German Films In New York

The small, but extraordinarily famous New York film festival for newcomers, NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS (27.3-12.4.1998), will be showing 23 feature-length films this year, including two from Germany:

The First Time (Das erste Mal) by Connie Walther. In her first feature-length film which was premiered at the Hof Film Days in 1996, the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) graduate recounts the story of 15-year-old Fili who falls madly in love with Johnny Depp and dreams of meeting him. However, when she finds out that her idol is only interested in more mature women, she decides she must have her first sexual experiences before meeting him... (Production: SWF in coproduction with WDR, MDR, and dffb).


Sreda - Wednesday by Victor Kossakovsky whose documentary charts the lives of 101 children who were born like him im Leningrad on 19 July, 1961: are they companions in fate or just contemporaries? The German-English-Russian coproduction was premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 1997 and has since been seen at numerous international festivals (Production: Viola Stephan, Berlin, in coproduction with ZDF, BBC, Koskomkino, Moscow, and Yleisradio, Helsinki).

Susanne Reinker