August 2016

The German presence at the Festival del Film in Locarno (3 – 13 August 2016) was rarely as large as this year. Angela Schanelec was prominently featured in the International Competition with THE DREAMED PATH (Filmgalerie 451) along with feature debutant Michael Koch with MARIJA (DE/CH, Pandora Film Produktion, Little Shark Entertainment). Over 6,000 spectators saw Christian Schwochow's PAULA (DE/FR, Pandora Film Produktion, Grown Up Films) about the painter Paula Modersohn-Becker, and Maria Schrader was greeted by loud cries of 'Bravo!' for STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE (X Filme Creative Pool) on the Piazza Grande. Corinna Belz’s 'out of competition' documentary PETER HANDKE – IN THE WOODS, MIGHT BE LATE (zero one film) and the retrospective on cinema in the young Federal Republic of Germany were very well received in Ticino. German actor Mario Adorf accepted the award for his life's work in fluent Italian.

Prizes for German co-productions in Locarno…

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Around 150 guests gathered in the Magistrale on 8 August 2016 to celebrate the German films in Locarno. The hosts Mariette Rissenbeek (Managing Director German Films), Petra Müller (Film- und Medienstiftung NRW) and Dieter Krauß (MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg) welcomed other high-ranking international and German guests along with the film teams for THE DREAMED PATH, MARIJA, PAULA, STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE and PETER HANDKE - IN THE WOODS, MIGHT BE LATE. The president of the Festival del Film Locarno Marco Solari and Carlo Chatrian, the artistic director, both gave short speeches. Those attending included: Cameron Bailey (Toronto International Film Festival), Christine Berg (FFA), Bero Beyer (International Film Festival Rotterdam), Sergio Fant (Festival del Film Locarno), Cornelia Hammelmann (DFFF), Kirsten Niehuus (Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg), Karel Och (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival), Jérôme Paillard and Maud Amson (Marché du Film Festival de Cannes) and Beki Probst (European Film Market Berlinale).


The end of August sees the international film industry coming together at the prestigious 73rd Venice International Film Festival (31 August – 10 September 2016), one of the oldest in the world, before then travelling straight on to the Toronto International Film Festival (8 – 18 September 2016). Founded in 1976, the festival in Ontario has developed into the most important one in North America and one of the most popular internationally. Filmmakers from Germany are well represented at both events. 


Wim Wenders, internationally one of the most well-known of the German directors, will be celebrating the world premiere of his latest feature film THE BEAUTIFUL DAYS OF ARANJUEZ (FR/DE, Neue Road Movies) in the Venezia 73 Competition. AUSTERLITZ by Sergei Loznitsa, produced by Imperativ Film from Germany, can be seen 'out of competition'. THE EREMITES (DE/AT) by Ronny Trocker, with zischlermann filmproduktion serving as the German majority producer, was invited to screen in the Orizzonti sidebar. German cinema will also have visibility on the Lido thanks to its actresses: Nina Hoss is in the Competition jury, and Paula Beer can be seen as one of the leads in François Ozon's FRANTZ (FR/DE, X Filme Creative Pool) in the Competition.

More about the German films in Venice… 


The Special Presentations section, which is reserved for outstanding films by leading filmmakers, will be showing Maren Ade's Cannes hit TONI ERDMANN (DE/AT, Komplizen Film) and Werner Herzog's latest feature film SALT AND FIRE (DE/US/FR, Construction Film) about a mysterious abduction with Geman actress Veronica Ferres, Gael Garcia Bernal and Michael Shannon in the leads. Marie Noëlle's MARIE CURIE - THE COURAGE OF KNOWLEDGE about five fateful years in the brilliant scientist's life will have its world premiere in Contemporary World Cinema. THE BEAUTIFUL DAYS OF ARANJUEZ by Wim Wenders will be coming straight from Venice to screen in the Masters sidebar. In addition, there will be screenings of the Locarno competition titles THE DREAMED PATH by Angela Schanelec in Wavelengths and MARIJA by Michael Koch in Discovery as well as a number of German documentaries and shorts such as GAZA SURF CLUB by Philip Gnadt and Mickey Yamine (Little Bridge Pictures), MALI BLUES (gebrueder beetz filmproduktion) by Lutz Gregor, and Petra Epperlein's KARL MARX CITY (US/DE). The German producer Amir Hamz was selected for the European Film Promotion's PRODUCERS LAB TORONTO.  

All of the German films and co-productions in Toronto…



The feature film TONI ERDMANN by Maren Ade (DE/AT/MC, Komplizen Film, Missing Link Films) will represent Germany as the official submission for the 89th Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film. This has been decided by an independent jury appointed by German Films. Jury representative Felicitas Darschin (Bundesverband Regie) announced the decision at a press presentation in the presence of producers Janine Jackowski and Jonas Dornbach and actor Thomas Loibl in Munich.

More about the jury statement and reactions of the filmmakers...


Success at the Student Oscars for Germany's young filmmakers just keeps coming: 2016 follows last year with another three prizes going to German short film productions at the 43rd Student Academy Awards®. According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, AYNY - MY SECOND EYE by Ahmad Saleh (Academy of Media Arts Cologne/KHM) will receive the Gold Medal in the Foreign Animation category. WHERE THE WOODS END by Felix Ahrens (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF) and INVENTION OF TRUST by Alex Schaad (University of Television and Film Munich (HFF)) will be presented with awards in the Foreign Narrative category. Whether these will be Gold, Silver or Bronze Medals will be revealed at an awards ceremony on 22 September 2016 in Los Angeles. More... 


Actor Vinzenz Kiefer is hitting the international cinemas in JASON BOURNE alongside Matt Damon. Mina Tander and Sabin Tambrea are part of the US spy series BERLIN STATION which was shot in the German capital. 

Director Dennis Gansel is celebrating the premiere of the US production THE MECHANIC 2: RESURRECTION starring Jason Statham and Jessica Alba. His fellow director Philipp Kadelbach is helming the international series RIVIERA with Julia Stiles in the lead, screenplay by Neil Jordan.


International theatrical releases of German films in September 2016 supported by the German Films Distribution Support Program:

1 September 2016: 
THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER in Denmark (Distr: Scanbox, World Sales: Beta Cinema)

2 September 2016: 
THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER in Norway (Distr.: Norsk Filmdistribusjon, World Sales: Beta Cinema (via Scanbox))

9 September 2016:  
ADD A FRIEND in Turkey (Distr.: Fabula Medya, World Sales: The Exchange)
TONI ERDMANN in Estonia (Distr.: A-One Films Estonia, World Sales: The Match Factory)

22 September 2016: 
TRENK, THE LITTLE KNIGHT in Albania (Distr: Fame Solutions, World Sales: Global Screen)
TRENK, THE LITTLE KNIGHT in Macedonia (Distr: Fame Solutions, World Sales: Global Screen)
TRENK, THE LITTLE KNIGHT in Serbia (Distr.: Fame Solutions, World Sales: Global Screen)

30 September 2016:
TONI ERDMANN in Sweden (Distr.: TriArt Film, World Sales: The Match Factory)
GOODBYE BERLIN in Turkey (Distr.: Fabula Medya, World Sales: Studiocanal)


TONI ERDMANN in San Sebastian and New York

German films in São PauloSantiagoSarajevoMelbourneWrowclaw and Pula.

German shorts in HiroshimaOdense and Belo Horizonte.


TONI ERDMANN wins FIPRESCI Grand Prix for Best Film of the Year. More...

HERR VON BOHLEN and three German co-productions among 15 films recommend for a documentary nomination at the European Film Awards. More...

24 WEEKSTHE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER and TONI ERDMANN as well as nine German co-productions among 50 feature films pre-selected for the European Film Awards. More...

Awards for German films in SarajevoTraverse CityLvivBucheonWroclawOdessaPalic and Giffoni.


TONI ERDMANN by Maren Ade had a very good start in French cinemas on 17 August 2016 and has reached 165,000 visitors. COLONIA by Florian Gallenberger has been seen by 121,000 French cinema-goers since 20 July 2016.

OOPS...NOAH IS GONE by Toby Genkel has posted a box office of 1.6 million euros in China since 22 July 2016. David Wnendt's LOOK WHO'S BACK has attracted an audience of 175,000 admissions in Japanese cinemas.