After the positive reaction to the event in Paris, the Export-Union des deutschen Films will now stage a festival of German cinema in London as well. Fifteen German films will be presented there from 3 - 12 December, 1998:
The film programme will be opened with a gala screening of COMEDIAN HARMONISTS in the presence of the Federal President Roman Herzog who will be in London for a state visit. Director Joseph Vilsmaier and his wife Dana Vávrová as well as five of the six main actors will also attend the English premiere of the film. The gala will be held in the renowned Curzon Mayfair.
The programme will also include: Vivian Naefe's German screwball comedy FOUR TO VENICE; the dark prison story 14 DAYS TO LIFE by Roland Suso Richter; Hans-Christian Schmid's computer espionage thriller 23; THE PHARMACIST by Rainer Kaufmann, based on the novel by Ingrid Noll; Doris DÃ¶rrie's happy-sad round AM I BEAUTIFUL?; the successful comedy REGULAR GUYS by Rolf Silber; the two SaarbrÃ¼cken '98 premieres EDUARD'S PROMISE by Andreas Wunderlich and GOMEZ by Edward Berger; Fatih Akin's debut SHORT SHARP SHOCK; THE TRIO by Hermine Huntgeburth with GÃ¶tz George in the lead; Peter Lichtefeld's first feature TRAINS 'N' ROSES and Peter Buchka's documentary about German silent films, THE HAUNTED SCREEN.
The Export-Union will present a "Spotlight on Doris DÃ¶rrie" in a sidebar: NOBODY LOVES ME and her first feature STRAIGHT THROUGH THE HEART will be shown in addition to her latest film AM I BEAUTIFUL?
The selection of films was made by an independent English jury comprising a representative from distribution, press and exhibition. The venue for the screenings is the Metro Cinema, a modern arthouse cinema which is centrally located in the West End and has a reputation for an outstanding programme with an international slant.
The event's partners are the Federal German Film Board (FFA), the Federal Economics Ministry (BMWi), the five main regional film funds, the German Embassy in London, and the Goethe-Institut.
The goal of the festival is to re-awaken a consciousness among the English audiences and professionals for the varied talents of the new generation of German filmmakers and to create the long-term conditions for German films to be successful once more in the English cinemas.The state visit by the Federal President provides a particular opportunity for this to happen.
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