Eleven directors and two actresses presented their films in person to the audience in Rome's Cinema Barberini. They met with curious cinema-goers and a good response in the press. The Italian buyers also showed considerable interest in the new German cinema, especially in MY SWEET HOME and IN JULY (IM JULI). In addition, another three titles are currently the subject of sales talks. Michael Weber of Bavaria Film International is very pleased with the results of the event: "The festival was a great success. We are very confident and see a positive trend for German cinema in Italy".
Compared to the previous year, the festival's programme in Rome was expanded considerably. The event was opened by the Berlin Film Festival competition entry MY SWEET HOME by Filippos Tsitos. The independent Roman jury had selected the following feature films for the festival's main programme: CRAZY by Hans-Christian Schmid, ENGLAND! by Achim von Borries, IN JULY (IM JULI) by Fatih Akin, LOST KILLERS by Dito Tsintsadze, PARADISO (PARADISO - SIEBEN TAGE MIT SIEBEN FRAUEN) by Rudolf Thome, THE LEGENDS OF RITA (DIE STILLE NACH DEM SCHUSS) by Volker Schloendorff and NO PLACE TO GO (DIE UNBERUEHRBARE) by Oskar Roehler. Three of the EROTIC TALES produced by Regina Ziegler and THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR (DER KRIEGER UND DIE KAISERIN) by Tom Tykwer were presented as Midnight Special Screenings. Furthermore, there were presentations of the short film programme of German film students NEXT GENERATION and the silent film classic NOSFERATU by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau with musical accompaniment. In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Rome the Export-Union showed the documentaries NIGHT TANK (NACHTTANKE) by Samir Nasr and AFTER THE FALL (NACH DEM FALL) by Frauke Sandig and Eric Black.
The Festival of German Cinema was supported by the Federal Commissioner for Affairs of Culture and the Media, the German Federal Film Board (FFA), the six large regional film funds and the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes e.V. The festival was sponsored by Studio Universal Italy, www.35mm.it, Lufthansa, Radio Centro Suono, Transit Film, the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation and Scuola Nazionale di Cinema.