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November 2016
 
 
 
 
A GREAT DEAL OF ATTENTION FOR THE FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS IN BEIJING

A frenzy of flash bulbs for the filmmakers Florian Gallenberger, Theresa von Eltz, Aline Fischer, Cordula Kablitz-Post, Daniel Carsenty and Juliane Lorenz at the press conference for the opening of the 4th Festival of German Films in Beijing, which is organized by German Films and the Goethe-Institut. The German Ambassador in China, Michael Clauss, gave a welcome address at the ceremony in AUDI City before Florian Gallenberger's COLONIA (DE/LU/FR, Majestic Filmproduktion, Rat Pack Filmproduktion) opened the festival to a full house at the Broadway Cinema. The director had brought along his actress Zhang Jingchu – a major star in China – whose live stream of the event had over 2 million viewers. 

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The silent films proved to be great crowd pullers again with over 800 spectators. This year saw THE OYSTER PRINCESS by Ernst Lubitsch and DESTINY by Fritz Lang shown with musical accompaniment by the Aljoscha Zimmermann Ensemble at the China Film Archive. It could be observed at these and other screenings that there is a remarkably young audience interested in German cinema. These cinema-goers also appeared in large numbers at the screenings held outside of the regular cinemas at such venues as the Goethe-Institut, Institut Français and at the UCCA where Q&As were also held with the equally young filmmakers Theresa von Eltz (4 KINGS), Aline Fischer (METEOR STREET) and Daniel Carsenty (AFTER SPRING COMES FALL). There was  a particularly good turnout for the masterclass on Rainer Werner Fassbinder with Juliane Lorenz, one of Fassbinder's companions and the managing director of the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, who accompanied a retrospective in honor of the filmmaker.

Following Beijing, the Festival of German Films also travelled to Chengdu (11 – 19 November, 2016) where director Cordula Kablitz-Post introduced her film IN LOVE WITH LOU - A PHILOSOPHER'S LIFE (Avanti Media Fiction, ARRI Media, Tempest Film) at the opening evening, and to Shenzhen (17 – 24 November 2016). The opening film there was the coming-of-age drama 4 KINGS (C-FILMS (Germany), TATAMI FILMS) in the presence of the director Theresa von Eltz.

All of the films at the Festival of German Films in China…

 
 
GERMAN CINEMA CAME TO IZMIR

Encouraged by the success of the first event in 2015, German Films and the Goethe-Institut joined forces again in 2016 to present the latest of German cinema for Turkish audiences under the label of KINO 2016 – GERMAN FILMS IN TURKEY. The screenings began from 7 - 17 April 2016 during the 35th Istanbul Film Festival, followed by Ankara where the films were shown during the 27th International Ankara Film Festival (28 April - 8 May 2016). An innovation this year was the collaboration with the International Eskisehir Film Festival (6 - 14 May 2016).

Part four has just come to a close in Turkey's third largest city, Izmir. KINO 2016 was opened there by Germany's candidate in the Oscar® race, Maren Ade's TONI ERDMANN (DE/AT/MC, Komplizen Film, Missing Link Films), to a full house with 200 seats. Unfortunately, nobody from the film crew could come to Izmir due to the many commitments connected with the planned US theatrical release at the end of December and the Oscar® campaign. However, the musician and record label manager Mark Reeder came to the festival for B-MOVIE: LUST & SOUND IN WEST-BERLIN (DEF Media, Interzone Pictures, Scenes From) where he serves as a kind of narrator. His workshop at the University of Izmir and his Q&A were both extremely well attended.  Apart from the University the Institut Français also provided a venue for the event.

All of the films at KINO 2016 – GERMAN FILMS IN TURKEY 2016…

 
 
14TH GERMAN-FRENCH FILM MEETING IN SAARBRÜCKEN

Hardly any city has such close links with German-French history and collaboration between the two countries like Saarbrücken. The Saarland's capital on the border with France was therefore the ideal venue for the 14th edition of the German-French Film Meeting. Around 200 participants from both countries came together on 22 and 23 November 2016 to exchange information – supported by seven expert panels and two keynotes – and present their projects at a co-production market. The Prime Minister of Saarland, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, spoke to the guests at a gala dinner held at the World Cultural Heritage Site of the Völklingen Ironworks. The German-French Film Meeting is organized by German Films and UniFrance in close consultation with the German-French Film Academy.

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Marie Masmonteil was very pleased to open her first German-French Film Meeting as the President of the German-French Film Academy. She reminded the participants of the “very special responsibility” of the German and French film communities in the face of an ever-changing world as  “historically political and economic partners in the EU.” She hopes that projects will be developed which “prove that the cultural diversity in Europe will remain vital for a long time to come.”

The Prime Minister of Saarland, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, emphasized the binding power of the film medium and the German-French friendship, which is especially also lived and experienced as a cultural friendship. The state of Saarland, the “most French of of the German federal states”, has experienced “the negative impact for the populations, when there is a lack of cooperation between both countries, but also the positive impacts when both countries cooperate with one another.”

Prominent speakers such as Frédérique Bredin (CNC), Peter Dinges (FFA German Federal Film Board), Isabelle Giordano (UniFrance), Pierre-Emmanuel Lecerf (CNC), Julia Piaseczny (SPIO and FFA's EU Affairs Officer), Emmanuel Joly (European Commission, DG CONNECT) and Torsten Frehse (German distributor Neue Visionen Filmverleih) presented various expert panels on current German-French film issues.

They shed light on the successes and difficulties of German-French co-productions, developments in European copyright and the Digital Single Market, the operating methods for the film funding organizations DFFF and Film France, and on the success of A SENSE OF WONDER (LE GOUT DES MERVEILLES) in Germany. Alfred Hürmer (Pick up Film) and Jean-Marie Dura (Ymagis) gave keynotes on the future of theatrical distribution, cinema and film exploitation. The Atelier Network, a network of alumni of the year-long Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris training program, organized a panel on private equity financing for European independent productions.

24 German and French producers pitched their projects at the co-production market, and there was an opportunity for individual talks with potential co-production, financing and distribution partners.

 
 
SPOTLIGHT: AMERICAN FILM MARKET

Since 1981, the international film industry has come together in Santa Monica for the American Film Market (AFM) to network as well as finance, sell and buy new film projects, and learn about the latest industry trends in various expert panels and presentations. The 37th edition from 2 to 9 November 2016 attracted around 1,500 buyers from 86 countries, the market featured 366 exhibiting companies. German Films organized an umbrella stand that served as the base for six German world sales companies.

Beta Cinema, Picture Tree International, ARRI Media International, The Match Factory, Media Luna New Films and Sola Media were satisfied with the optimized organizational procedures under the new AFM director Holly Sortomme as well with the deals they signed during the market.

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Changes this year included modernising the suites in the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel to provide more space and a pleasant atmosphere for conversations with business partners. This isn't only the place where deals are negotiated as the AFM also continues to serve as an important  platform for pitching new film titles which are later on offer in Sundance and at the market in Berlin. However, appointments and negotiations were complicated this year by a shorter duration for the market since the US presidential election meant that business virtually came to halt on the afternoon of 8 November 2016 as many market participants then followed the political developments on the television screen.

Picture Tree International sold Sven Taddicken's ORIGINAL BLISS – shown, among other things, in competition at Karlovy Vary – to five territories. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY by Florian David Fitz went to eight territories and HEART OF STONE by Johannes Naber to three territories. ARRI Media International sold ten German titles to five territories, four German-international productions were picked up by distributors in four territories. Beta Cinema was able to sell more titles overall than last year, including sales of three German films and two German-international productions.

As in previous years, there was a large presence of Asian buyers at the AFM again this year, and they bought generously although there were hardly any big titles with well-known names dominating the market. The most striking trends were a very strong demand for films by women and for a female audience, and that TV series formats are still very successful with audiences and attract increasing numbers of creative talent from the world of cinema. Consequently, the two major VoD platforms NETFLIX and AMAZON STUDIOS also had a substantial presence at the AFM market. 

 
 
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

TONI ERDMANN wins LUX Film Award of the European Parliament. More...

Three International Emmys to Germany for DEUTSCHLAND 83, WAR OF LIES and actress Christiane Paul. More... 

Audience Award and ARCHILLE VALDATA Award for WE ARE THE TIDE at Torino Film Festival. More... 

European Film Awards: Five nominations for TONI ERDMANN, further nominations for actor Burghart Klaußner and and German co-productions. More...

TONI ERDMANN, MORRIS FROM AMERICA and SONITA nominated for Independent Spirit Awards. More...

Awards for German films in Mar del PlataGijonZagrebBarcelonaMinskCambridgeSt. LouisSevillaValladolidTokyoChicago and at AFI Fest, Filmets BadalonaChicago Children's Film Festival, Reanimania and Tofifest.

Awards for German shorts in TallinnBrestSeoul and Beijing.  

  

 
 
FESTIVALS

Festival of German Films in Moscow. More...

German Competition entry in Torino. More...

THE HAVE-NOTS  in Competition in Tallinn. More...

German documentaries at IDFA. More...

German films in MarrakechDubai, MacaoZagrebSegoviaMar del PlataGijonArrasJihlavaCairo, Minsk and at Rome Independent Film Festival and Camerimage.

German shorts in PoitiersZinebi BilbaoLeuven, Tehran and at Alcine.

 
 
INTERNATIONAL RELEASES

8 December 2016:
13 MINUTES (ELSER – ER HÄTTE DIE WELT VERÄNDERT) in Hong Kong (Distributor: First Distributors, World Sales: Beta Cinema)
TONI ERDMANN in Montenegro (Distributor: MCF MNE, World Sales: The Match Factory)
TONI ERDMANN in Macedonia (Distributor: MCF MKD, World Sales: The Match Factory)
TONI ERDMANN in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Distributor: MCF BH, World Sales: The Match Factory)
TONI ERDMANN in Serbia (Distributor: MCF MegaCom Film, World Sales: The Match Factory)

16 December 2016:
TONI ERDMANN in Finland (Distributor: Future Film, World Sales: The Match Factory)

22 December 2016:
24 WEEKS (24 WOCHEN) in Montenegro (Distributor: MCF MNE, World Sales: Beta Cinema)
24 WEEKS (24 WOCHEN) in Macedonia (Distributor: MCF MKD, World Sales: Beta Cinema)
24 WEEKS (24 WOCHEN) in Serbia (Distributor: MCF MegaCom Film, World Sales: Beta Cinema)
TRENK, THE LITTLE KNIGHT (RITTER TRENK) in Israel (Distributor: Five Stars Distribution, World Sales: Global Screen)
TRENK, THE LITTLE KNIGHT (RITTER TRENK) in Croatia (Distributor: Editus d.o.o., World Sales: Global Screen)
TRENK, THE LITTLE KNIGHT (RITTER TRENK) in Slovenia (Distributor: Karantanija Cinemas, World Sales: Global Screen)

 
 
BOX OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

TONI ERDMANN  (DE/AT/MC, Komplizen Film, Missing Link Films) has been released in the Netherlands on 10 November 2016 and has posted 226,000 euros so far. The film by Maren Ade has also reached a box office of 126,000 euros in Greece (theatrical release: 27 October 2016).