FORGET ABOUT NICK (Heimatfilm, Medienparks NRW, Zentropa Köln), the latest feature film by the award-winning director Margarethe von Trotta, will be having its world premiere in the Competition of the Tokyo International Film Festival (25 October – 3 November 2017) which is one of Asia's largest film festivals. A total of eight German films and co-productions have been programmed.

Two films from Germany - LENALOVE by Florian Gaag (Rafkin Film Produktion, Rat Pack Filmproduktion, Goldkind Film, Milk Film, Aerodynamic Films) and MOUNTAIN MIRACLE – AN UNEXPECTED FRIENDSHIP by Tobias Wiemann (DE/IT, Lieblingsfilm) – are being shown in the TIFF Youth section which is dedicated to films for children and young people.

Margarethe von Trotta had already been in competition at Tokyo in 2012 with HANNAH ARENDT. And as with HANNAH ARENDT, FORGET ABOUT NICK is set again in New York: The only thing that Jade and Maria have in common is their twice unfaithful ex- husband. Because of this legal treachery, the two very different women end up sharing the luxurious loft where Maria once lived, and Jade still clings to as her own. They wage a small war over a very large chunk of New York City real estate, but this is a battle in which words are more valuable, and far more entertaining, than money.

Margarethe Von Trotta is an award-winning German director and a founder of the New German Cinema wave, as well as one of the world’s most important feminist filmmakers. Throughout her career, Margarethe von Trotta has directed films such as ROSA LUXEMBURG, ROSENSTRASSE, VISION or HANNAH ARENDT, which attracted wide audiences and were critically acclaimed.

It is the second German competition title in a row at Tokyo. Last year saw THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY by Chris Kraus (DE/AT, DOR FILM-WEST, Four Minutes Filmproduktion) being selected and subsequently winning the Grand Prix as well as the 'A' festival's Audience Award.

All of the German films and co-productions in Tokyo 2017…

Dennis Ruh (Festival Relations)
Birgit Koch (Press & PR)

Film still FORGET ABOUT NICK © Martin Valentin Menke