October 2016

German Films Service + Marketing, the national advisory center for the promotion of German films worldwide, has launched a campaign to promote a new wave of German cinema achievements to international audiences and to showcase exceptional German talent worldwide. The initiative - entitled FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS - spotlights six of the most influential German actresses currently working in the industry, who represent just some of the many dynamic ‘faces’ of German filmmaking today. During the BFI London Film Festival the initiative celebrated its launch.   

Photos from London on Facebook and Instagram.

Promoting the campaign with a series of marketing and PR measures across the year are the following actresses:

  • Julia Jentsch – who starred in 24 WEEKS in Competition at this year’s Berlinale and ALL OF A SUDDEN programmed in Berlin and London and will be seen in THE HAVE-NOTS in competition in Tallinn.
  • Lilith Stangenberg – star of WILD - which world premiered at Sundance in competition earlier this year.
  • Liv Lisa Fries – who will star in Tom Tykwer’s upcoming series, BABYLON BERLIN.
  • Paula Beer – who won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress in Venice for the lead in François Ozon’s FRANTZ.
  • Sandra Hüller – lead actress in TONI ERDMANN - Germany’s official submission for the 89th Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film, which world premiered in Cannes' competition in 2016, with a North American premiere in Telluride and appearences at TIFF and London amongst others.
  • Saskia Rosendahl – who will star in Oscar®-winner Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s upcoming feature WORK WITHOUT AUTHOR.

This eclectic group of actresses represent some of Germany’s most established, internationally acclaimed projects as well as up-and-coming productions that will reinforce German cinema’s global appeal. 2016 has been a stand-out year for local film so far, with an impressive number of important international film festivals giving German productions a prominent platform and German cinema finding an international audience at the box office, too.

"German cinema is on the rise and is exciting, modern, bold, dramatic, funny, unexpected and very multifaceted;" says Peter Herrmann, Chairman of the Board for German Films Service + Marketing. "Audiences, press and industry alike celebrated Maren Ade’s TONI ERDMANN in Competition at Cannes and other international festivals. Already over 330,000 French cinema-goers were enchanted by its wit. WILD, by Nicolette Krebitz, with a world premiere in Competition in Sundance, and 24 WEEKS by Anne Zora Berrached in the Berlinale Competition showed just how daring and spirited young German cinema can be. Not to forget the international festival euphoria around VICTORIA by Sebastian Schipper or the box office successes of PHOENIX by Christian Petzold – at US $3 million the most successful arthouse release in the United States in 2015 – and LABYRINTH OF LIES by Giulio Ricciarelli (TIFF 2014) with over 340,000 admissions in France last year. The future looks very promising with three Student Oscar® wins in a row for German filmmakers, a lot of ambitious, high-quality German TV series being produced, like BABYLON BERLIN by Tom Tykwer and exciting new features from the likes of Oscar®-winner Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck coming up."  

Sandra Hüller, Julia Jentsch, Liv Lisa Fries and Paula Beer presented the campaign in London to the international press and industry. There was coverage in The Hollywood Reporter and Huffington Post amongst others.

The single and group images of the six actresses, which are used for international press coverage and ads, were shot by leading German photographer Mathias Bothor with German designers including  Hien Le, Ivy & Oak, Michael Sontag, Perret Schaad, Philomena Zanetti, Tim Labenda and Wild providing the styling.


France is one of the most important markets for German films – there is nowhere else outside of the German-speaking areas where one can find so many German titles being released theatrically – and they are also very successful as is shown by the very good admission figures for TONI ERDMANN (330,000), STEFAN ZWEIG - FAREWELL TO EUROPE (109,000) as well as LABYRINTH OF LIES (340,000) and PHOENIX (170,000) last year. Consequently, the Festival of German Films in the French capital is also one of the flagship events of its kind and is extremely popular with the invited filmmakers. The 21st edition attracted 5,500 cinema-goers and thus built on the record year of 2014. There was also interest from French distributors in acquiring some of the films shown in the program.

Photos on Facebook…

A focus in the program was dedicated to noteworthy stories about unusual women, and they were particularly well received. The screenings of PAULA (DE/FR, Pandora Film Produktion, Grown Up Films) and IN LOVE WITH LOU - A PHILOSOPHER'S LIFE (Avanti Media Fiction, ARRI Media, Tempest Film) were complete sell-outs. PAULA's lead actress Carla Juri, who portrays the painter Paula Modersohn-Becker, was surrounded after the screening by lots of young fans asking for autographs and photos. In addition, the audiences discussed emancipation and the role of women past and present during the Q&As with Cordula Kablitz-Post, the director of IN LOVE WITH LOU - A PHILOSOPHER'S LIFE, and Nicolette Krebitz (WILD). The Audience Award for FUKUSHIMA MON AMOUR by Doris Dörrie (Olga Film, Constantin Filmproduktion) also went to a film by a woman director with two strong female characters. Bodega Films will release FUKUSHIMA, MON AMOUR in French cinemas on 1 February 2017. 

The young filmmakers Charlotte Rolfes (CHAY) and Louise Peter (EYE FOR AN EYE) presented the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2016 program of shorts to an almost packed cinema. Feedback from the audience praised the consistently high quality and courage of the films screening in the program. 

Overall, one could see that lots of young cinema-goers were at the festival this year, and it was remarkable that around 1,300 schoolchildren came to the school screenings from the whole Ile-de-France region, which often entailed a long journey to the venue. TSCHICK by Fatih Akin (Lago Film, Studio Canal) was particularly favored by them with sold-out screenings. The 'sold out' sign was also put up for the silent film DESTINY with music by DJ Raphael Marionneau in collaboration with Bertelsmann.

Good admission figures were also posted by the documentary DEMOCRACY by David Bernet (DE/FR, INDI Film) and the Goethe-Institut Paris' focus on Maren Ade and Komplizen Film, the director and production company behind the hit film TONI ERDMANN. Berlin is very popular abroad, just like films about the German capital when you think of titles like OH BOY or VICTORIA. Jan Krüger's BROTHER AND SISTER is another of these kind of films and was well received in Paris. At the screening he was often asked about his film LOOKING FOR SIMON which had a successful run in French cinemas.

The German Embassy hosted a dinner for French distributors to inform them about current German film projects.

All of the films at the 2016 edition of the Festival of German Films in Paris…


Doris Dörrie, Theresa von Eltz, Hans Steinbichler, Lars Kraume, Aline Fischer, Jella Haase, Kaori Momoi and Isabelle Stever – they all attended the HORIZONTE Festival of German Films in Tokyo from 15 to 19 October 2016. Seven new German films were presented at the Toho Roppongi Hills Cinema in an event organiZed by the Goethe-Institut in partnership with German Films. 

The festival opened with FUKUSHIMA, MON AMOUR (Olga Film, Constantin Filmproduktion) in the presence of the director Doris Dörrie, lead actress Kaori Momoi – a very famous actress in Japan – and the composer Ulrike Haage in a packed cinema with a 580-strong audience. The opening speech was given by the President of the Goethe-Institut Prof. Dr. Klaus Lehmann. Many members of the Japanese cast and crew were on the stage during the Q&A for the film which centers on a young German woman touring the Fukushima region after the 2011 earthquake. The opening reception and the press conference in the Mercedes Benz Connection Showroom were also well attended.

Another sell-out was the screening of THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER (zero one film, TERZ Film) in the presence of the director Lars Kraume, which has already found a distributor in Japan.

Director Theresa von Eltz and lead actress Jella Haase introduced 4 KINGS (C-FILMS, Tatami Films) while  director Hans Steinbichler presented THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (AVE, Zeitsprung Pictures, Universal Pictures International), Isabelle Stever THE WEATHER INSIDE (Sutor Kolonko, cine plus Filmproduktion) and Aline Fischer her graduation film METEOR STREET (credo:film, Filmuniverstität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF) in Tokyo at well-attended screenings. At the same time, the Japanese audiences were also interested in having intensive discussions with those involved in the films and particularly on controversial subjects like mental health in 4 KINGS.

All of the films at the 2016 edition of the HORIZONTE Festival of German Films in Tokyo:

FUKISHIMA, MON AMOUR by Doris Dörrie (Olga Film, Constantin Filmproduktion)
24 WEEKS by Anne Zohra Berrasched (zero one film, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)
METEOR STREET by Aline Fischer (credo:film, Filmuniverstität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER by Lars Kraume (zero one film, TERZ Film)
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK by Hans Steinbichler (AVE, Zeitsprung Pictures, Universal Pictures International)
4 KINGS by Theresa von Eltz (C-FILMS, Tatami Films)
THE WEATHER INSIDE by Isabelle Stever (Sutor Kolonko, cine plus Filmproduktion)


85 countries have submitted entries to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the 2017 Oscar® in the category of Best Foreign Language Feature Film. Germany has sent Maren Ade's TONI ERDMANN (DE/AT/MC, Komplizen Film, Missing Link Films) into the race. More…

In addition, German producers are involved in another nine entries:

German producer: X Filme Creative Pool

LAND OF MINE by Martin Zandvliet (DK/DE)
German producer: Amusement Park Film

German producer: Aktis Film Production


German producer: One Two Films

ELLE by Paul Verhoeven (FR/DE/BE)
German producer: Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion

PARADISE by Andrei Konchalovsky (RU/DE)
German producer: DRIFE Filmproduktion

APPRENTICE by Boo Junfeng (SG/DE/FR)
German producer: augenschein Filmproduktion

German producer: Sutor Kolonko

German producer: elemag Pictures

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will announce a shortlist of the last nine films in the running for the Oscar® in the category Best Foreign Language Film before Christmas. The announcement of the five films nominated will take place on 24 January 2017. The awards ceremony will take place on 26 February 2017 in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.


Come visit us during the American Film Market 2016 ( 2 - 9 November 2016) at the German Films Umbrella Suites. The attending companies and contact details here...

German Day at CPH PIX in Copenhagen together with the German Embassy Copenhagen, Goethe-Institut Copenhagen and German Films. More information here...

German films in ValladolidViennaRio de JaneiroSao PauloStockholmCambridgeMill ValleyCopenhagenUppsala and Sitges.

German shorts in WinterthurRio de Janeiro, at Anima Mundi and Animatou Geneva.


Main Award and Best Actor Award to TONI ERDMANN at Montreal Nouveau Cinema. More...

LOOK WHO'S BACK nominated in European Comedy category at European Film Awards 2016. More... 


3 November 2016:
13 MINUTES in Brazil (World Sales: Beta Cinema, Distributor: Mares Filmes)

10 November 2016:
TONI ERDMANN in the Netherlands (World Sales: The Match Factory, Distributor: Septemberfilm)

17 November 2016:
PETER HANDKE – IN THE WOODS, MIGHT BE LATE in Switzerland (World Sales: The Match Factory, Distributor: Look Now)
NICK: OFF DUTY in Ukraine (World Sales: Global Screen, Distributor: Ukrainian Film Distribution)

24 November 2016:
I'M OFF THEN: LOSING AND FINDING MYSELF ON THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO in Hungary (World Sales: Global Screen, Distributor: Vertigo Media)

25 November 2016:
24 WEEKS in Taiwan (World Sales: Beta Cinema, Distributor: Swallow Wings)