German films well represented in Moscow

 

No less than ten German films and five German-international co-productions will be shown at the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival (21- 30 June 2001). The competition for the "St George Award" will include Russian director Sergei Bodrov's THE QUICKIE produced by Pandora Film (Cologne) as representing Germany.

 

The thriller THE QUICKIE is set in the world of the new Russian mafia in Los Angeles and tells the story of the mafia boss Oleg who throws a big party on New Year's Eve to announce his exit from the scene.

 

German films and German-international co-productions can be seen in a total of six sidebars. The "New Europe" section will present five German films: IN JULY (IM JULI) by Fatih Akin, LOST KILLERS by Dito Tsintsadze, BERLIN IS IN GERMANY by Hannes Stöhr, MY SWEET HOME by Filippos Tsitos and the short HINTEN SCHEISST DIE ENTE by Sabine Michel; "Great Expectations" will show ALASKA.DE by Esther Gronenborn and ENGLAND! by Achim von Borries; the section entitled "L'Atelier" will present the documentary FÜR MICH GAB'S NUR NOCH FASSBINDER by Rosa von Praunheim. Meanwhile, the "Filmmuseum" section will feature SOUTH.BORDER (SÜD.GRENZE) by Anton Adassinskij and the two co-productions EISENSTEIN by Renny Bartlett (Canada/Germany) and TROLOSA by Liv Ullmann (Sweden/Italy/Germany).

 

Another three German-international co-productions can also be seen in Moscow: the festival's opening film will be LE FABULEUX DESTIN D'AMELIE POULAIN by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (France/Germany); the section "Socialist Realism yesterday and today" is showing LIAM by Stephen Frears (Germany/Great Britain/France), and the "Panorama of Modern Swiss Cinema" is presenting VOLLMOND by Fredi M. Murer (Switzerland/Germany/France).

 

Moscow is one of the current eleven so-called "A festivals" and is regarded - along with Karlovy Vary - as one of the most important film events in Eastern Europe. Due to financial and organisational problems the festival has however lost somewhat of its former status in recent years.