STAR APPEAL AT THE FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS IN MADRID

2017-05-31

The screenings have long been sold out: director-actor Florian David Fitz is coming to Madrid to introduce two of his films at the 19th Festival of German Films and he has quite a few fans in the Spanish capital. The festival is popular with the audience – around 5,500 came last year despite its clash with the Euro 2016 football tournament – and the German filmmakers, with seven guests being lined up to present their works at the Cine Palacio de la Prensa from 6 – 11 June 2017.

In total, ten feature films – including eight fiction films, a documentary and a children's film -, the showcase of shorts NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2017 as well as four other short films are being shown in this year's program.

Florian David Fitz will be presenting his directorial outing, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY (Pantaleon Films, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Erfftal Film- und Fernsehproduktion), and TERROR by Lars Kraume (Moovie), while the producer Kathrin Lemme will introduce the festival's opening film THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY by Chris Kraus (Dor Film-West, Four Minutes Filmproduktion). The filmmakers Olaf Kraemer and Florian Eichinger will answer questions from the audience after the screenings of 5 WOMEN (Emerge & See Filmproduktion, Starhaus Filmproduktion) and HANDS OF A MOTHER (Kinescope Film, Bergfilm Produktion & Verleih).

Up-and-coming director Dominique Klein will be coming to Madrid almost straight after Cannes where the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2017 showcase of shorts had had its world premiere during the festival. Her short MR AND MRS MÜLLER is part of the showcase.

From up-and-coming filmmakers to tomorrow's cinema audiences: so far, over 500 Spanish schools have signed up for the screenings of RICO, OSKAR AND THE MYSTERIOUS STONE by Neele Leana Vollmar (Lieblingsfilm, Fox International Productions). The previous two films about a special friendship had already been shown in Madrid and triggered an enthusiastic response..

And connoisseurs of German film classics will also get their money's worth in Madrid. Bertelsmann will be collaborating on a screening of VARIETÉ by Ewald André Dupont, one of the most successful films of 1925 in German cinemas, with live accompaniment by the pianist and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Horne and percussionist Martin Pyne.

The Goethe-Institut Madrid is programming a four-title focus entitled "überAll – Science Fiction and Cyberpunk in German Cinema". Cinema-goers will be able here to embark on a journey through the history of German science fiction cinema starting from the 1920s. Actress Lana Cooper and producer Edgar Derzian will be presenting the latest film featured in the focus, WE ARE THE TIDE by Sebastian Hilger (Anna Wendt Filmproduktion, Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf) from 2016.

Once again this year, the Spanish VOD platform Filmin will be offering three complimentary annual subscriptions within the framework of the festival’s audience award. With over 10,000 titles, Filmin is one of Spain’s premiere streaming services for high-quality arthouse cinema.


All of the films in the program of the 2017 edition of the Festival of German Films in Madrid:

THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY (DIE BLUMEN VON GESTERN) by Chris Kraus (Dor Film-West, Four Minutes Filmproduktion) (opening film)
5 WOMEN (5 FRAUEN) by Olaf Kraemer (Emerge & See Filmproduktion, Starhaus Filmproduktion)
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY (DER GEILSTE TAG) by Florian David Fitz (Pantaleon Films, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Erfftal Film- und Fernsehproduktion)
ORIGINAL BLISS (GLEISSENDES GLÜCK) by Sven Taddicken (Frisbeefilm, cine plus filmproduktion, Senator Film, Sky Deutschland)
HANDS OF A MOTHER (DIE HÄNDE MEINER MUTTER) by Florian Eichinger (Kinescope Film, Bergfilm Produktion & Verleih)
MARIJA by Michael Koch (Pandora Film, Hugo Film, Little Shark Entertainment)
TERROR by Lars Kraume (Moovie)
WIN BY FALL (SCHULTERSIEG) by Anna Koch (Anna Wendt Filmproduktion, DFFB)
RICO, OSKAR AND THE MYSTERIOUS STONE (RICO, OSKAR UND DER DIEBSTAHLSEIN) by Neele Leana Vollmar (Lieblingsfilm, Fox International Productions)
THE DREAMED PATH (DER TRAUMHAFTE WEG) by Angela Schanelec (Filmgalerie 451)

VARIETÉ by Ewald André Dupont

Shorts:
NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2017
NEIGHBOURWOOD by Eddy Hohf, Fynn Große-Bley, Patrik Knittel (Film Academy Baden-Württemberg)
RUBIK by Xenia Smirnov (Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf)
SPEECHLESS by Robin Polak (CZAR Pictures)
URBAN AUDIO SPECTRUM by Marina Schnider

überAll – Science Fiction and Cyberpunk in German Cinema (Goethe-Institut):
ALGOL – TRAGÖDIE DER MACHT by Hans Werckmeister (Deutsche Lichtbild-Gesellschaft, silent film from the 1920s)
THE SILENT STAR (DER SCHWEIGENDE STERN) by Kurt Maetzig (DEFA Studio, 1960)
DECODER by Muscha (Fett-Film, 1984)
WE ARE THE TIDE (WIR SIND DIE FLUT) by Sebastian Hilger (Anna Wendt Filmproduktion, Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf)


The Festival of German Films in Madrid is held in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Madrid and the German Embassy in Madrid. The festival is supported by Bertelsmann, Fundación Goethe and Spanish VOD platform Filmin.

More information about the festival on the website, on Facebook and Twitter. The festival trailer can be found here.


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Birgit Koch (Press & PR)