Sold-out cinemas and a visit by a high-ranking politician

Sold-out cinemas and a visit by a high-ranking politician

The 18th Festival of German Films in Moscow has been able to come up with full cinemas and a visit by a high-ranking politician this year. TRAUMFABRIK by Martin Schreier (Traumfabrik Babelsberg, Studio Babelsberg, Pantaleon Films, Tobis Film, Arri Media Productions, herbX Film) was the opening film on 27 November. A single screen couldn't cope with the many spectators wanting to see the film, and so a second screening was subsequently arranged at short notice. The Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation did not pass up the opportunity of coming to the screening of Petra Höfer and Freddie Röckenhaus' documentary RUSSIA FROM ABOVE (colourFIELD) to present the film to the audience in person.

The German-Russian co-production RUSSIA FROM ABOVE by directors Petra Höfer and Freddie Röckenhaus shows the huge country from a bird's eye view. The impressive images were seen by a capacity audience. German Films' Managing Director Simone Baumann welcomed the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Olga Golodets, and expressed her delight at being able to show the film at the Festival of German Films. Golodets was enthusiastic about the large audience and noted that the film will be released next year.

On 28 November, the actor Aram Arami presented the film A REGULAR WOMAN by Sherry Hormann (Vincent TV, Sandra Maischberger). The Moscow audience asked so many interesting questions that there wasn't enough time to answer them in the cinema and the Q&A had to be spontaneously moved out to the foyer. The fans enjoyed having the chance of being up, close and personal with the actor whom they already knew from the FACK JU GOEHTE trilogy.

On November 29, the screenwriter Laila Stieler presented her film GUNDERMANN by director Andreas Dresen (Pandora Film Produktion, Kineo Filmproduktion). The Russian audience was also particularly pleased about the presence of Conny Gundermann, who was able to give a firsthand account of her husband, the "real" Gerhard Gundermann, who died in 1998. The winner of six Lolas was a hit with the audience.

The Festival of German Films in Moscow, which will be continuing until 4 December, also welcomed the director Uli Edel in Moscow, who presented his mini-series THE MASTER BUTCHER (MOOVIE, Constantin Film Produktion) to the Moscow audience. Filmmaker Yana Ugrekhelidze is showing her shortfilm ARMED LULLABY (Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM)) as part of the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2019 programme.

The Festival of German Films in Moscow is organised by German Films with the support of the German Embassy in Moscow and the Goethe-Institut in Moscow.

Contact: Bernhard Simek