The 58th Venice International Film Festival (29.08. - 08.09.2001) will present a total of nine German and German-international co-productions in its programme.
Werner Herzog will be taking part with INVINCIBLE, his first feature film since "Scream Of Stone", in the newly established "Lion of the Year" competitive section which is endowed with over DM 200,000 in prize money. The film depicts the tragic story of the Jewish blacksmith Zishe Breitbart from Eastern Poland who, to the chagrin of the Nazis, created a sensation in Berlin's varietÃ© world of the 1930s as the strongest man of his time.
Three German films are taking part in the "Corto Cortissimo" shorts competition: OLD LOVE, Jan SchÃ¼tte's adaptation of the short story of the same name by the Nobel Prize for Literature winner Isaac B. Singer, with Otto Tausig in the lead; and two films by students of the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Graduate Jan KrÃ¼ger will be presenting his diploma film FREUNDE where he shows how friendship between two completely different characters can also turn to disaster. And Ruth Olshan will show her German-Cuban co-production QUIEN ERES TU?, which was made as part of an exchange project with the Cuban film academy, about a mosquito that helps a young woman to find the man of her dreams.
The traditional competition "Venezia 58" for the Golden Lion will feature Ken Loach with the Anglo-German-Spanish co-production THE NAVIGATORS (German co-producer: Road Movies, Berlin). Also showing in this section, but "out of competition" are: the Anglo-German-Italian co-production DUST by Milcho Manchevski (German co-producer: ena, Pulheim) and the Franco-German-English-Italian co-production TOSCA by Benoît Jacquot (German co-producer: Integral, Berlin).
The sidebar "New Territories", which is reserved for innovative and experimental narrative forms, will have the shorts filmmaker Matthias MÃ¼ller, who is internationally regarded in expert circles, present his new work PHANTOM:
And the "Critics Week" for first features will have Katherine Lindberg showing the Spanish-German-American co-production RAIN (German co-producer: Kinowelt, Munich).