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June 2021

GERMAN SHORT FILMS AND CO-PRODUCTIONS IN CANNES

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In total, ten productions with German participation are screening in Competition at the 74th Festival de Cannes. Another twelve co-productions can be seen in other sections, including GREAT FREEDOM (AT/DE) by Sebastian Meise in Un Certain Regard and EVOLUTION (DE/HR) by Kornél Mundruczó in Cannes Premières. Two German short films, SAINT ANDROID by Lukas von Berg and FRIDA by Aleksandra Odic, have made it into the Cinéfondation's film school competition.

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THE FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS BRINGS THE CINEMA BACK TO MADRID

Simone Baumann & Alison Kuhn
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German cinema was celebrated at the 23rd Festival de Cine Alemán in Madrid from 9 to 13 June – and was at last back in the cinemas and with an audience! Albeit in a somewhat shortened format, the 2021 edition saw that eagerly awaited cinema atmosphere returning: a small, but exquisite of new German films could at last be seen again on the big screen of the Cine Palacio de la Prensa.

Alison Kuhn's documentary THE CASE YOU opened the festival in the Spanish capital and attracted over 150 viewers to the venue rich in tradition.

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EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS AT THE SUMMER BERLINALE: AWARD FOR ALBRECHT SCHUCH

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The EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS awards ceremony was held during the Berlinale Summer Special on 14 June. Ten young actors had been selected for the EFP programme, eight of whom were able to travel to Berlin to receive their award in person. They included the German participant Albrecht Schuch (BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZFABIAN), who had been nominated by German Films.

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SUCCESS FOR GERMAN FILMS IN ANNECY

Josef Aichholzer, Marcus H. Rosenmüller, Ernst Geyer (l. to r.)
© Annecy Festival, K. Pauli

The Annecy Festival, the most important international meeting place for animation film aficianados, celebrated its 60th anniversary edition from 14 to 19 June, 2021 in a hybrid format – including German co-productions and shorts. Some works had success in the various sections and won awards. The feature-length films were shown exclusively onsite in the cinemas, while the programmes of short films were available both on the big screen and on Annecy's online platform. The events and networking opportunities organised by the MIFA animation film market were mainly held online.

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DISTRIBUTION SUPPORT

© Stephanie Kulbach

In the third sitting of 2021, German Films' "Distribution Support" awards committee decided to support 30 foreign theatrical releases of German films. In total 268,768.50 Euros were allocated.

More about the Distribution Support program and the supported films…

SHORT TAKE: THE GERMAN FILMS PODCAST: NEW EPISODE AND ANNIVERSARY

© Jonas Nay © Lena Juergensen

The German Films SHORT TAKE podcast celebrated its first anniversary on 25 June. The project was launched in summer 2020 as a way of bringing German talent and projects closer to international film fans. Apart from a social media activities, an anniversary special was produced to revisit the highlights from all of the episodes. And a new regular episode also appeared in June, with the animation film producer Maite Woköck as guest.

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NEWS BITES


FREE COUNTRY OPENED FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS IN ROME
On 26 June, Christian Alvart's thriller FREE COUNTRY opened the four-day Festival del Cinema Tedesco in the Italian capital as an open-air event. Felix Kramer, one of the main actors, travelled to Rome and spoke to the audience about the film before the sold-out screening began. The director Johannes Naber was also there as a guest and presented his film CURVEBALL, A TRUE STORY - UNFORTUNATELY to the audience. A detailed report about the festival will follow in the next Newsletter.

More information about the Festival of German Films in Rome can be found here.

KINO! FILM SALON LIVE FROM CANNES
The next meeting of the English-language online film club will be focusing on Maren Ade's film TONI ERDMANN – rather fitting given the location for the next event: the Festival de Cannes! TONI ERDMANN was shown in the renowned festival's official competition in 2016 and has been thrilling film fans and critics around the globe ever since. This time round, there'll be a surprise guest in attendance. If you want to know who it is, just register here for the next KINO! Film Salon:

RSVP: http://bit.ly/kinosalontoni

Date and time: Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 11am - 12pm PDT, 2pm - 3pm EDT, 8pm - 9pm CET.

Hosted by Sydney Levine

KINO! Film Salon is a production of Telescope Film, in association with the German Film Office.

GERMAN FILMS SUPPORTS LE BALLON ROUGE IN CANNES
The Marché du Film and Parenting at Film Festivals are offering a childcare service at the Le Ballon Rouge daycare centre from 7 to 14 July for film professionals attending the Festival de Cannes so that they can maintain a harmonious work-life balance. Market Badge holders will have priority access to this service, but visitors with press and festival accreditation are also eligible. The day care centre is available for children aged 6 months to 12 years from 10am to 6pm and for a maximum of 6 hours per child.

German Films is supporting the project financially. Please contact parentingatfilmfests@gmail.com if you have any questions or wish to register childcare on-site.

RUSSIAN-LANGUAGE PODCAST POCALIGARIM: EVERYTHING ABOUT FILM EDUCATION IN GERMANY
The first online live conversation between the founders of the Russian-language podcast POCALIGARIM and four former film students in Germany was held on 15 June, 2021.

How do you get to be a student at a German film school? What do you have to do to get your film shown at the film festival in Cannes? How are film projects funded? And how can you become the producer, for example, of Angela Schanelec's films? Listeners will get to learn all about this and much more during the online live conversation between the podcast hosts - Ksenia Reutova, Ira Posrednikova and Maria Buneva - and their invited guests.

The featured guests are Dmitry Mamuliya, Kiril Krasovski, Anastasia Gorokhova and Dmitry Vachedin.

Dmitry Mamuliya (film director, screenwriter, artistic director of the Moscow School of New Cinema) has taught at the DFFB.

Kirill Krasovski (producer of the films SELF-CRITICISM OF A BOURGEOIS DOG and BLOODSUCKERS by Julian Radlmaier) studied at the DFFB.

Anastasia Gorokhova (journalist and screenwriter) graduated as a screenwriter from the DFFB.

Dmitry Vachedin (writer, screenwriter, journalist) graduated as a screenwriter from the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.

The recording of the conversation (in Russian) is available at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmMGCF_OPNY

FRITZI WINS IN PORTUGAL
The German animated film FRITZI – A REVOLUTIONARY TALE by Ralf Kukula and Matthias Bruhn won the Audience Award at the IndieJúnior Allianz children's and youth film festival in Oporto. The film is a detailed and lovingly animated story about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful revolution of 1989 seen from a child's perspective.

AWARD FOR GERMAN PRODUCTION AT SUNNY SIDE OF THE DOC
Isa Willinger's film NO MERCY - THE FEMALE GAZE, produced by Tondowski Films, won the East Doc Market Award at Sunny Side of the Doc 2021. The jury gave the director's creative and original approach to gender issues as the reason for its decision.

MAIN AWARD FOR AWARE IN SEDONA
Another German documentary was able to hold its own in the festival circuit: AWARE – GLIMPSES OF CONSCIOUSNESS by Frauke Sandig and Eric Black not only opened the ILLUMINATE Film Festival in Sedona (22 - 26 May, 2021), but also received the Feature Competition Jury Prize! The Umbrella Films production opens in cinemas in Germany on 2 September and is set to be released in the USA on 24 September. AWARE will also be screened at the following festivals: Melbourne Documentary Film FestivalMillennium Docs Against Gravity, and the Five Lakes Film Festival.

FESTIVALS


German films and co-productions at HuescaPalm SpringsTokyoCannesAnnecy and Los Angeles.

AWARDS


Awards for German films and co-productions at ViennaAnnecyPalm Springs and Tel Aviv.

INTERNATIONAL RELEASES IN JULY


International releases of German films in July 2021 supported by the German Films Distribution Support program.

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