The first GERMAN SCREENINGS IN NEW YORK, a distribution and promotion window for new productions not yet acquired in the United States, took place on March 24 in the Big Apple.

The Export-Union of German Cinema, in collaboration with the Department of Film and Video of the Museum of Modern Art, invited a select audience of distributors, buyers and exhibitors to preview the two German competition films of the 1999 Berlin Film Festival: Max Faeberboeck's AIMÉE & JAGUAR and Andreas Dresen's NIGHT SHAPES. The films were presented in the museum's Time Warner Screening Room to an audience of representatives from October Films, New Yorker Films, Fox Lorber, Attitude Films, Leisure Time Features and Zeitgeist among others. The next important platform for contemporary German films in New York will be the Museum of Modern Art's 21st annual showcase of Recent Films from Germany in November of this year.