Succes all along the line for FOUR KINGS (C-FILMS (Germany), TATAMI FILMS) at the 10th Rome Film Fest (16 - 24 October, 2015): the feature film debut by Theresa von Eltz made a great impression on the jury of 25 young people in the Alice nella città sidebar and won the independent section's main prize. The German co-production ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES (IN/DE, One Two Films) by Pan Nalin won the festival's Audience Award.

One could already see at the screening of FOUR KINGS that the film was going down well with the audience: the more than 300 seats in the auditorium of the Parco della Musica were all taken. Director Theresa von Eltz brought her lead actors Jella Haase, Clemens Schick and Moritz Leu as well as the producer Benjamin Seikel along to the international premiere, and they were all delighted with the positive reactions and great interest from the audience and critics. Many young cinemagoers gathered around the actors after the screening in the independent Alice nella città sidebar, which is dedicated to films for young adults and families, and there were many happy smiles as people went home with photos or autographs. Following the screening, the team also gave a series of interviews for TV, radio and print.

German Films organized a networking lunch for the German filmmakers at the festival to make contacts with international buyers.

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This year was not only the first time that the Rome Film Fest was held under the management of the new artistic director Antonio Monda, but it was also a first for an extended audiovisual market organized under the banner of MIA – Mercato Internazionale Audiovisivo. This new market caters to all segments of the audiovisual industry - from cinema and TV series to documentary and games. The established events The Business Street (TBS) and the co-production market New Cinema Network (NCN) were integrated into MIA. The new market led to an increase in the number of professional delegates, and there was a lot of activity with panels and receptions at the Boscolo Exedra Hotel. The representatives of the sales companies had lots of appointments and the international buyers were also positive about the effectiveness of the market.

All of the German films and co-productions at Rome 2015...


Turning 20 - and still going strong: The Festival of German Films in Paris celebrated its 20th birthday in 2015 with the usual high interest from the audience and around 4,600 admissions. No less than 14 leading filmmakers came to the Cinéma L'Arlequin to congratulate the birthday child. The German Federal Film Fund's CEO Peter Dinges and the Supervisory Board Chairman of German Films Peter Herrmann were joined by German Films Managing Director Mariette Rissenbeek in welcoming the guests at the opening. The festival opened in a packed cinema with the French avant-premiere of 13 MINUTES (Lucky Bird Pictures, Delphi Medien, Philipp filmproduction) in the presence of the screenwriter and co-producer Fred Breinersdorfer and screenwriter Léonie-Claire Breinersdorfer. The film by Oliver Hirschbiegel about the Nazi resistance fighter Georg Elser has been showing in French cinemas since 21 October 2015 thanks to Sophie Dulac Distribution. Young German cinema was at the fore this year when the decision was made on the Audience Award: it went to Tom Sommerlatte's debut SUMMERS DOWNSTAIRS (DE/FR, Osiris Media).

There was a colourful mix of themes and genres in the program of 22 films which were shown from 7 to 13 October 2015 - and the audience was similarly colourful. Over 1,200 children and teenagers travelled - some from afar - to attend the school screenings. Alexander Fehling, who was the subject of a focus with three of his films, has a large fan base in France, not least thanks to the great success of LABYRINTH OF LIES, and this popularity prompted a veritable stampede in the cinema. Selfies taken with him were very popular, especially with the young French women. An audience spanning the generations was reached by both Christoph Hochhäusler with his pharmaceutical thriller THE LIES OF VICTORS (DE/FR, Heimatfilm) as well as Andreas Dresens' AS WE WERE DREAMING (Rommel Film, Iskremas Filmproduktion). SUMMER DOWNSTAIRS by Tom Sommerlatte (DE/FR, Osiris Media) had a very atmospheric French premiere in two packed cinemas in the presence of the director and some members of the cast and crew. There was lots of discussion in long Q&As continuing outside in the cinema foyer with Burhan Qurbani on WE ARE YOUNG. WE ARE STRONG. (UFA Fiction), Marc Brummund on SANCTUARY (Zum Goldenen Lamm Filmproduktion), and Katja von Garnier on the closing film SCORPIONS-FOREVER AND A DAY (Tempest Film). Denis Lavant  was a very charismatic and captivating partner for Christoph Hochhäusler in a conversation organized by the Goethe-Institut.

1,200 spectators came to the new Philharmonie de Paris for the screening of the silent film THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI by Robert Wiene, with musical accompaniment by the Orchestre National d’Ile de France under the direction of  conductor Timothy Brock. There was long applause after the end of the screening, and many people in the audience showed their delight in this special cinema experience which German Films organized in collaboration with Bertelsmann. Director Jean-Jacques Annaud and Wolf Bauer, Managing Director of UFA Cinema, were among the guests.

German Films organized a distributors' lunch during the festival to provide information about contemporary German cinema. This was very well attended with 20 participants.

All of the films at the Festival of German Films in Paris 2015...


PHOENIXLABYRINTH OF LIES and VICTORIA - German cinema is currently making a very positive stir in the USA with this trio. PHOENIX by Christian Petzold (Schramm Film Koerner & Weber) has strong appeal with US-audiences and has reached the impressive box-office figure of over $ 3.1 million. A lot of positive attention with festivals and important media went to LABYRINTH OF LIES (Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion, naked eye filmproduction) and VICTORIA (MonkeyBoy, deutschfilm, RadicalMedia) before their theatrical releases. 

PHOENIX by Christian Petzold not only went down a storm with the press and audience at its world premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014. The Vertigo drama with Nina Hoss and Ronald Zehrfeld in the leads has also been a remarkable success at the US box office. To date, it has posted over $ 3.1 million box-office takings. Since being released by Sundance Selects on 24 July 2015, the number of prints has been continuously increased and the film has now been shown in a total of 165 cinemas. PHOENIX also had a very good run in France, for example, and was seen by over 170,000 cinema-goers.

The German candidate in the race for the Best Foreign Language Oscar® LABYRINTH OF LIES  opened in the US cinemas on 30 September 2015 after a big success in French cinemas with around 340,000 admissions. The film by Giulio Ricciarelli, which centers on the historical background to the Auschwitz trials, has now posted around $329,000 at the US box-office. It was initially launched by distributor Sony Pictures Classics in three cinemas and is currently playing on 62 screens. Other cinemas will follow in the coming weeks (see here). LABYRINTH OF LIES received positive media feedback from such publications as the The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune. Writing in The Observer, Rex Reed called the film "one of the most important and relevatory films of the year". Lead actor Alexander Fehling has also attracted a lot of international attention through his role in the current season of HOMELAND.

Sebastian Schipper's VICTORIA was released in the USA by Adopt Films on 9 October 2015 and was also hotly anticipated there. The one-shot thriller about a breathless night in Berlin had been one of the major festival buzz titles on its world premiere at the 2015 Berlinale and subsequently picked up five German Film Awards. The film also left a deep impression on critics and audiences at its North American premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival and ahead of its US theatrical release. VICTORIA was one of TIFF's "must sees" for The Rolling Stone, and it received a clear run of all five stars from the UK's The Guardian. Director Sebastian Schipper introduced his film in such outlets as The New York Times, Indiewire, Vanity Fair and Huffington PostVICTORIA was awarded the prize for the Best International Film at the San Diego Film Festival at the end of September. Schipper's film initially opened in three cinemas and currently can be seen in 37 cinemas, with more to follow (see here).

Documentaries 'made in Germany' are also hitting the spot in the USA. In August BELTRACCHI - THE ART OF FORGERY (Fruitmarket Arts & Media, Senator Entertainment, TELEPOOL) took a very respectable $20,000 within two weeks in cinemas in New York City. The film is currently still on tour though the United States and stopped over in cities like Chicago and Los Angeles. Media outlets The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times  and The New York Post published positive reviews.


DEUTSCHLAND 83 (UFA Fiction) has become an international bestseller: 20 broadcasters and streaming providers have already bought the eight-part spy series. The German TV spy series - created by Anna and Jörg Winger - had its world premiere at the 2015 Berlinale and was the first German-language drama series to air on US television. The cable channel Sundance TV broadcast it from June 2015 with very positive reactions from the audience and media.

The latest deals include: Channel One (Russia), Sky Italia (Italy), Hulu (USA), Sundance TV (English-speaking Canada), Super Ecran (French-speaking Canada), RTE (Ireland), Stan (Australia and New Zealand), Telenet (Belgium), RTL Klub (Hungary), Hotvision (Israel), TV4 (Scandinavia), Kino Lorber (DVD market and iTunes USA). FremantleMedia had previously concluded deals with Sundance TV (USA), CANAL+ (France), Channel 4/Walter Presents (Great Britain), SVT (Sweden), NRK (Norway), DR (Denmark), YLE (Finland), and RUV (Iceland). 

DEUTSCHLAND 83 is based on a story between the two Germanies from 1983 - the year when the world came close to the edge of a nuclear catastrophe. It is against this background that the GDR's foreign intelligence service sends the young spy Moritz Stamm (Jonas Nay) undercover as a Western agent to West Germany. Moving between peace demos, NATO manoeuvres and the German New Wave, he gets caught up in the turmoil of the secret services and holds the balance in the escalating struggle between the two German states.


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German co-productions submitted as entries for Best Foreign Language Feature Film:

LAMB by Yared Zeleke (FR/DE/ET/NO)
German producer:  Heimatfilm

THE FENCER by Klaus Härö (DE/EE/FI)
German producer: Kick Film

MUSTANG by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (FR/DE/TR/QA)
German producers: VISTAMAR Filmproduktion, Uhland Film

MEMORIES ON STONE by Shawkat Amin Korki (IQ/DE)
German producer: Mîtosfilm

BABAI by Visar Morina (DE/XK/MK/FR)
German producer: NiKo Film

MODRIS by Juris Kursietis (LV/GR/DE)
German producer:  Sutor Kolonko 

German producer: Flying Moon Filmproduktion

NN by Héctor Gálvez (PE/DE/FR/CO)
German producer: Autentika Films

German producer: Komplizen Film

ENCLAVE by Goran Radovanovic (DE/RS)
German producer: Sein+Hain Film

German producer: Essential Filmproduktion

German producer: Dschoint Venture Filmproduktion

SIVAS by Kaan Müjdeci (TR/DE)
German producer: Müjdeci


German films and co-productions submitted for the category of Best Documentary:

BELTRACCHI - THE ART OF FORGERY by Arne Birkenstock (Fruitmarket Arts & Media, Senator Entertainment, TELEPOOL)
THE FORECASTER by Marcus Vetter (Filmperspektive, EIKON Berlin, TVPLUS) 
SONG FROM THE FOREST by Michael Obert (Tondowski Film & Friends, 
CENSORED VOICES by Mor Loushy (IL/DE, MADE IN GERMANY Filmproduktion) 
IRAQI ODYSSEY von Samir (CH/DE, Coin Film)


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5 November 2015:
13 MINUTES in Columbia (Distributor: Cine Colombia, World Sales: Beta Cinema)
COCONUT THE LITTLE DRAGON in Hungary (Distributor: ADS Service LTD, World Sales: Sola Media)

24 November 2015:  
WACKEN 3D in Italy (Distributor: Lucky Red, World Sales: Autlook Filmsales)

26 November 2015:
TO LIFE! in Argentina (Distributor: IFA Cinema S.R.L., World Sales: Global Screen)
THE MISPLACED WORLD in Denmark (Distributor: Another World Entertainment, World Sales: Wild Bunch)


In Germany, LOOK WHO'S BACK by David Wnendt (Mythos Film, Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion, Constantin Film Produktion) reached the top of the box-office charts after ist third weekend . The satire about Hitler based on the best-selling book by Timur Vermes was already seen by over 1.3 million cinemagoers. 

Still going strong in German cinemas as the second most successful film of all times, FACK JU GÖHTE 2 by Bora Dagtekin (Constantin Film International, Constantin Film Produktion) opened in Hungarian cinemas on 15 October 2015 and currently has taken over €64,000 at the box office.