WHO AM I - NO SYSTEM IS SAFE  by Baran bo Odar (Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion, Deutsche Columbia Pictures Filmproduktion, SevenPictures Film) was not only shown at the festival, but was also discovered during the selection period and bought for the Spanish cinemas by the jury member Luis Gisbert from the distributor Abordar Casa de Películas.

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GERMAN STARS IN HOMELAND
Alexander Fehling, Sebastian Koch (© Mathias Bothor)

The German actors Alexander Fehling and Sebastian Koch will be seen in the hit US series HOMELAND about the CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes). The 5th season is currently being shot in Berlin. Sebastian Koch has been cast as Carrie's boss Otto Düring, Alexander Fehling as her boyfriend Jonas Happich.

Series "made in Germany" are also receiving international recognition. DEUTSCHLAND 83 by Edward Berger, a coming of age story set during the 1980's, has just been launched on US television by Sundance TV. It is the first time that a US network has shown a German-language series. There were very positive reports from such publications as The New York Times or The Rolling Stone. GENERATION WAR was another hit series from Germany. The mini-series by Philipp Kadelbach won numerous prizes. It was sold to over 60 countries, had a theatrical run in the USA and posted record ratings in Sweden and Poland, among others. Hotly anticipated is BABYLON BERLIN, the new series project by director Tom Tykwer, which will be set in the Berlin of the 1920's.

More about Alexander Fehling and Sebastian Koch and other German actors in international TV productions...

 
 
GERMAN FOCUS IN SHANGHAI
Florian Mischa Böder, Dennis Ruh, Alexander Held, Jochen A. Freydank, Tomasz E. Rudzik (© SIFF)

The Shanghai International Film Festival and German Films have enjoyed many years of working well together. The festival has existed for the past 18 years and German Films has been a partner for the program's German focus for the last 12 years. This year saw numerous guests presenting eight German films at the festival which is so important for the Chinese market, including an appearance at a press conference. The German Focus opened with SANCTUARY (Zum Goldenen Lamm Filmproduktion) by Marc Brummund, which celebrated its international premiere in Shanghai at a packed cinema in front of around 400 cinema-goers. The lead actor Alexander Held answered the questions from the audience in a very lively Q&A and satisfied many requests for autographs and photos. The other screenings of Focus Germany were also well attended. Producer Leopold Hoesch (Broadview Pictures) was delighted with two sold-out screenings in the documentary section for NOWITZKI: THE PERFECT SHOT by director Sebastian Dehnhart.

More about the reception in honor of the German films in Shanghai...

 
 
SUCCESSFUL GERMAN TV FILMS
Screenwriters Robert and Josephin von Thayenthal for TANNBACH

June is the month of TV festivals. The industry and audiences gather in Shanghai, Banff and Monte Carlo for three of the world's leading events for TV films. As in previous years, German productions demonstrated their international quality with numerous nominations and three main awards.

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SPOTLIGHT: ISRAEL
Giulio Ricciarelli with Israeli distributors Nachshon Films at the Yad Vashem Museum

Whether it is in the cinemas or at important film festivals – German productions currently have a very high profile in Israel. Following its big success in France, LABYRINTH OF LIES (Claussen + Putz Filmproduktion, Naked Eye Filmproduction) was released in Israel's cinemas on 21 May 2015 and has been seen by over 30,000 cinema-goers so far. Director Giulio Ricciarelli and the lead actor Alexander Fehling traveled to Israel for the theatrical release. This was a very special journey for them to present their film about the background to the Auschwitz trials in Frankfurt. The audience's positive reactions made a great impression on them and were very moving.

There are showcases of German cinema to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany at the Jerusalem Film Festival (9 - 19 July 2015) and the Tel Aviv International Film Festival for Children and Youth (2 - 9 July 2015). In Jerusalem, a special sidebar with five German films is being organized in cooperation with Filmfest München alongside the German films selected for the festival's main program. A large delegation is coming from Germany to present its films in person. More…

The German Focus with four titles at the Children's Film Festival in Tel Aviv was organized on the initiative of the SCHLINGEL International Film Festival in Chemnitz to make the young Israeli generation better acquainted with the daily lives of German children. Director Veit Helmer (FIDDLESTICKS), producer Philipp Budweg (THE PASTA DETECTIVES) and author Katharina Reschke are traveling to Tel Aviv. More… 

 
 
CANNES

Sales of productions shown at the "New German Films" market screenings. More...

 
 
FESTIVALS

German films in Karlovy Vary's main competition. More...

Many German guests at Edinburgh International Film Festival. More...

German films at Moscow, Valencia and Krakow.

German shorts at Vila do Conde, Palm Springs, Zagreb, Tokyo, Tel Aviv and Huesca.

 
 
AWARDS

Six "Lolas" for VICTORIA at the German Film Awards. All the winners...

Awards for German animations at Annecy. More...

Awards for German films at Curitiba, Krakow and Fantaspoa.

Awards for German shorts at Palm Springs, Huesca and Grimstad.

 
 
INTERNATIONAL RELEASES

Four international theatrical releases of German films in July 2015 supported by the German Films' Distribution Support Program. More..

 
 
BOX-OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

PHOENIX in Spain.  VICTORIA in Germany. More...