German films in Cannes 2001

Director Fatih Akin, the actors Moritz Bleibtreu and Christiane Paul as well as producer Ralph Schwingel will be present when the third Festival of German Cinema is opened in Madrid on May 29th with IN JULY (IM JULI). As is now practice with its festivals of German cinema abroad, the Export-Union entrusts the selection of films to an independent jury of industry representatives from the host country.


The Spanish jury selected seven films for the main programme from around 30 current German feature films: CRAZY by Hans-Christian Schmid, GRAN PARADISO by Miguel Alexandre, SUMO BRUNO by Lenard Fritz Krawinkel, {m:}SUN ALLEY{/m} (SONNENALLEE) by Leander Haussmann, {m:}NO PLACE TO GO{/m} (DIE UNBERUEHRBARE) by Oskar Roehler, ZOOM by Otto Alexander Jahrreiss and the opening film IN JULY (IM JULI) by Fatih Akin.


Also showing will be the short film programme NEXT GENERATION 2001, which was recently premiered in Cannes, together with QUIERO SER by Florian Gallenberger and DIE AUGENFALLE by Elena Alvarez. A midnight screening will present three films from the EROTIC TALES series produced by Regina Ziegler. In addition, the documentary HERR ZWILLING UND FRAU ZUCKERMANN by Volker Koepp can be seen. Rounding off the festival will be a presentation by the Export-Union in co-operation with Transit Film of the restored version of METROPOLIS. Aljoscha Zimmermann and his trio will provide musical accompaniment for the silent classic by Fritz Lang.


The event's partners are: the Federal Commissioner for the Affairs of the Media and Culture (BKM), the German Federal Film Board (FFA), the six major regional film funds and Goethe Institut Inter Nationes e. V.


The festival receives support from: Lufthansa, Media Festivals, Transit Film, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Cinemanía, Erdinger Weißbräu, Daimler Chrysler and Home Deutsch.