COLONIA (© Majestic/Ricardo Vaz Palma)

German cinema is represented very well at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival (10 – 20 September 2015), North America's most important film festival. In Special Presentations, a  prestigious section which is reserved for outstanding films by prominent directors, there will even be two German films shown: Florian Gallenberger's thriller COLONIA (DE/LU/FR, Majestic Filmproduction, Rat Pack Filmproduktion) will celebrate its world premiere. The Berlinale hit VICTORIA by Sebastian Schipper (MonkeyBoy, Deutschfilm, Radical Media) will also be participating.

ONE BREATH by Christian Zübert (Senator Film, ARRI Film & TV Services, BVG Filmproduktion) and A HEAVY HEART by Thomas Stuber (DEPARTURES FILM, deutschfilm) will both have their world premieres in the Contemporary World Cinema sidebar. Lars Kraume's THE PEOPLE VS FRITZ BAUER (zero one film, TERZ Film) will have its North American premiere there after the world premiere and Audience Award in Locarno. German Kral's OUR LAST TANGO (DE/AR, Lailaps Pictures, German Kral Filmproduktion, Schubert International) will have its world premiere in TIFF Docs. DER NACHTMAHR by AKIZ (OOO-Films Produktion, Bon Voyage Films) will also be traveling from Locarno to Toronto and having its North American premiere in the Vanguard sidebar. EVERY THING WILL BE FINE by Wim Wenders (DE/CA/FR/SE/NO, Neue Road Movies) can be seen in the Masters.

Films from Germany can also be seen in the programs of shorts. A FIRE IN MY BRAIN THAT SEPARATES US by Benjamin Ramírez Pérez and FUGUE by Kerstin Schroedinger (DE/CA) will be screening in Wavelengths. THE FANTASTIC LOVE OF BEEBOY & FLOWERGIRL by Clemens Roth will be shown in Short Cuts International. A total of 32 German films and co-productions have been programmed in Toronto so far.

This year will again see German Films having a stand in the Industry Area.

More about the German films in Toronto...

Ronald Zehrfeld, Burghart Klaußner, Lars Kraume (courtesy of Tanja Güß)
John Nein, Amir Hamz, Mariette Rissenbeek, Sina Ataeian Dena, Kim Yutani (photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

THE PEOPLE VS FRITZ BAUER (zero one film, TERZ Film) captured the audience's hearts at the 68th Festival del Film Locarno (5 – 15 August 2015) and was presented with the UBS Prix de Public 2015 Audience Award. Over 7,000 spectators were spellbound during the world premiere of the political thriller in the Piazza Grande's open air cinema. The director Lars Kraume and the actors Burghart Klaußner (who portrays the title character) and Ronald Zehrfeld were delighted with the enthusiastic applause after the screening. 

The screenings of DER NACHTMAHR in Locarno were all sold out, which meant that the festival had to schedule an additional screening. The young film team with the director AKIZ and the actors Carolyn Genzkow, Sina Tkotsch and Wilson Gonzales Ochsenknecht answered the numerous questions from the audience with lots of enthusiasm and fun. There was a lot of talk about the "narcotic mindfuck melodrama” on its international premiere in the Filmmakers of the Present Competition, with The Hollywood Reporter suggesting that the film has "cult appeal" in its review. Several programmers showed interest in inviting the film to their respective festivals. There was also a very good attendance for Kamal Aljafari's RECOLLECTION, which had its world premiere in Signs of Life. The film was immediately invited to the prestigious documentary film festival of DOC BUENOS AIRES.

The festival's daily networking events ensured that the filmmakers had many good opportunities to network with the international industry in Locarno. German Films joined forces with the Film- und Medienstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein to host a dinner in honor of the German films and co-productions at the festival. The hosts Mariette Rissenbeek, Petra Müller and Eva Hubert welcomed over 90 guests to spend an evening on the veranda of the traditional Osteria Chiara restaurant. Apart from the film delegations from THE PEOPLE VS FRITZ BAUER, DER NACHTMAHR, RECOLLECTION, FOUR CORNERS OF A CIRCLE, THE 90 MINUTES WAR and WONDERLAND there were many international festival programmers from such festivals as Sundance, Tribeca, AFI Fest, CPH DOX, JeonJu and Karlovy Vary, distributors from the UK, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany as well as German and international press.

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All of the German films and co-productions in Locarno...


The 88th Oscars® are already looming on the horizon: things will heat up on 27 August 2015 because that's when the announcement will be made of the candidate to be put in the running for Germany in the Oscar® competition for the Best Foreign Language Film category. Which particular film will be decided by an expert independent jury due to convene in Munich from 25 August. 

In total, eight films have been submitted by German producers to German Films for consideration...

No less than three German directors are looking to win a Student Oscar® this year. Ilker Çatak with his short FIDELITY (Hamburg Media School), Dustin Loose with THE LAST WILL (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg), and Patrick Vollrath with EVERYTHING WILL BE OK (DE/AT), which was made at the Vienna Film Academy, are among the seven finalists at the Student Academy Awards® in the Best Foreign Film category.

The Student Academy Awards® in Gold, Silver and Bronze will be presented during an awards ceremony in Los Angeles on 17 September 2015.



In the fourth sitting of 2015, the German Films' Distribution Support awards committee decided to support 25 foreign theatrical releases of German films. In total, 133,500 euros were allocated.

The committee decided to support the following films...


Three German co-productions at Venice International Film Festival. More...

41 German films and co-productions at the Montreal World Film Festival. More...

German films in Cambridge, Palic, SarajevoMelbourne and at SANFIC.

German shorts in Belo HorizonteBristol and São Paulo.


Awards for German films in Melbourne, MarseilleOdessa and Wroclaw.


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


PHOENIX by Christian Petzold very successful in the United States. More...