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                                                      G E R M A N F I L M S Q U A R T E RLY

               IN CANNES
ISSUE 2-2018

               Sergei Loznitsa’s DONBASS in Un Certain Regard
               Ulrich Köhler’s IN MY ROOM in Un Certain Regard
               Margarethe von Trotta’s SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN in Cannes Classics

               DIRECTORS Ulrich Köhler & Ina Weisse
               PRODUCERS Rafael Parente, Korbinian Dufter & Simon Amberger of NEUESUPER
               ACTOR Godehard Giese
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IN                                                THIS                                                                             ISSUE
 I N C A NNE S                                                                                        NEW D OCUM ENTARIES

DONBASS                                                                                                      AUSSORTIERT – ASIENS UNERWÜNSCHTE TÖCHTER
Sergei Loznitsa ................................................................................. 4          THE BACHELOR TIME BOMB
                                                                                                             Antje Christ, Dorothe Dörholt .......................................................... 32
IN MY ROOM
Ulrich Köhler ..................................................................................... 5        KUNST IM PARADIES
                                                                                                             ART IN PARADISE
SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN                                                                                 Joachim Haupt, Sabine Pollmeier ................................................. 32
Margarethe von Trotta ...................................................................... 6

                                                                                                              NEW SHORTS
P O R T R A I TS
                                                                                                             BURKINA BRANDENBURG KOMPLEX
PEOPLE IN HOUSES, BUT NOT AT HOME                                                                            Ulu Braun ......................................................................................... 33
A portrait of director Ulrich Köhler ................................................. 8
                                                                                                             CARLOTTA’S FACE
WORKING PARTNERSHIPS                                                                                         Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld ........................................................ 33
A portrait of director Ina Weisse ..................................................... 10
                                                                                                             LINK
TEAM SPIRIT                                                                                                  Robert Löbel .................................................................................... 34
A portrait of production company NEUESUPER .............................. 12

EXPLORING INNER WORLDS                                                                                        UPCOM ING F ILM S
A portrait of actor Godehard Giese .................................................. 14
                                                                                                             100 DINGE
                                                                                                             Florian David Fitz ............................................................................. 35
NEWS & NOTES ................................................................................ 16
                                                                                                             BEAT
                                                                                                             Marco Kreuzpaintner ...................................................................... 35
 N E W F E ATU R E S
                                                                                                             DEUTSCHSTUNDE
DIE DEFEKTE KATZE                                                                                            Christian Schwochow ...................................................................... 35
A DYSFUNCTIONAL CAT Susan Gordanshekan .............................. 21
                                                                                                             DREISSIG
DRAUSSEN IN MEINEM KOPF                                                                                      Simona Kostova ............................................................................... 36
Eibe Maleen Krebs ........................................................................... 22
                                                                                                             ELEFANTEN WACHSEN SCHNELL
FONOTUNE: AN ELECTRIC FAIRYTALE                                                                              Carlos A. Morelli ............................................................................. 36
FINT .................................................................................................. 23
                                                                                                             KENT OZANI, DER STADTSCHREIBER VON ISTANBUL
FRAU MUTTER TIER                                                                                             Dogan Altuner .................................................................................. 36
MOTHER BEE Felicitas Darschin ...................................................... 24
                                                                                                             DER KRIEG IN MIR
FÜNF FREUNDE – UND DAS TAL DER DINOSAURIER                                                                   Sebastian Heinzel ............................................................................. 37
THE FAMOUS FIVE – AND THE VALLEY OF DINOSAURS
Mike Marzuk .................................................................................... 25          PARFUM
                                                                                                             Philipp Kadelbach ........................................................................... 37
DER GESCHMACK VON LEBEN
TASTE OF LIFE Roland Reber ......................................................... 26                      STILLSTEHEN
                                                                                                             Elisa Mishto ..................................................................................... 37
HEILSTÄTTEN
Michael David Pate .......................................................................... 27             SYSTEMSPRENGER
                                                                                                             Nora Fingscheidt ............................................................................ 38
LILIANE SUSEWIND
Joachim Masannek ......................................................................... 28                TEARS OF CHANGE
                                                                                                             Ceylan Alejandro Ataman-Checa ..................................................... 38
REISE NACH JERUSALEM
THE CHAIRS GAME Lucia Chiarla .................................................. 29                          TRÄUME VON RÄUMEN
                                                                                                             Matthias Lintner .............................................................................. 38
SCHWIMMEN
SWIMMING Luzie Loose ................................................................... 30                  WARUM
                                                                                                             Bernd Böhlich ................................................................................... 39
SPIELMACHER
PLAYMAKER Timon Modersohn ..................................................... 31                           WEST OF LIBERTY
                                                                                                             Barbara Eder .................................................................................... 39

                                                                                                             Shareholders & Supporters ............................................................ 45
                                                                                                             Film Exporters ................................................................................. 46
                                                                                                             Imprint .............................................................................................. 47

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                                                                                                                                    © ma.ja.de. Fiction

DONBASS

W
                hen war is called peace, when    SERGEI LOZNITSA was born in 1964 in             GENRE Drama CATEGORY Feature YEAR
                propaganda is uttered as         Baranovichi in the former USSR. He grew         OF PRODUCTION 2018 DIRECTOR Sergei
                truth, when hatred is de-        up in Kiev, and graduated from the Kiev         Loznitsa SCREENPLAY Sergei Loznitsa CINE-
                clared to be love, life itself   Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathe-     MATOGRAPHY Oleg Mutu CAST Tamara
begins to resemble death. Surviving Donbass.     matics. From 1987-1991, he was employed         Yatsenko, Liudmila Smorodina, Olesya
A practical guide to Inferno.                    at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics, working   Zhurakovskaya, Boris Kamorzin, Thorsten
                                                 on artificial intelligence research. He also    Merten, Sergei Russkin, Petro Panchuk,
The action of the film takes place in a region   worked as a translator for Japanese. In 1997    Irina Plesnyaeva, Zhanna Lubgane, Vadim
of Eastern Ukraine, occupied by various cri-     Sergei Loznitsa graduated from the Russian      Dobuvsky, Alexander Zamurayev, Gerogy
minal gangs, which are fighting at once with     State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). He    Deliev, Valeriu Andriuta, Konstantin Itunin,
the Ukrainian regular army, with other gangs     studied Feature Filmmaking in the class of      Valery Antoniuk, Nina Antonova, Natalia
and with Russian troops. The context in which    Nana Dzhordzhadze. From 2000-2008 he            Buzko, Sergei Kolesov, Svetlana Kolesova,
the action takes place is a hybrid war, happe-   worked at the St. Petersburg Documentary        Sergei Smeyan PRODUCER Heino Deckert
ning alongside an open armed conflict,           Film Studio. In 2001, he and his family moved   PRODUCTION COMPANY ma.ja.de. Fiction,
accompanied by robberies on a mass scale         to Germany. A selection of his award-winning    in co-production with Arthouse Traffic, JBA
and gradual degradation of the civilian popu-    films includes: TODAY WE ARE GOING              Production, Graniet Film, Wild at Art, Digital
lation. There is fear, deception, hatred and     TO BUILD A HOUSE (1996), LIFE, AUTUMN           Cube RUNTIME 120 min LANGUAGE Russian,
violence everywhere. Society is collapsing,      (1998), THE TRAIN STOP (2000), SETTLE-          Ukrainian FESTIVALS Cannes 2018 (Un
and death and deadly silence lie upon the        MENT (2001), PORTRAIT (2002), LANDSCAPE         Certain Regard – Opening Film)
place. The state of war reaches its climax.      (2003), FACTORY (2004), BLOCKADE (2005),
                                                 ARTEL (2006), REVUE (2008), MY JOY (2010),      SALES
                                                 IN THE FOG (2012), AUSTERLITZ (2016), and       Pyramide Films
                                                 DONBASS (2018).                                 sales@pyramidefilms.com
                                                                                                 www.pyramidefilms.com

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                                                                                                                              © Pandora Film Produktion

IN MY ROOM

A
          rmin is getting too old for his          ULRICH KÖHLER was born in 1969 in              GENRE Drama CATEGORY Feature YEAR OF
          night life habits and the woman he       Marburg and studied Fine Arts in France,       PRODUCTION 2018 DIRECTOR Ulrich Köhler
          likes. He’s not really happy, but        Philosophy in Hamburg and later Visual         SCREENPLAY Ulrich Köhler CINEMATOG-
          can’t picture living a different life.   Communication at the University of Fine Arts   RAPHY Patrick Orth CAST Hans Löw, Elena
One morning he wakes up: the world looks           in Hamburg, where he also made his first       Radonicich, Michael Wittenborn, Emma
the same as always, but mankind has dis-           short films. His feature films BUNGALOW        Bading, Kathrin Resetarits, Ruth Bickelhaupt
appeared.                                          and WINDOWS ON MONDAY premiered in             PRODUCERS Christoph Friedel, Claudia
                                                   the Berlinale Forum and have screened at       Steffen PRODUCTION COMPANY Pandora
A film about the frightening gift of maximum       many festivals worldwide, winning national     Film Produktion, in co-production with Echo
freedom.                                           and international awards. His film SLEEPING    Film, Komplizen Film, WDR, ARTE RUNTIME
                                                   SICKNESS premiered in Competition at the       120 min LANGUAGE German, English FESTI-
                                                   Berlinale and won the Silver Bear for Best     VALS Cannes 2018 (Un Certain Regard)
                                                   Directing.
                                                                                                  SALES
                                                                                                  The Match Factory
                                                                                                  info@matchfactory.de
                                                                                                  www.the-match-factory.com

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                                                                                                                                © Börres Weiffenbach

SEARCHING
FOR INGMAR
BERGMAN
“
    I
         am often asked whether I have a parti-   his internationally renowned actresses (Liv      MADNESS (1983), ROSA LUXEMBURG (1985),
         cular role model. Who is my favorite     Ullmann, Gunnel Lindblom, Julia Dufvenius),      THE AFRICAN WOMAN (1990), THE LONG SI-
         director? My answer is always the        his working companions and Bergman               LENCE (1993), THE PROMISE (1994), ROSEN-
         same: Ingmar Bergman. Of course,         experts, von Trotta also met with different      STRASSE (2003), I AM THE OTHER WOMAN
there are many film directors who are important   generations of directors from different          (2006), VISION (2009), HANNAH ARENDT
to me, but he was the first whom I perceived as   countries: from Carlos Saura and Olivier         (2012), FORGET ABOUT NICK (2017), and her
an ‘artist’ and who sparked the wish within me    Assayas, to Ruben Östlund and Mia Hansen         first documentary SEARCHING FOR INGMAR
to make films myself.” Margarethe von Trotta      Løve. During the talks with her colleagues,      BERGMAN (2018), among others.
                                                  von Trotta asks: “Which films and which
40 years later and after having directed some     scenes inspired you? And what remains of         GENRE Art, Film History CATEGORY Docu-
24 of her own films, von Trotta set off to        Bergman – of his thoughts, his characters        mentary YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2018
explore the trail left by Bergman in the world    and his significance to the history of cinema?   DIRECTOR Margarethe von Trotta CINE-
of film. She still has tremendous respect for                                                      MATOGRAPHY Börres Weiffenbach PRO-
the master, but she embarks on a personal         MARGARETHE VON TROTTA ranks among the            DUCTION COMPANY C-Films (Deutschland),
journey through the Bergman universe, his         most important female directors in German        in co-production with Mondex et Cie RUN-
films and his life, visiting original locations   cinema since the 1970s, during which time        TIME 96 min LANGUAGE German, Swedish,
and places to find out what was typical of        she also made a name for herself as an           English, French FESTIVALS Cannes 2018
Bergman. And she talks to members of his          actress. Today primarily active as a screen-     (Cannes Classics)
family and companions, who worked with him        writer and director, her most well-known
for many years. His female characters and a       films include: THE LOST HONOR OF                 SALES
fresh interpretation of his masterpieces are      KATHARINA BLUM (1975, in co-direction with       CMG Cinema Management Group
key elements of this quest.                       Volker Schlöndorff), THE SECOND AWAKE-           info@CinemaManagementGroup.com
                                                  NING OF CHRISTA KLAGES (1977), SISTERS           www.cinemamanagementgroup.com
But what significance does Bergman have for       OR THE BALANCE OF HAPPINESS (1979),
today’s generation of filmmakers? Aside from      MARIANNE AND JULIANE (1981), SHEER

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°efp
producers
on the move
presented by °efp                                                                                at the cannes film
european film promotion                                                                          festival 2018

                                                 Fabian Massah
                                                 Endorphine
Veselka Kiryakova                                Production
Red Carpet                                       Germany                                         Biljana Tutorov
Bulgaria                                                                                         Wake Up Films
                                                                                                 Serbia
                        Esko Rips                                        Lukas Trimonis
                        Nafta Films                                      iN SCRiPT                                       Luisa Romeo
                        Estonia                                          Lithuania                                       Frida Films
                                                                                                                         Spain

                                                 Birgitta Björnsdottir
Oliver Sertić                                    Vintage Pictures
Restart                                          Iceland
Croatia

                                                                                                 Peter Badač
                                                                                                 BFILM
                                                                                                 Slovak Republic
                        Miia Haavisto                                    Frank Hoeve
                        Tekele Productions                               BALDR Film                                      David Herdies
                        Finland                                          The Netherlands                                 Momento Film
Radovan Síbrt                                                                                                            Sweden
                                                 Marco Alessi
Pink                                             Dugong Films
Czech Republic                                   Italy

Per Damgaard            Nicolas Anthomé          Aija Berzina            Åshild Ramborg          Rok Sečen               Katrin Renz
Hansen                  Bathysphere              Tasse Film              Maipo Film              Monoo                   Tellfilm
Masterplan Pictures     Productions              Latvia                  Norway                  Slovenia                Switzerland
Denmark                 France

EFP is a unique network of 38 European member organisations              Participating EFP members
who represent films and talent from their respective territories.        Bulgarian National Film Center, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Czech
Under the EFP flag, they team up on initiatives to jointly promote       Film Center, Danish Film Institute, Estonian Film Institute, EYE
the diversity and the spirit of European cinema and talent at key        International/The Netherlands, Film Center Serbia, Finnish Film
international film festivals and markets.                                Foundation, German Films, Icelandic Film Centre, ICAA/Spain,
                                                                         Istituto Luce Cinecittà/Italy, Lithuanian Film Centre, National Film
Contact in Cannes                                                        Centre of Latvia, Norwegian Film Institute, Slovak Film Institute,
cannes@efp-online.com                                                    Slovenian Film Center, Swedish Film Institute, Swiss Films, UniFrance

EFP is supported by                                                      Event partner
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                                                                                                                                                   © Annette Hauschild/Pandora Film Produktion
PEOPLE IN HOUSES,
BUT NOT AT HOME
A PORTRAIT OF DIRECTOR ULRICH KÖHLER

I
    n Ulrich Köhler’s debut film BUNGALOW          Ulrich Köhler currently lives in Berlin-Prenz-     In WINDOWS ON MONDAY, a young doctor,
    one minor character says: “I come from         lauer Berg. There’s a café where the film-         Nina, pregnant with her second child and in
    here; we live here.” The film is set in the    maker drinks an espresso in the mornings,          the midst of renovating a house with her
    provinces of central Germany, in Hesse,        and often calls in to have one for the road in     husband Frieder, is the one who pulls away
but words like these could never pass the lips     the evening, e.g. after a visit to the cinema.     from the established norms of nuclear family
of a leading character in any of the film-         Such routines are alien to his film characters,    life. Nina also flees to her parents’ empty
maker’s works.                                     because they live in places where they are not     weekend property, and from there through
                                                   at home.                                           the forest to a hotel. She roams through its
Köhler was born in 1969, and it is true that his                                                      corridors, dropping into strangers’ parties,
œuvre to date consists of only three films –       In BUNGALOW, a young recruit called Paul           where she encounters an ageing professional
BUNGALOW (2002), WINDOWS ON MONDAY                 deserts to his parents’ weekend cottage,           tennis player, who is swinging his racket for a
(2006), and SLEEPING SICKNESS (2011); and          where he encounters his older brother and          show.
the fourth, most recent film IN MY ROOM is         the latter’s girlfriend. This provides the basis
celebrating its premiere this year in Cannes’      for conflict, as the directionless, 19-year-old    “That’s true,” Köhler says when I enquire
Un Certain Regard. Nevertheless, it is not         anti-hero with his still youthful, awkward body    about his characters’ experiences of alien-
wrong to speak of an œuvre: Köhler’s films         rejects the norms of social cohabitation. The      ation. “I have always had the sense that I
are linked interestingly via their motifs and      idea, for example, that you don’t fall in love     didn’t belong. In Africa we were the children
references. And identification with place is       with your older brother’s girlfriend.              of the white development aid workers, the
clearly not one of them.                                                                              ones who had the toys and could decide who

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their friends were. We exploited that shame-       When studying at the Hamburg State
lessly.” For four years, between the ages of       Academy of Higher Artistic and Scientific
five and nine, Köhler and his brother lived in     Education during the nineties, he was regis-
Mobutu Sese Seko’s Zaire. “We arrived there        tered at the same time as Jonathan Meese
straight after the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ box-     and Daniel Richter. “If I had stuck to art,” Köh-
ing match between Muhammad Ali and                 ler jokes, ”I would be rich and famous today.”
George Foreman. People were calling out:
‘Ali, buma ye!’ and wearing Ali T-shirts.”         But since then he has developed further in
                                                   the direction of film, and after BUNGALOW
His impressions of that time play a part in        he has been considered part of the so-called
SLEEPING SICKNESS. The film is about a             ‘Berlin School’. This is a frequently over-
doctor, Ebbo Velten, whose time in Africa is       used label, but Köhler has no problem with
actually coming to an end. As opposed to what      it: “A group of filmmakers who know and
may be suggested in the first half of the          appreciate each other’s work, and sometimes
film, however, he will not have returned to        make use of similar references. But you could
Germany, to Wetzlar in Hesse, when – after a       probably make out just as many differences.”
brilliant cut – French doctor Alex Nzila from
the World Health Organization travels to           And what is IN MY ROOM about? “In the
Cameroon to evaluate a sponsored project in        broadest sense, the film is a Robinsonade”.
the second half of the film. Two outsiders in      That doesn’t sound as if anyone has deep
the wrong place encounter each other in            roots in the place he is living. But how could
Velten and Nzila: the German doctor who            he – after all, we are talking about the
seems unable to return home after long years       protagonist in a film by Ulrich Köhler.
in a foreign country, and Nzila, the son of a
Congolese father, who doesn’t understand his                                         Matthias Dell
ancestors’ country.

Köhler’s return to German society was not
problem-free, either. “At the start of year four
here, one of my fellow pupils sat next to me,
saying: You’re the African and I’m the Turk, we
belong together. Then I got an A for my first
school essay and he moved away again
because he didn’t want to associate with an
eager beaver. So I sat on my own for six
months.” Later, Köhler was an exchange
student in the USA, and after his school
graduation he studied Art in France. It was
there that he first discovered his love of the
cinema: “Until then I hadn’t had a cinephile
background, I came from a small town with-
out a cinema, and my parents had gotten rid
of the TV for educational reasons. Reading
was the only thing left.”

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WORKING
                                                                                                                                          © Stefan Klüter
PARTNERSHIPS
A PORTRAIT OF DIRECTOR INA WEISSE

T
        elevision audiences are sure to have   of shorts, the debut feature THE ARCHITECT,    She also acquired her first taste of directing
        come across Ina Weisse in episodes     a documentary on the Neue Nationalgalerie,     when attending the Waldorf school in Zehlen-
        of the TATORT or POLIZEIRUF crime      and a second feature – DAS VORSPIEL – set      dorf “where I had plenty of practice of both
        series or the award-winning TV film    to go into production this autumn.             acting as well as taking on the role of the
THE END OF A NIGHT, which garnered her a                                                      director. It was always part of the same thing
German Television Award, Grimme Prize and      “I had made short films as a child together    for me, never a case of either one or the
Günter Rohrbach Award for her acting per-      with my father during the school holidays,“    other.“
formances. In addition, she has appeared in    Weisse recalls. “My father was a passionate
numerous German feature films over more        filmmaker with his 8mm camera – the films      Weisse had also caught the acting bug at an
than 20 years, from REAL GUYS through          he made about the time working with Mies       early age after going to the Schaubühne
SAMS IN DANGER to NOTHING BUT GHOSTS           van der Rohe appear in my documentary on       theater on Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm: “I was
and, most recently, Florian Henckel von        the Neue Nationalgalerie – and so it was       especially fascinated by the work of Klaus
Donnersmarck’s latest film, WORK WITHOUT       only natural for me to want to work with the   Michael Grüber and the way he treated time
AUTHOR.                                        visual medium. What’s more, I was an avid      in a production like An der Grossen Strasse.
                                               cinema-goer as a child and would regularly     I saw people on stage working with text in
But what many cinema-goers and TV viewers      go to the [now closed] Studio Cinema at        plays like The Three Sisters in the staging by
might not be aware of is that Ina Weisse       Adenauerplatz as well as the Bali in Zehlen-   Peter Stein and knew that this is what I also
has cultivated another string to her bow as    dorf.“                                         wanted to do.”
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So, at the tender age of 18, she applied
and was accepted for a place at the highly
respected Otto Falkenburg drama school in
Munich. After graduation, Weisse then ap-
peared on stage in the Bavarian capital’s
Kammerspiele and as a permanent member
of the theater company at the Nationaltheater
in Mannheim.

But, Weisse admits that at some point she felt
confined by being part of a theater company’s
ensemble and decided to quit to study Phil-
osophy at the University of Heidelberg. Since
then, she has never returned to act on the
stage and has instead concentrated her work
as an actor on roles for film and television.

Meanwhile, her aspirations to become a
director behind the camera came one step
further when she was accepted for the Direct-
ing course at the University of Hamburg
under the direction of filmmaker Hark Bohm
in 2000.

“I had already tried my hand at making shorts      with such credits as the documentary MAKE-         in the 1960s, as well as with van der Rohe’s
in the past, but it had always been a plan of      UP and the fiction feature MADRID. “We met         grandson Dirk Lohan and the architect David
mine to go to film school to learn the craft on    through a common friend and it didn’t take         Chipperfield, who is overseeing the gallery’s
a daily basis over two years,“ she explains.       long before we knew that we were on the            renovation.
“It was a great experience and preparation for     same wavelength and shared similar inte-
what I wanted to do later on.“                     rests,“ she recalls. “That makes things so         Since the film is being planned as a German-
                                                   much easier when you know that both of you         French co-production with Pierre-Olivier
Indeed, Weisse made an impact with her             are thinking in the same direction. I like work-   Bardet’s Idéale Audience, it was fortuitous
graduation film ALLES ANDERS – “about              ing with a co-author because there’s the           that von Boehm had grown up in France and
identity and betrayal“ – which won the First       danger of just going around in circles when        can speak French fluently. “Felix is brimming
Steps Award in 2002. And it was this film          you are writing alone. Of course, there are        with energy and full of ideas which is really
which caught the attention of Wim Wenders          times when you have to work on your own on         quite refreshing,“ Weisse continues. “And he
who recommended Weisse as a highly pro-            a screenplay, but I like this kind of working      was the one who introduced me to Margaret
mising talent to his then partner at Reverse       partnership.“                                      Ménégoz who is set to handle the distribution
Angle Pictures, Peter Schwarzkopff, to work                                                           of the film in France.“
together on her feature debut.                     In fact, the collaboration went so well be-
                                                   tween Weisse and Charizani that they have          Raising the finance for the film wasn’t a
The result in 2008 was THE ARCHITECT which         been working together on her second feature        walk in the park, she admits, but Medien-
premiered at the Hof International Film            film project, DAS VORSPIEL, which will see         board Berlin-Brandenburg, the FFA-CNC
Festival that autumn and was screened the          Nina Hoss cast as a violin teacher in conflict     „Mini-traité“ and broadcaster ZDF are already
following year at the Filmfestival Max Ophüls      with her profession.                               onboard, and other partners are now likely to
Preis in Saarbrücken and in the German                                                                follow to close the financing so that principal
Cinema sidebar at the Berlinale.                   “Music played an important role in THE AR-         photography can begin this October in Berlin.
                                                   CHITECT and it will be at the center of my new
Weisse succeeded in attracting an impressive       project,“ Weisse explains. “What fascinates                                        Martin Blaney
line-up for the cast with Bavarian actor Josef     me is the process of how music is created.
Bierbichler as the title character, with Belgian   The husband of Nina Hoss’ character is a
actress Hilde van Mieghem as his wife,             violin maker, so this will be an opportunity to
Sophie Rois as a former flame, and Sandra          show how sounds evolve.“
Hüller and Matthias Schweighöfer playing the
couple’s grown-up children.                        DAS VORSPIEL is being produced by the up-
                                                   and-coming producer Felix von Boehm’s
In the film, Bierbichler as the successful         Berlin/Heidelberg-based company Lupa Film,
Hamburg architect Georg Winter travels with        whose recent credits include Karim Ainouz’s
his family to a snowy mountain village for his     award-winning documentary CENTRAL AIR-
mother’s funeral. An encounter with Rois’          PORT THF and Joya Thome’s debut THE
character and her son Alex at the funeral          QUEEN OF NIENDORF.
ceremony drags the family into a vortex of
desires and confusion of which there is no         Weisse had previously worked with von
escape when the village is cut off from the        Boehm, who is the son of the TV presenter
outside world by an avalanche...                   Gero von Boehm, on her documentary DIE
                                                   NEUE NATIONALGALERIE which included in-
This debut marked her first collaboration          terviews with her father Rolf Weisse, who had
with the Greek-born screenwriter Daphne            worked at the office of Mies van der Rohe in
Charizani who is a director in her own right       Chicago during the planning of the art gallery

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                                                                                                        Rafael Parente, Korbinian Dufter, Simon Amberger (© Andreas Pfohl)

TEAM SPIRIT
A PORTRAIT OF PRODUCTION COMPANY NEUESUPER

“
     W
                 e have always liked to          gone in the direction of arthouse. As in the      August 2014 and the audience voted on its
                 work as a team,” says           collaboration with the latest feature film by     favorite of the three, with the overall winner
                 Rafael Parente, one of the      Hans Weingartner, 303, which had its world        getting the commission to produce a whole
                 three producers along           premiere in the Berlinale’s Generation 14plus     series.”
with Simon Amberger and Korbinian Dufter,        section in February. We will always search
who set up the Munich-based NEUESUPER            for both things: relevant content and an          NEUESUPER’s pilot of what later became the
Filmproduktion during their studies at           audience. That’s why we’re so enthusiastic        quirky sitcom BLOCKBUSTAZ about an un-
Munich’s University of Television & Film         about the current momentum in television          employed rapper (played by Eko Fresh) in a
(HFF) in 2010.                                   industry.”                                        Cologne high-rise housing estate went down
                                                                                                   a storm with the ZDFneo audience and paved
Even before their graduation from the HFF,       The young company – which also works for          the way for the company’s subsequent deve-
the trio had produced several short films        clients in the advertising world as well for      lopment as a purveyor of high-end television.
such as Benjamin Pfohl’s TOTES LAND and          cinema and TV – did the rounds of the offices
Susan Gordanshekan’s EISBLUMEN as well           of TV commissioning editors with story ideas      “I think it was a good fortune for us as a young
as a couple of feature films – ADA by Mirjam     for series and TV movies, but that all impor-     company that the viewers were the ones
Orthen and the international co-production       tant green light to go into production wasn’t     deciding on the winner,” Dufter says. “It
EASTALGIA by Daria Onyshchenko.                  forthcoming. However, the newcomers had           was much easier than having to follow the
                                                 their lucky break into the TV market when         classical path of needing to convince a
“And from the outset, we thought that it would   they pitched an idea for a sitcom series to the   commissioning editor as newcomers to the
be better to work as three producers together    fledgling public channel ZDFneo as part of its    industry. The audience made it very clear that
rather each of us trying to make it on our       TV Lab in 2014. “The three finalists from the     they wanted to see a series based on the pilot
own,” Amberger recalls. “We were also very       pitches were each given a budget to produce       and we received five times as many votes as
clear in our minds of the goal of wanting to     a pilot episode of their series,” Amberger ex-    the next finalist,” he continues. “The pilot
make films for a wide audience,” Korbinian       plains. “The pilots were then broadcast by        fitted in with the image ZDFneo was wanting
Dufter adds. “With some of our films, we have    ZDFneo over the course of one evening in          to promote and our success was also partly

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down to our strategy of using YouTube stars        on the series,” Dufter explains. “With some-       in the making, LUDEN (HAMBURG HUST-
like Eko Fresh and Joyce Ilg who already have      one like Stefan Ruzowitzky [who received the       LING), with Jan Mojto’s Beta Film as co-pro-
their own fan base.”                               Foreign Language Film Oscar® for THE               ducer. Meanwhile, writer-director Kocyla,
                                                   COUNTERFEITERS], we brought someone on-            who is also a graduate of Munich’s HFF and
Aired in 2015, the six-part series proved to be    board who has lots of knowledge of working         worked in the past on scripts for the ZDF se-
one of the most successful series ever com-        on TV series and also is adept at directing        ries DIE CHEFIN, devised the concept and
missioned by ZDFneo and prompted the               action. And he has a reputation and standing       penned the scripts for EIGHT DAYS.
broadcaster to order a second season – this        recognized by the broadcasters. At the same
time with 12 episodes – which came on air at       time, we wanted to have a young voice being        “Our core team of writers is very open to the
the end of March 2018.                             represented here, a filmmaker from our             idea of working in a writers room,” Dufter
                                                   generation at the HFF,” he continues. “So we       says. “Previously, you would have an author
Another pitching competition organized             picked Michael Krummenacher who studied            working all alone and then getting occasional
by Bavarian Television (BR) and the HFF –          Directing at the HFF in Munich from 2006 to        feedback from the producer or a commission-
“Free TV!” in autumn 2014 – landed the             2014.” EIGHT DAYS is set to air in Germany,        ing editor. However, our strategy is to involve
producing trio their next big commission – for     Switzerland and Austria later in 2018.             our authors increasingly in the decision-mak-
HINDAFING, although their proposal was not                                                            ing process about, say, the casting or the
the final winner!                                  The past seven years have seen NEUE-               choice of director. I think they can have a re-
                                                   SUPER’s producing trio evolving and adapting       ally positive influence because they are so
“Reinhard Scolik, Bettina Ricklefs and Elmar       as its production output expanded. “At the be-     close to the story.”
Jaeger at BR recognized the series’ potential      ginning, we developed, financed and produced
and said what we had shown in a specially          the projects together, but with time, we realiz-   NEUESUPER may be focused on working for
produced trailer would be a perfect fit for        ed that things would be more efficient if each     television for the moment, but that doesn’t
Bavaria right down to the story and the actors     one of us had specific responsibilities,” ex-      mean that they have turned their backs on ci-
we had cast,” Parente recalls. This satirical      plains Dufter who, for example, now oversees       nema – indeed, a number of feature film pro-
six-parter about a crystal meth-addicted           the company’s day-to-day administration and        jects are in development. “At the same time,
mayor (played with relish by former European       the financing of the projects as well as per-      we have developed considerable expertise in
Shooting Star Maximilian Brückner) in a            sonnel issues.                                     high-end TV and have an edge over other
Bavarian backwoods was “something fresh                                                               companies,” Amberger explains. “We all
and new, unlike any other Bavarian series          “We have always seen NEUESUPER as a                share a great passion about staying active in
being shown on television at the time.”            vehicle to realize story ideas that we had de-     this particularly exciting segment for the fore-
                                                   veloped ourselves,” he notes. “We see our-         seeable future.”
“It was also important for us as a company at      selves as creative producers working
the time that we had people who supported          together in a team with the creatives: we are                                       Martin Blaney
us and believed in the potential of our pro-       as much involved in helping to develop the
jects,” Dufter notes.                              screenplays for the shorts at the beginning of
                                                   the company’s history as in brainstorming
Airing on BR from mid-May last year after          ideas for the pitches to advertising clients or
premiering on the web (br.de/hindafing) and        to broadcasters.”
in BR’s online mediatheque, HINDAFING has
since gone on to garner nominations from the       “Our goal is to be involved creatively from the
prestigious Grimme Institute and the German        earliest stages of our projects,” Amberger
Academy for Television. In addition, the SVOD      says, pointing out that NEUESUPER is always
rights for Germany were sold last autumn to        open to becoming a production partner on
Netflix and the US remake rights to the series     third party projects. From the outset, the trio
were snatched up by Fox 21 Television at the       have sought to foster long-standing working
beginning of this year. “We are now in talks to    relationships, particularly with screenwriters,
produce a second season of HINDAFING,”             to collaborate on their projects, like Niklas
Amberger adds.                                     Hoffmann, Peter Kocyla, Benjamin Seiler,
                                                   Frederick Schlofield and writer-directors like
As HINDAFING went on air, NEUESUPER                Boris Kunz, Jakob Lass and Jakob Erwa.
embarked on production of its third series
project, EIGHT DAYS (ACHT TAGE) – this time        Niklas Hoffmann, for example, has worked
as a commission for the pay TV platform Sky        with NEUESUPER since 2014 as he studied
Deutschland. “We had been developing the           Screenwriting at the HFF: he wrote the
project for some time and at a point when Sky      screenplay for the pilot for BLOCKBUSTAZ
hadn’t yet decided to begin getting involved in    and then wrote three episodes of the re-
co-producing local TV series,” Amberger re-        sulting series as well as serving as head
calls. “Sky really put their trust in us and be-   writer for the sitcom. In addition, Hoffmann
lieved that we would be able to tackle such an     devised the concept and script for
ambitious project as EIGHT DAYS,” he con-          HINDAFING together with Boris Kunz and
tinues. “This production was another signifi-      NEUESUPER producer Rafael Parente and
cant step, both in terms of budget and             returned to BLOCKBUSTAZ last year for
production value for us as a company.”             its second season where he penned four
                                                   episodes and was responsible again as head
The doomsday scenario focuses on what will         writer.
probably be the last days of humanity as a
giant asteroid rushes towards Earth. “It was       He is now working with Parente and another
also a conscious move by us to have an ex-         NEUESUPER “regular”, Peter Kocyla, on de-
perienced director working with a young one        veloping the screenplay for another TV series

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E X P LO R I N G
I N N E R WO R L DS
A PORTRAIT OF ACTOR
GODEHARD GIESE

                              © Giovanni De Francesco

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 Sebastian Fräsdorf                                                                               Godehard Giese
 Alice Pehlivanyan                                                                               Karin Hanczewski
 William Peiro

                  Summers
                    Downstairs
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             GEFÖRDERT DURCH DAS DÉPARTEMENT CHARENTE-MARITIME UND DER RÉGION POITOU-CHARENTES, IN ZUSAMMENARBEIT MIT DEM CNC                                                                                                                                               A FILM BY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JULES HERRMANN “LIEBMANN” STARRING GODEHARD GIESE, ADELINE MOREAU, FABIEN ARA, BETTINA GRAHS
 SEBASTIAN FRÄSDORF, KARIN HANCZEWSKI, ALICE PEHLIVANYAN, GODEHARD GIESE, WILLIAM PEIRO, BILDGESTALTUNG WILLI BÖHM, MONTAGE ANNA KAPPELMANN,                                                                                               SOUND RECORDIST   TOBIAS RÜTHER SOUND DESIGN MICHAŁ KRAJCZOK MUSIC BY CHRISTIAN HALTEN, ZAAL33, SEBASTIAN KIEFER PRODUCTION DESIGN NICOLA MINSSEN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SARAH DRATH
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G
            odehard Giese is relaxing in                                                                                                                                                                                                  That lecturer has been proven wrong. In                                                                                                                                             has helped him here. His directing debut,
            Rome during our Skype con-                                                                                                                                                                                                    2005 Giese caught the attention of Jules                                                                                                                                            THE STORY OF THE ASTRONAUT, received an
            versation. It’s a sunny spring                                                                                                                                                                                                Herrmann, who cast him in her film                                                                                                                                                  award at the festival Achtung Berlin in 2014
            morning and the actor with the                                                                                                                                                                                                academy graduation film. This marked the                                                                                                                                            (where he also won the prize for Best Actor
sharp, lucid eyes is quite laid-back as he sips                                                                                                                                                                                           start of Giese’s film career. He has continued                                                                                                                                      in 2015 for his role in SUMMERS DOWN-
his coffee.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to collaborate with Herrmann to the present                                                                                                                                         STAIRS). “The fact that I made my own film
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          day. In her feature film debut LIEBMANN in                                                                                                                                          has helped me to gain an outside impression
Giese is taking a break. Which is surely a                                                                                                                                                                                                2016, he played the role of a German teacher                                                                                                                                        of myself as an actor.”
good thing, as he has been extremely busy                                                                                                                                                                                                 who is spending the summer in a French vil-
in recent years. In February, he was in the                                                                                                                                                                                               lage, hoping to come to terms with a recent                                                                                                                                         Giese is especially enthusiastic about the at-
Berlinale competition with TRANSIT, the re-                                                                                                                                                                                               traumatic event. The film premiered at the                                                                                                                                          mosphere during the filming of Petzold’s
fugee drama shot by Christian Petzold in                                                                                                                                                                                                  2016 Berlinale in the section Perspektive                                                                                                                                           TRANSIT in Marseille and the way in which
Marseille and since fêted by the critics.                                                                                                                                                                                                 Deutsches Kino, and after an international                                                                                                                                          the city and its architecture influenced his
He also acted in Wim Wenders’ SUB-                                                                                                                                                                                                        festival tour it was nominated for the Euro-                                                                                                                                        character. “I make an attempt to lay out my
MERGENCE, which was shown in Toronto in                                                                                                                                                                                                   pean Film Award in the Discovery category.                                                                                                                                          character’s inner, mental world. And exter-
2017, and in A CURE FOR WELLNESS under                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tom Sommerlatte’s comedy SUMMERS                                                                                                                                                    nal influences always help to shape it.” As an
the direction of Gore Verbinski. He can be                                                                                                                                                                                                DOWNSTAIRS, in which Giese also plays a                                                                                                                                             actor, he visualizes this mental space once
spotted in all the important quality German                                                                                                                                                                                               man spending the summer holidays in                                                                                                                                                 again in the external world – “it’s the same
TV series, as well: in BABYLON BERLIN by                                                                                                                                                                                                  France, followed the same route a year be-                                                                                                                                          in my own film, THE STORY OF THE ASTRO-
Tom Tykwer, Henk Handloegten and Achim                                                                                                                                                                                                    fore.                                                                                                                                                                               NAUT, when a woman writer’s mental world
von Borries, DAS VERSCHWINDEN by Hans-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        is projected onto the landscape of Mallorca.”
Christian Schmid, THE SAME SKY by Oliver                                                                                                                                                                                                  Giese’s Liebmann is a fascinating character,                                                                                                                                        In this way Giese expands on his characters’
Hirschbiegel, and the series DEUTSCHLAND                                                                                                                                                                                                  damaged and yet self-righteous, who wears                                                                                                                                           inner worlds, translating them into an
83 produced by Nico Hofmann.                                                                                                                                                                                                              protective armour but is filled with sexual                                                                                                                                         extremely physical and yet intimate style of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          energy, nonetheless. “For me, LIEBMANN is                                                                                                                                           acting.
But his love of Italy is even older than his                                                                                                                                                                                              a special film. We had the complex idea for
acting career. Giese, born in 1972, first                                                                                                                                                                                                 a character but there was no screenplay, just                                                                                                                                       What other colleagues have inspired him
studied Italian at the Humboldt University in                                                                                                                                                                                             an outline.” A huge set like that of BABYLON                                                                                                                                        during this process? “Recently, I have been
Berlin – arriving at acting as an indirect re-                                                                                                                                                                                            BERLIN and the intimate and improvised                                                                                                                                              most impressed by Jean-Pierre Léaud in
sult. “One professor of Italian staged theater                                                                                                                                                                                            filming of LIEBMANN may be worlds apart,                                                                                                                                            THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV. He is one of my
plays with her students. I took part in them                                                                                                                                                                                              but such differences are what attract Giese:                                                                                                                                        great heroes anyway, just like Albert Finney.
and immediately I knew: this is exactly what                                                                                                                                                                                              “It’s important to stay alert in the actor’s                                                                                                                                        He’s not afraid to make himself ridiculous.”
I want to do.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                            profession, so that you can react directly. You                                                                                                                                     And there is one more, or perhaps two:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          don’t have more than a moment. So you need                                                                                                                                          “Naturally, there is something about Mar-
At the age of twenty-four he applied to the                                                                                                                                                                                               to engage with the material. That’s why I                                                                                                                                           cello Mastroianni’s elegance as well. And
Acting class at the Berlin University of the                                                                                                                                                                                              take on many different projects, so that I                                                                                                                                          Gian Maria Volonté. He gives his characters
Arts, where he studied from 1997 to 2001.                                                                                                                                                                                                 don’t slip into a routine.”                                                                                                                                                         immense clarity with his strength and
After completing his training he spent two                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    serenity.” Did he think of them because he
years at the theater in Hildesheim. Giese                                                                                                                                                                                                 In our conversation, Giese returns again and                                                                                                                                        happens to be in Rome at the moment?
was not even considering film at that stage,                                                                                                                                                                                              again to the process of shooting. Acting for                                                                                                                                        Smiling, he adds: “It’s my Italian side coming
as he tells me amidst some laughter:                                                                                                                                                                                                      him means preparing well, so that at the                                                                                                                                            out, I suppose.”
“My lecturer at acting school said I wasn’t                                                                                                                                                                                               moment of recording he is able to let go, to
compatible with film work. He advised me                                                                                                                                                                                                  allow himself to be challenged, “to be cata-                                                                                                                                                                  Philipp Stadelmaier
against it.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pulted into a state of excitement that is truly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wonderful”. His own experience as a director

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                                                                                                            Opening night guests at KINO! 2018 (© Alberto Reyes)

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KINO! 2018: GERMAN FILMS IN THE BIG APPLE

GDR history, warring banks or bar talks – the   fessor Noah Isenberg and organized by the     professor at Columbia University and a film
fifth edition of KINO!2018 Festival of German   Deutsches Haus at NYU.                        producer, introduced the film. The VoD ser-
Films in New York (6 – 12 April 2018) was                                                     vice Fandor was the exclusive partner of the
held for the first time in New York’s latest    The supporting program included a round-      KINO! Audience Award for the third year in a
“state of the art” (Deadline) arthouse cinema   table talk on “FRAUEN POWER: German           row and created a curated online program of
Landmark at 57 West. Nine new productions,      Women Filmmakers Making Their Mark”.          German “Festival Favorites” for U.S. online
a silent film and the NEXT GENERATION           Lisa Blumenberg and Désirée Nosbusch          viewers.
SHORT TIGER 2017 program of shorts were         took part along with Marieke Schroeder, the
presented by seven guests.                      director of BAR TALKS BY SCHUMANN.            This year’s Audience Award went to the
                                                She was joined by the film’s charismatic      series BAD BANKS, which is available in
The screening of IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHT       protagonist, the bartending institution       the U.S. on Hulu.
followed by a Q&A with the director Matti       Charles Schumann, for a Q&A. In addition,
Geschonneck opened the festival and was         director Nick Baker-Monteys answered the
very well received. Directed by Christian       audience’s questions about THE FINAL
Schwochow, the first two episodes of the        JOURNEY.
series BAD BANKS, were shown in the atten-
dance of producer Lisa Blumenberg and           Connoisseurs of German film classics loved
actress Désirée Nosbusch. WHEN PAUL             the silent film VARIETÉ by Ewald André
CAME OVER THE SEA, which was named              Dupont presented in cooperation with
Best Documentary at the Shanghai Inter-         Bertelsmann. The live musical accompani-
national Film Festival, was presented by        ment was provided by the pianist and
director Jakob Preuss, who also took part in    multi-instrumentalist Stephen Horne and
a packed panel discussion moderated by Pro-     percussionist Martin Pyne. Ira Deutchman, a

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                                      © FFF Bayern                                            Peter Dinges, Christine Berg, Monika Grütters, Bernd Neumann, Frank Völkert (© Ulf Büschleb)

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FFF WRITERS‘ DELEGATION                              HAPPY BIRTHDAY FFA:
AT SXSW                                              50 YEARS OF FILM FUNDING

With support from FilmFernsehFonds                   On 6 March 1968, the German Federal Film                The German Federal Film Board celebrated
Bayern, a delegation of Bavarian writers par-        Board (FFA) was established in Berlin – and             this milestone anniversary with a gala on 6
ticipated at this year’s SXSW Conferences &          five decades later, in 2018, it is celebrating          March 2018 in Berlin with some 500 guests
Festival in Austin, Texas. The trip signals FFF      it’s 50th birthday. And the anniversary also            from the film industry, funding, politics and
Bayern’s aim to strengthen its support for           represents half a century of German film                culture. On the occasion of the event, Bernd
screenwriters and further develop its inter-         history. Supported film classics, which are             Neumann, president of the German Federal
national activities and networks.                    exemplary for the quality and diversity of              Film Board, emphasized the fact that “it is
                                                     German filmmaking, include Rainer Werner                also the Film Board’s task for the future to
Five writers participated in the Writers’            Fassbinder’s THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA                      protect, strengthen and maintain the exi-
Delegation: Natalie Spinell, Andy Wolff,             BRAUN, Volker Schlöndorff’s THE TIN                     stence of a cinematic culture,” and confirmed
Niklas Hoffmann, Christian Lex and Anne              DRUM, Wolfgang Petersen’s THE BOAT, Wim                 the importance of the cinema as a premium
Keßel. Two mentors – Egbert van Wyngaar-             Wender’s PARIS, TEXAS, Caroline Link’s                  location, even in times of new digital media.
den and Philipp Schall – from Transmedia             NOWHERE IN AFRICA, and Tom Tykwer’s                     State Minister for Culture Monika Grütters
Bayern, which also offered financial support         RUN LOLA RUN. Over the course of the last               congratulated the Film Board as an “interna-
to the delegation, accompanied the group             50 years, the German Federal Film Board has             tionally unique levy-based film funding,
and the FFF funding executive Lisa Giehl.            awarded over 1.6 billion euros in funding               which is sustained by a sense of solidarity”
                                                     support for production (for some 4,000 fea-             and honored the funding institution as an “in-
The Writers’ Delegation program gave the             ture films and 1,000 screenplays), distribu-            dispensable partner for film policy.”
writers access to numerous events at SXSW            tion and film theaters. In addition to its task
concentrating on storytelling, artificial intel-     as a funding institution, the German Federal
ligence and digital content, as well as a            Film Board also acts as a central service pro-
Bavaria-Québec Dinner sponsored by FFF               vider for the entire German film industry and
Bayern, the Representation of the Québec             as a moderator for the future challenges of
Government, and the Representation of the            the film industry.
Free State of Bavaria in Québec.

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                                                        IN THE AISLES (© Sommerhaus Filmproduktion/Anke Neugebauer)                                      FEST (© Nikita Diakur)

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IN THE AISLES WITH MFG BADEN-                     DIANE KRUGER SHOOTING                                                 SHORT GERMAN ANIMATIONS
WÜRTTEMBERG                                       AGAIN IN NRW                                                          IN ANNECY

After her leading role in Maren Ade’s world-      For her role in Fatih Akin’s Golden Globe-                            In 2018, a line-up of ten German animated
wide hit TONI ERDMANN, Sandra Hüller re-          winner IN THE FADE, Diane Kruger was                                  short films, commissioned films and TV
turns in Thomas Stuber’s latest feature IN        awarded the Best Actress prize at the                                 series will be presented in the official selec-
THE AISLES, alongside European Shooting           Festival de Cannes in 2017. And once again,                           tion of the Festival International du Film
Star Franz Rogowski (VICTORIA) and Peter          she will soon be shooting in North Rhine-                             d’Animation in Annecy (11-16 June 2018),
Kurth (BABYLON BERLIN) to form a top-             Westphalia for a new feature supported by                             which is one of the most important festivals
class cast. The three actors play out Clemens     the Filmstiftung NRW and the Israel Film                              for animated film worldwide. With NOT MY
Meyer’s story about three co-workers at a         Fund, taking on the leading role in Israeli                           TYPE (DE/CH) by Gerd Gockell and FEST by
supermarket. Christian (Rogowski) is the          director Yuval Adler’s upcoming film THE                              Nikita Diakur, there are two German ani-
new guy and in charge of stocking the             OPERATIVE. A large part of the principle pho-                         mated short films competing for the Cristal
shelves. Bruno (Kurth) is his colleague in the    tography will be taking place in NRW and the                          d’Annecy in the International Competition.
beverage section and acts as a father figure,     film is being co-produced by Michael Weber                            ANT by Julia Ocker and LINK by Robert Löbel
taking him under his wing and teaching him        and Viola Fügen of the Cologne-based Match                            were selected for the section Short Films
all the tricks. Marion (Hüller) works in the      Factory Productions.                                                  Young Audiences. Another five German
next aisle and, although she is actually                                                                                shorts have been invited to the competition
married (to a thug, no less), she takes a shine   In the thriller, Kruger portrays a young                              for graduation films: AUGENBLICKE by Kiana
to Christian. Despite all odds, they offer each   British woman who is recruited by the Israeli                         Naghshineh, FOLLOWER by Jonathan Behr,
other support in life; a life which outside of    secret service Mossad for a covert mission in                         FUSE by Shadi Adib, LOVE ME, FEAR ME by
the supermarket seems to be almost un-            Tehran. Director Yuval Adler won the main                             Veronica Solomon, and NOSIS by Vincenz
bearable. But inside, it’s their own little       prize of the Venice Days in 2013 for his poli-                        Neuhaus. Furthermore, 32-RBIT by Victor
world.                                            tical drama BETHLEHEM.                                                Orozco Ramirez (DE/MX) is shortlisted for the
                                                                                                                        Perspectives Short Films in Competition.
MFG Baden-Württemberg, together with
Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, BKM,                                                                                    Once again, both AG Kurzfilm (German Short
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, and the                                                                                 Film Association) and German Films will
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German Federal Film Fund supported the
film produced by the Ludwigsburg-based
                                                                                                                        attend the festival’s film market MIFA and
                                                                                                                        provide the international film scene and
Sommerhaus Filmproduktion, in cooperation
with the broadcasters MDR, ARTE, SWR and
HR, and co-produced with Departures Film
                                                  5                                                                     visitors with useful information and contacts
                                                                                                                        regarding the range of German filmmakers
                                                                                                                        and their animated films. A preview DVD with
and Rotor Film. The film was shot in part in                                                                            recent German animated short films will
Karlsruhe and took home two independent                                                                                 also be available at the booth in Annecy
film prizes from the Berlinale: the German                                                                              addressing festival representatives, curators,
Film Guild Award and Ecumenical Jury                                                                                    interested participants and buyers. Apart
Award.                                                                                                                  from this, the DVD is also available upon
                                                                                                                        request from the office of AG Kurzfilm in
                                                                                                                        Dresden.

                                                                        Diane Kruger (© Filmstiftung NRW/Hubert Bösl)

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                                     © AG Kurzfilm          Fatih Akin, Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto (courtesy of Bitters End)

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GERMAN SHORT FILMS IN CANNES                         INDUSTRY SCREENINGS IN TOKYO                                                 GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL
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Once again AG Kurzfilm (German Short Film            For the third time, German Films organized
Association) and German Films offer a                industry screenings in Tokyo presenting                                      German Films has partnered the German
platform for German short films and short            seven new German films to Japanese distri-                                   Film Festival in Australia for more than a
filmmakers during the 71th edition of the            butors over the course of two days in March.                                 decade. This year the event is organized
Festival de Cannes. As every year, some of           As Japanese audiences have a particularly                                    by the well-established Palace Cinemas
the most recent short film productions are           strong interest in historic and cultural issues,                             who are the traditional organizers of other
available at the Short Film Corner for inter-        the Tokyo screenings aimed to widen this                                     national film events (for French, Brazilian
national industry professionals. The selec-          perspective by offering genre films like                                     and Italian cinema) and who hired project
tion German Short Films – Cannes Edition             THIS CRAZY HEART, HANNA’S HOMECOMING                                         manager Bettina Kinski to supervise the
2018 containing eight current short films will       and the animated MANU THE SWIFT at the                                       German Film Festival 2018, which will take
be available at the Short Film Corner and on         Nippon Film Art Cinema. Seven sales com-                                     place in five cities (Sydney, Canberra,
DVD at the German Pavilion.                          panies (ARRI Media International, Beta                                       Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide) and
                                                     Cinema, Global Screen, Picture Tree Inter-                                   will include a program of 26 films as well
Additionally, for the eighth time, the program       national, Sola Media, The Match Factory, and                                 as the short film program SHORT EXPORT
NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER celebrates               Films Boutique) joined the event to present                                  2018. Opening film of the event in Sydney
its premiere in Cannes. It features not only         upcoming films to Japanese buyers and en-                                    on May 22nd will be Lars Kraume’s
film school productions but also the winners         force their network in Japan, a country which                                recent Berlinale-contribution THE SILENT
of the 2018 Short Tiger Award granted by the         is one of the strongest markets in Asia.                                     REVOLUTION; other films in the program
German Federal Film Board. Upon request,             German Films also took the opportunity to                                    include further festival successes such as
all films will be available on preview DVDs          present the Distribution Support scheme to                                   THREE PEAKS, PAULA and 303 by Hans
from German Films or AG Kurzfilm.                    Japanese buyers and inform them of up-                                       Weingartner, as well as the FACK JU GOEHTE
                                                     coming films as well as discussing a future                                  trilogy. As partner of the event, the Goethe-
In cooperation with ARTE, the German Short           cooperation with the Tokyo International Film                                Institut offers young audiences the pos-
Film Association invites professionals from          Festival whose Artistic Director, Yoshi Yatabe,                              sibility to see six new films from Germany,
the German and international short film              invited the delegation for a casual dinner in                                including AT EYE LEVEL and ROBBY &
scene to their annual Short Film Lounge,             a typical Japanese location.                                                 TOBY’S FANTASTIC VOYAGER. Closing film of
giving filmmakers, festival representatives                                                                                       the festival 2018 will be the restored version
and buyers the opportunity to meet and con-          The highlight of the Tokyo Screenings was                                    of Wim Wenders’ WINGS OF DESIRE.
nect. During the festival in Cannes, please          the Japanese premiere of IN THE FADE in the
contact us at the German Pavilion, Inter-            presence of director Fatih Akin, and actors
national Village.                                    Diane Kruger and Denis Moschitto at the
                                                     Human Trust Cinema Shibuya. The film
                                                     tallied 5,200 admissions on the first week-
                                                     end.

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NEW FILMS                                                                GFQ 2-2018

                              11   FEATURES
                              2    DOCUMENTARIES
                              3    SHORT FILMS
                              14   UPCOMING FILMS
                              30   more new German productions are presented
                                   on the following 19 pages. Please visit
                                   our website www.german-films.de
                                   for more information on German features,
                                   documentaries and shorts.
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