Over thirty German films in official festival programme A total of 21 new German films and eleven German-international co-productions will be presented to audiences at the 31st Film Festival Rotterdam (23.1. - 3.2.2002), one of the most important film events in Europe.
Sven Taddicken will take part in the competition for the renowned "Tiger Award", one of the most important awards internationally for newcomer directors, with his debut film GETTING MY BROTHER LAID (MEIN BRUDER DER VAMPIR)which will have its international premiere at the festival.
14 feature-length German films will be screened in the main programme: PASSING SUMMER (MEIN LANGSAMES LEBEN) by Angela Schanelec; TOTER MANN by Christian Petzold; WESTEND by Markus Mischkowski and Kai Maria Steinkühler; THE JOURNEY TO KAFIRISTAN (DIE REISE NACH KAFIRISTAN) by Fosco and Donatello Dubini; NICHT FISCH, NICHT FLEISCH by Matthias Keilich; h'artCORE 1 by Aguirre Morgenstern; SUCK MY DICK by Oskar Roehler and the documentaries HAMLET - THIS IS YOUR FAMILY by Peter Kern and VOM HIRSCHKÄFER ZUM HAKENKREUZ by Oliver Lammert and Madeleine Dewald. In addition, there will be screenings of the co-productions LOVELY RITA by Jessica Hausner (Austria/Germany); MEIN STERN by Valeska Grisebach (Austria/Germany); SAMSARA by Pan Nalin (Germany/India) and the documentaries IM SPIEGEL DER MAYA DEREN by Martina Kudlácek (Austria/Germany/Switzerland) and ASTA E by Thomas Ciulei (Romania/Germany).
Seven shorts can also be seen in the main programme: PHANTOM by Matthias Müller; STAPLERFAHRER KLAUS - DER ERSTE ARBEITSTAG by Jörg Wagner and Stefan Prehn; FREUNDE by Jan Krüger; ENTINEN MIES by Lale Nalpantoglu and the co-productions ET IN ARCADIA EGO and MIT MIR by Kerstin Cmelka (Austria/Germany) and DREAMS by Christina V. Greve and Carsten Schulz (Germany/UK).
A further ten German films are showing in four sidebars. "Critics' Choice" is presenting DER SCHÖNE TAG by Thomas Arslan; the section "Looking Glass" is screening PLANET DER KANNIBALEN by Hans-Christoph Blumenberg and the German-British co-production THE CAT'S MEOW by Peter Bogdanovich. "Desert of the Real" is showing the documentary STARBUCK by Gerd Conradt and the shorts WAHRE WORTE, BÖSE BILDER, RAUHE RHYTHMEN by Harald Schleicher and DAS BOOT IST VOLL by O. Korth. Finally, the section entitled"What (is) Cinema" will show the three shorts DAS SCHLAFENDE MÄDCHEN by Corinna Schnitt; EX.SPECTATORS by Johannes Maier and METROPOLEN DES LEICHTSINNS by Thomas Draschan (Germany/Austria) and the British-German-Spanish co-production THE NAVIGATORS by Ken Loach.