Full-house for German films in Rome

After five years the Festival of German Cinema has secured itself a firm place in Rome's film scene. The Export-Union showed 12 feature films, a TV film, a documentary and a selection of shorts from 2-6 April, 2004 and achieved admission figures and press attention like never before.

At the opening with the Berlinale winner HEAD-ON (GEGEN DIE WAND) the director Fatih Akin and the actors Sibel Kekilli und Birol Ünel not only let themselves be feted by the audience but also answered their questions about the film. HEAD-ON had already been sold to Italy and will open in the Italian cinemas in a few weeks' time.


The directors Elmar Fischer (FREMDER FREUND), Hans Steinbichler (HIERANKL), Christoph Hochhäusler (THIS VERY MOMENT/MILCHWALD), Tomy Wigand (THE FLYING CLASSROOM/DAS FLIEGENDE KLASSENZIMMER), M.X. Oberg (THE STRATOSPHERE GIRL) and documentary filmmaker Jochen Breitenstein (DER RING DES BUDDHA) had also come to Rome to discuss their films with the audiences.


Intensive exchange with Italian film students: Jens Junker (DER TIERFREUND), Paul Schwarz (BITTE NICHT STÖREN) and André Nebe (KUNSTGRIFF) showed their shorts in the festival cinema as well as at Rome's Film Academy SNC. Director André Nebe was especially pleased: after the short film reel NEXT GENERATION 2003 was screened, he received a prize from the Italian broadcaster RAI-SAT.


Sönke Wortmann, who could not come to Rome, also had a reason to be cheerful : His film THE MIRACLE OF BERN (DAS WUNDER VON BERN) was chosen by the audience in Rome as this year's favourite film.


School screenings were organised in collaboration with the Goethe Institut in Rome for THE FLYING CLASSROOM (DAS FLIEGENDE KLASSENZIMMER) and FREMDER FREUND and they met with great interest by the pupils of the German and Swiss Schools.


A highlight not only for connoisseurs of silent films: THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI (DAS CABINET DES DR. CALIGARI) by Robert Wiene with live music by Aljoscha Zimmermann and his ensemble was practically sold out.


Other films in the programme: A LITTLE PIECE OF FREEDOM (KLEINE FREIHEIT) by Yüksel Yavuz, JAGGED HARMONIES BACH VS. FREDERICK II (MEIN NAME IST BACH) by Dominique de Rivaz, SCHULTZE GETS THE BLUES by Michael Schorr, GUN-SHY (SCHUSSANGST) by Dito Tsintsadze, PLAY IT LOUD! (VERSCHWENDE DEINE JUGEND) by Benjamin Quabeck and WOLFSBURG by Christian Petzold.


The event's partners were : BKM, German Federal Film Board (FFA), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FFF Bayern, Filmförderung Hamburg, Filmstiftung NRW, MG Baden-Württemberg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, nordmedia, AG Dok, AG Kurzfilm and the Goethe Institut in Rome.


The festival was supported by: DARC-Direzione Generale per L’Architettura e l’Arte Contemporanee, the Museum for Art of the 21st Century MAXXI, the SNC, RAI-SAT Cinema World, Radio Città Futura, Lady Film, Eagle Pictures, Palomar, BIM Distribuzione, Baba Catering, Antica Azienda Curto, Centro Musicale, Erdinger Weißbräu, the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation and Kodak.



For further informations, please contact Konstanze Welz : Tel.: 089-599 787 14, e-mail: konstanze.welz@german-cinema.de