Further German-international co-productions in Cannes

Today saw the most important sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival, the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (« Directors’ Fortnight »), announcing its film lineup: Werner Schroeter will be participating with the Franco-German co-production DEUX.

The film with Isabelle Huppert in the lead was produced by Paulo Branco, Gemini Films Paris, together with Ulrich Felsberg, Road Movies Filmproduktion. The Berlin company is now represented with a total of three films in this year’s film festival programme following the invitation of SWEET SIXTEEN by Ken Loach to the Competition and TEN MINUTES OLDER to Un Certain Regard.

 

Werner Schroeter, one of the internationally most renowned German directors, was last in Cannes in 1991 with MALINA. That film also had Isabelle Huppert in the lead.

 

For Ulrich Felsberg of Road Movies, DEUX is the third project with Paulo Branco. They had previously co-produced THE ABSENCE (DIE ABWESENHEIT) by Peter Handke (1992) and LISBON STORY by Wim Wenders (1994).

 

The Quinzaine des Réalisateurs was created in 1968 by the French directors association as a part of the festival which is autonomous both as far as the content and its organisation are concerned. It is staged under the auspices of the festival with an independent director (Marie-Pierre Macia - since 2000) and is dedicated to traditionally innovative works outside of the mainstream.

 

As previously reported, the special programme „En Avant!“ of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs will present the short PHANTOM by Matthias Müller.

 

Apart from the previously announced German-international co-productions (RUSSIAN ARK, SWEET SIXTEEN, THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST), the festival’s Competition will also present another film where there is substantial involvement from Germany: THE PIANIST by Roman Polanski. The German producer of the German-French-Polish-English co-production is Studio Babelsberg where a third of the film was also produced.