4,800 spectators at the third Festival of German Cinema in Madrid - NO PLACE TO GO (DIE UNBERÜHRBARE) wins Audience Award

On June 2, the third Festival of German Cinema came to a close in Madrid. Between May 29 and June 2, a total of 4,800 spectators attended 18 screenings in the festival cinema Cine Palafox, a renowned arthouse cinema in the centre of Madrid. This year again saw the organisers offering an extensive programme with seven feature films, two short film programmes, the presentation of a silent movie as well as a documentary film.


As part of an initiative organised by the Home Deutsch language school, the audience was able to vote on the films in the main programme. Oskar Roehler's NO PLACE TO GO proved to be the festival-goers' favourite.


The festival was very well received by both the public and the press. Considerable interest was generated in the directors and actresses attending the festival: Miguel Alexandre presented his film GRAN PARADISO, Lenard Fritz Krawinkel SUMO BRUNO, Leander Haussmann SUN ALLEY (SONNENALLEE), Otto Alexander Jahrreiss ZOOM, Oskar Roehler and Hannelore Elsner were both there to introduce NO PLACE TO GO (DIE UNBERUEHRBARE). The festival was opened by IN JULY (IM JULI) with Christiane Paul, Fatih Akin and Ralph Schwingel in attendance.


Also shown were CRAZY by Hans-Christian Schmid, the short films programme by German film students NEXT GENERATION, the documentary HERR ZWILLING UND FRAU ZUCKERMANN by Volker Koepp as well as three of the EROTIC TALES produced by Regina Ziegler. The closing event - a screening of the silent classic METROPOLIS, with musical accompaniment by Aljoscha Zimmermann and his trio - was sold out.


The partners for all of the Festivals of German Cinema abroad are the Federal Commissioner for the Affairs of the Media and Culture (BKM), the German Federal Film Board (FFA), the six major regional film funds and Goethe Institut Inter Nationes e. V.


The festival in Madrid was supported by Lufthansa, Media Festivals, Transit Film, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Cinemanía, Erdinger Weißbraeu, Daimler Chrysler and Home Deutsch.