There were several prizes for German co-productions at the Cannes Film Festival (14 - 25 May 2014) this year: WINTER SLEEP (TR/DE/FR, Bredok Film Production) won the Golden Palm. The film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan also received the FIPRESCI Prize from the international film critics. Another co-production with German participation, LE MERAVIGLIE by Alice Rohrwacher (IT/CH/DE, Pola Pandora), was awarded the Grand PrixWHITE GOD by Kornél Mundruczó (HU/DE/SE, Pola Pandora) received the main award in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. Pola Pandora, the German production company serving as a partner on both films, was co-founded by the recently departed Karl Baumgartner, a pioneer of European arthouse cinema. Wim Wenders and his co-director Juliano Ribeiro Salgado received the Special Prize in the Un Certain Regard sidebar for the French production THE SALT OF THE EARTH. Juan Sarmiento was responsible for the camerawork on LEIDI, the Golden Palm for Short Films. He is now living and working in Berlin after having studied at the HFF Potsdam-Babelsberg.

The cinema was filled to capacity at the world premiere of the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2014 program of shorts on Sunday, 18 May 2014. Around 250 guests came to the Star Cinema where the directors and producers of the 14 selected shorts presented their works to an audience of international professionals. The director and Oscar-winner® Caroline Link, who was a member of the jury, was also present at the premiere in Cannes. NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER is organized by German Films and the German Federal Film Board (FFA). After the screening, the audience – which included representatives of international festivals, journalists, producers and buyers, rewarded the achievements of the German short film talents with long and enthusiastic applause. Mariette Rissenbeek, managing director of German Films: "We are delighted that this year again saw such a large interest from people wanting to get to know the up-and-coming generation of German filmmakers at the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER premiere. Everything was represented – from the Western through drama, animation, thriller, documentary and also comedy – and all of this was of a very high quality." The first festival invitations had already started coming in after the screening in Cannes. The NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2014 program will be shown in the upcoming months as part of the Festivals of German Films which are organized by German Films in Madrid, New York, Buenos Aires, Paris and Moscow.

This year, the market screenings organized by German Films under the banner of "New German Films in Cannes" at Cannes' Marché du Film presented 35 new German films. The screenings were well received by the professional visitors. A popular and highly regarded meeting place – along with the German Pavilion in the International Village – proved once again to be the German Reception in honor of German cinema and the films with German participation at the festival. Over 850 guests took the opportunity to come together in a convivial atmosphere on La Plage - Majestic Barrière on Saturday, 17 May 2014. The State Minister for Culture, Prof. Monika Grütters, made the opening speech on the occasion of her first visit to Cannes. The producers Eva Blondiau (TORN), Michael Eckelt (THAT LOVELY GIRL / GETT, THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALLEM), Alfred Hürmer (MAPS TO THE STARS), Thanassis Karathanos (CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA) and Titus Kreyenberg (BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO), the directors Elmar Imanov and Engin Kundag (TORN), Slomi Elkabetz (GETT, THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALLEM) and Jessica Hausner (AMOUR FOU) as well as the actors Christian Friedel and Stefan Großmann (AMOUR FOU) were among those attending from the delegations of the German co-productions showing at the festival. The guests included, among others, representatives of festivals from Moscow, Montreal, Palm Springs, Locarno and São Paulo, the actors Stefan Konarske and Maxim Mehmet, the directors Margarethe von Trotta, Caroline Link, Dietrich Brüggemann, Veit Helmer and Marco Kreuzpaintner, author Katja Eichinger as well as international and national distributors, producers and funders.

German Films thanks its sponsors SANTE Naturkosmetik and VGF for their support.

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On 27 May 2014 German director, screenwriter and producer Helma Sanders-Brahms died after a long illness. She was one of the most important representatives of German post-war film and consistently explored German history, political and social issues like feminism, immigrant workers or the social upheaval following 1968 in her films. Her cinematic oeuvre consists of 16 fictional films and seven documentaries including classics of world cinema like GERMANY, PALE MOTHERUNDER THE BEACH’S COBBLES or NO MERCY NO FUTURE.


German Film Awards 2014:

Best Film - Lola in Gold
Producer: Christian Reitz (Edgar Reitz Filmproduktions GmbH)
Director: Edgar Reitz

Best Film - Lola in Silver
Producers: Helmut Grasser, Stefan Arndt (Allegro Fil, X Filme Creative Pool)
Director: Andreas Prochaska

Best Film - Lola in Bronze
Producers: Dieter Zeppenfeld, Rudi Teichmann, Axel Helgeland (Zinnober Film, B&T Film, Helgeland Film)  
Director: Georg Maas

Best Documentary
Producers: Arne Birkenstock, Helmut G.Weber, Thomas Springer (Fruitmarket Kultur und Medien, Tradewind Pictures)
Director: Arne Birkenstock

Best Children's Film
Producers: Ewa Karlström, Andreas Ulmke-Smeaton (SamFilm)
Director: Katja von Garnier

Best Screenplay
Edgar Reitz, Gerd Heidenreich for HOME FROM HOME- CHRONICLE OF A VISION

Best Director

Best Actress
Jördis Triebel for WEST

Best Actor
Dieter Hallervorden for BACK ON TRACK

Best Supporting Actress
Sandra Hüller for FINSTERWORLD

Best Supporting Actor
Tobias Moretti for THE DARK VALLEY

Best Cinematography
Thomas W. Kiennast for THE DARK VALLEY

Best Editing
Hansjörg Weißbrich for TWO LIVES

Best Production Design
Claus Rudolf Amler for THE DARK VALLEY

Best Costume Design
Natascha Curtius-Noss for THE DARK VALLEY 

Best Make Up
Helene Lang, Roman Braunhofer for THE DARK VALLEY

Best Score
Matthias Weber for THE DARK VALLEY

Best Sound Design
Dietmar Zuson, Christof Ebhardt, Tschangis Chahrokh for THE DARK VALLEY

Audience Award

Lifetime Achievement Award
Helmut Dietl

Bernd Eichinger Prize
Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul (Razor Film Produktion)


16th Festival of German Films in Madrid (10 - 14 June 2014) and in Barcelona (13 – 15 June 2014)

A classic among the Festivals of German Films will be held in Madrid for the 16th time this year. A selection of ten new German films which have been awarded national and international prizes can be seen in the Spanish capital from 10 to 14 June 2014. Nine distinguished guests including Caroline Link, Samuel Schneider, Heide Schwochow, Grzegorz Muskala, Marco Wilms and Jella Haase will be presenting their films in this important market for German cinema. The "ArtHaus" sidebar will feature current German independent cinema in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut in Madrid. Five films will be shown in Barcelona from 13 to 15 June 2014.

The Festival of German Films in Madrid will open in the Cine Palafox with EXIT MARRAKECH (Desert Flower Filmproduktion, Erfttal Film- & Fernsehproduktion). The director Caroline Link and lead actor Samuel Schneider will be there to answer questions from the guests after the screening. 

Another highlight promises to be the avant-premiere of WEST by Christian Schwochow (zero one film, TERZ Film, ö Film) in collaboration with the Spanish distributor emon Theatrical, who will release the film in Spanish cinemas in the second half of the year. Screenwriter Heide Schwochow will introduce the film.

The actors Jella Haase – nominated for a German Film Award –, Gizem Emre and Aram Arami will travel to Madrid for the screening of the German audience favorite SUCK ME SHAKESPEER by Bora Dagtekin (Rat Pack Filmproduktion, Constantin Film Produktion). The directors Grzegorz Muskala and Marco Wilms will be coming to introduce their films WHISPERS BEHIND THE WALL (OneTwoFilms, dffb) and ART WAR (Heldenfilm).

Also selected for the program are the winner of the German Film Award, HOME FROM HOME - CHRONICLE OF A VISION by Edgar Reitz (Edgar Reitz Filmproduktion), DEAR COURTNEY by Rolf Roring (2pilots Filmproduction), BANKLADY by Christian Alvart (Syrreal Entertainment), WOLFSKINDER by Rick Ostermann (Zum Goldenen Lamm Filmproduktion) as well as the children and young people's film BLACK BROTHERS by Xavier Koller (DE/CH, enigma film, Starhaus Filmproduktion, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion), and German Films' reel of shorts, NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2014, in the presence of the director Julia Walter with her film JOB INTERVIEW, as well as four other German shorts.

The parallel section "ArtHaus", which is dedicated to German independent cinema, will feature LOVE STEAKS by Jakob Lass (HFF Konrad Wolf), THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT by Ramon Zürcher (DFFB), UMMAH – UNTER FREUNDEN by Cüneyt Kaya (All Ahead Film, deutschfilm, kahuuna films) and AGE OF CANNIBALS by Johannes Naber (Studio.TV.Film).

EXIT MARRAKECH, UMMAH - UNTER FREUNDEN, ART WAR by Marco Wilms, WOLFSKINDER by Rick Ostermann, WHISPERS BEHIND THE WALL by Grzegorz Muskala and the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER program are being shown at the Cinemes Girona in Barcelona from 13 to 15 June 2014 in cooperation with Paco Poch Cinema and the Goethe-Institut in Barcelona.

The Festival of German Films in Madrid is being staged in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut and the German Embassy in Madrid. The festival is supported by Fass Catering, Fundación Goethe, the AG Kurzfilm and emon Theatrical. The sponsors in Barcelona are: Cinemes Girona, Moritz, Biergarten Hotel Reina Sofia XX and the City of Barcelona.

Further information about the festivals in Madrid and Barcelona here and on Facebook.

Information about German cinema in Spain can be found in the German Films Market Study.


TWO LIVES by Georg Maas (DE/NO, Zinnober Film, B&T Film) has taken around 68,000 euros and been seen by 105,000 cinema-goers since its theatrical release in France on 5 May 2014. The thriller with Juliane Köhler in the lead was the fourth best new release among all cinema-goers on its opening weekend and No. 1 in this group for the screen average.