VON DONNERSMARCK IN VENICE COMPETITION

What a large German presence in Venice! The previously announced titles in Settimana and Venice Days are now joined by more in the Main Program – with one even in the Competition: the world premiere of NEVER LOOK AWAY by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Pergamon Film, Wiedemann & Berg Film) is competing for the Golden Lion. This was announced at a press conference.

AQUARELA by Victor Kossakowsky (DE/GB/DK, Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion), who lives in Berlin, has been programmed Out of Competition. Three films by young German filmmakers will be screening in the Venice Virtual Reality sidebar which will be a part of the festival for the second time following its premiere in 2017. THE GOLEM: HOW HE CAME INTO THE WORLD by Paul Wegener from 1920 will be shown in Venezia Classici. In addition, four co-productions with German participation can be seen in the official program.

Mariette Rissenbeek, Managing Director of German Films: "Eight new films by German directors in Venice's overall program, one even in the Competition, and German producers are also involved in numerous co-productions – that's a really fantastic year for German cinema! Warmest congratulations to all those involved!“

About the films:

Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck won an Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Feature Film for Germany as well as many other international prizes for THE LIVES OF OTHERS. Inspired by true events, his new film NEVER LOOK AWAY passes through three periods in German history to recount the story of the dramatic life of the artist Kurt (Tom Schilling – OH BOY), his passionate love for Elisabeth (Paula Beer - FRANTZ) and the far-reaching relationship with his devious father-in-law Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch – HOMELAND, THE LIVES OF OTHERS) whose actual blame for the fateful events in Kurt's life ultimately comes to light in his art and paintings.

In AQUARELA, the feted documentary filmmaker Victor Kossakowsky (VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS!) sets off on a epic journey into water as an element. Filmed from an iceberg as it ruptures from the polar ice sheet and moves into the open sea, the film enables us to experience this life-giving element as well as its devastating force.

Interactive and innovative film experiences are provided by three up-and-coming German directors in the Venice Virtual Reality sidebar. ROOMS by Christian Zipfel, the first documentary 360° film, which was made at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, lets the spectators immerse themselves in five different spatial realities. Max Sacker and Ioulia Isserlis' KOBOLD (AnotherWorld VR) is first a horror film and then a VR (gaming) experience where one can interact with the story by donning the VR headset. MIND PALACE by Carl Krause and Dominik Stockhausen (Film Academy Baden-Württemberg), however, poses the following questions: imagine you could look into the head of a loved one. What would you find there and how would it change you?

All the German films and co-productions in Venice 2018...

Contact: Dennis Ruh (Festival Relations)Birgit Koch (Press & PR)