Berlinale winner HEAD-ON (GEGEN DIE WAND) opens 5th Festival of German Cinema in Rome

The Export-Union and its partners will be staging the 5th Festival of German

Cinema in Rome from 2 - 6 April, 2004. With 14 feature films, a documentary

and a selection of shorts, the event provides an overview of new German film

production.

 

The Festival will be opened by HEAD-ON (GEGEN DIE WAND) by Fatih Akin, this

year's winner of the Golden Bear in Berlin. The director and the two lead

actors will come to Rome to introduce the film in person. After the

screening, the Export-Union will host a reception in the newly opened Museum

for Art of the 21st Century MAXXI.

 

The following films will be shown: THE FLYING CLASSROOM (DAS FLIEGENDE

KLASSENZIMMER) by Tomy Wigand, THE FRIEND (FREMDER FREUND) by Elmar Fischer,

HIERANKL by Hans Steinbichler, A LITTLE BIT OF FREEDOM (KLEINE FREIHEIT) by

Yüksel Yavuz, LUTHER by Eric Till, JAGGED HARMONIES (MEIN NAME IST BACH) by Dominique de Rivaz, THIS VERY MOMENT (MILCHWALD) by Christoph Hochhäusler, SCHULTZE GETS THE BLUES by Michael Schorr, THE STRATOSPHERE GIRL by M.X.Oberg, GUN-SHY (SCHUSSANGST) by Dito Tsintsadze,

PLAY IT LOUD! (VERSCHWENDE DEINE JUGEND) by Benjamin Quabeck, WOLFSBURG by

Christian Petzold and THE MIRACLE OF BERN (DAS WUNDER VON BERN) by Sönke Wortmann. The majority of the films will be presented in person by the

directors.

 

Director Jochen Breitenstein will also be coming to Rome for a discussion

about his documentary DER RING DES BUDDHA.

 

In addition to screening the short film programme NEXT GENERATION 2003, the

Export-Union will also be collaborating with AG Kurzfilm on showing the

shorts PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB (BITTE NICHT STÖREN) by Paul Schwarz, WOMAN

BELOW THE ICE (DIE EISBADERIN) by Alla Churikova and THE ANIMAL LOVER (DER

TIERFREUND) by Jens Junker in the festival cinema. Another screening will be

held in Rome's film academy SNC together with a workshop for Italian and

German film students.

 

The programme will be rounded off with an evening of silent film: Aljoscha

Zimmermann and his ensemble will accompany THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI (DAS

CABINET DES DR. CALIGARI) by Robert Wiene.

 

School screenings will be organised in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut

in Rome for THE FLYING CLASSROOM (DAS FLIEGENDE KLASSENZIMMER) and FREMDER

FREUND for the German and Swiss Schools.

 

The event's partners are: BKM, FFA, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FFF Bayern, Filmförderung Hamburg, Filmstiftung NRW, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, nordmedia, AG Dok, AG Kurzfilm and the

Goethe-Institut in Rome.

 

The Festival is being sponsored by DARC-Direzione Generale per l’

Architettura e l’Arte Contemporanee, the Museum of Art of the 21st Century

MAXXI, the SNC, RAI SAT Cinema World, Radio Città Futura, Lady Film, Eagle

Pictures, Palomar, Metacinema, BIM Distribuzione, Baba Catering, Antica

Azienda Curto, Centro Musicale, Erdinger Weißbräu, the Friedrich Wilhelm

Murnau Foundation and Kodak.

 

 

For further information please contact:Konstanze Welz, tel: +49-89-59978713, email: konstanze.welz@german-cinema.de