STRONG CHARACTERS AND MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS IN PARIS

The 23rd edition of the Festival of German Films in the French capital (3 – 9 October, 2018) will be concentrating on several highlights and so manage to achieve a balance between historical and topical subjects. And a little live concert will help by serving up a helping of savoir-vivre – the perfect combination for the audience in Paris.

It's not only the 5,000-plus French cinema-goers who have regularly made the Festival of German Films such a success in recent years - this has also been thanks to the dialogue with the German filmmakers who have gladly accepted the opportunity to present their works there to an audience of film lovers. This year will see three directors and three actors coming to Paris to engage in a dialogue with the audiences.

In total, 12 feature films, five series episodes, four shorts, the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER and ANIMAMINALS short film programmes and a silent film will be shown at the L’Arlequin Cinema.

This year's festival offers a number of highlights. To begin with, a spotlight is being dedicated to the actress Liv Lisa Fries, who is currently wowing audiences in BABYLON BERLIN and was one of the faces in the FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS campaign in 2016. What's more, director Andreas Dresen and his lead actor from GUNDERMANN,  Alexander Scheer, will give a little concert after the film's screening with songs by the poetic excavator driver.

A permanent feature of the festival are the screenings for schoolchildren and students, with more 1,000 young film fans from the Greater Paris Region and the Ile de France expected to attend again this year.

Another festival highlight is the screening of the silent film IMPETUOUS YOUTH (DER GEIGER VON FLORENZ) by Paul Czinner (Universum Film) with musical accompaniment by the pianist and in cooperation with Bertelsmann.

All the films at the 2018 Festival of German Films in Paris:

Feature films in the Main Programme:

MACK THE KNIFE – BRECHT'S THREEPENNY FILM by Joachim A. Lang (Zeitsprung Pictures, Velvet Films) – in the presence of director Joachim A. Lang and actor Joachim Krol, as well as the producers Till Derenbach (Zeitsprung) and Sandra Dujmovic (SWR)
ALL GOOD by Eva Trobisch (TRIMAFILM, HFF Münich, Starhaus Filmproduktion) – in the presence of director Eva Trobisch, in cooperation with the French distributor Wild Bunch
ICEMAN by Felix Randau (DE/IT, Port-au-Prince Film & Kulturproduktion, Lucky Bird Pictures)DIFFERENT KINDS OF RAIN by Isa Prahl (Made in Germany Filmproduktion)
303 by Hans Weingartner (Kahuuna Films, Starhaus Filmproduktion, Neue Super)
FOUR HANDS by Oliver Kienle (Erftal Film & Fernsehproduktion, Niama Film, Pantaleon Entertainment) – in cooperation with the French distributor ARP Sélection
IN MY ROOM by Ulrich Köhler (Pandora Filmproduktion, Komplizen Film) – in cooperation with the French distributor Nour Films
GUNDERMANN by Andreas Dresen (Pandora Filmproduktion, Kineo Filmproduktion, Buschfunk Musikverlag) – in the presence of Andreas Dresen and Alexander Scheer. They will play a small concert featuring Gundermann's songs after the screening.

Documentaries:

THF: CENTRAL AIRPORT by Karïm Ainouz (Lupa Film)

Family film:
ROCK MY HEART by Hanno Olderdissen (Neue Schönhauser Filmproduktion, Wild Bunch Germany)

Spotlight Liv Lisa Fries (in the presence of Liv Lisa Fries):

ZURICH by Frederik Steiner (Peter Heilrath Filmproduktion, Goldkind Filmproduktion, ARRI Film &TV)
HEIL by Dietrich Brüggemann (Real Film Berlin, Letterbox)
BABYLON BERLIN, episodes 1-5 by Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries, Henk Handloegten (X-Filme Creative Pool) - in cooperation with the Goethe Institut Paris and Canal+, in the presence of Henk Handloegten & Liv Lisa Fries; following on after the last episode, the film critic Pierre Eisenreich (Positif) will chair a discussion with the guests about BABYLON BERLIN and series in Germany

Short film programmes:
NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2018
ANIMANIMALS by Julia Ocker (Studio Film Bilder)

Shorts:
BETWEEN BAR by Pauline Flory
MONDAY – A GERMAN LOVE STORY by Sophie Linnenbaum
MOODY BOOTY by Kathrin Kuhnert
SPIDER JAZZ by Mick Mahler

Silent film:
IMPETUOUS YOUTH by Paul Czinner (Universum Film) – in cooperation with Bertelsmann, accompanied by the pianist Neil Brand

Partners:
ARTE, Goethe-Institut Paris, Deutsche Bahn, Universciné
Media partnerships with Les Inrockuptibles, Le Monde, Vocable, Sofilm, Positif, Sens Critique, Horschamps

The latest information about the Festival of German Films in Paris can also be found on the festival website or on Facebook, and the festival trailer is here.