Prix du Public for AIMÉE & JAGUAR in Paris

Growth in admissions for Festival of German Cinema in Paris. Positive reactions from press and audience. "Prix du Public" for AIMÉE & JAGUAR


Rising admission figures and a significantly bigger press response in comparison to previous years were posted by the 4th Festival of German Cinema which was held in Paris from 3-8 November, 1999. In collaboration with the local Goethe-Institut, the Federal Government Commissioner for Cultural Affairs and the Media, and the six main regional film funds, the Export-Union des Deutschen Films presented a total of nine new German films as well as the short film programme "Next Generation" with the works of German film students, DER LETZTE MANN with live music and a retrospective on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.


The French director Régis Wargnier and ARTE vice-president Jérôme Clément gave the festival's opening speech together; and this was followed by Andreas Dresen's NIGHT SHAPES with Dominique Horwitz in attendance.


The independent French expert jury which decides on the selection of the new films, had compiled a very ambitious programme for this year which was dominated by films outside of the "mainstream" like NIGHTFALL (ABENDLAND) by Fred Keleman and OTOMO by Frieder Schlaich. Over 4,500 cinema-goers came to discover this generation of young German filmmakers who are largely unknown in France and have discussions after the screenings with the directors who had come to Paris such as Veit Helmer, Andreas Kleinert, Dagmar Knoepfel, Gordian Maugg and Frieder Schlaich.


AIMÉE & JAGUAR was the most successful of the new German films with two complete sell-outs; and REQUIEM FOR A ROMANTIC WOMAN (REQUIEM FUER EINE ROMANTISCHE FRAU) and AFTER THE TRUTH (NICHTS ALS DIE WAHRHEIT) also registered above-average attendances.


AIMÉE & JAGUAR was also the winner in this year's audience survey ("Prix du Public") which was introduced for the first time this year: of 100 cinema-goers questioned, most of them gave top marks to Max Faerberboeck's film which has already received many prizes in Germany and abroad.


Thanks to the positive audience reaction, sales talks are currently underway with French distributors for four German films: