Over 100 German films and co-productions could be seen at their "home festival" in Berlin, the Berlinale, one of the most important in the world. The one-shot trip through nighttime Berlin in VICTORIA by Sebastian Schipper (MonkeyBoy, Deutschfilm, Radical Media) was for many the talk of the festival, feted by audiences and critics alike, including Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. The jury was also impressed: jury president Darren Aronowsky presented the Silver Bear for the camerawork by Sturla Brandth Grøvlen with the comment: "This film rocked my world." VICTORIA also picked up the Prize of the Guild of German Arthouse Cinemas and the Prize of the Readers' Jury of the Berliner Morgenpost. This was a premiere for Sebastian Schipper, while Andreas Dresen was in the Berlinale Competition for the third time with the adaptation of the post-Wall novel AS WE WERE DREAMING (DE/FR, Rommel Film, Iskremas Filmproduktion). After the world premiere in the Berlinale Palast, Dresen was joined on stage by his young actors, the author of the source novel Clemens Meyer and the film crew as they were received by the audience with extensive applause. To date, Wim Wenders has made around 50 internationally multi-award-winning films in a career spanning over 40 years. In 2015, he was honored for his life's work with a Berlinale Honorary Bear. Festival director Dieter Kosslick praised Wim Wenders as "one of the most noted contemporary auteurs." Apart from an homage showing ten of his works, the festival also presented the director's latest film EVERY THING WILL BE FINE (DE/CA/SE/NO, Neue Road Movies) as a world premiere 'Out of Competition'. The feature film in 3D with James Franco and Charlotte Gainsbourg in the leads sold very well in the run-up to the Berlinale as well as during the festival itself. The same went for 13 MINUTES by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Lucky Bird Pictures, Delphi Medien, Philipp filmproduction), which also screened in the official program 'Out of Competition'. The drama about the failed Hitler assassin Georg Elser will be released in a large number of important territories, including the USA. The other German competition films as well as THE MISPLACED WORLD by Margarethe von Trotta, (Clasart Film- und Fernsehproduktion, Tele München), which was prominently programmed as the closing film of the Berlinale Specials, also sold well internationally at the Berlinale's associated European Film Market. Other German productions showing at the festival also posted good sales.
VICTORIA by Sebastian Schipper will be released in US cinemas by Adopt Films. The sales company The Match Factory also sold the film to the UK and Ireland (Artificial Eye), France (Jour2Fete/Version Originale), Australia/New Zealand (Madman), CIS and the Baltic States (A-One Films), Benelux (September Film), Denmark (Reel Pictures), Norway (Arthaus), Sweden (TriArt), Czech Republic (Film Europe), former Yugoslavia (MCF Megacom), Greece (Seven), Hong Kong (Edko), Portugal (Midas), Taiwan (Filmware) and Turkey (Fabula). Further territories such as Canada, Spain and Poland are in negotiations.
Andreas Dresen's AS WE WERE DREAMING was so far sold by The Match Factory to France (Sophie Dulac Distribution), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), the Baltic States (A-One Films), Greece (Ama Films), the former Yugoslavian territories (MCF Megacom), and Sweden (TriArt).
13 MINUTES by Oliver Hirschbiegel went to Sony Pictures Classics for the USA and Latin America. Beta Cinema also concluded deals in Berlin with Spain's Contracorriente Films, Monolith Films from Poland, and Swallow Wings from Taiwan. Further sales are pending. The film had already been sold before the Berlinale to such territories as the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand (Studiocanal), Japan (GAGA), France (Sophie Dulac Distribution), Scandinavia (Svensk Filmindustri), Benelux (September Film), Brazil (Mares Filmes), Greece (Feelgood Entertainment) and Colombia (Cine Colombia).
THE MISPLACED WORLD by Margarethe von Trotta has already been sold by Wild Bunch to Spain (Golem Pictures), Greece (Strada), Portugal (Leopardo), Scandinavia (Njutafilms), Hungary (Vertigo), Israel (Nachshon), Turkey (Calinos), Brazil (Mares Films), Central America (Palmera), Japan (Gaga) and Taiwan (Movie Cloud).
German Films had a wide range of activities at the Berlinale to support German cinema on an international level. At the stand in the European Film Market in the Martin Gropius Bau, the team informed accredited professionals about all aspects of German cinema abroad. The EFM market reception, which German Films co-hosted, a lunch for up-and-coming directors and international festivals together with the Perspektive Deutsches Kino sidebar, as well as a press lunch for the international press and young German directors created well-attended networking opportunities for the German and international film industries.
Young acting talent was the focus of the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS program of the European Film Promotion (EFP) at the Berlinale. This year saw Jannis Niewöhner from Germany being selected as one of the best European talents. He was very much in demand during a series of networking events with international casting directors, agents, directors, producers and members of the press. The highlight was the presentation of the SHOOTING STARS Awards on 9 February 2015 in the Berlinale Palast from the hands of the Hollywood star Natalie Portman.
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