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LARS KRAUME ON THE PIAZZA IN LOCARNO
THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER (© zero one film/M.V. Menke)

Lars Kraume’s political thriller THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER (zero one film, TERZ Film) will celebrate its world premiere on the Piazza Grande at the important summer festival in Locarno (5 - 15 August 2015). In addition, DER NACHTMAHR by AKIZ (OOO-Films Produktion, Bon Voyage Films) can be seen as an international premiere in the Filmmakers of the Present sidebar. Kamal Aljafari’s RECOLLECTION will be shown as a world premiere in Signs of Life. In total, 20 German films and co-productions have been invited to Locarno, including three co-productions in the International Competition. The German actor Udo Kier was appointed as one of the members of the Competition jury. 

More about the German films in Locarno...

 
 
PRIZES FOR BABAI IN KARLOVY VARY
Dietrich Brüggemann, Mariette Rissenbeek, Visar Morina (© Birgit Heidsiek)

The traditional Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which has special importance for Central and East European cinema, has also proven in recent years to be a great place for German films. Among the many titles shown here were SOURCES OF LIFE by Oskar Roehler in the 2013 Feature Film Competition and ISTANBUL UNITED by Farid Eslam und Olli Waldhauer in the 2014 Documentary Competition. In 2012, Jan Ole Gerster's OH BOY began its successfull festival career in Karlovy Vary. German films stayed on the road to success in this year's 50th edition (3 - 11 July 2015). Visar Morina, who had the international premiere of his BABAI (DE/XK/MK/FR, NiKo Film) in the Main Competition alongside HEIL by Dietrich Brüggemann (REAL FILM Berlin, Bella Firma), was named Best Director. In addition, BABAI won the Europa Cinemas Award. When it had its world premiere at the Filmfest München, the debut by Visar Morina won three of the prizes for Directing, Screenplay and Lead Actor in the German Cinema New Talent Awards, one of the most important German prizes for up-and-coming filmmakers.

Other prizes for German co-productions in Karlovy Vary...

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More about the screenings of German films with over 1,000 viewers... 

 
 
INTERNATIONAL BUYERS IN DRESDEN
GERMAN FILMS PREVIEWS (© Tobias Sauer)

Dresden became the center for international film buyers from such countries as Argentina, France, Korea, Great Britain, Spain and the USA from 8 to 11 July 2015. Around 80 guests from 35 countries were there to see new German films. In total, the German Films Previews showed 15 productions on the big screen at the UFA Kristallpalast Cinema, with six of them being shown for the first time at an industry event for distributors. The Previews were organized by German Films.

Mariette Rissenbeek, managing director of German Films, is pleased about the success of the event: "Our international guests not only watched the new German films with great interest, but the opportunities for extensive conversations and informative networking functioned so well that several deals were made on the spot."
 
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SPOTLIGHT: JERUSALEM
Q&A for MY FRIEND RAFFI

This year saw a large German delegation attending the 32nd Jerusalem International Film Festival (9 – 19 July 2015) which is the country's most significant festival alongside Haifa. The festival successes VICTORIA by Sebastian Schipper (MonkeyBoy, Deutschfilm, Radical Media), WE ARE YOUNG. WE ARE STRONG. by Burhan Qurbani (UFA Fiction) as well as FROM CALIGARI TO HITLER by Rüdiger Suchsland (Looks Filmproduktionen) were among the films programmed. A special program of five German films which had previously been screened in Munich were shown in cooperation with Filmfest München to mark the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations. Filmmakers such as Arend Agthe, Dietrich Brüggemann, Alexander Costea, Sebastian Schipper, Rüdiger Suchsland and Burhan Qurbani introduced their works in person. Many international guests accepted the invitation of German Films, FFF Bayern and the festival to attend a reception in honor of the German films.

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More about audience reactions and the reception...

 
 
FESTIVALS

COLONIA and VICTORIA with Special Presentation at Toronto International Film Festival. More...

German films in MotovunGuanajuanto, Giffoni and Anima Mundi Brazil.

German shorts in Ottawa and Odense.

 
 
AWARDS

Awards for German films in Giffoni, Yerevan and at FIDMarseille.

Awards for German shorts in Espinho, at Anima Mundi and Vila do Conde.

 
 
BOX-OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

VICTORIA in France. More...