GRILL POINT (HALBE TREPPE) opens third Festival of German Cinema in Rome (11 - 15 April 2002)

GRILL POINT (HALBE TREPPE) by Andreas Dresen will be opening the third Festival of German Cinema in Rome on 11 April 2002. Director Andreas Dresen and main actor Axel Prahl will attend in person to introduce their film, which won the Jury Silver Bear at this year’s Berlinale, to the Italian public.


The Export-Union and its partners will be presenting a varied selection of German films from 11 - 15 April in a lineup of eight features, two documentaries, a silent film and a programme of short films. Apart from the opening film, the following feature films can be seen in Rome: ALASKA.DE by Esther Gronenborn, THE EXPERIMENT (DAS EXPERIMENT) by Oliver Hirschbiegel, THE DAYS BETWEEN (IN DEN TAG HINEIN) by Maria Speth, THE STATE I AM IN (DIE INNERE SICHERHEIT) and TOTER MANN by Christian Petzold, MOSTLY MARTHA (BELLA MARTHA) by Sandra Nettelbeck and NO REGRETS (NICHTS BEREUEN) by Benjamin Quabeck.


Also screening are the two documentaries BLACK BOX GERMANY (BLACK BOX BRD) by Andres Veiel and a midnight screening of ODE TO COLOGNE (VIEL PASSIERT by Wim Wenders as well as the short film programme NEXT GENERATION 2001, together with QUIERO SER by Florian Gallenberger who won the OSCAR for the best live-action short in 2001. The extensive programme will rounded off by a presentation of the newly restored version of METROPOLIS by Fritz Lang. Aljoscha Zimmermann and his ensemble will provide the musical accompanyment for this silent film classic.


Five directors and an actor will be in Rome to introduce their films to the Italian professionals and general public and participate in Q&A discussions after the films. In collaboration with Goethe-Institut Rome, BLACK BOX GERMANY, THE DAYS BETWEEN and GRILL POINT will be shown in an additional special screening for schools. After the film screenings the schoolchildren will have the chance to speak with the directors about their films.


The event’s partners are: the Federal Commissioner for Affairs of Culture and the Media (BKM), the German Federal Film Board (FFA), Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FFF Bayern, Filmfoerderung Hamburg, Filmstiftung NRW, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, Mitteldeutsche Medienfoerderung, Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes e.V. and the German Embassy, Rome.


The festival is sponsored by Bavaria Film International, Transit Film, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation, UICC,, Radio Città Futura, Scuola Nazionale di Cinema and Erdinger Weißbraeu.

For further information please contact Stephanie Weiss,