The Swiss director Xavier Koller will be taking part with his GRIPSHOLM (Germany/Switzerland/Austria) in the "In Spirit of Freedom" competition of the 18th International Jerusalem Film Festival (12-21 July 2001). Germany is being represented altogether by nine films and seven co-productions.
The following films are being shown in the accompanying programme: ALASKA.DE by Esther Gronenborn, BERLIN IS IN GERMANY by Hannes Stöhr, IN JULY (IM JULI) by Fatih Akin, NO PLACE TO GO (DIE UNBERÜHRBARE) by Oskar Roehler and THE STATE I AM IN (DIE INNERE SICHERHEIT) by Christian Petzold.
The festival is also showing three German documentaries: KURT WEILL by Sven Dufer, BERLIN BABYLON by Hubertus Siegert, and FÜR MICH GAB'S NUR NOCH FASSBINDER by Rosa von Praunheim.
The section of "Best International Animation Films" will present the short HOBO by Jochen Ehmann.
Stephen Frears, whose LIAM (Great Britain/Germany/France) is being shown at the festival, will receive the "Life Achievement Award" which was presented last year to the German directors Volker Schlöndorff and Wim Wenders. Other co-productions at this year's festival are FLUCHT INS LEBEN by Wieland Speck and Andrea Weiss (Great Britain/Germany), SUPER 8 STORIES by Emir Kusturica (Italy/Germany), WERCKMEISTER HARMONISTS by Béla Tarr (Hungary/Germany), ANGELA by Amos Kollek (USA/Germany) and LOVELY RITA by Jessica Hausner (Austria/Germany).