A panorama of contemporary German cinema, over 60 German films and co-productions in the program and more than 30 filmmakers, actors and industry guests from Germany participating in panels, juries, the talents sections or at the co-production market – the Guadalajara International Film Festival (10 – 17 March 2017) will be rolling out the red carpet in style for German cinema as part of the Germany-Mexico Year. The German focus was organised in cooperation with German Films and the Goethe-Institut Mexico.

The guest of honor will also be kicking off the festival: GOODBYE BERLIN by Fatih Akin (Lago Film, STUDIOCANAL Film) will open the 32nd edition of the largest festival in Latin America with a gala screening on 10 March 2017. The two lead actors Anand Batbileg and Tristan Göbel will be present in the Auditorio Telmex which holds around 5,000 spectators.

Guests such as the filmmakers Nicolette Krebitz, Petra Epperlein, Heiko Pinkowski, Jakob M. Erwa, Leonie Krippendorf, Helene Hegemann, Asli Özge and Tim Ellrich or the actresses Jasna Fritzi Bauer and Miriam Jakob will present their films, take part in various panels and roundtables, or serve on the festival juries.

Other representatives from a variety of fields in the German film industry are taking part in the festival's Talents section and the film and co-production market. Bettina Blümner's new project HELLO MY FRIEND – to be produced on the German side by One Two Films – was selected for the co-production market.

All of the German films and co-productions in the 2017 edition of the Guadalajara festival here…

All of the films and guests from Germany will also be presented in a German Films brochure (in Spanish) distributed during the festival.

The Guadalajara International Film Festival regularly delights over 100,000 visitors and also includes a successful film market and various industry events attracting numerous international guests.

As a way of consolidating their bilateral relations, Mexico and Germany decided to present themselves in major national showcases in 2016/17. Federal Minister Steinmeier opened the Germany Year in Mexico City on 6 June 2016. More than 1,000 individual events are planned during this year, including the German focus in Guadalajara.

Maike Schantz (Regional Coordinator South America)
Birgit Koch (Press & PR)