15 German films and co-productions at the Toronto Film Festival


Canada likes cinema from Germany: after the World Film Festival Montreal (23.08. - 03.09.2001) featured a special "Focus on German Cinema" sidebar this year with over 40 titles, the 26th Toronto International Film Festival (06. - 15.09.2001) will now present a large selection of new German films and German-international co-productions.


The section of "Special Presentations", which forms the festival's main programme together with the "Gala Screenings", will show EMIL UND DIE DETEKTIVE by Franziska Buch and the silent movie classic NOSFERATU by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau.


The "Discovery" sidebar, which will be awarding a prize for the first time this year and is restricted to films which were not yet seen in North America, is showing MOSTLY MARTHA (3 STERNE) by Sandra Nettelbeck; "Contemporary World Cinema" will have Maria Speth presenting her first feature THE DAYS BETWEEN (IN DEN TAG HINEIN). The documentary section "Real to Reel" has invited Monika Treut's new film KRIEGERIN DES LICHTS. And the newly created section called "Wavelengths" will feature a selection of experimental shorts by Christian Hossner, a student of the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne: SCHICHTWECHSEL, NIPKOW TV and SLIT SCAN MOVIE. Finally, the "Planet Africa" sidebar will include South African-born HFF/M graduate Stefanie Sycholt's MALUNDE.


In addition, the festival programme includes six German-international co-productions: the German-French-English-Austrian co-production TAKING SIDES by István Szabó can be seen as a "Gala"; "Contemporary World Cinema" is presenting the Austro-German co-production LOVELY RITA by Jessica Hausner, the German-French-Italian co-production SAMSARA by Pan Nalin, and Pandora Film's THE QUICKIE by the Russian director Sergei Bodrov. "Wave-lengths" will show Matthias Müller's Luxemburg-German-Austrian produced short NEBEL / MIST; and "Midnight Madness" is presenting the German-English-French-Japanese-US programme CLIP CULT VOLUME 1.


Unlike other international film events, the Toronto International Film Festival purposely makes do without an official competition so that it can show its audience a selection of the most interesting films from Berlin, Cannes and Venice alongside its own discoveries. It is universally regarded in the industry as "the gate to the American market" and as one of the most important gatherings of the international film scene worldwide.