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February/March 2017
 
 
 
 
OSCARS® 2017

It may not have ended with an Oscar®, but there was an Independent Spirit Award for TONI ERDMANN and the weather also looked kindly on the German Oscar® nominees in Los Angeles. The sun shone on them and around 400 German and international guests in the garden of Villa Aurora on the day before the Academy Awards®. They had all come up into the hills of Pacific Palisades for a reception organized by German Films together with Villa Aurora and the German Consul-General in Los Angeles to honor the crews of TONI ERDMANN (DE/AT/MC, Komplizen Film, Missing Link Films) and LAND OF MINE (DK/DE, Amusement Park Film), the filmmaker Marcel Mettelsiefen and the composer Hauschka.

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Peter Herrmann (supervisory board chairman German Films), Mariette Rissenbeek (managing director German Films), Dr. Markus Klimmer (board chairman Villa Aurora) and Annette Rupp (managing director Villa Aurora), the director of Villa Aurora in Los Angeles Margit Kleinmann, and the German Consul-General in Los Angeles Hans Jörg Neumann welcomed the invited guests to the reception in honor of the German Oscar® nominees.

The TONI ERDMANN team was in attendance with, among others, producer Janine Jackowski, the actors Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Trystan Pütter, Lucy Russell and Hadewych Minis, the funders FFA board member Peter Dinges, Maria Köpf (CEO Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein), Petra Müller (CEO Film- und Medienstiftung NRW), Kirsten Niehuus (CEO Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg), Prof. Dr. Klaus Schaefer (CEO FFF Bayern) and Ulrike Schauz (BKM). Marcel Mettelsiefen, director, DoP and producer of WATANI: MY HOMELAND – nominated as Best Documentary Short Film – together with his protagonist Hala Kamil and Volker Bertelmann alias Hauschka, the composer of the film score for LION and nominated for Best Original Score, were also introduced to the assembled guests. The feature film LAND OF MINE (DK/DE) - co-produced on the German side by Amusement Park Film and nominated as Best Foreign Language Film for Denmark - was represented by the actors Louis Hofmann and Joel Basman. Apart from the film teams, the representatives of the German and international film and media industry also used the occasion to network within the villa's historic setting. 


The official sponsors of the reception in honor of the German Oscar® nominees were: Bertelsmann, Volkswagen, Crosby Doe Associates, AMI, Selters, Carpe Diem, SONY Classical.

The reception in honor of the German Oscar® nominees was supported by: the State Minister for Culture and Media (BKM), German Foreign Office, German Consul-General in Los Angeles, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, FFF Bayern, be Berlin.

The crew of TONI ERDMANN travelled straight on from the Villa Aurora to the ceremony for the Independent Spirit Awards where the German tragicomedy won the prize for Best International Film. As a result, Maren Ade, the actors and producers were able to report positively about their trip to Los Angeles when they then appeared in front of the press and guests at the viewing party in the Andraz Hotel in West Hollywood.

 
 
GERMANY GUEST OF HONOR IN GUADALAJARA

The Guadalajara International Film Festival (10 – 17 March 2017) rolled out the red carpet in true style for Germany as a film nation within the framework of the Germany-Mexico Year. The focus included a panorama of contemporary German cinema, over 60 German films and co-productions in the program and more than 30 filmmakers, actors and industry guests from Germany in panels, juries, the talents sections or at the co-production market. It was organized in cooperation with German Films and the Goethe-Institut in Mexico.

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The guest of honor Germany also kicked off the festival: GOODBYE BERLIN by Fatih Akin (Lago Film, STUDIOCANAL Film) opened the 32nd edition of the largest festival in Latin America with a gala screening on 10 March 2017. The two lead actors Anand Batbileg and Tristan Göbel were given a warm welcome by over 5,000 spectators in the Auditorio Telmex. Director Fatih Akin, who received the prize Premio Mayahuel International for his work, sent a video message. There was lots of laughter during the screenings, and Anand Batbileg and Tristan Göbel were inundated with photo requests from their new fans after the screening. The German Ambassador in Mexico, Viktor Elbling, the Goethe-Institut's director Rudolf de Baey and Mariette Rissenbeek (managing director of German Films) gave short welcoming speeches.

There was also a particularly good response to WILD by Nicolette Krebitz (Heimatfilm) with a capacity screening. And also for the screenings of: AXOLOTL OVERKILL (Vandertastic, Constantin Film Produktion) in the presence of director Helene Hegemann and lead actress Jasna Fritzi Bauer, MILLENNIALS by Jana Bürgelin (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg) and KARL MARX CITY by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker (pepper&bones) with lively Q&As after the shows.

There was an exceptionally large German presence with four German productions in the running for the Premio Maguey, the competitive section for LGBTTTI cinema. Jella Haase won the prize for Best Acting - Premio Maguey for her role in LOOPING by Leonie Krippendorff (Jost Hering Filmproduktion, Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF), actress Susanne Sachße was recogniZed as a Queer Icon, and producer Jürgen Brüning received the Premio Maguey Trayectora for his complete works.

Nicolette Krebitz gave a master class on her double role as an actress and director at the Talents Guadalajara program. In addition, the filmmakers Petra Epperlein (women in documentaries), Jakob M. Erwa, Leonie Krippendorf, Helene Hegemann, Asli Özge and Tim Ellrich or the journalist Thomas Abeltshauser (the importance of queer cinema) participated in various panels and roundtables. Heiko Pinkowski gave a master class on acting, and visual effects specialist Chris Stenner spoke about animation film.

Director Anne Zohra Berrached had three jobs to do at the festival: she was a member of the International Jury, gave a master class with the cinematographer Friede Clausz in the Talents Guadalajara program and introduced her films 24 WEEKS (zero one film, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg) – as director – and MILLENNIALS - as an actress.


Other representatives from a variety of fields in the German film industry were involved in the festival's Talents section and the film and co-production market. Bettina Blümner and Jamila Wenske of One Two Films introduced her new project HELLO MY FRIEND at the co-production market and received an award from Imaginitive Exposure that included consultancy services.

All of the German films and co-productions in the 2017 edition of the Guadalajara festival… 

 
 
NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER COUNTDOWN

Who is going to have a chance to present their short during the Festival de Cannes? This was decided by the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER jury composed of the actor Maxim Mehmet, the director and Student Oscar® winner llker Çatak and Gregory Theile (managing director of the KINOPOLIS Group) on 2 and 3 February 2017 in Munich. They selected the titles for the program of the seventh edition of the joint short film intiative by German Films and the German Federal Film Board (FFA) from 122 submissions along with the SHORT TIGER winners.

The SHORT TIGER award sees the FFA recognizing five shorts under five minutes, which are ideally suited for being deployed as supporting films in the cinemas. 2017's winning filmmakers and their films were announced in a gala awards ceremony in Berlin on 16 March.  The winners...

In mid-April, the complete line-up for the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2017 program will then be unveiled, with its world premiere following on 21 May 2017 during the Festival de Cannes.

The filmmakers will present their films in Cannes in person on the invitation German Films and the FFA. That will give them an opportunity to introduce themselves in an international setting and forge important relationships for their next productions. Afterwards, the program is shown at international festivals and as part of the Festivals of German Films which are organized by German Films.

 
 
SPOTLIGHT: SHORT FILMS

There was a large German presence with nine titles in the competition sections of the 39th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (3 - 11 February 2017), one of the most important international platforms for shorts. And a prize on top for WANNABE by Jannis Lenz. Moreover, German Films and the AG Kurzfilm joined forces to participate in the festival's associated Short Film Market with presentations of the new edition of the annual catalogue for German shorts, various new DVD compilations and a short film tour program.

Short film directors from Germany were not only treated to enthusiastic reactions from the audiences, but were also able to impress the international jury: It selected WANNABE by Jannis Lenz as the "Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards". The Short Film Market served as the launchpad for AG Kurzfilm and German Films to present the new edition of the annual catalogue "German Short Films" and the two new DVD compilations "German Short Films 2017" and "German Short Films 2017 - Children and Youth Edition", which are both available with immediate effect. There was a lot of interest for the premiere of the 12th edition of the "Short Export - Soirée Allemande" short film tour program, for which seven new German shorts were selected from a record number of 501 German titles that had been submitted to the festival. The program is available as from now for international screenings. More information about the program and the screening DVDs can be obtained from Martin Scheuring.

And the latest news from the Short Film Oscars®. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® has updated the list of festivals where fiction and animated shorts can qualify for a submission.

The latest additions include Alcine – Festival de Cine Alcalá de Henares (Spain), Go Short Nijmegen (The Netherlands), the HollyShorts Festival (USA), Regard Saguenay (Canada), VIS - Vienna Independent Shorts (Austria), and the animation film festival Animator in Poznań.

The complete list of qualifying festivals and prizes here....

 
 
FESTIVALS

The fourth edition of KINO! 2017 Festival of German Films in New York starts on 31 March. More...

German films in San FranciscoTribecaHong KongClevelandVilniusSofia, Miami, at CPH:DOX, SXSWECU and TIFF Kids.  

German shorts in AspenAnn Arbor and Nijmegen.

 
 
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

TONI ERDMANN wins Danish Film Awards Bodil for best non-American film. More...

GOODBYE BERLIN is one of three nominated films for the European Film Awards (EFA) Young Audience Award. More...

Nominations for the German Film Awards: Eight nominations for THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY, seven for WILD and six for TONI ERDMANN. Three of the four nominated directors are female. All of nominees for Best Actress in a leading role are part of the FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS campaign.

All of the nominations:

Best Feature Film:
24 WEEKS
THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY
TONI ERDMANN
GOODBYE BERLIN
WILD
WELCOME TO GERMANY

Best Children or Youth Film: 
AT EYE LEVEL
TIMM THALER ODER DAS VERKAUFTE LACHEN

Best Documentary:
BERLIN REBEL HIGH SCHOOL
CAHIER AFRICAIN
NO LAND'S SONG

Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Sandra Hüller (TONI ERDMANN)
Lilith Stangenberg (WILD)
Julia Jentsch (24 WEEKS)

Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Lars Eidinger (THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY)
Peter Simonischek (TONI ERDMANN)
Bruno Ganz (IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHT)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Fritzi Haberlandt (FOG IN AUGUST)
Eva Löbau (EINSAMKEIT UND SEX UND MITLEID)
Sigrid Marquardt (THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY)
Christiane Paul (WELT DER WUNDERLICHS)       

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
  
Rainer Bock (EINSAMKEIT UND SEX UND MITLEID)
Martin Feifel (DIE WELT DER WUNDERLICHS)
Georg Friedrich (WILD)

Best Direction:
Maren Ade (TONI ERDMANN)
Anne Zohra Berrached (24 WEEKS)
Chris Kraus (THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY)
Nicolette Krebitz (WILD)

Best Screenplay:
Maren Ade (TONI ERDMANN)
Carl Gerber, Anne Zohra Berrached (24 WEEKS)
Chris Kraus (THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY)
Lars Montag, Helmut Krausser (EINSAMKEIT UND SEX UND MITLEID)

Best Cinematography: 
Sonja Rom (THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY)
Frank Lamm (PAULA)
Rainer Klausmann (GOODBYE BERLIN)
Reinhold Vorschneider (WILD) 

Best Editing:
Heike Parplies (TONI ERDMANN)
Andres Bird (GOOBYE BERLIN)
Bettina Böhler (WILD)
 
Best Production Design: 
Silke Buhr (THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY)
Christoph Kanter (FOG IN AUGUST)
Tim Pannen (PAULA)

Best Costume Design: 
Gioia Raspé (THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY)
Chris Pidre, Florence Scholtes (MARIE CURIE)
Frauke Firl (PAULA)

Best Make up: 
Kathi Kullack (HEART OF STONE)
Waldemar Pokromski (MARIE CURIE)
Astrid Weber, Hannah Fischleder (PAULA)

Best Score:
Oli Biehler (HEART OF STONE)
Bruno Coulais (MARIE CURIE)
Johannes Repka (TIMM THALER ODER DAS VEKAUFTE LACHEN)

Best Sound:
Lars Ginzel, Benjamin Hörbe, André Zacher (HEART OF STONE)
Stefan Busch, Michael Kranz, Peter Schmidt (TIMM THALER ODER DAS VERKAUFTE LACHEN)
Lars Ginzel, Kai Lüde, Kai Tebbel (GOODBYE BERLIN)
Rainer Heesch, Christoph Schilling, Martin Steyer (WILD)

 
 
INTERNATIONAL RELEASES

6 April:
FUKUSHIMA, MON AMOUR in Serbia (Distributor: MCF MegaCom, World Sales: The Match Factory)
FUKUSHIMA, MON AMOUR in Macedonia (Distributor: MCF MKD, World Sales: The Match Factory)
FUKUSHIMA, MON AMOUR in Montenegro (Distributor: MCF MNE, World Sales: The Match Factory)
FUKUSHIMA, MON AMOUR in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Distributor: MCF BH, World Sales: The Match Factory)

13 April:
AUSTERLITZ in Russia (Distributor: Cinedoc, World Sales: Imperativ Film)

14 April:
THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY in Taiwan (Distributor: Swallow Wings, World Sales: Beta Cinema)

15 April:
RABBIT SCHOOL – GUARDIANS OF THE GOLDEN EGG in Romania (Distributor: Dexin Film, World Sales: Sola Media)

16 April:
RABBIT SCHOOL – GUARDIANS OF THE GOLDEN EGG in Serbia (Distributor: Dexin Film, World Sales: Sola Media)

20 April:
PETER HANDKE – IN THE WOODS, MIGHT BE LATE in Serbia (Distributor: MCF MegaCom, World Sales: The Match Factory)
PETER HANDKE – IN THE WOODS, MIGHT BE LATE … in Macedonia (Distributor: MCF MKD, World Sales: The Match Factory)
PETER HANDKE – IN THE WOODS, MIGHT BE LATE in Montenegro (Distributor: MCF MNE, World Sales: The Match Factory)
PETER HANDKE – IN THE WOODS, MIGHT BE LATE in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Distributor: MCF BH, World Sales: The Match Factory)

21 April:
BUNCH OF KUNST in UK (Distributor: Munro Films Services, World Sales: Christine Frantz)
STEFAN ZWEIG – FAREWELL TO EUROPE in Estonia (Distributor: BestFilm, World Sales: Films Distribution)

27 April:
THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY in Switzerland (Distributor: Xenix Filmdistribution, World Sales: Beta Cinema)

28 April:
RICHARD THE STORK in Romania (Distributor: Ro Image 2000, World Sales: Global Screen)
RICHARD THE STORK in Finland (Distributor: Den Siste Skiling, World Sales: B-Plan Distribution)

29 April:
ME AND KAMINSKI in Japan (Distributor: Longride, World Sales: The Match Factory)   

 
 
BOX OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

TONI ERDMANN has posted around 1.4 million USD in the United States so far. Releases in more cities are scheduled for the coming months.