German films in Tokyo (1-10 November 1997)

The Tokyo International Film Festival, regarded by the international film producers' association FIAPF as one of the world's most important film events, is showing a total of seven films by German filmmakers or with German involvement.

The International Competition will see Caroline Link taking part with BEYOND SILENCE (JENSEITS DER STILLE). At this year's Bavarian Film Awards, the director received the Newcomer Prize for her first full-length feature; the producers Claussen & Wöbke and Luggi Waldleitner were presented with the generously remunerated Producer Prize, and Niki Reiser received the prize for Best Film Score. The film, which has since been seen by over 1.7 million cinema-goers, also received three honours at this year's German Film Awards: Film Ribbon in Silver (with star) in the category of "Best Film" for Caroline Link, Acting Award to Sylvie Testud, and the Film Score prize to Niki Reiser. The Guild Film Award in Gold also went to BEYOND SILENCE (world sales: Bavaria, Geiselgsteig) this year.


Bence Gyöngyössy has been invited to participate with his first feature ROMANI KRIS - ZIGEUNERGESETZ in the Young Cinema Competition which offers prize-money worth a total DM 470,000. ROMANI KRIS received the prize for Best Newcomer Film at the World Film Festival in Montreal (world sales: Exportfilm Bischoff, Munich).


Two works by Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet can be seen in the parallel section Window of World Cinema: DU JOUR AU LENDEMAIN (1996), based on an opera by Karl Schönberg, and the short film LOTHRINGEN from 1994 (world sales: Pierre Grise, Paris).


Two German films are also showing in the sidebar Cinema Prism: THE CAUCASIAN NIGHT by Gordian Maugg, who took part in the Young Cinema Competition in 1993 with The Olympic Summer (producer: Daniel Zuta, Frankfurt); and the documentary about Socialist Realist musicals, EAST SIDE STORY from Dana Ranga (world sales: Jane Balfour, London), which has been very successful at international festivals.


Finally, Helma Sanders-Brahms will take part in the Kanebo Women's Film Week - she has often been a guest of this section and is there this year with her new film MY HEART IS MINE ALONE (MEIN HERZ - NIEMANDEM!) (world sales: Futura/Filmverlag).