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GFQ
ISSUE 1-2016
G E R M A N F I L M S Q U A R T E RLY
THE BERLINALE ISSUE
NEW GERMAN FILMS AT THE BERLINALE
SHOOTING STAR Jella Haase
DIRECTORS Katja von Garnier & Lars Kraume
PRODUCERS Philipp Budweg & Robert Marciniak of Lieblingsfilm
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24 WOCHEN 24 WEEKS Anne Zohra Berrached ............................. 4
ALONE IN BERLIN
JEDER STIRBT FÜR SICH ALLEIN Vincent Perez ........................... 5
ISSUE
SEX & CRIME Paul Florian Müller ................................................. 41
SIMON SAGT AUF WIEDERSEHEN ZU SEINER VORHAUT
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE Viviane Andereggen .................................. 42
SIN & ILLY STILL ALIVE Maria Hengge ........................................... 43
AUF EINMAL ALL OF A SUDDEN Aslı Özge ..................................... 6
TSCHILLER: OFF DUTY NICK: OFF DUTY Christian Alvart ............. 44
GRÜSSE AUS FUKUSHIMA
FUKUSHIMA, MON AMOUR Doris Dörrie ........................................ 7
WILD Nicolette Krebitz .................................................................... 45
JONATHAN Piotr J. Lewandowski .................................................... 8
WO WILLST DU HIN, HABIBI?
WHERE ARE YOU GOING, HABIBI? Tor Iben .................................. 46
LIEBMANN Jules Herrmann ............................................................. 9
ZAZY M. X. Oberg ............................................................................ 47
METEORSTRASSE METEOR STREET Aline Fischer ......................... 10
ZWEITE HAND SECOND HAND Nikolas Jürgens ......................... 48
DIE PRÜFUNG THE AUDITION Till Harms ..................................... 11
NEW D OCUM ENTARIES
TED SIEGER’S MOLLY MONSTER
Ted Sieger, Michael Ekblad, Matthias Bruhn .................................. 12
BIR Mumin Baris .............................................................................. 49
ZUD Marta Minorowicz ..................................................................... 13
S H O OT I N G STAR 201 6
DER KUAFÖR AUS DER KEUPSTRASSE
THE BARBER AND THE BOMB Andreas Maus .............................. 50
EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON
A portrait of actress Jella Haase ............................................... 14
MANCHE HATTEN KROKODILE
SOME HAD CROCODILES Christian Hornung ................................ 50
P O R T RA I TS
NIGHTSESSION Philipp Dettmer ..................................................... 51
EVERY FILM A NEW ADVENTURE
A portrait of director Lars Kraume .................................................. 16
VIOLENTLY HAPPY Paola Calvo ...................................................... 51
POSITIVE VISIONS OF THE FUTURE
A portrait of director Katja von Garnier ......................................... 18
NEW SHORTS
EMBRACING NEW CHALLENGES
A portrait of Lieblingsfilm ................................................................ 20
NEWS & NOTES ................................................................................ 22
NE W FE ATU R E S
BACH IN BRAZIL Ansgar Ahlers ....................................................... 26
BECKS LETZTER SOMMER
BECK’S LAST SUMMER Frieder Wittich ......................................... 27
DIE DUNKLE SEITE DES MONDES
THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON Stephan Rick .............................. 28
FURUSATO Thorsten Trimpop ...................................................... 49
VOICES OF VIOLENCE Claudia Schmid .......................................... 52
90 GRAD NORD
90 DEGREES NORTH Detsky Graffam ........................................... 53
DIORAMA Clemens Pichler .............................................................. 53
IN THE DISTANCE Florian Grolig .................................................... 54
ROSE Claudio Franke ................................................................... 54
STADT DER ELEFANTEN
CITY OF ELEPHANTS Marko Mijatovic ........................................... 55
UPCOM ING F ILM S
DIE BLUMEN VON GESTERN Chris Kraus .................................... 56
ENKLAVE ENCLAVE Goran Radovanovic ......................................... 29
BURG SCHRECKENSTEIN Ralf Huettner ....................................... 56
FADO Jonas Rothlaender ................................................................. 30
GLEISSENDES GLÜCK Sven Taddicken .......................................... 56
FERIEN Bernadette Knoller ........................................................... 31
HITLER’S HOLLYWOOD Rüdiger Suchsland ................................... 57
DER GEILSTE TAG
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY Florian David Fitz ............................. 32
KÄPT’N SHARKY Hubert Weiland .................................................. 57
HENRY Philipp Fussenegger ........................................................... 33
JESUS CRIES Brigitte Maria Mayer ................................................. 34
LENALOVE Florian Gaag .............................................................. 35
LOOPING Leonie Krippendorff ........................................................ 36
MARRY ME! Neelesha Barthel ........................................................ 37
MORRIS AUS AMERIKA
MORRIS FROM AMERICA Chad Hartigan .................................... 38
DER NANNY THE MANNY Matthias Schweighöfer ......................... 39
SCHROTTEN! SCRAPPIN’ Max Zähle ............................................... 40
DER KLEINE DIKTATOR Dani Levy .................................................... 57
DER KLEINE DRACHE KOKOSNUSS ......................................... 58
LUNA Khaled Kaissar ....................................................................... 58
RITTER ROST 2 Thomas Bodenstein ............................................... 58
TSCHICK Fatih Akin .......................................................................... 59
VOLT Tarek Ehlail ............................................................................. 59
VORWÄRTS IMMER! Franziska Meletzky ......................................... 59
Shareholders & Supporters ............................................................ 61
Film Exporters .................................................................................. 62
Imprint ............................................................................................ 63
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IN BERLIN
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24 WOCHEN photo © Friede Clausz/zero one film
IN
COMP
ETITIO
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24 WEEKS
T
he stage lights, the applause –
Astrid loves being a cabaret performer, and loves her tolerant and
supportive husband Markus. Every
decision is taken together, and this one is no
different: what will they do with the child that
Astrid is carrying, now, six months into the
pregnancy, that she learns it will be severely
disabled? She and Marcus have a choice, but
little time…
A strong nature with a witty answer to everything, Astrid now feels lost, on her own, impossible to continue her comedy routine.
Ultimately only she who is bearing the child
can take this weighty decision. What will she
do? Who decides whether the child will have
a life worth living?
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ANNE ZOHRA BERRACHED was born in
Erfurt. After studying Social Education in
Frankfurt, she worked as a theater pedagogue in London for two years. She also
worked as an assistant director in Berlin for
the Hansatheater in the Theater Ballhaus Ost
and on the film MUST LOVE DEATH by
Andreas Schaap. After an internship as a production assistant for a television show, she
shot her first short film, COMIC RELIEF. Since
2009, she has been studying Film Directing
at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.
Her films include: DOGS LIKE US (short,
2012), SAINT & WHORE (doc, 2012), TWO
MOTHERS (2013), and 24 WEEKS (2016).
GENRE Drama YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2016
DIRECTOR Anne Zohra Berrached SCREENPLAY Carl Gerber, Anne Zohra Berrached
CINEMATOGRAPHY Friede Clausz CAST Julia
Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf,
Emilia Pieske PRODUCERS Thomas Kufus,
Melanie Berke, Tobias Büchner PRODUCTION
COMPANY zero one film, in co-production
with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg LENGTH 102 min
LANGUAGE German FESTIVALS Berlinale
2016 (In Competition)
SALES
Beta Cinema
[email protected]
www.betacinema.com
GFQ 1-2016
IN BERLIN
photo © X Filme Creative Pool/Marcel Hartmann
ALONE IN
BERLIN
IN
COMP
ETITIO
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JEDER STIRBT FÜR SICH ALLEIN
B
erlin 1940. The city is paralyzed by
fear. Otto and Anna Quangel are a
working-class couple living in a
shabby apartment block trying, like
everyone else, to stay out of trouble under
Nazi rule. But when their only child is killed
fighting at the front, their loss drives them to
an extraordinary act of resistance. They start
to drop anonymous postcards all over the city
attacking Hitler and his regime. If caught, it
means certain execution. Soon their campaign comes to the attention of the Gestapo
inspector Escherich and a murderous game
of cat-and-mouse begins. But the game serves only to strengthen Otto and Anna’s sense
of purpose and a renewed love for each other.
Slowly, their drab lives and marriage are
transformed as they unite in their quiet but
profound rebellion...
Over 60 years after its initial publication, Hans
Fallada’s novel, written directly after the
Second World War, became a worldwide bestseller. Based on a true story, the powerful and
redemptive novel was described by Primo
Levi as “the greatest book ever written about
German resistance to the Nazis.”
VINCENT PEREZ was born in 1964 in Lausanne/Switzerland. As an actor, he has worked with many of cinema’s greatest filmmakers before beginning his own promising
directing career. His films as a director include: L’ECHANGE (short, 1992), RIEN DIRE
(short, 1999), ONCE UPON AN ANGEL (2002),
THE SECRET (2007), and ALONE IN BERLIN
(2016).
GENRE Drama YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2016
DIRECTOR Vincent Perez SCREENPLAY
Achim von Borries & Vincent Perez, in cooperation with Bettine von Borries, based on
the novel by Hans Fallada CINEMATOGRAPHY Christophe Beaucarne CAST Emma
Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Brühl,
Mikael Persbrandt, Monique Chaumette,
Joachim Bissmeier, Katrin Pollitt, Lars
Rudolph, Uwe Preuss, Daniel Sträßer PRODUCERS Stefan Arndt, Uwe Schott, Marco
Pacchioni, James Schamus, Paul Trijbits,
Christian Grass PRODUCTION COMPANIES X
Filme Creative Pool, Master Movies, Film
Wave, in co-production with Pathé Production, Buffalo Films, WS Filmproduktion
RUNTIME 97 min LANGUAGE English FESTIVALS Berlinale 2016 (In Competition)
SALES
Cornerstone Films
[email protected]
www.cornerstonefilm.com
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IN BERLIN
GFQ 1-2016
AUF EINMAL
photo © Emre Erkmen
PANO
RAM
SPECIA A
L
ALL OF A SUDDEN
A
fter the party in Karsten’s apartment, everybody leaves except
Anna. Admiringly, Karsten approaches this mysterious woman.
How could he have known that in a moment
of weakness, his well-established life would
spiral out of control and turn into a disaster?
In this small provincial German town, disappointment soon fuels anger, justice hides
behind hypocrisy, and evil gradually unfolds.
ASLI ÖZGE was born in Istanbul and has also
been living in Berlin since 2000. After graduating from Marmara University Film & TV
Academy she directed short films and a
documentary before making her feature film
debut in 2009 with MEN ON THE BRIDGE. The
film premiered internationally in Locarno and
won numerous international awards. Her
second feature LIFELONG screened in the
Berlinale Panorama Special in 2013. ALL OF
A SUDDEN is her first German-language
feature film for the cinema. Her other films
include: CAPITAL C (short, 2000), LITTLE
BIT OF APRIL (2003), and HESPEROS’
APPRENTICES (doc, 2005).
GENRE Drama YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2016
DIRECTOR Aslı Özge SCREENPLAY Aslı Özge
CINEMATOGRAPHY Emre Erkmen CAST
Sebastian Hülk, Julia Jentsch, Hanns
Zischler, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Luise
Heyer, Natalia Belitski, Lea Draeger PRODUCERS Fabian Massah, Aslı Özge CO-PRODUCERS Frans van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld,
Simon Arnal, Carole Scotta, Georges
Schoucair PRODUCTION COMPANY EEE
Productions, in co-production with Topkapi
Films, Haut et Court RUNTIME 112 min
LANGUAGE German FESTIVALS Berlinale
2016 (Panorama Special)
SALES
Memento Films International
[email protected]
www.memento-films.com
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GFQ 1-2016
IN BERLIN
GRÜSSE AUS
FUKUSHIMA
Y
oung German woman Marie escapes to Fukushima to change her
life. Working with the organization
Clowns4Help, she hopes to bring
joy to survivors of the 2011 catastrophe still
living in emergency shelters. Marie soon
realizes she’s absolutely unsuited to the task
of making tragedy less wearisome. But instead of running away, Marie decides to stay
with cantankerous old Satomi, the last geisha
of Fukushima, who of her own accord has decided to retreat back to her destroyed house
in the former radioactive exclusion zone. Two
women who couldn’t be more different, but
who – each in her own way – are trapped in
the past and must learn to liberate themselves from guilt and the burden of memory.
A universal and poetic tale about life and
letting go from acclaimed writer-director
Doris Dörrie (BLISS, CHERRY BLOSSOMS –
HANAMI, NOBODY LOVES ME, THE HAIRDRESSER, ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED,
MEN). For the first time, one of her feature
films has been shot entirely in Japan and in
breathtaking black and white.
DORIS DÖRRIE was born in Hanover. After
studying Acting, Philosophy and Psychology
in the US, she studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich, where she now
runs the Creative Writing Department. In addition to directing, she is also a novelist. Her
award-winning films include: STRAIGHT
THROUGH THE HEART (1983), INSIDE THE
BELLY OF THE WHALE (1984), MEN (1985),
PARADISE (1986), ME AND HIM (1988),
MONEY (1989), HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (1992),
NOBODY LOVES ME (1994), AM I BEAUTIFUL?
(1998), ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED
(2000), "NAKED" (2002), THE FISHERMAN
AND HIS WIFE – WHY WOMEN NEVER GET
ENOUGH (2005), HOW TO COOK YOUR LIFE
(2007), CHERRY BLOSSOMS – HANAMI (2008),
THE HAIRDRESSER (2010), BLISS (2011), THE
WHOLE SHEBANG (2014), and FUKUSHIMA,
MON AMOUR (2016).
PANO
RAM
SPECIA A
L
photo © Mathias Bothor/Majestic
FUKUSHIMA,
MON AMOUR
GENRE Drama YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2016
DIRECTOR Doris Dörrie SCREENPLAY Doris
Dörrie CINEMATOGRAPHY Hanno Lentz CAST
Rosalie Thomass, Kaori Momoi, Mosche
Cohen, Nami Kamata PRODUCERS Harald
Kügler, Molly von Fürstenberg PRODUCTION
COMPANY Olga Film, in co-production with
Rolize, Constantin Film, ZDF/ARTE RUNTIME
108 min LANGUAGE German, English, Japanese FESTIVALS Berlinale 2016 (Panorama
Special)
SALES
The Match Factory
[email protected]
www.the-match-factory.com
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IN BERLIN
GFQ 1-2016
photo © Jeremy Rouse
JONATHAN
T
he 23-year-old Jonathan sacrifices
himself taking care of his cancerstricken father Burghardt and works
on the family farm with his aunt
Martha. Looking after his father is an everyday struggle for Jonathan, one which never
seems to end. The fact that Burghardt is incapable of emotional closeness and that
there is something which stands between the
two doesn’t make the situation any easier.
Aware of her nephew’s struggle and despite
her own troubled relationship to her brother,
Martha hires the nurse Anka to help him.
Jonathan feels extremely attracted to Anka
and falls head-over-heels in love with her. But
when Burghardt’s long-lost friend Ron shows
up, everything changes and the father-son
relationship is put to a test. Jonathan discovers ever more about a past he knew nothing about…
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PIOTR J. LEWANDOWSKI was born in 1975
in Warsaw/Poland. After studying Graphic
Design and Economics in Warsaw and
London, he studied Visual Communication at
the University of Art and Design in Offenbach,
and Directing at the Filmakademie BadenWürttemberg. A selection of his films includes: PROJECT 01 & 02 (short, 2001),
LITTLE COMPUTER PEOPLE (short, 2001),
HEAVY PREGNANT (short, 2003), PAPA (short,
2005), DIE AUFSCHNEIDER (2007), JANEK
(short, 2008), FLIEGEN (short, 2009), GÖTTER
WIE WIR (TV, 2012), ZWISCHEN ERDE UND
LICHT (doc, 2016), and JONATHAN (2016). He
is currently working on the feature KÖNIG
DER ZIGEUNER (WT).
PANO
R
AMA
GENRE Drama YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2016
DIRECTOR Piotr J. Lewandowski SCREENPLAY Piotr J. Lewandowski CINEMATOGRAPHY Jeremy Rouse CAST Jannis Niewöhner, Julia Koschitz, André M. Hennicke,
Thomas Sarbacher, Barbara Auer PRODUCERS Alexandra Kordes, Meike Kordes COPRODUCERS Stefanie Gross, Barbara Buhl,
Christina Voss-Michalke, Georg Steinert,
Lili Kobbe, Piotr J. Lewandowski, Carsten
Strauch PRODUCTION COMPANY Kordes &
Kordes Film, in co-production with SWR,
WDR, ARTE, HR, in cooperation with Cine
Postproduction, FunDeMental Studios RUNTIME 99 min LANGUAGE German FESTIVALS
Berlinale 2016 (Panorama)
SALES
Kordes & Kordes Film
[email protected]
www.kordesfilm.de
GFQ 1-2016
IN BERLIN
photo © Sebastian Egert
LIEBMANN
T
eacher Antek Liebmann moves
to the French countryside in an
attempt to leave his former life in
Germany behind. He soon gets a job
and finds himself in a new relationship. But
the strange energy of a near-by artists residency and an unexpected visitor from
Germany make him realize he cannot escape
his memories. He must find a way of confronting the ghosts of his past.
JULES HERRMANN was born in 1970 in Saarbrücken. After Business Studies, she worked
as an English Teacher in Taiwan and studied
Film Directing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Also active as an artistic
advisor and script consultant, her films as a
director include: THE INVISIBLE ROOMMATE
(short doc, 2001), SKYWALKER (short, 2002),
DNS HEROES (short, 2004), TIME OUT (short,
2006), SEOUL LOST AND FOUND (doc, 2009),
FAUST IN GUINEA (doc, 2009), and LIEBMANN (2016).
PERSP
EK
DEUTS TIVE
CHES
KINO
GENRE Drama YEAR OF PRODUCTION
2016 DIRECTOR Jules Herrmann SCREENPLAY Jules Herrmann CINEMATOGRAPHY
Sebastian Egert CAST Godehard Giese,
Adeline Moreau, Fabien Ara, Bettina Grahs,
Alain Denizart, Denise Lecocq, Morgane
Delamotte PRODUCER Jules Herrmann COPRODUCERS Roswitha Ester, Torsten Reglin
CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY Ester.Reglin.
Film RUNTIME 82 min LANGUAGE French,
German FESTIVALS Berlinale 2016 (Perspektive Deutsches Kino)
SALES
Patra Spanou Film Marketing & Consulting
[email protected]
www.patraspanou.com
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IN BERLIN
GFQ 1-2016
photo © credo:film/Maurice Wilkerling
METEORSTRASSE
METEOR STREET
M
ohammed is 18. He fled the war
in Palestina to Germany and is
searching for direction in a world
of men. There’s the gruff boss of
the motorcycle shop where he works, a colleague who tells him about his experiences
with the foreign legion, and his charismatic
and psychotic older brother. Without their
parents, they live in a run-down apartment in
Berlin. Airplanes are always flying by overhead. Between precarious work and the hope
for an education, between heroic stories of
camaraderie and one’s own memories of war,
between the increasingly mind-blowing delirium and advice of his brother, the question
arises: what does it really mean to be a man?
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ALINE FISCHER was born in 1981 and studied
Political Science and Film Directing in France
and at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Her films include: THE WILD
WEST, MAIK, FUCHS UND WALTER, THE
SOLDIER OF BANJA LUKA, UNE FILLE DANS
L’HIVER, AUTOSTRADA – LES HOMMES DU
PARKING, LA FUREUR D’IVA, AMERICAN
FALL, GHOST CITIES, DER GRUNE STERN,
and METEORSTRASSE.
PERSP
EK
DEUTS TIVE
CHES
KINO
GENRE Drama YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2016
DIRECTOR Aline Fischer SCREENPLAY Aline
Fischer, Lucas Flasch CINEMATOGRAPHY
Maurice Wilkerling CAST Hussein Eliraqui,
Oktay Özdemir, Bodo Goldbeck, Sebastian
Günter PRODUCERS Susann Schimk, Jörg
Trentmann, Jan Mocka PRODUCTION COMPANY credo:film, in co-production with Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, RBB
RUNTIME 83 min LANGUAGE German,
Arabic, English FESTIVALS Berlinale 2016
(Perspektive Deutsches Kino)
SALES
credo:film
[email protected]
www.credofilm.de
GFQ 1-2016
IN BERLIN
photo © Lichtblick Media/Börres Weiffenbach
DIE PRÜFUNG
PERSP
EK
DEUTS TIVE
CHES
KINO
THE AUDITION
687
candidates, 10 places,
9 instructors in 10
days. Year for year,
the entrance exam at
the National Acting School in Hanover is a
special challenge for the candidates, but it is
also an extraordinary endurance test for the
staff. In the battle for the best talent, the examiners are just as passionately involved as
the candidates themselves in filling the few
coveted admissions.
Up close and personal with the instructors
and professors, the film focuses on an unknown side of the process, that of the examination committee. The viewers have the
opportunity to form their own opinion of the
selection and assessment criteria. Conventional perceptions of the examiners and the
candidates are shaken and the viewers get to
know the members of the commission as
human beings, who constantly question
themselves and their standards and fight for
their personal favorites.
For the first time in Germany, such a committee opens up to the camera. Three years of
preparation were necessary before all
academy doors were opened to filmmaker Till
Harms. A unique behind-the-scenes look at
university operations, an unfiltered view of
the dream job of an actor in a microcosm of
hope, professional demands, and pugnacious
colleagues.
GENRE Art, Educational, Theater, Documentary YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2016 DIRECTOR
Till Harms SCREENPLAY Till Harms CINEMATOGRAPHY Börres Weiffenbach, Anne
Misselwitz, Istvan Imreh PRODUCER Martin
Heisler PRODUCTION COMPANY Lichtblick
Media RUNTIME 96 min LANGUAGE German
FESTIVALS Berlinale 2016 (Perspektive Deutsches Kino)
TILL HARMS was born in 1970 in Munich.
Also active as an assistant director, script
consultant and video artist for the theater, his
films as a director include: 11 UND 12 (doc),
DER TAG DES JÄGERS (short), and THE
AUDITION (DIE PRÜFUNG, doc).
SALES
Lichtblick Media
[email protected]
www.lichtblick-media.com
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IN BERLIN
GFQ 1-2016
photo © 2016 Sieger/Little Monster/Trickstudio Lutterbeck/ALEXANDRA SCHATZ FILMPRODUKTION/Sluggerfilm/Senator Film München/Peacock Film
TED SIEGER’S
MOLLY MONSTER
L
ittle Molly Monster is confronted
with change. After many years of
being the absolute center of her
family, she is about to get a sibling.
Molly is happy and has knitted a lovely bobble
hat for the new baby’s head. But a monster
baby doesn’t arrive overnight. In Monsterland,
the mothers lay the eggs, and the fathers
keep them warm, all the way to Egg Island,
where monsters are hatched. Molly is looking
forward to the journey and hasn’t yet realized
that she can’t go. As the guilt-ridden parents
hitch up the egg trailer and drive away, Molly
is stricken and sad. To make matters worse,
she discovers Papa has forgotten the baby’s
bobble hat that she knitted for it. She decides
to follow her parents. A baby’s head must be
kept warm. Every monster knows that!
And so Molly sets out on a journey that is
longer and more difficult than anything she
could have imagined. Accompanied by Edison,
her best friend and toy, their journey takes
them on a crooked path over the Wild Hills
where they meet challenges and other monsters, and learn what it means to be a friend,
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and part of a family, and a big sister along the
way. Molly grows up quite a bit. When the
family is re-united, the panicked parents are
overwhelmed by joy. The egg hatches, and a
new little monster emerges into the world.
Molly Monster becomes a big sister.
TED SIEGER works as an independent director, writer, producer, animator and designer
of animation films and series, comics and picture books.
MICHAEL EKBLAD is a producer and director
of animation films and series. He is co-owner
of Sluggerfilm, based in Malmö/Sweden.
MATTHIAS BRUHN is a producer and director
of animation films and series. He is co-owner
of Trickstudio Lutterbeck, based in Cologne.
GENE
RATIO
N
GENRE Animation, Children & Youth YEAR OF
PRODUCTION 2016 DIRECTORS Ted Sieger,
Michael Ekblad, Matthias Bruhn SCREENPLAY John Chambers CINEMATOGRAPHY
Wolfram Spaeth PRODUCERS Josef Burri,
Alexandra Schatz, Michael Ekblad, Richard
Lutterbeck, Elena Pedrazoli, Tania ReichertFacilides, Ted Sieger CO-PRODUCER Reik
Möller PRODUCTION COMPANIES Alexandra
Schatz Filmproduktion, Little Monster, Trickstudio Lutterbeck, Sluggerfilm, Peacock Film,
Senator Film RUNTIME 72 min LANGUAGE
English FESTIVALS Berlinale 2016 (Generation)
SALES
Global Screen
[email protected]
www.globalscreen.de
GFQ 1-2016
IN BERLIN
photo © zero one film
ZUD
Z
UD – when the unforgiving forces of
nature take their toll on humans
and animals.
The unexpected return of snow devastates the
nomad family’s livestock. 11-year-old
Sukhbat is forced to leave his childhood behind. Now the hopes of the family rely on the
young boy who should tame and race the wild
horse.
An intense relation between father, son and
their wild horse shows how nature overwhelms and influences human beings.
Nobody remains unscathed after being confronted with the powers of the steppe.
GENE
MARTA MINOROWICZ is the author and
director of the award-winning film A PIECE
OF SUMMER (2010) which won the Grand Prix
in Clermont-Ferrand, the Golden Dove at
DOK Leipzig, and the Grand Prix in Lodz. She
made the documentary film DECRESCENDO
(2011) which also won numerous prizes and
screened at a number of festivals, and the
film ANGEL OF DEATH (2008). She graduated
from the Andrzej Wajda Film School and
Jagiellonian University in Theater Studies.
ZUD is her debut feature-length film.
RATIO
N
GENRE Coming-of-Age Story YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2016 DIRECTOR Marta Minorowicz
SCREENPLAY Marta Minorowicz, Kenneth
McBride CINEMATOGRAPHY Paweł Chorzępa
CAST Batsaikhan Budee, Sukhbat Batsaikhan
PRODUCERS Ann Carolin Renninger, Thomas
Kufus CO-PRODUCER Anna Wydra PRODUCTION COMPANY zero one film, in co-production with Otter Films RUNTIME 85 min
LANGUAGE Mongolian FESTIVALS Berlinale
2016 (Generation)
SALES
Slingshot Films
[email protected]
www.slingshotfilms.it
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SHOOTING STAR 2016
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G
SHOOTIN
S TA R
2016
EVERYTHING
HAPPENS
FOR A REASON
photo © Debora Brune
A PORTRAIT OF SHOOTING STAR JELLA HAASE
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GFQ 1-2016
SHOOTING STAR 2016
Her first leading roles in the cinema were in
the pop youth drama LOLLIPOP MONSTER
and as a would-be neo-Nazi bird in COMBAT
GIRLS, for which she received the Bavarian
Film Award as Best Up-and-Coming Actress. And then came her explosive double
breakthrough with the school comedy FACK
JU GÖHTE: the first part was seen by 7.4
million viewers in 2013, the sequel by 7.6
million last year. Her character, a gobby but
not very bright problem pupil called Chantal, has long been a cult figure among teenagers. And despite a wide range of work,
Jella needs to make sure she doesn’t get
type cast. She takes care to accept as wide
a variety of roles as possible, now more than
ever. “But sure, this huge success is mainly
a blessing because as a result I have become known to so many people. And I am incredibly proud that I helped to create a
character that has developed such status.”
I
t is shortly before Christmas and the
winter sunlight is glistening weakly
outside the window when Jella Haase
comes through the door wearing a
woolly hat and thick scarf. Those who know
her only as the rather flashy Chantal from
the FACK JU GÖHTE films would scarcely
recognize the 23-year-old now. We met in
the office of her Berlin agent, following the
recent announcement of the European
Shooting Stars 2016, who will be presented
during the Berlinale. And Jella Haase will
be representing Germany. But there is no
evidence of excitement. She greets me with
a friendly smile and rather tired eyes, but a
firm handshake. “I had 18 hours filming
yesterday and I’m still a bit shattered,” she
says apologetically. In the hour that follows,
however, there is no sign of tiredness:
alert and animated, she answers all my
questions.
Her selection as the German Shooting Star
2016 came only a few days before. Very surprising, she says, “Of course, I was absolutely delighted.” Born in Berlin-Kreuzberg,
after an extremely successful but also exhausting year, actually she had intended to
be away on holiday by now. No chance of
that for some time yet. “First of all, I need to
let it sink in,” she admits. As yet she has no
concrete expectations of the event which
has helped to push the international careers
of colleagues such as Moritz Bleibtreu,
Franka Potente and David Kross. “They may
come, of course, but my first priority is to
manage all the appointments and still keep
some sort of private life,” she says with a
laugh.
The title Shooting Star sounds a bit strange
somehow, when recalling Jella’s career to
date. She has been appearing regularly in
front of TV cameras since the age of 16, and
she received the Günter Strack Prize for her
role in TATORT – PUPPENSPIELER in 2013.
So far, it has been mainly sassy, impossible
to control kids to whom she has lent face
and voice. She has certainly mastered the
whole range: hugely funny as Chantal to
movingly dramatic as a traumatized girl in
the psychological drama 4 KINGS. She admits that such small-budget films and extreme characters remain closest to her
heart. Her direct, natural presence in these
roles on the big screen did not come by
chance. There is nothing artificial or pretentious about it; she is simply there, in the
moment. She describes herself as guided by
gut feelings, she never went to acting
school. “I work in a very intuitive way, I don’t
have any trained technique, but I do have my
methods.” For each of her roles she develops a profile, writing everything down in
a notebook, which she always takes with her
to shootings. “The rest evolves in conversation with the director. A good director
knows how to ask the right questions.”
Now she is looking forward to the chance to
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of the Shooting Stars event. Dreaming of an
international career? “Well, you can always
dream, and I love French cinema, for example, but I won’t be working doggedly towards
that.” She has a mantra that keeps both feet
firmly on the ground: “Everything happens
for a reason.”
The new year has more lined up for her. In
January the drama LOOPING celebrated its
world premiere at the Max Ophüls Festival,
the drama NOWHERE will be launched in
cinemas, and in the new Dresden-based
TATORT series she is playing one of the
leading roles as an ambitious police trainee.
But she is not yet sure whether this will develop into a regular role. “At the moment I
don’t want to pin myself down for so long,
I’m still too young for that, I want to try out
so much,” she says and continues to move
back and forth effortlessly between cinema
and television.
As far as predictions for the future are concerned, we go so far but no further. She is
unwilling to talk about the many scripts she
is reading currently, and she won’t reveal
anything about as yet un-filmed projects or
the mysterious 18-hour shoot the day before. On principle, she won’t make any longterm plans in her life. “I wouldn’t be as
easy-going then, and that would be awful,”
she says. “I have dreams, of course, but calculating is nonsense, that’s not like me.
Perhaps when I am 30 I will take up a completely different profession.”
That is very unlikely, however. In Germany
Jella Haase has long been a star, even at the
age of 23. She may soon conquer European
cinema as well. She’s got what it takes, and
at the Berlinale she will convince the international casting agents of that, I am sure. Afterwards, there will still be time for a holiday.
Thomas Abeltshauser
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A PORTRAIT OF
DIRECTOR LARS KRAUME
I
t was his father’s fault: “He’s a cineast
and he dragged me to the cinema to see
all sorts of films very early on,” Lars
Kraume recalls. “As a youngster, I was
particularly impressed by the films of the
Italian neo-realists, and most of all by ROCCO
AND HIS BROTHERS.”
Kraume was born near Turin/Italy in 1973.
Growing up in Hesse, not far from Frankfurt,
he soon developed a huge passion for pictures himself – he began to take photos at 12,
and at only 15 he borrowed the triple-lens
Bolex movie camera belonging to his father,
a commercial graphic designer: “Slowly but
surely, the bold idea emerged that I could perhaps make films, too.”
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While still at secondary school and after his
graduation – while completing his alternative
to military service – he worked as an assistant
to well-known photographers; after his
successful application to the German Film
and Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin he
moved to the capital in 1994, where he still
lives today. He openly admits that he lacked
confidence at the start of his course in direction. But Kraume tells me that Florian Lukas,
already an experienced actor even then, with
whom he made two prize-winning short films
at the DFFB, gave him back his self-confidence: “Florian said that working with me
was immense fun, so I thought maybe I wasn’t
entirely out of place as a director!”
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EVERY
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Kraume certainly demands a lot from his
actors: “I expect them to do much more than
obediently recite the words in the script;
they need to incorporate their own views and
experience of life as well. Working with me,
actors can play an active part in conceiving their roles – I am always open to suggestions.”
Kraume took this freedom to extremes in his
semi-documentary road movie NO SONGS OF
LOVE, for which the protagonists developed
their own characters without a script, improvising most of the dialogues: “I wanted to
break through the scenes’ surfaces so that
the actors were no longer acting but being.”
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very different milieu. Middle-class family
circles like those I depict in my films seem to
be frowned upon in German cinema – obviously they are regarded with social envy, although Germany is actually a very prosperous
country.”
Kraume is seen as rather a chameleon because he won’t be pinned down to a single
genre or style. In his graduation film at the
DFFB, DUNCKEL, which was awarded the
Adolf Grimme Prize, he had worked through
three completely different facets already: an
unusual crime story, it comprises three episodes telling the stories of three very different brothers after a failed bank robbery.
Since then, the flexible director has made,
among other things, a lively satire on commercialism (VIKTOR VOGEL – COMMERCIAL
MAN), an apocalyptic vision of the future
(DAYS TO COME), a cheerful drama about
death (MY SISTERS), and an atmospherically
haunting political thriller (THE PEOPLE VS.
FRITZ BAUER).
“The reason why my films are so different is
that I try to embark on the biggest possible
adventure each time,” Kraume explains. “My
most important role models have always been
directors capable of changing, such as John
Huston, where you always have the feeling
that every film is a new and exciting venture.
I’m sure I wouldn’t be capable of constantly
repeating myself. If there were no new challenges for me, I could never summon the
energy to engage with a subject so intensely
as a filmmaker.”
Nevertheless, there is something like a
thread running through his work: family constellations often play a decisive part. “The
relationships between siblings, the family as
a place of retreat and a battlefield – that is all
close to my heart,” Kraume explains. “I myself
come from a large middle-class family, in
which there is still a strong sense of solidarity
but also a lot of potential for conflict. It’s interesting that films about bourgeois families
have a much stronger tradition in France than
in my country, where the subject of the family
is dealt with largely in social dramas set in a
A second constant in Kraume’s œuvre is his
debate with political subjects: “I make films
because I am worried about what’s happening in my country and our cultural sphere.”
His multiple prize-winning school drama,
GOOD MORNING, MR. GROTHE, was made in
response to a letter published in March 2006,
in which the teachers at a Berlin school admitted in despair that they could no longer
cope with the escalating violence among their
pupils. In his powerfully visual dystopia DAYS
TO COME, among other things Kraume examined the conflict between poor and rich resulting from the uneven distribution of
wealth. This apocalyptic drama filmed in
2009, in which Central Europe tries to protect
itself from immigrants behind high walls, like
a fortress, is regarded as visionary in face of
the refugee crisis today – but the filmmaker
believes the problem became virulent long
ago: “Key scientists already warned us many
years ago that the greatest threat to worldwide security in the future would be the flow
of migrants.”
There is also a political impetus behind
Kraume’s most successful film to date, THE
PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER. It is about a state
public prosecutor from Hesse, who struggled
against staunch opposition to track down Nazi
criminals and take them to court at the end
of the 50s. “Fritz Bauer was a true hero – one
of the few there were in Germany,” Kraume
affirms, “and as the title already indicates, the
film is a David-and-Goliath story: the archaic
struggle of an outsider against an overly
powerful system.” The exciting political
drama celebrated its world premiere at the
festival in Locarno, where it also won the
sought-after audience award.
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they engage with German history,” he says.
“But I certainly won’t let that limit me to history films!” So, onward to new challenges?
“Yes,” says Kraume, laughing. “I’m already
wondering what stories I could film in
English.”
He still has one unfulfilled dream: “One day,
I would love to make a film that appeals to a
really big audience,” he confesses. “My aim is
to entertain people in an intelligent way.” That
sort of thing is rare in Germany, he notes: on
the one hand there is banal mass entertainment, on the other some rather cumbersome
niche cinema, which often seems to indulge
in navel-gazing. Kraume regrets the fact that
some German intellectuals turn their nose up
at filmmakers who aim to reach as many
viewers as possible. “Because surely that is
cinema’s very own, initial strength: the fact
that it enables us to experience strong emotions together, in a big group!”
Marco Schmidt
The director underlines how important it was
to him to avoid the aura of tedious school lessons and to make an exciting film with a timeless message instead. That is why he was
also delighted after the invitation to Locarno,
as he had very much wanted the world premiere of this specifically German story to take
place abroad: “We made this film for an international audience, because I believe that Fritz
Bauer can inspire people all over the world.
His courage and his stubborn determination
are a wonderful encouragement to everyone
who is taking a stand against injustice.”
And so Kraume is very happy that THE
PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER has been sold in
more than 20 countries in the meantime, including the USA, France, Argentina and
Japan. “I think it’s a shame that usually German films are only successful abroad when
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POSITIVE VISIONS
OF THE FUTURE
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A P O R T R A I T O F D I R E C TO R K ATJ A V O N G A R N I E R
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“
ust back from London and very
happy to have a slate of really exciting projects,” Katja von Garnier
has clearly gone tri-coastal! Having
lived and worked for ten years in the US, she
returned to Germany to become a major force
in establishing “the OSTWIND brand” and is
“now looking to film again in English as well
as German.” As opening statements of intent
go, this is a good one!
Enjoying being back in an environment she
describes as “cosier, a bit more personal”, von
Garnier’s Stateside expertise when it comes
to “understanding about script, working on
nuances in dialogue” is obvious just in
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general conversation. She doesn’t just speak
English, she ‘gets’ the language.
between horses and humans: it was very
personal for me.”
The classic adage: never work with children
or animals and here is a woman who has
done both, twice, voluntarily! OSTWIND (international title: WINDSTORM), the girl-and-ahorse franchise has proven a German box
office thoroughbred, as well as winning,
among others, the German Film Award for
Best Children’s and Youth Film and von
Garnier the Bavarian Film Award. “They were
dream projects,” von Garnier says. A girl herself, “I love horses! I have two and brought to
the project all the experience and longings
I had, still have, especially the connection
As befits a sequel, the second OSTWIND film
is “quite a bigger film with big set pieces,
such as racing an aircraft, or when the horse
comes to town. We have dressage without a
bridle, a galloping herd, two horses playing in
a forest and so on.” Getting Lassie to sit up,
roll over and play dead this wasn’t, so how did
it come together? “Precise planning,” von
Garnier explains. “We all sat down and asked
ourselves ‘What would be fun?’ Then the
writers, Lea Schmidbauer and Kristina
Magdalena Hehn, had to make dramatic
sense of it, which takes real skill, and then we
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Referencing one of her previous films,
BANDITS, von Garnier would “definitely do
another music film” wanting “again, to show
the human spirit. I’m really big on one person
being able to initiate change, like we portrayed in the suffragist film IRON JAWED
ANGELS, with its young, radical women.”
“I believe films can be very powerful and have
impact,” she continues. “They are potentially
an opportunity to create positive visions of the
future. I’m not big on playing on fears or
disaster movies... although, of course, they
can be entertaining too.”
shot it! It was all a director’s dream!” That
easy? Well... Here she pays effusive tribute to
SamFilm and producers Ewa Karlström, “who
produced my first film, MAKING UP, which
also won the Student Academy Award® in
1994, and developed and brought me the OSTWIND script,” and Andreas Ulmke-Smeaton.
“It’s a continuing partnership,” she adds.
In fact, the OSTWIND franchise was von
Garnier’s “first attempt at traditional ‘youth’
films. In Germany, the successful ones are
based on pre-existing material, whereas we
started from original scripts. The books came
afterwards and they have been very successful too. Creating a strong brand like this, it’s
great!” Would she like to do more? Stupid
question! “I’d love to! And I’m currently thinking over my next steps,” she explains. “As a
director, when I do something I’m in total
tunnel vision; the other ideas sit there till the
film is done, then I return to them. I want to
be in the position to push them forward while
working on another film. Ideally, I’d like a first
look situation or development financing so I
can realize a slate of projects in various
stages.” Producers, the queue forms on the
right!
With regard to subjects and as evidenced by
her own filmography (e.g. the Golden Globe
nominated IRON JAWED ANGELS, which
stars Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston, who
won a Golden Globe for her performance, and
BANDITS), and, indeed, personally, von
Garnier is “always searching for strong,
modern, female characters. I have a weak
spot for rebels, I’am always looking for something potentially exhilarating. I want to feel
things, so there has to be emotional depth. If
it is funny at the same time, even better! I also
need soulful things we haven’t seen so often
before. I love romance, but it’s rare.”
With regard to her working methods, von
Garnier is an actor’s director: “I love developing for specific actors,” she says. “BANDITS
was created especially for the cast, as people
and friends. If the script touches me, I ask
what I can bring, what my vision is, and it
starts with a feeling: how do I want the film to
feel? Then I find music to fit and design the
images to that. Parallel, I work with the writer
to co-create scenes that match the feeling.”
Watching von Garnier’s films, one sees her
love of dynamism and movement: “I’m always
searching for organic but interesting movement, which all originates from the feeling,
the purpose of the scene, it’s dramatic content. Hence the importance of everyone working together before shooting. Some action
sequences have to be storyboarded, of
course, but my DP, Torsten Breuer, who has
shot everything I’ve done in Germany, has exactly the same visual taste for storytelling.
He’s incredible and I’ve known him since film
school.”
With OSTWIND 2, it was essential for “the
scenes, especially in the town, to be preimagined and the shots decided in advance,”
von Garnier continues, “because horses don’t
always take direction. The trainer needs to
know exactly because a horse never asks
‘What’s my motivation’!” Not even a sugar
lump? Not always, no, and they have a tendency to want to do their own thing too! “It’s
a challenge but also a total pleasure, and you
need a strong strategy, especially if the horse
decides to improvise! We had to be spontaneous and because it was the same crew as
for the first OSTWIND everybody knew how
plans could change instantly.”
At the same time, von Garnier is not afraid of
suddenly changing circumstances: “It rained,
the sun came out, the light was amazing, so
we got the horse to run through a field and it’s
now the centerpiece of the film. You have to
be ready to seize and adapt to moments.”
there. You do a lot of advance editing in your
head. I feel what is needed and then create it
in the editing. I love non-linear storytelling
and especially two levels being intercut and
interwoven at the same time.”
Von Garnier draws inspiration from, amongst
others, Nicolas Roeg and Milos Forman
(“HAIR is one of my all-time favorite movies”)
with, again, “music being very important as
an inspirational element. It helps me come up
with the images. I had an exceptional collaboration with Annette Fox on OSTWIND; she
totally gets it! She did with the music what we
did with the film and added a whole new
dimension. OSTWIND is the connection between the girl and the horse, and the nature
of making the film is all about synergy, both
on and off set.” Always ready to praise others,
she cites here “Kensy Disley, our horse trainer, a very special person.”
A mother of two, von Garnier also owns two
horses, one of which, Pilgrim “has a guest appearance in OSTWIND 2! The other, Traeh, in
the first film. Her name is heart, backwards,
and whenever I have time I go to see them.”
Von Garnier’s partner, Markus Goller, is himself a director. So does that mean they are always directing each other? On the contrary,
she says, “it’s wonderful because we know
what the other is going through. We can help
one another, talk things through, because we
are on the same wavelength, wanting the best
for each other.” That will be the synergy and
connection again, then.
Simon Kingsley
What applies to horses also goes for kids:
“You have to know very specifically what you
are shooting when handling children as well;
be inventive, create and also find a way to
shoot the scene even when the actor is not
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Philipp Budweg, Robert Marciniak (photo ©Jürgen Olczyk)
PRODUCERS’ PORTRAIT
EMBRACING NEW
CHALLENGES
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was really good luck,”
says producer Robert
Marciniak of Munichbased Lieblingsfilm that
the production company was busy bringing
two book trilogies – Kerstin Gier’s Precious
Stone Trilogy (RUBY RED, SAPPHIRE BLUE,
and EMERALD GREEN) and Andreas Steinhöfel’s PASTA DETECTIVES – to the big screen
in the last four years. “We found partners
from the outset who wanted to join us on this
journey of making six films in four years,” he
recalls.
While distributor Concorde Filmverleih and
its production arm Tele München were partners on the fantasy franchise about a timetravelling English schoolgirl in the Precious
Stone Trilogy, Lieblingsfilm attracted the German outpost of 20th Century Fox and its local
production arm to come onboard the adventures of the amateur sleuths Rico and Oskar.
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“Concorde always waited for the box-office
figures of each film before committing to the
next part of the trilogy, while Fox was prepared to commit to the next PASTA DETECTIVES film after only seeing the rough cut of
the previous one,” fellow producer Philipp
Budweg explains. “We said from the very
beginning that the boys playing Rico and
Oskar must shoot a new instalment every
summer otherwise they will be too old.”
Consequently, the third and final part of the
PASTA DETECTIVES trilogy – RICO, OSKAR
UND DER DIEBSTAHLSTEIN – had started
shooting under the direction again of Neele
Leana Vollmar before the second film
– RICO, OSKAR UND DAS HERZGEBRECHE –
had even been released in German cinemas.
“We were pleased that we reached our goal of
delivering an authentic adaptation of Andreas
Steinhöfel’s books and being a commercial
success reaching such a wide audience,”
Marciniak observes. “Of course, the children
wanted to see the films because they knew
the books or the audio book versions,”
Budweg adds. “And the parents liked them as
well as the teachers who were very positive.
In fact, we had a record 100,000 admissions
at the ‘schools cinema week’ for the first
PASTA DETECTIVES film.”
“We also succeeded in always getting a great
cast for all three films,” Marciniak continues.
“Katharina Thalbach, Moritz Bleibtreu and
Milan Peschel – everyone we approached
knew the books because they read them to
their own children!”
And the producers at Lieblingsfilm have
played their own part in helping to create new
stars in the world of German cinema through
the casting of such up-and-coming talents as
Jannis Niewöhner, Maria Ehrich and Laura
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Berlin in the Precious Stone Trilogy. As
Marciniak recalls, there wasn’t much discussion when they saw the casting tapes of
Niewöhner that he would be the ideal fit for
the teenage heartthrob Gideon de Villiers.
“He has an incredible presence and radiates
such an aura,” he says. “So, it’s no surprise
that Katja von Garnier cast him as the horse
whisperer for WINDSTORM 2.”
Vasko Schulz told us about the idea of making
a film of Ellis Kaut’s Schlupp vom grünen
Stern,” Budweg continues. “They produced a
short mood trailer to introduce the figure of
the robot Schlupp. And those few minutes already had so much charm, inventiveness and
a distinct personal style that we definitely
wanted to get involved in the development of
this extraordinary story.”
We are developing this ‘thriller about puberty’
from the perspective of the adults. Steinhöfel’s particular narrative tone had already
thrilled us in the children’s books about Rico
and Oskar. The film ANDERS must draw the
viewer into the story and take them on a journey. That’s the kind of story we want to tell for
the cinema. It’s certainly a risk and a challenge, but a real achievement if it succeeds.”
“And we were very proud when Jannis was selected to be one of the European Shooting
Stars at last year’s Berlinale on the strength
of his performance in SAPPHIRE BLUE,”
Budweg points out.
In the meantime, the MFG regional film fund
in Stuttgart has granted project development
funding, and 2016 will see work progressing
on developing the concept for the sets, the
character design and the first storyboards as
well as working on the screenplay.
In addition, Lieblingsfilm is currently at the
financing stage for a children’s film project,
ALPENBRENNEN, by Tobias Wiemann as a
co-production with Bolzano-based Helios
Sustainable Films. Budweg met the filmmaker at the Golden Sparrow Children’s Film
& TV Festival in Gera/Erfurt where his fairytale TV movie VON EINEM DER AUSZOG DAS
FÜRCHTEN ZU LERNEN won the Best Actress award in 2015 and was impressed by his
skill at directing children.
Although Lieblingsfilm has now completed
these two trilogies, it doesn’t mean that
family entertainment or fantasy are now a
closed book for the company. “We have some
ideas for family films in development, but we
also work in comedies like Marco Petry’s
PLAYING DOCTOR and more ‘adult’ subjects
like [company co-founder] Johannes
Schmid’s AGNES which had its premiere in
Palm Springs in January,” Marciniak declares. “We want to have as broad a base
as possible as far as genres are concerned;
we don’t want to restrict ourselves. To start
with, the story must appeal in some way to
Philipp and me, then we’ll start following it –
so, it doesn’t matter what the genre is.”
Indeed, Lieblingsfilm is now planning to
establish a new film franchise for teenagers
with Thomas Schmid’s successful book
series for young people, Die wilden Küken,
which has already reached its 10th volume in
print. The screenplay for the first film will follow the gang of four girls to Italy and has been
written by Schmid along with Nora Lämmermann; Johannes Schmid is set to direct.
“At last year’s Berlinale, two Filmakademie
Ludwigsburg graduates Andreas Dahn and
In addition, the Munich outfit is planning a
German-Scandinavian co-production for the
children’s film MATTI UND SAMI UND DIE
DREI GRÖSSTEN FEHLER DES UNIVERSUMS
based on Salah Naoura’s eponymous novel.
True to the tradition of Swedish children’s
films, the action is rooted in the everyday life
of 10-year-old Matti with a story taking such
a charming course via absurd entanglements
that there won’t be a dry eye at the end and it
will be sure to appeal to both children and
adults.
“We also want to make a humorous comedy
about women for women,” adds Robert
Marciniak. “The talented screenwriter Ariane
Schröder has written a refreshingly incorrect
comedy, entitled VIER FRAUEN, which has the
potential to reach a large audience.”
Moreover, the producers are looking to work
again in the future with the author Andreas
Steinhöfel after their successful collaboration
on the PASTA DETECTIVES trilogy. This time
round, it will be an adaptation of Steinhöfel’s
novel Anders which Budweg describes as “a
complex portrait of a small German town centered around an 11-year-old boy, which reminds us of the John Irving film adaptations.
Written by actress-screenwriter Natja
Brunckhorst, ALPENBRENNEN centers on a
12-year-old girl from Berlin sent to a clinic in
the Alps to treat her asthma. It’s not long before she has legged it from the sanatorium in
the direction of the mountains where she
meets Bart, a South Tyrolean boy who is tending his family mountain farm after the death
of his father. Principal photography is set to
ramp up this May-June at locations in Berlin
and Italy’s South Tyrol.
A summer shoot is also planned for another
international project, TRAUTMANN, about
the legendary German-born goalkeeper
Bernd ‘Bert’ Trautmann who was in goal for
Manchester City from 1949 to 1964. FFF
Bayern’s international co-production fund
awarded production support for what will be
Bavarian director Marcus Rosenmüller’s first
English-language project.
Martin Blaney
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FILM- UND MEDIENSTIFTUNG NRW
PARTNERS AGAIN FOR DRAMA
SERIES DAYS
The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW will once
again partner up with the European Film
Market at the Berlinale 2016 for the second
edition of the “Drama Series Days”. The initiative offers the TV series format its own,
subject-specific platform and is expanding
this year to include high-quality documentary
series. The Filmstiftung has continuously increased its funding in the area of development of high-class series and helped to
promote the development of such projects as
WEINBERG. The screening and event program of the Drama Series Days takes place
on 15 & 16 February and aims to support the
international TV industry with panel events,
market screenings, as well as networking
and contact opportunities. The premiere of
the Drama Series Days as an initiative of the
industry platform of the European Film Market, the Berlinale Co-Production Market and
Berlinale Talents was met with great enthusiasm at last year’s Berlinale.
GERMAN SHORTS AT THE BERLINALE
For the 14th time, the German Short Film
Association (AG Kurzfilm) will be representing German short filmmakers and their
films at the most important film market in
Germany. As part of the German Films booth
at the EFM, the association provides a meeting point as well as useful information and
contacts to industry professionals, such as
filmmakers, producers, distributors and
festival representatives. Furthermore, the
latest edition of the short film catalogue
German Short Films 2016 will be introduced
as well as the highly sought-after festival
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SEXY LAUNDRAY (photo © claytraces.com)
IN THE DISTANCE (photo © Florian Grolig)
calendar for 2016, the indispensible assistance for everyone in the international short
film circus. The traditional German Short
Film Reception with around 500 guests from
the German and international short film
scene will take place on Monday, 15 February.
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SHORTFILM.DE IS BACK AGAIN
Over the last months things have been
quiet around the online short film magazine
shortfilm.de, which has been adminstered by
the German Short Film Association since
2015. Now we are happy to present shortfilm.de in an all new look. The emphasis will
continue to be the in-depth coverage of
issues concerning short films, complete with
portraits and a comprehensive service
section with important dates, deadlines and
contacts. More information can be found at
www.shortfilm.de.
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CLERMONT-FERRAND –
A MECCA FOR GERMAN SHORTS
KINO! ENTERS THE THIRD ROUND
Over the past years, the International Short
Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand has developed into a steady platform for the presentation of German short films. Not only were
the German Short Film Association (AG Kurzfilm) and German Films on hand with market
screenings and a booth at the festival’s film
market, but there were also eleven German
shorts and co-productions competing for the
Grand Prix in the two sections International
and Lab Competition during the 38th edition
of the festival: THE BATHTUB by Tim Ellrich
(AT/DE), DRY HOT SUMMERS by Sherif El
Bendary (EG/DE), HER SON by Katharina
Woll, IN THE DISTANCE by Florian Grolig, and
SEXY LAUNDRY by Izabela Plucinska
(DE/CA/PL) were shown in the International
Competition. Another five German shorts and
co-productions were selected for the Lab
Competition: BEHEMOTH – OR THE GAME
OF GOD by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
(LS/DE), FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE by
Bjørn Melhus, IN BETWEEN IDENTITIES by
Aleksandar Radan, SYMBOLIC THREATS by
Matthias Wermke, Mischa Leinkauf and Lutz
Henke, as well as SYNTHESIS by Christoph
Girardet. At the German market stand, representatives of international short film festivals
and organizations picked up the latest edition
of the popular catalogue German Short Films
2016 and its accompanying preview DVDs.
As one of the screenings presented by the AG
Kurzfilm, the 11th edition of the “Soirée
Allemande” – a French-German cooperation
of AG Kurzfilm, German Films, the International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand,
the Goethe-Institute Lyon and the KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg – traditionally celebrated
its premiere at the festival on 8 February.
Last year’s edition of KINO! in April was so
successful that the festival will return to the
spring dates again this year so that New
Yorker film buffs can enjoy the latest German
films early in the year. With daily screenings
from 8-14 April, KINO! 2016 takes place again
in the Cinema Village, one of the city’s leadings arthouses, where New York audiences
know to find the latest in award-winning foreign films. Programmed by an independent
jury of leading industry professionals – Ian
Stimler (distributor), Marian Masone (film
curator, festival advisor) and Karl Rozemeyer
(film journalist) – the festival presents new
German films ranging from thought-provoking features, moving documentaries and
award-winning shorts in the presence of
German directors and filmmakers.
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NEW YORK
7–14 APRIL 2016
FESTIVAL OF
GERMAN FILMS
WWW.KINOFESTIVALNYC.COM
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Scene from JONATHAN (photo © Jeremy Rouse)
SHORT FILM DAY 2015 (photo © AG Kurzfilm/Stephan Floss)
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2015: A SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR
MFG BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG
HOW SHORT FILMS FIND THEIR AUDIENCE
30% INCREASE IN DISTRIBUTION
SUPPORT RELEASES IN 2015
Last year the MFG Filmförderung BadenWürttemberg granted over 10 million euros
in production support. The funds were allocated to a total of 42 projects, including
projects by such illustrious names as
Anthony and Joe Russo, who will be directing
the Marvel-adaptation CAPTAIN AMERICA:
CIVIL WAR. Luc Besson is producing and cowriting the screenplay for THE LAKE by
Steven Quale. Gore Verbinski’s A CURE FOR
WELLNESS was shot at Castle Hohenzollern.
The psycho-thriller is set for a theatrical release in 2016, as are Hans Steinbichler’s THE
DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, Ayat Najafi’s NO
LAND’S SONG, Dito Tsintsadze’s GOD OF
HAPPINESS, Johannes Naber’s HEART OF
STONE, and Piotr J. Lewandowski’s JONATHAN. And, a record-breaking 12 Emmys
went to GAME OF THRONES, to which the
Stuttgart-based VFX artists at Mackevision
made considerable contributions to the fifth
season, with support from MFG.
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The shortest day of the year is a very special
day for the short film. On December 21st,
people in many different countries around
the world celebrate the “short format”. The
German edition is called KURZFILMTAG
(SHORT FILM DAY) and took place for the
fourth time last year. Anyone could participate in this special occasion and create their
own short film event – whether it was in a
cinema or in more unusual locations like ice
hockey stadiums, back courtyards, living
rooms, phone boxes or even in refugee accommodations. Altogether 229 events were
organized in 111 cities all over Germany in
2015 (in 2014 there were 222 events in 104
locations). The German Short Film Association, which organizes the German edition of
the spectacle, awarded the best ideas with
the creative prize “The Lucky 8”. The prize
was given to eight organizers for their unusual locations, exceptional film programs or
the fancy framework program. During the
last years, the SHORT FILM DAY could win
lots of friends and fans, among them actors,
filmmakers and film-enthusiasts. Some of
them have become ambassadors, including
the film directors Axel Ranisch and Rosa von
Praunheim, the actor Ludwig Trepte and the
film critic Knut Elstermann. In videos they
tell about their personal relationship to the
short film and the shortest day of the year.
Again, the German State Minister for Culture
and the Media, Monika Grütters, took over the
patronage for the SHORT FILM DAY. In 2015
young people were in focus for the first time.
The youth initiative “We’ll Show You” gave 12
to 19-year-olds the opportunity to organize
their own film event. Young talents could independently develop their own ideas, select
the films, invite guests and carry out the
event. In the end, eight “young events” took
place.
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With some 680,500 euros, 111 international
theatrical releases of German films were
supported in 2015 with German Films’ own
Distribution Support program, marking a
significant increase in the number of film releases and the amount of funding provided.
The awarded funds contributed to additional
marketing measures for the films in the respective territories. Never before had so
many international distributors applied for
Distribution Support from German Films.
Funds were awarded in 2015 in 37 international territories, with France at the top of
the list, followed by Poland and Spain. The
films PHOENIX and VICTORIA led the pack
with 11 funding awards each, followed by
LABYRINTH OF LIES and THE CUT with nine
support awards each.
Of the total amount of funding in 2015, some
255,000 euros were issued to international
distributors as conditionally repayable
loans and 425,500 euros as grants. The next
Distribution Support committee meeting
will take place on 14 April 2016. Deadline for
application submissions is 4 April 2016.
More information and application forms
can be found at www.german-films.de/
distributorscorner/distribution-support/.
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more new German productions are presented
on the following 33 pages. Please visit
our website www.german-films.de
for more information on German features,
WILD (photo © Heimatfilm)
documentaries and shorts.
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photo © Conspiração Filmes
BACH IN BRAZIL
B
ACH IN BRAZIL is a story about
what happens when two outsiders
from opposite corners of the world
are thrown together: A retired
German music teacher and Brazilian kids
from a juvenile detention center. Marten
Brueckling, a retired music teacher from Germany, has inherited an original sheet of
music by Bach’s son. He has to collect the
sheet in person in the beautiful Baroque city
of Ouro Preto in the heart of Brazil. But Brazil
is no place for beginners: Funny circumstances drive him to teach music to the kids
of a juvenile prison. Bach’s music and Brazil’s
percussion instruments mix perfectly. One of
the kids is Fernando, a lovable, abandoned
boy who lived on the streets. But Marten discovers that they have more things in common
than he thought … And he recovers something
else: his joy of living. And he helps a group of
young inmates recover theirs too.
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ANSGAR AHLERS is a German director and
writer, born in 1975. Active as an assistant
director on numerous international productions, his films as a director include:
COVERED WITH CHOCOLATE (short) which
screened in competition in Berlin, WEDDING
DAYDREAM (Friedrich Murnau Short Film
Award), TAXI TO DAYDREAM (short, Premio TV
Cultura), and his feature debut BACH IN
BRAZIL.
GENRE Children & Youth, Comedy, Drama,
Family Entertainment, Music YEAR OF
PRODUCTION 2015 DIRECTOR Ansgar
Ahlers SCREENPLAY Ansgar Ahlers, Soern
Menning CINEMATOGRAPHY Jörg Widmer
CAST Edgar Selge, Franziska Walser,
Aldri Anunciacao, Peter Lohmeyer, Marilia
Gabriela, Pablo Vincius, Stephan Nercessian,
Thais Garayp, Hans-Peter Korff PRODUCERS
Alexander Thies, Leonardo M. Barros,
Clemens Schaeffer, Eliana Soares CO-PRODUCER Ansgar Ahlers PRODUCTION COMPANIES NFP neue film produktion,
Conspiração Filmes, Miravista, in co-production with forseesense Filmproduktion
RUNTIME 91 min LANGUAGE German, Portuguese FESTIVALS Rio de Janeiro 2015,
Hamburg 2015, Emden Norderney 2015,
Biberach 2015, Ahrenshooper Filmnächte
2015, Filmfest Freiburg 2015, Fünf Seen Filmfestival 2015, International Festival of New
Latin American Cinema Havana 2015, Nordic
Film Days 2015 AWARDS Audience Award
Emden-Norderney 2015, Bernhard Wicki
Award 2015, NDR Director’s Award 2015
SALES
Conspiração Filmes
[email protected]
www.conspira.com.br
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photo © CLAUSSEN+PUTZ Filmproduktion/Oliver Vaccaro
BECKS LETZTER
SOMMER
BECK’S LAST SUMMER
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-year-old Rauli is the outsider
in his school until his music
teacher Robert Beck discovers
his outstanding musical talent:
he plays the guitar and is a gifted singer. Beck
is willing to manage and promote Rauli, but
he follows his own hidden agenda: once a
promising young musician himself, he is trying to make his comeback into the music
business. But Rauli too has his little secrets.
There is also the young waitress Lena, trying
to find a balance between her tender feelings
for Beck and making her own living.
Rauli’s mysterious family backgrounds. Anna
Lind – the incarnation of the erotic teenage
queen for every teacher and pupil. And Beck’s
only friend Charlie – the gigantic AfricanGerman and real philosopher. All of them are
on a journey to their inner selves – and they
all will arrive, but not always as expected.
FRIEDER WITTICH was born in 1974 in Stuttgart. From 1993-1995, he served as a camera
assistant for the broadcasters SAT.1 and the
Landesstudio Stuttgart, followed by an internship from 1995-1996 with the scriptwriters
Krystian Martinek and Neithard Riedel in
Hamburg. From 1996-1998, he co-wrote four
TV movies together with Krystian Martinek.
From 1998-2005 he studied at the University
of Television & Film in Munich. His films include: MOSQUITO (short, 1999), OPUS (short,
2002), 13 SEMESTERS (2009), and BECK’S
LAST SUMMER (2015).
GENRE Comedy, Drama, Music YEAR OF
PRODUCTION 2015 DIRECTOR Frieder Wittich
SCREENPLAY Oliver Ziegenbalg, Frieder
Wittich CINEMATOGRAPHY Christian Rein
CAST Christian Ulmen, Nahuel Pérez
Biscayart, Eugene Boateng, Friederike Becht,
Fabinan Hinrichs PRODUCERS Uli Putz,
Jakob Claussen PRODUCTION COMPANY
CLAUSSEN+ PUTZ Filmproduktion/Munich, in
co-production with Senator Film Produktion,
ARRI Media, B.A. Produktion, 23/5 Filmproduktion RUNTIME 95 min LANGUAGE
German FESTIVALS Munich 2015, Zurich
2015
SALES
ARRI Media World Sales
[email protected]
www.arriworldsales.de
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photo © Port-au-Prince Film/Iris Productions
DIE DUNKLE SEITE
DES MONDES
THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
C
orporate lawyer Urs Blank is the
undisputed star of his profession.
He has money and the perfect
wife. But the suicide of a business
colleague throws him off track and leads to
an attraction with Lucille and her alternative
lifestyle. Seduced into experimenting with
hallucinogenic mushrooms, his dark side
emerges, as with merciless power, long suppressed aggressions burst out and go wild.
The once civilized lawyer turns into an instinct-driven individual and erratic murderer.
Deeply unsettled by the change, he flees to
the woods in search of an antidote, but the
police and his vindictive business partner are
already on his tracks.
STEPHAN RICK was born in 1974 and trained
as a camera assistant, followed by studies in
Art History, Drama, Television and Film.
Active as a freelance director, his work
includes: the TV series ALLEIN GEGEN DIE
ZEIT, the crime series episode EINE
MÖRDERISCHE IDEE for the popular
POLIZEIRUF series, and the features UNTER
NACHBARN (2011) and THE DARK SIDE
OF THE MOON (2015).
GENRE Thriller YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2015
DIRECTOR Stephan Rick SCREENPLAY
Catharina Junk, Stephan Rick CINEMATOGRAPHY Stefan Ciupek, Felix Cramer CAST
Jürgen Prochnow, Moritz Bleibtreu, Nora von
Waldstätten, Doris Schretzmayer, Luc Feit,
André Hennicke, Sabine Rossbach, Yves
Robert Schaaf PRODUCERS Amir Hamz, Jan
Krüger, Nicolas Steil PRODUCTION COMPANY
Port-au-Prince Film & Kultur Produktion &
Iris Productions, in co-production with Film
1 & SWR & ARD DEGETO, in association
with Iris Productions Deutschland, Lailaps
Pictures, Arctic Pictures RUNTIME 98 min
LANGUAGE German FESTIVALS Zurich 2015,
Hamburg 2015
SALES
Picture Tree International
[email protected]
www.picturetree-international.com
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photo © Sein+Hain Film
ENKLAVE
T
en years after the war in Kosovo and
unfolding through the eyes of a
lonely lad, this is a poignant and
intense coming-of-age story that
shows young boys in their struggle to follow
the blood feuds of their parents and questions
whether co-existence is possible between two
communities.
In a small Serbian enclave lives 10-year-old
Nenad together with his father and his sick
grandfather. Besides them, an Orthodox
priest and a 30-year-old teacher are the only
Serbs around. Every day, Nenad is driven by a
claustrophobic KFOR military vehicle from his
father’s farm to school, where he is now the
only student. His great desire to play with
other children seems unattainable. Again and
again, he sees two boys his age through the
slots of the armored vehicle and the 13-yearold Albanian shepherd boy Bashkim, who lost
his father in the war and hates the Serbs.
GORAN RADOVANOVIC was born in 1957 in
Belgrade. His award-winning films include:
CASTING – A SOUTH EAST EUROPE TRANSITION FILM (2003), CHICKEN ELECTIONS
(2005), THE AMBULANCE (2009), WITH FIDEL
WHATEVER HAPPENS (2011), and ENCLAVE
(2015).
ENCLAVE was the Serbian submission for the
2016 Oscar® in the category Best Foreign
Language Film.
ENCLAVE
GENRE Children & Youth, Drama YEAR OF
PRODUCTION 2015 DIRECTOR Goran Radovanovic SCREENPLAY Goran Radovanovic CINEMATOGRAPHY Axel Schneppat CAST Filip
Subaric, Denis Muric, Nebojsa Glogovac,
Anica Dobra PRODUCER Nico Hain CO-PRODUCER Jesenka Jasniger-Radovanovic PRODUCTION COMPANY Sein+Hain Film, in
co-production with Nama Film, ZDF Das
kleine Fernsehspiel, in cooperation with ARTE
RUNTIME 92 min LANGUAGE Serbian FESTIVALS Moscow 2015, Montreal 2015, Haifa
2015, FEST Belgrade 2015, SCHLINGEL
Chemnitz 2015, Monterrey 2015, Goa 2015,
Antalya 2015, Olympia 2015, Palm Springs
2016 AWARDS Audience Award Moscow
2015, Audience Award Monterrey 2015,
ECFA Award, 1st Prize & FIPRESCI Award
SCHLINGEL Chemnitz 2015, Special Jury
Mention Goa 2015, Best Music Award Antalya
2015, FIPRESCI Special Mention Belgrade
2015, UNICEF Award, OKLE Award & Special
Jury Mention Olympia 2015
SALES
EastWest Filmdistribution
[email protected]
www.eastwest-distribution.com
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photo © Alexander Haßkerl
FADO
W
hen the young doctor Fabian
(33) sees an uncanny resemblance in the face of a dying
patient, he snaps out of his
rut. On a whim, he leaves Berlin and travels
to Lisbon, where his ex-girlfriend Doro (31)
works as an architect. Doro is surprised by his
sudden appearance and struggles with her
feelings. The two of them had a very intimate,
but also painful relationship together. Fabian
fights for Doro. He wants to show her that he
has learned from his mistakes and is serious
about getting her back. He finds an apartment in Lisbon, starts taking Portuguese lessons and even quits his job in Berlin so he can
start a new life with her. Fabian seems to
enjoy life more than ever and, unlike in the
past, he is able to keep his jealousy under
control. Doro falls in love with Fabian all over
again.
However, after their first night back together,
Fabian’s fears and anxieties come back to
haunt him. Fabian feels threatened by Doro’s
close friendship with her charismatic colleague, Francisco (36). Fabian tries to sup-
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press his ever-growing jealousy, but he fails
to hide it from Doro and eventually returns to
his old ways. In fear of being hurt by Fabian
again, she gradually drifts away from him.
During a trip to the Atlantic coast, the tension
between Doro and Fabian escalates, and the
couple is driven apart. When Fabian finally
realizes that he must let go of Doro to conquer his fears, he makes a discovery that
launches him into a full-blown nightmare.
JONAS ROTHLAENDER was born in 1982 in
Lübeck and studied at the German Film &
Television Academy Berlin. His films include:
THE SHIRT (short, 2010), HUNTING
GROUNDS (short, 2011), RETURNING (short,
2014), FAMILIAR CIRCLES (doc, 2015), and his
feature debut FADO (2016).
GENRE Drama YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2016
DIRECTOR Jonas Rothlaender SCREENPLAY
Sebastian Bleyl, Jonas Rothlaender CINEMATOGRAPHY Alexander Haßkerl CAST Golo
Euler, Luise Heyer, Albano Jeronimo, Pirjo
Lonka PRODUCERS Luis Singer, Dennis
Schanz, Ole Lohmann, Tara Biere CO-PRODUCERS Alexander Haßkerl, Joana Gusmao,
Pedro Fernandes Duarte, Robert Morgenstern PRODUCTION COMPANY StickUp Filmproduktion, in co-production with Deutsche
Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB),
RBB, Atara Film, Primeira Idade RUNTIME
100 min LANGUAGE German, English, Portuguese FESTIVALS Filmfestival Max Ophüls
Preis Saarbrücken 2016 (In Competition),
Rotterdam 2016
SALES
Wide Management
[email protected]
www.widemanagement.com
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photo © Nicolai Mehring
FERIEN
V
ivian Baumann is exhausted. She’s
on her way to becoming a district
attorney and about to move in together with her boyfriend, but
things just don’t seem to be progressing. She
tries to retreat to her mother’s, but there is
no room for her there anymore. Her father
thinks she just needs to take a break with
some rest and relaxation and sends her off to
an island. He sends her off with some good
advice for positive thinking and self-optimization. Vivi explores the island and makes
friends with some of its strange inhabitants.
BERNADETTE KNOLLER was born in 1986.
She studied at the Film University Babelsberg
KONRAD WOLF and has worked as an assistant director at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg. Her films include: the shorts A24
ABFAHRT WITTENBERG (2008), MEIN
MALLORCA (2010), MAMA UND PAPA (2010),
ALTE ÄSTE (2012), and her feature debut
FERIEN (2016).
GENRE Tragicomedy YEAR OF PRODUCTION
2016 DIRECTOR Bernadette Knoller SCREENPLAY Paula Cvjetkovic, Bernadette Knoller
CINEMATOGRAPHY Anja Läufer CAST Britta
Hammelstein, Jerome Hirthammer, Inga
Busch, Detlev Buck, Ferdinand von Schirach
PRODUCERS Tilman Kolb, Jochen Cremer
PRODUCTION COMPANY Blikfilm, in co-production with Filmuniversität Babelsberg
KONRAD WOLF, RBB RUNTIME 89 min
LANGUAGE German FESTIVALS Filmfestival
Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken 2016
SALES
Blikfilm
[email protected]
www.blikfilm.com
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photo © Pantaleon Films
DER GEILSTE TAG
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY
T
he quirky, overambitious pianist
Andi (33) and the more laid back and
relaxed Benno (36) have just one
thing in common: They will both die
soon. So the two of them decide after some
trouble at the hospice, to have the most awesome day before it’s too late. First thing is
they need is money, which they cleverly scam,
since going to prison is – considering the
limited amount of time – out of the question.
Then they set off for Africa! It will not only be
a nightmare for Andi the hypochondriac, but
also a huge deal for Benno, who will have
to face his past for the first time in his life.
The journey leads them through hazards, a
number of comedic, tragic, dramatic and
dangerous moments and finally to their
original aspiration: The most awesome day of
realizing that you need to take life into your
own hands to not miss out on it…
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FLORIAN DAVID FITZ was born in Munich in
1974. He studied Acting from 1994-1998 at
the Boston Conservatory. In 2006 Fitz won
over both critics and audiences with his performance of Götz in Stefan Holtz’ television
film KISS ME KISMET, for which he won the
Adolf Grimme Award. Starting in 2008 the
number of Fitz’ fans steadily increased with
his portrayal of the loud-mouthed macho Dr.
Marc Meier in the series DOCTOR’S DIARY.
In 2009 he acted in Friedemann Fromm’s
Emmy®-winner DIE WÖLFE. Fitz could also
be seen in feature films such as Peter
Gersina’s GIRLS ON TOP 2, Florian Hoffmeister’s 3° COLDER, Detlev Buck’s MEASURING
THE WORLD, Simon Verhoeven’s MEN IN THE
CITY, and Ralf Huettner’s VINCENT WANTS
TO SEA. His films as a director are JESUS
LOVES ME and THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY.
GENRE Road Movie YEAR OF PRODUCTION
2015 DIRECTOR Florian David Fitz SCREENPLAY Florian David Fitz CINEMATOGRAPHY
Bernhard Jasper CAST Matthias Schweighöfer, Florian David Fitz, Alexandra Maria
Lara PRODUCERS Dan Maag, Matthias
Schweighöfer, Marco Beckmann PRODUCTION COMPANY Pantaleon Films, in co-production with Warner Bros. Entertainment,
Erfttal Film- und Fernsehproduktion, WS
Filmproduktion RUNTIME 110 min LANGUAGE German
SALES
Picture Tree International
[email protected]
www.picturetree-international.com
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photo © FunFairFilms
HENRY
M
usically talented but socially
handicapped Henry is sent to a
private boarding school. Unexpectedly, he discovers his fascination for the pipe organ. Gradually, he
develops an affection for the instrument
which also offers him refuge from the bullying
of his fellow pupils. His teacher recognizes
his talent. Her increasing interest for Henry,
however, only makes the situation worse with
his roommates who do everything in their
power to make his life a living hell, particularly Erik, with whom he becomes embroiled
in a bitter competition …
PHILIPP FUSSENEGGER was born in 1985.
After studying Music, he worked as a commercial photographer and texter, followed by
further studies in Multi-Media Art in Salzburg
and Film at the Academy of Media Arts in
Cologne.
GENRE Drama, Music YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2015 DIRECTOR Philipp Fussenegger
SCREENPLAY Philipp Fussenegger, Constanze Klaue CINEMATOGRAPHY Dino
Osmanovic CAST Nino Böhlau, Lukas Till
Berglund, Julia Hummer PRODUCER Lisa
Thalhammer PRODUCTION COMPANY Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM), in co-production with FunFairFilms RUNTIME 53 min
LANGUAGE German FESTIVALS Hof 2015
SALES
Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM)
[email protected]
www.khm.de
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photo © Anatomie Titus Productions
JESUS CRIES
J
ESUS CRIES is a modern adaptation
of the New Testament. The story is
set in a fictitious metropolis in the
near future. The First and Third
Worlds are reflected in one city. The divide
between poor and wealthy continually grows.
As insurrection begins, Jesus of Nazareth becomes the political and spiritual force behind
change. He is arrested, tortured, and executed. After his death, his disciples are
thrown into confusion with feelings of doubt
and guilt. They fight over the interpretation of
his teachings and their responsibility to his
vision. Will they themselves move to action?
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BRIGITTE MARIA MAYER was born in 1965
and studied Visual Communication and Art.
She works as an art photographer and director of video installations. In 2010, she founded
the production company Anatomie Titus
Productions. JESUS CRIES is her first feature
film.
GENRE Art, Drama, Experimental YEAR OF
PRODUCTION 2015 DIRECTOR Brigitte Maria
Mayer SCREENPLAY Brigitte Maria Mayer,
Andrea Hanna Hünniger CINEMATOGRAPHY
Niklas Lindschau CAST Sabin Tambrea, Emily
Cox, Ulrich Brandhoff, Christian Sengewald,
Bardo Böhlefeld, Jannik Schümann, Nicole
Mercedes Müller PRODUCERS Brigitte Maria
Mayer, Sabine Becker PRODUCTION COMPANY Anatomie Titus Productions RUNTIME
71 min LANGUAGE German FESTIVALS Festival de Cine de Bogota 2015 (In Competition)
SALES
Anatomie Titus Productions
[email protected]
www.jesuscries.net
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photo © Rafkin Film Produktion
LENALOVE
L
ena lives with her single mother who
is too occupied with herself to be a
support for her intelligent and
special daughter. Dreaming her way
out of the suburbs, Lena spends her time assembling expressive collages and chatting
with a guy she met online. Only her classmate
Tim, a gifted graffiti-artist and loner himself,
notices her artistic talent, and the two get
closer – much to the displeasure of Lena’s
childhood friend Nicole who is now best
friends with cool but manipulative Stella.
When Lena sees Nicole and Tim kissing, she
breaks off contact with her former friends,
not knowing that Stella set up the kiss. In her
despair, Lena throws herself head-on into the
social network and confides in the chat buddy
she has never met in person – but behind the
stranger’s profile are Nicole and Stella, plotting further intrigues against her. The joke
among teenagers becomes a bullying excess
that the adults are just as much a part of. As
the façade of harmonious suburban life
comes tumbling down and not only Lena’s life
is at risk, each one has to question their loyalties.
FLORIAN GAAG was born in 1971 and studied
Film at New York University’s Tisch School of
the Arts. Active as a director, screenwriter,
musician and producer, his films include
WHOLETRAIN (2006), which starred Elyas
M’Barek and premiered at the Berlinale, and
his second feature LENALOVE (2016).
GENRE Drama, Thriller YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2016 DIRECTOR Florian Gaag SCREENPLAY Florian Gaag CINEMATOGRAPHY
Christian Rein CAST Emilia Schüle, Jannik
Schümann, Kyra Sophia Kahre, Sina Tkotsch,
Anna Bederke, Sandra Borgmann, Felix
Knopp PRODUCERS Tatjana Bonnet, Viktor
Jakovleski PRODUCTION COMPANY Rafkin
Film Produktion RUNTIME 90 min LANGUAGE German FESTIVALS Filmfestival
Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken 2016
SALES
Picture Tree International
[email protected]
www.picturetree-international.com
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LOOPING
L
eila, 19, searches for she knows not
what, but wants to feel alive. She
moves from one borderline situation
to another, feeling her pulse only
when overstretched, self-destructive or in
danger.
Frenja, 35, wants to regain the life she had
with her husband and daughter before she
was ill. But she was overcome by the need to
puke out all her love and that feeling will not
go away.
Ann, 52, has lived in other countries with
other people, seen much of the world, loved
and been loved, but she can’t shake off the
encroaching feeling of loneliness.
Three women from three generations meet at
a very relevant point of their lives in a psychiatric clinic. Between them arises a strong
connection full of energy, honesty and eroticism.
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LEONIE KRIPPENDORFF was born in 1985
in Berlin and studies at the Film University
Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Her films include: HEIMAT (short doc, 2010), KOPFSPRUNG (short doc, 2010), STREUNER (short,
2012), TEER (short, 2013), and her feature
debut LOOPING (2016).
GENRE Drama YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2016
DIRECTOR Leonie Krippendorff SCREENPLAY Leonie Krippendorff CINEMATOGRAPHY Jieun Yi CAST Jella Haase, Lana
Cooper, Marie-Lou Sellem, Markus Hering,
Christian Kuchenbuch, Michel Dierks, Maëlle
Giovanetti, Ilona Schulz, Henning Peker PRODUCER Jost Hering PRODUCTION COMPANY
Jost Hering Filme, in co-production with
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF,
ZDF RUNTIME 106 min LANGUAGE German
FESTIVALS Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis
Saarbrücken 2015 (In Competition)
SALES
Jost Hering Filmproduktion
[email protected]
www.josthering.de
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photo © Wüste Film Ost/Heinz Heiss
MARRY ME!
M
arriage? Eternal Love? Forget
about it! But, what if suddenly, as
a convinced single, you would
need to stage a Bollywood-style
wedding and not just as a guest, but as the
bride herself? And what if while pretending to
marry your ex-boyfriend you would be unable
to resist falling in love … with an innocent bystander?
Kissy, a German-Indian woman in her late
twenties, happily living with her seven-yearold daughter Meena in Berlin, oversees a
building of rented apartments in BerlinKreuzberg, which has seen better days but
not lost any of its charm. In the same house
she also runs her cosy Café Devi. And everything is just tickety-boo, if it were not for her
mega-traditional grandmother, who has travelled all the way from India to Germany with
the express intention of ensuring that Kissy is
married with her daughter’s father, otherwise
the building, along with the café, will be sold!
What Granny does not know, nor should she
find out, is that Kissy and Robert have long
since gone their own separate ways. Kissy
now out of options persuades her ex to play
the game. But Granny does not accept a
simple, civil wedding, it has to be an absolutely traditional Indian one. And so Kissy has
to undergo exactly what she really does not
want: not only getting married, but also Indian style…
NEELESHA BARTHEL worked on various film
sets before studying at the Film University
Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Active as a cinematographer, editor, director and actress, her
films include: the documentaries EN WHY?
SEE! (1999), BLING BLING (2000), FIFTY FIFTY
(2002), MR. STREET (2003), the shorts
LINGAM & YONI (2004) and TWO INTO THREE
(2008), and her feature fiction debut MARRY
ME! (2015).
GENRE Comedy YEAR OF PRODUCTION
2015 DIRECTOR Neelesha Barthel SCREENPLAY Neelesha Barthel, Daniela Baumgärtl,
Nina Pourlak, Sintje Rosema CINEMATOGRAPHY Florian Foest CAST Maryam Zaree,
Bharti Jaffrey, Fahri Yardim, Steffen Groth
PRODUCERS Yildiz Özcan, Stefan Schubert
PRODUCTION COMPANY Wüste Film Ost, in
co-production with Wüste Film, ARRI Media,
ZDF RUNTIME 94 min LANGUAGE German,
Hindi, English FESTIVALS Festival des Deutschen Films Ludwigshafen 2015, Mumbai
2015
SALES
ARRI Media World Sales
[email protected]
www.arriworldsales.de
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MORRIS AUS
AMERIKA
MORRIS FROM AMERICA
M
ORRIS FROM AMERICA revolves
around a 13-year-old AfricanAmerican boy named Morris and
the relationship he has with his
father, Curtis, during the transitional period
of adolescence. Complicating matters, they
are new residents of Heidelberg, Germany –
a city of rich history but little diversity. Morris
falls in love with a local German girl named
Katrin, and his tumultuous connection with
her takes him on a journey that ends in selfdiscovery and a new dynamic to his relationship with Curtis.
MORRIS FROM AMERICA has style and heart
so perfectly calibrated that it unfolds effortlessly before our eyes. Pulsating with the
rhythm of a 13-year-old’s heart, this film
springs from different cinematic traditions to
become a distinctive coming-of-age story all
its own.
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CHAD HARTIGAN was born in Cyprus and
studied at the North Carolina School of the
Arts’ School of Filmmaking. His awardwinning films include: LUKE AND BRIE ARE
ON A FIRST DATE (2008), THIS IS MARTIN
BONNER (2013), and MORRIS FROM
AMERICA (2016).
GENRE Coming-of-Age Story YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2016 DIRECTOR Chad Hartigan
SCREENPLAY Chad Hartigan CINEMATOGRAPHY Sean McElwee CAST Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Jakub
Gierszal, Lina Keller, Eva Löbau, Patrick
Güldenberg, Levin Henning PRODUCERS
Martin Heisler, Gabriele Simon, Adele
Romanski, Sara Murphy CO-PRODUCERS
Arek Gielnik, Michael B. Clark, Alex Turtletaub
PRODUCTION COMPANY Lichtblick Media, in
co-production with INDI FILM, Beachside, in
association with SWR RUNTIME 89 min
LANGUAGE English, German FESTIVALS
Sundance 2016 (US Dramatic Competition)
AWARDS Amazon Studios Sundance Institute
Producer’s Award 2016
SALES
Visit Films
[email protected]
www.visitfilms.com
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photo © Pantaleon Films
DER NANNY
THE MANNY
C
lemens has very little time for his
kids. He has been working on a
big real-estate development for
the city and the contracts are
almost ready to sign. Just a few remaining
tenants will have to vacate their apartments
and construction can start. When Rolf loses
his apartment in the building, he vows vengeance and goes undercover as a male nanny
for Clemens’ kids. His plan is simple: Sabotage. Yet he did not reckon that Clemens’ kids
Winnie and Theo would be so well prepared.
They have made it a sport to drive any new
nanny out of the house immediately. And they
know no mercy when it comes to their weapons of choice and Rolf must learn that being
a nanny is far from easy – at least in this family. But while Rolf tries to save his home and
neighborhood, he unobviously becomes the
savior of an entire family.
MATTHIAS SCHWEIGHÖFER is one of Germany’s most successful and popular multitalents, acting in such box-office hits as as
FREUNDE (1999), DIE FREUNDE DER
FREUNDE (2001), SOLO ALBUM (SOLOALBUM, 2002), KALTER FRÜHLING (2003),
POLLY BLUE EYES (2003), OFF BEAT
(KAMMERFLIMMERN, 2004), NIGHT TRAIN
(2007), RABBIT WITHOUT EARS (KEINOHRHASEN, 2007), VALKYRIE (2007), MEIN LEBEN
(2008), FRIENDSHIP! (2009), RABBIT WITHOUT EARS 2 (ZWEIOHRKÜKEN, 2009),
WOMAN IN LOVE (RUBBELDIEKATZ, 2011),
RUSSENDISKO (2011), MRS. ELLA (FRAU
ELLA, 2012), and KOKOWAAH 2 (KOKOWÄH 2,
2012). He co-founded the production company Pantaleon Films and has directed the
films WHAT A MAN (2010), BREAK UP MAN
(SCHLUSSMACHER, 2012), JOY OF FATHERHOOD (VATERFREUDEN, 2014), and THE
MANNY (DER NANNY, 2014).
GENRE Comedy YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2014
DIRECTOR Matthias Schweighöfer SCREENPLAY Murmel Clausen, Finn C. Stroeks, Lucy
Astner CINEMATOGRAPHY Bernhard Jasper
CAST Milan Peschel, Matthias Schweighöfer,
Paula Hartmann, Arved Friese, Joko Winterscheidt, Andrea Osvárt, Friedrich Liechtenstein PRODUCERS Dan Maag, Matthias
Schweighöfer, Marco Beckmann PRODUCTION COMPANY Pantaleon Films, in co-production with Warner Bros. Entertainment,
Erfttal Film & Fernsehproduktion, ARRI
Media, WS Filmproduktion RUNTIME 110 min
LANGUAGE German
SALES
Picture Tree International
[email protected]
www.picturetree-international.com
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S C H R OT T E N !
SCRAPPIN’
M
irko Talhammer is beyond himself when two strange guys show
up in his noble insurance office
and remind him where he really
comes from: from a scrapyard in the provinces, where careers are not what counts,
other things are more important: scrapping
things, the family, and every once in a while,
a nice fist fight. Mirko left all that behind, but
his father messes things up big time when he
dies and leaves his son the run down scrapyard – together with his brother Letscho. And
Letscho is still ticked off that Mirko deserted
the clan. But soon the brothers realize that
the Talhammers only have a future if they can
pull themselves together and fulfill their father’s last wish: to rob a train like real professionals! The coup itself is like a suicide
mission, but then Kercher, the Talhammer’s
biggest nemesis, gets wind of things…
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MAX ZÄHLE was born in Celle in 1977. He
studied Audio Visual Media Communication at
the HAMM in Hamburg, followed by training
as a film editor. Since 2004, he has been
working as a freelance film editor and director for commercials, video clips, and short
films. From 2008-2010, he studied Film
Directing in the graduate program at the
Hamburg Media School. A selection of his
films includes: DER UNTERMIETER (short,
2009), WATTWANDERER (short, 2009), RAJU
(Oscar®-nominated short, 2010), and
SCRAPPIN’ (SCHROTTEN!, 2016).
GENRE Comedy YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2016
DIRECTOR Max Zähle SCREENPLAY Max
Zähle, Johanna Pfaff, Oliver Keidel CINEMATOGRAPHY Carol Burandt von Kameke CAST
Lucas Gregorowicz, Frederick Lau, Anna
Bederke, Lars Rudolph, Heiko Pinkowski,
Jan-Gregor Kremp, Alexander Scheer PRODUCERS Andrea Schütte, Dirk Decker PRODUCTION COMPANY Tamtam Film, in coproduction with NDR, HR, ARTE LENGTH 96
min LANGUAGE German FESTIVALS Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken 2016
(In Competition)
SALES
Tamtam Film
[email protected]
www.tamtamfilm.com
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photo © Weydemann Bros.
SEX & CRIME
T
heo is a successful, best-selling
author of cheap “sex & crime” novels. But his private life isn’t such a
success: his marriage is in shambles and his neglected wife Katja wants a divorce. One night with his best friend Valentin,
Theo meets the attractive waitress Mörli.
Turns out, she’s a big fan of his trivial trash
novels. Valentin convinces the shy author to
spend a night with Mörli, all alone in his brand
new house. But then Valentin receives an
alarming call and when he arrives home in
the middle of the night, Theo is completely
hysterical and Mörli is dead. Horrified, Valentin wants to call the police, but is persuaded
to help get rid of the body. But the dead body
turns out to be a lot more stubborn than expected. And when Theo’s wife Katja and a
nosey neighbor turn up, the chaos is perfect.
PAUL FLORIAN MÜLLER studied at the
German Film & Television Academy (DFFB)
Berlin where he made numerous short films
that were screened at national and international festivals. Also active as a screenwriter,
a selection of his films includes: 1949 (short),
SOGAR DIE NACHT (short), and his feature
debut SEX & CRIME.
GENRE Black Comedy YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2016 DIRECTOR Paul Florian Müller
SCREENPLAY Paul Florian Müller CINEMATOGRAPHY Tobias von dem Borne CAST
Wotan Wilke Möhring, Fabian Busch, Claudia
Eisinger, Pheline Roggan PRODUCERS Jonas
Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann CO-PRODUCERS Paul Zischler, Susanne Mann, Frank
Evers, Helge Neubronner, Andreas Eicher
PRODUCTION COMPANY Weydemann Bros.,
in co-production with Zischlermann Filmproduktion, cine plus Filmproduktion RUNTIME
81 min LANGUAGE German FESTIVALS Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken 2016
(In Competition)
SALES
Weydemann Bros.
[email protected]
www.weydemannbros.com
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SIMON SAGT AUF WIEDERSEHEN ZU SEINER VORHAUT
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
S
imon Grünberg is going to have his
Bar Mitzvah – to finally have his alliance with Abraham. His parents
have separated, that’s why Simon
lives on a rotating basis with his faithful
father Frank or with his cosmopolitan mother
Hannah. No surprise that any meeting includes apocalyptic disputes. Hannah writes
erotic love stories, even more enthusiastically
since the split. On the other hand, Frank becomes more and more religious and practices
the Jewish rules and rituals ever more consistently. So his dearest wish is to make sure
his son’s Bar Mitvah is perfectly carried out.
Simon’s life undergoes a fateful turn, however, when he falls deeply in love with his new
rabbi Rebecca, who inconveniently is 20 his
senior. But there is one thing Simon is sure
about: “For everything in life there is a replacement. Not for my first love, though.
That’s what the wise men in the Talmud say.”
Together with his friends, Clemens and Ben,
Simon decides, according to all Machiavellian
rules of war, to win Rebecca’s heart.
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VIVIANE ANDEREGGEN was born in 1985 and
studied Post-Industrial Design, Media Studies
and Ethnology in Basel and Film Directing
in Hamburg. Also active as a freelance
photographer and a video artist at numerous
theaters, her award-winning films include:
GROSS STATT KLEIN (2012), FÜR LOTTE
(2013), HABIB UND DER HUND (2013), her
graduation film BURDEN’S WEIGHT (2014),
and her feature debut TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
(2015), as well as numerous commercials for
the Mozambican Tourism Department.
GENRE Children & Youth, Comedy, Family
Entertainment, TV Movie YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2015 DIRECTOR Viviane Andereggen
SCREENPLAY Georg Lippert CINEMATOGRAPHY Judith Kaufmann CAST Florian
Stetter, Lavinia Wilson, Catherine De Léan,
Maximilian Ehrenreich PRODUCERS Lars
Büchel, Bernd T. Hoefflin PRODUCTION
COMPANY element e filmproduktion RUNTIME 82 min LANGUAGE German
SALES
element e filmproduktion
[email protected]
www.element-e.net
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photo © abadon production
SIN & ILLY
STILL ALIVE
T
he drug-addict Sin tries once again
to get clean from heroin and wants
to escape from the cold, gray city of
Frankfurt to a Greek island. She
gets the money for the flights by selling blank
prescriptions which she stole from her
father’s doctor’s office. Sin breaks up with her
boyfriend Leon and tries to convince her
friend, the young prostitute Illy, to go with her.
However, the two girls don’t get very far.
Looking for Illy’s passport, they get stranded
at a permanent campsite near the Frankfurt
airport. All of the miseries of addiction and
hopelessness are revealed in Illy’s mother’s
caravan.
The film shows a realistic, unsparing look at
the endless cycle of drugs, alcohol and drugrelated crime. Sin tries to escape this vicious
cycle but can only manage it by consistently
burning all bridges behind herself.
MARIA HENGGE was born in 1970 in Chicago
and grew up in Munich. She finished studies
in Acting in 1998 at the Max Reinhardt
Seminar in Vienna and was a member of the
ensemble at the Burgtheater until 2005. She
also studied Dramaturgy at the Film University Babelsberg. Her first short film THE LAST
BUS (2008) screened at over 30 international
film festivals. SIN & ILLY STILL ALIVE is her
feature debut.
GENRE Coming-of-Age Story, Drama, Road
Movie YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2015 DIRECTOR Maria Hengge SCREENPLAY Maria
Hengge CINEMATOGRAPHY Peter Roehsler
CAST Ceci Chuh, Cosima Ciupek, Ullrich
Fassnacht, Burak Yigit, Pascale Schiller,
Angela Winkler PRODUCERS Maria Hengge,
Peter Roehsler PRODUCTION COMPANIES
abadon production, Nanookfilm RUNTIME 71
min LANGUAGE German FESTIVALS Lichter
Filmfest Frankfurt 2015, Int. Film Awards
Berlin 2015, Achtung Berlin 2015, Neiße Film
Festival 2015, Montreal 2015, Salento 2015,
Balinale 2015, Montelupo 2015, Festival de
Cine de Bogotá 2015, Biberacher Filmfestspiele 2015, Bahamas International Film
Festival 2015, Dhaka 2016, Snowdance 2016
AWARDS White Bembel Award Best Feature
Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt 2015, Best Actress
(Ceci Chuh) Int. Film Awards Berlin 2015,
Best Director Montelupo 2015
SALES
abadon production
[email protected]
www.abadonproduction.com
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TSCHILLER:
OFF DUTY
T
ough Hamburg cop Nick Tschiller
lost his wife to the Turkish Mafia.
When his teen daughter Lenny runs
away to Istanbul to avenge her
mother, Nick and his partner Yalcin go after
her and wind up in a web of intrigue and
espionage. Chased all over the roofs of Istanbul and ambushed in his hotel, Nick realizes
the top Turkish spymaster Cheker is running
his own game: Cheker has freed Nick’s
archenemy, gangster Firat Astan, to use him
to get in business with the Russian mob.
Their gambit in the deal is a supply of young
girls in a cargo container – including Lenny,
who is shipped to Moscow and winds up in an
organ harvesting clinic. Nick and Yalcin have
to escape from Turkish prison and board a
night train to save Lenny. After a hair-raising
chase through the outskirts of Moscow and
being arrested by the Russian FSB, Nick finds
out it’s even worse: Lenny is not just having a
kidney removed by the evil doctor they call
The Sandman...
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An action-packed blockbuster with German
superstar Til Schweiger (INGLOURIOUS
BASTERDS, THE GUARDIANS, KNOCKIN’ ON
HEAVEN’S DOOR), a high speed, high-stakes
chase from Hamburg to Istanbul and Moscow
staged by genre expert Christian Alvart.
CHRISTIAN ALVART began developing a
fascination and love for cinema and television
in his youth. In 1999 he wrote, produced and
directed his debut film CURIOSITY & THE CAT.
He subsequently developed screenplays for
the TV series DER PUMA and WOLFF’S
REVIER, and worked as director, author and
co-producer of the multiple award-winning
film ANTIBODIES. Alvart directed the Hollywood production CASE 39 with Renée Zellweger and PANDORUM with Dennis Quaid.
His other films include: 8 UHR 28 (TV), numerous episodes of the series TATORT, and the
feature BANKLADY. He is currently producing
SUM1 with Iwan Rheon (GAME OF THRONES)
in the lead role.
NICK: OFF DUTY
GENRE Action, Adventure, Thriller YEAR OF
PRODUCTION 2016 DIRECTOR Christian
Alvart SCREENPLAY Christoph Darnstädt
CINEMATOGRAPHY Christof Wahl CAST Til
Schweiger, Fahri Yardim, Luna Schweiger,
Stefanie Stappenbeck, Egor Pazenko, Alyona
Konstantinova, Özgür Yildirim, Eduard Flerov,
Jewgeni Sidhikin PRODUCERS Christian
Alvart, Siegfried Kamml, Til Schweiger, Tom
Zickler PRODUCTION COMPANIES Syrreal
Entertainment, Barefoot Films RUNTIME 120
min LANGUAGE German, Turkish, Russian
SALES
Global Screen
[email protected]
www.globalscreen.de
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photo © Heimatfilm
WILD
A
woman has a strange encounter
on her way to work: She finds herself gazing into a wild pair of eyes,
and it seems that her entire life
hitherto has been a joke. She can’t forget that
instant and becomes a hunter who indeed
finally manages to lock a wild wolf in her
high-rise apartment. Now she herself begins
to assume a new identity, one that breaks with
all the fetters of bourgeois life. Strangely, this
pleases the people around her, particularly
her boss… It seems they all share her secret
yearning.
NICOLETTE KREBITZ is an award-winning
actress, writer, musician and director. Her
films as a director include: MON CHÉRIE
(2000), JEANS (2001), THE HEART IS A DARK
FOREST (2006), EPIGENETIK (short, 2007),
DIE UNVOLLENDETE (short from DEUTSCHLAND 09, 2008), and WILD (2016).
GENRE Drama YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2016
DIRECTOR Nicolette Krebitz SCREENPLAY
Nicolette Krebitz CINEMATOGRAPHY Reinhold Vorschneider CAST Lilith Stangenberg, Georg Friedrich PRODUCER Bettina
Brokemper PRODUCTION COMPANY Heimatfilm RUNTIME 97 min LANGUAGE German
FESTIVALS Sundance 2016 (World Cinema
Dramatic Competition), Rotterdam 2016,
Göteborg 2016
SALES
The Match Factory
[email protected]
www.the-match-factory.com
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photo © Duellmann Filmproduktion
WO WILLST DU HIN,
HABIBI?
WHERE ARE YOU GOING, HABIBI?
W
HERE ARE YOU GOING,
HABIBI? is a witty buddy
movie about Ibrahim, young,
gay and Turkish, who falls in
love with Alexander, a German show wrestler
and criminal who is straight. The two form an
unlikely couple and a kind of love story develops between the two men that surpasses
both of them.
A story about love, crime and an impossible
friendship.
TOR IBEN is a self-taught filmmaker and
journalist for print media and television. His
award-winning films include: the shorts 2,3
LIFE (2005), BLONDIE (2006), UNDERGROUND (2007), LOVE KILLS (2007), SOMEBODY GOT MURDERED (2008), SLEEPER
(2009), and THE PHALLOMETER (2013), and
the features CIBRÂIL (2010), THE PASSENGER (2013), and WHERE ARE YOU GOING,
HABIBI? (2015).
GENRE Comedy, Drama, Love Story, Romantic
Comedy YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2015
DIRECTOR Tor Iben SCREENPLAY Tor Iben,
Kristina Spitzley, Samir Moussa, Niklas
Peters CINEMATOGRAPHY Manuel Ruge
CAST Cem Alkan, Martin Walde PRODUCER
Susanna Duellmann PRODUCTION COMPANY
Duellmann Filmproduktion RUNTIME 79 min
LANGUAGE German, Turkish FESTIVALS
Montreal 2015, International Diaspora Film
Festival 2015, Image + Nation LGBT Festival
2015, Transitions – International Queer Minorities Festival Vienna 2015
SALES
Duellmann Filmproduktion
[email protected]
www.duellmann-filmproduktion.com
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ZAZY
Z
azy (18), a girl from a humble background, is employed through an
apprenticeship with a tailor in a
small Italian town when she makes
acquaintances with the elegant and seemingly wealthy tourist Marianna (39). She discovers that Marianna may be romantically
involved with her boss Patrick. Patrick then
goes missing after one of many trips with
Marianna into the beautiful surrounding
mountain ranges. Together with her boyfriend
Tomek (21), Zazy blackmails wealthy Marianna into giving them the opportunity to gain
access to a higher class of society. Soon
enough the young couple have Marianna
doing their bidding – a sadistic power play
ensues.
M. X. OBERG was born in 1969 in Hamburg.
Active as a screenwriter and director,
his films include: EIN TON BLAU, UNTER DER
MILCHSTRASSE, UNDERTAKER’S PARADISE,
STRATOSPHERE GIRL, and ZAZY.
GENRE Drama YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2015
DIRECTOR M. X. Oberg SCREENPLAY M. X.
Oberg CINEMATOGRAPHY Ralf Mendle CAST
Ruby O. Fee, Paul Boche, Petra van de Voort,
Philippe Brenninkmeyer PRODUCERS Daniel
Mann, Marco Gilles CO-PRODUCERS Bastie
Griese, Philip Borbély PRODUCTION COMPANY gilles mann filmproduktion, in co-production with MMC Movies RUNTIME 99 min
LANGUAGE German
SALES
gilles mann filmproduktion
[email protected]
www.gilles-mann.de
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photo © Nikolas Jürgens
ZWEITE HAND
SECOND HAND
C
lara travels to the south of France
to take care of all of the paperwork after the death of her longlost twin sister Yvonne. There, she
meets David, her deceased sister’s husband,
at his country estate. Instead of just taking
care of all the formalities and trying to put her
sister’s suppressed life behind her, Clara
develops a yearning attraction to this unknown lifestyle. Sensing encouragement
from David, she slips into Yvonne’s role and,
together, they dream up a new everyday reality. But when Frank, a supposed business
partner of David’s, shows up, the schizophrenic idyll turns into a merciless game of
cat-and-mouse.
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NIKOLAS JÜRGENS was born in 1982. After
working as an actor and camera assistant, he
studied Directing and Screenwriting at the
Academy of Media Arts Cologne. His films include: DAS FESTE UND DAS FLÜSSIGE
(short, 2009), ALLES WIRD KNUT (short,
2012), THE FALL (short, 2013), RES (short,
2014), and ZWEITE HAND (2015).
GENRE Drama, Thriller YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2015 DIRECTOR Nikolas Jürgens
SCREENPLAY Nikolas Jürgens CINEMATOGRAPHY Jakob Beurle CAST Sophie
Weikert, Marc Fischer, Marko Dyrlich PRODUCER Nikolas Jürgens CO-PRODUCER
Michael Gebhart PRODUCTION COMPANY
Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM) , in
co-production with Radical Movies Production
RUNTIME 60 min LANGUAGE German
FESTIVALS Hof 2015
SALES
Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM)
[email protected]
www.khm.de
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NEW DOCUMENTARIES
T
he Gezi protests in Turkey are a
wave of demonstrations and civil
unrest in Turkey, which began on 28
May 2013, initially to contest the
urban development plan for Istanbul’s Taksim
Gezi Park. Subsequently, supporting protests
and strikes took place across Turkey protesting a wide range of concerns, at the core
of which were issues of freedom of the press,
of expression, assembly, and the government’s encroachment on Turkey’s secularism. 3.5 million of Turkey’s 80 million
inhabitants are estimated to have taken an
active part in almost 5,000 demonstrations
across Turkey connected with the original
Gezi Park protest. 11 people were killed and
more than 8,000 were injured, many critically.
The film aims to document the protests with
interviews from the park.
photo © Mumin Baris
ONE
MUMIN BARIS was born in Bulgaria and
immigrated with his family to Istanbul at the
age of seven. After studying Environmental
Engineering in Istanbul, he studied at the renowned FAMU film school in Prague and at
King’s College in London. His films include:
VERGÜENZA (short, 2009), DIE BLAUE
IDENTITÄT (short doc, 2012), and ONE (doc,
2015). He is currently working on several
other documentary projects.
COMPANY Layla Film RUNTIME 77 min
LANGUAGE Turkish, English
GENRE History, Society YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2015 DIRECTOR Mumin Baris SCREENPLAY Mumin Baris CINEMATOGRAPHY
Mumin Baris PRODUCER Kristin Nahrmann
CO-PRODUCER Emrah Turan PRODUCTION
SALES
Layla Film
[email protected]
www.laylafilm.com
A
small town in Fukushima’s exclusion zone searches for normalcy
after the world’s biggest nuclear
catastrophe since Chernobyl. A
teen rocker, a media-savvy activist, a conflicted TEPCO engineer, and a female horse
breeder cope with the loss of their homes and
the unseen danger of radiation. Each faces a
crucial decision: to stay or to go? Furusato, or
hometown, is an unsettling portrait of daily
life amid an ongoing cataclysm, one with
repercussions far beyond Japan’s shores.
FURUSATO reveals a way of life that has taken
hold amid tremendous uncertainty and risk,
in a place rarely seen and often misunderstood. Culminating in a samurai horse race
with a thousand-year tradition, the film offers
a space to reflect on the larger issues of progress, its untold sacrifices, and the true cost
of the way we live today.
photo © Thorsten Trimpop
THORSTEN TRIMPOP teaches Filmmaking
and Film Studies at Boston University and
Massachusetts College of Art. His other films
include: THE PEACEMAKER OF THE ICE-AGE
(short, 1999), FREIHEIT IN WEISS (short,
2000), TOM (doc, 2000), 312 (doc, 2001), SWIMMING UNDERGROUND (short doc, 2001), DER
LETZTE TAG (short, 2003), THE IRRATIONAL
REMAINS (2005), and FURUSATO (2016).
GENRE Society YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2016
DIRECTOR Thorsten Trimpop SCREENPLAY
Thorsten
Trimpop
CINEMATOGRAPHY
Thorsten Trimpop PRODUCER Tobias
Büchner PRODUCTION COMPANY Büchner
Filmproduktion RUNTIME 90 & 52 min
LANGUAGE Japanese, English
SALES
NEW DOCS
[email protected]
www.newdocs.de
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T
HE BARBER AND THE BOMB tells
the story of a community in Cologne
that was put under general suspicion after the nail bomb attack of
June 2004. Eleven years after the attack and
almost three years after uncovering the
“National Socialist Underground” (NSU), the
film explores the details of that crime and the
failure of its investigation.
THE BARBER AND THE BOMB
photo © COIN FILM/Heike Fischer
ANDREAS MAUS was born in 1964 in Wuppertal. Active as a writer and director, his
films include: the feature documentary
BALLADA, numerous contributions to WDR’s
MONITOR series, the television documentations ROSAS TRAUM, ES BEGANN MIT EINER
LÜGE – DIE STORY ÜBER DEN KOSOVOKRIEG, FREIWILLIGE RÜCKKEHR IN STALINS
GULAG, and IM OSTEN WAS NEUES.
GENRE Society YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2015
DIRECTOR Andreas Maus SCREENPLAY
Andreas Maus, Maik Baumgärtner CINEMATOGRAPHY Hajo Schomerus WITH Sesede
Terziyan, Taner Sahintürk, Atilla Öner, Aylin
Esener, Özcan Yildirim, Hasan Yildirim,
Abdulla Özkan, Atilla Özer PRODUCERS
Herbert Schwering, Christine Kiauk PRODUCTION COMPANY COIN FILM RUNTIME 92 min
LANGUAGE German, Turkish FESTIVALS DOK
Leipzig 2015, Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis
Saarbrücken 2016
SALES
COIN FILM
[email protected]
www.coin-film.de
T
hey got stranded years ago in Hamburg’s notorious neighborhood St.
Pauli, trying to escape bourgeois
constrictions, looking for work and
a different life: as dancers, strippers, innkeepers, bartenders, sailors or pimps – they
all muddled through. Now they spend their
days in their favorite local bars and reminisce
about the past. They recount looking for gold
and sinking ships, about everyday life in their
neighborhoods, and even crocodiles. And of
course about the savings clubs where they
are still members. If they had the money,
they’d spend it with all their might, without
giving any thought to the future. But in the
savings box on the bar wall, their money is
safe, from themselves. Money to make ends
meet. The bar with the savings club has given
them refuge throughout the years and has
become a kind of home to them all.
photo © Tamtam Film
SOME HAD
CROCODILES
CHRISTIAN HORNUNG was born in 1976.
After studying American Studies, Political
Science and Media Culture, he studied Visual
Communication at the University of Fine Arts
Hamburg. His films include: DER NARR
(doc, 2005), FREIHAFEN (short, 2006), EIN
NACHMITTAG IM PARK (short, 2007), OHNE
(short, 2008), GLEBS FILM (doc, 2010),
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and MANCHE HATTEN KROKODILE (doc,
2015).
GENRE Society YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2015
DIRECTOR Christian Hornung SCREENPLAY
Christian Hornung CINEMATOGRAPHY Martin
Neumeyer PRODUCERS Andrea Schütte, Dirk
Decker PRODUCTION COMPANY Tamtam
Film, in co-production with NDR RUNTIME 87
min LANGUAGE German FESTIVALS Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken 2016
(In Competition)
SALES Tamtam Film
[email protected]
www.tamtamfilm.com
GFQ 1-2016
NEW DOCUMENTARIES
W
ithout specific reason, four
guys drift through the nocturnal city of Munich on their
skateboards. Why? ‘Cause
that’s what they are up for! Their names are
Jonas, Tom, Sergio, Pacel. Man, do they love
their skateboards. They spend one night in
Munich, city of riches, and take the bourgeois
streets back, scratching their surfaces, rims
and angles. Museum piazzas, garages and
closed hardware stores are their playground
in this nightsession.
NIGHTSESSION is a film for skateboarders,
obviously, but equally for people who have
never stood on these four wheels. Because it
tells us about the pure, uncompromised fun
that life can be – and delivers this feeling in a
wonderfully laid-back way.
photo © Deutsche Exotik
PHILIPP DETTMER was born in 1978 in
Munich. He studied Economics and Cultural
Management and participated in the L’Atelier
Ludwigsburg-Paris post-graduate program
for producers. His films include: A DAY IN
THE LIFE OF GABRIEL R. (short, 2011),
SCHNICK SCHNACK SCHNUCK (short, 2013),
MYSTERY CACHE (2013), WORK CAN WAIT,
LET’S FIRST TAKE CARE OF THE BACK-
STREET BOYS (short, 2014), and the semi-fictional documentary NIGHTSESSION (2015).
GENRE Experimental, Sports, Magical
Realism YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2015 DIRECTOR Philipp Dettmer SCREENPLAY Philipp
Dettmer CINEMATOGRAPHY Chris Behnisch
WITH Thomas Eckert, Sergio Grosu, Pacel
Khachab, Jonas Rosenbauer PRODUCER
Philipp Dettmer PRODUCTION COMPANY
Deutsche Exotik Filmproduktion RUNTIME 82
min LANGUAGE German FESTIVALS Munich
2015, Tallinn Black Nights 2015
SALES
Deutsche Exotik Filmproduktion
[email protected]
www.deutsche-exotik.de
A
carnal and intimate film about a
group of Berliners who are looking for new ways of living, while
dancing, doing yoga and playing
with infamous fantasies, S&M and sexuality in
a sunbathed experimental 500 square meter
living room. Is the practice of violence in a
controlled and friendly space an evolution in
our civilization?
photo © Paola Calvo
PAOLA CALVO was born in 1981 in Caracas/
Venezuela and studied Audiovisual Communication at the Universidad Complutense in
Madrid. In 2006 she began studying Cinematography at the German Film and Television
Academy in Berlin. In 2014 she won the Best
Cinematography Award at the 10th New
Berlin Film Award Festival for THE VISITOR.
Her other films include: TELL ME WHEN (doc,
2011), A TALE OF TWO ISLANDS (short, 2012)
and VIOLENTLY HAPPY (doc, 2016).
YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2016 DIRECTOR Paola
Calvo SCREENPLAY Paola Calvo WITH Felix
Ruckert, Mara Morgen, Christine Borch
PRODUCER Andreas Hoerl CO-PRODUCER
Paola Calvo PRODUCTION COMPANY lüthje
schneider hörl FILM, in co-production with
DFFB, RBB RUNTIME 93 min LANGUAGE
German, English
SALES lüthje schneider hörl FILM
[email protected]
www.luethje-schneider-hoerl.de
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A
film about the unimaginable violence against women in the
Democratic Republic of Congo
and about the political and social
system that casts a blind eye on these atrocities. In a country where women are systematically exposed to the brutal practice of rape
as a weapon of war, Claudia Schmid gives unknown women a voice and reveals how the
structures of violence work in all their facets.
She spent several months travelling through
the country, meeting women in the most remote villages of the rebel territories and winning their trust. In the course of long, intense
talks, the women disclose their traumatic experiences for the very first time.
photo © Bildersturm Filmproduktion/Heike Frielingsdorf
CLAUDIA SCHMID was born in Cologne in
1956 and studied Painting, Sculpture and
Concept Art in Vienna and Düsseldorf. A freelance director since 1991, her films include:
THE SILENCE OF INNOCENCE (2009) – a portrait about the artist Gottfried Helnwein, the
documentary about Heinz Emigholz THE REDRAWN WORLD (2009), RICHARD DEACON –
IN BETWEEN (2013) and VOICES OF VIOLENCE (2015).
TIME 90 min LANGUAGE Swahili, Mashi,
English, French
GENRE Human Interest, Social Issue YEAR
OF PRODUCTION 2015 DIRECTOR Claudia
Schmid CINEMATOGRAPHY Claudia Schmid
PRODUCER Birgit Schulz PRODUCTION
COMPANY Bildersturm Filmproduktion RUN-
SALES
Bildersturm Filmproduktion
[email protected]
www.bildersturm-film.de
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NEW SHORTS
90 DEGREES NORTH
I
t’s a fact of life: Good Germans wait at red
traffic lights. But what if the red man
simply will not appear? Taking place almost entirely on the most pernicious
traffic island imaginable, 90 DEGREES
NORTH is a humorous, fantastical parable
offering an extreme take on the notion of
following the rules of a civil society.
Drawn deep into the forest by blood-curdling
screams, we follow the fate of Karl, a 30something businessman and young father on
his way to an important presentation. He soon
finds himself trapped on an apparently inconspicuous traffic island, accompanied by
Mr. Gruber, a stickler for traffic regulations
and believer in superior systems. A bitter and
unexpected fight for survival ensues. Will Karl
manage to outwit this fiendish organism and
escape?
DETSKY GRAFFAM has worked as a director
and editor for the BBC, Channel 4, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. His award-winning
short films include: PEACE OF MIND, HOW
I LEARNED TO LOVE RICHARD GERE,
SLITHER, DOWN UNDER, MINISTRY OF
GUILT, and 90 DEGREES NORTH.
GENRE Comedy YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2015
DIRECTOR Detsky Graffam SCREENPLAY
Detsky Graffam CINEMATOGRAPHY Hanno
Moritz Kunow CAST Carsten Clemens, Jürgen
Haug, Stefan Dietrich, Ecco Mylla PRODUCER
Marianne Graffam PRODUCTION COMPANY
K17 Films RUNTIME 21 min LANGUAGE German FESTIVALS Int. KurzFilmFestival Hamburg 2015, Palm Springs 2015, interfilm
Berlin 2015, Leeds 2015, Montreal 2015, Short
Shorts Asia Osaka 2015, Sleepwalkers 2015,
Adelaide 2015, Berlin Short Film Festival
2015, Hollyshorts L.A. 2015, Kitzbühel 2015,
Kaliningrad 2015, K3 Film Festival Villach
2015, Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2015,
Dublin Int. Short Film & Music Festival 2015,
In The Palace Bulgaria 2015, UK Film Festival
2015, Landshuter Kurzfilm Festival 2016
AWARDS European Film Award Nomination
Cork 2015, Silver BuSho Budapest 2015, Honorable Mention Sydney Underground 2015, 1st
Prize Short Film Slam Hamburg 2015, Best
Fiction Flensburger Kurfzilmtage 2015
SALES
KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg
[email protected]
www.shortfilm.com
D
IORAMA is a nightmarish trip
through a couple’s memories and
projections at the end of their long
on-off relationship. The film depicts the couple’s quest for the one true love,
which, however, remains unfulfilled.
CLEMENS PICHLER was born in 1977 in
Regensburg. After working as a stage technician and assistant director at theaters in
Munich, he began studying Directing at the
University of Television & Film in Munich. His
films include: SHIT HAPPENS (short, 2003),
ANNAOTTOANNA (short, 2003), HÜTTENZAUBER (2006), 50 MINUTEN (doc, 2008),
3D SEIT 1911 (performance, installation,
commercial, 2010), SUMMER OF LOVE UNPLUGGED – STEFAN DETTL (music video,
2012), and DIORAMA (short, 2015).
photos © K17 Films
GENRE Drama YEAR OF PRODUCTION
2015 DIRECTOR Clemens Pichler SCREENPLAY Clemens Pichler CINEMATOGRAPHY
Immanuel Hick CAST Burak Yigit, Helene
Blechinger, Thorsten Krohn, Anna Drexler
PRODUCER Michael Kalb PRODUCTION COMPANY Michael Kalb Filmproduktion RUNTIME
28 min LANGUAGE German FESTIVALS Hof
2015
SALES
Michael Kalb Filmproduktion
[email protected]
photos © Michael Kalb/HFF München
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I
t’s calm and peaceful above the clouds.
But chaos lurks in the distance and each
night, it draws closer.
FLORIAN GROLIG is an animation filmmaker
and game designer. He graduated from the
School of Arts & Design in Kassel and realized some award-winning short films and
computer games as well as commissioned
animation. His films include: the animation
shorts 17 (2005), WEISS (2007), MS. FOUND
IN A BOTTLE (2010), SISYPHOS (2014), and IN
THE DISTANCE (2015).
GENRE Animation YEAR OF PRODUCTION
2015 DIRECTOR Florian Grolig SCREENPLAY
Florian Grolig ANIMATION Julian Vavrovsky
PRODUCER Florian Grolig RUNTIME 7 min
LANGUAGE no dialogue FESTIVALS Annecy
2015, Interfilm 2015, Huesca 2015, Encounters Bristol 2015, Odense 2015, Clermont Ferrand 2016 and many more AWARDS Grand
Prize Animasyros 2015, Grande Premio Curta
Cinema 2015, Audience Award DOK Leipzig
2015, First Animation Film Festival of Debut
& Student Films BEGINNING 2015
SALES
Florian Grolig
fg[email protected]
www.panopticum.eu
photos © Florian Grolig
W
hen Rose is released from
jail, her former corrections
officer offers her a place to
stay and a job. But it soon becomes clear that the two women have very
different plans.
Marie’s lonely world consists of her job at the
prison and taking care of her mother. But
everything changes when the beautiful Rose
is released from jail. Marie wants to help
Rose get back on her feet. Rose could live
with her and take care of her mother, and, in
return, earn a bit of money. Marie announces
the plans during dinner. But Marie really
wants more. She edges Rose into a new kind
of prison.
CLAUDIO FRANKE is also active as a
screenwriter and producer. His films as a director include: the shorts DER CHIRURG
(2012), DIE PRÜFUNG (2014), FRISCH VERLOBT (2015), and ROSE (2016).
photos © cgFrankeFilm
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GENRE Psycho-Drama YEAR OF PRODUCTION 2016 DIRECTOR Claudio Franke
SCREENPLAY Julian Schneiders CINEMATOGRAPHY Christopher Lorenz CAST Ulrike
Folkerts, Isabell Gerschke PRODUCERS Nina
Rühr, Claudio Franke PRODUCTION COMPANIES FilmCrew Media, cgFranke Film, in
co-production with BR RUNTIME 18 min
LANGUAGE German FESTIVALS Filmfestival
Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken 2016
SALES
cgFranke Film
[email protected]
www.cgfrankefilm.com
GFQ 1-2016
NEW SHORTS
CITY OF ELEPHANTS
K
lara, Dino and the Likic family are
oscillating between daily life and
the search for an occupation. Prospering in times of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and later Titoism, today a
small former mining community rests under
the veil of stagnation. The city struggles to recover from the aftermath of the Bosnian War,
even after 20 years: Every second fit-for-work
citizen has no employment. Wages are far
from the existential minimum, and in spite of
contracts made, it is always uncertain if and
when the next payment will be received. Nevertheless this place, as is every inhabited
space, is closely interwoven with intimate
narratives, memories, hopes and dreams. It
remains the home for its inhabitants as well
as its emigrants.
GENRE Documentary YEAR OF PRODUCTION
2015 DIRECTOR Marko Mijatovic SCREENPLAY Marko Mijatovic CINEMATOGRAPHY
Paul Spengemann WITH Rafael Duznivovic,
Goran Mijatovic, Majda Redzepagic, Branko
Zlousic, Joso Klaric, Vahidin Likic, Fikret Likic,
Nesiba Likic, Jelena Kuhac-Odenwald,
Matthias Odenwald PRODUCER Marko Mijatovic CO-PRODUCER Bernhard Hetzenauer
PRODUCTION COMPANY Hetzenauer & Mijatovic RUNTIME 29 min LANGUAGE Bosnian,
German FESTIVALS Duisburger Filmwoche
2015
SALES
Hetzenauer & Mijatovic
[email protected]
MARKO MIJATOVIC was born in 1987 in Bosnia and studies at the University of Fine Arts
in Hamburg. His films include: ADAS HOTELFILM (short, 2013), THE SPACE IS BEHIND
THE BUILDINGS (2014), and STADT DER
ELEFANTEN (2015).
photos © Marko Mijatovic
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DIE BLUMEN VON GESTERN
A
n almost romantic comedy on the
edge of an abyss: in the midst of his
most severe life crisis, Toto, a
Holocaust researcher, meets Zazie, his future
assistant who is of French-Jewish origin and
has a curious attraction for Germans...
After FOUR MINUTES and POLL, this is the
new film by Chris Kraus with a star ensemble:
Lars Eidinger, the French rising star Adèle
Haenel (César for LES COMBATTANTS), Jan
Josef Liefers and Hannah Herzsprung.
GENRE Tragicomedy CATEGORY Feature
DIRECTOR Chris Kraus SCREENPLAY Chris
Kraus CAST Lars Eidinger, Adèle Haenel, Jan
Josef Liefers, Hannah Herzsprung, Rolf
Hoppe, Eva Löbau, Hans Jochen Wagner
PRODUCERS Chris Kraus, Danny Krausz,
Kathrin Lemme, Gerd Huber PRODUCTION
COMPANIES Dor Film-West, Four Minutes
Filmproduktion, Dor Film, in co-production
with SWR, ARD Degeto, NDR, BR, HR, ORF
LANGUAGE German
SALES
Beta Cinema
[email protected]
www.betacinema.com
photo © Edith Held
BURG SCHRECKENSTEIN
O
liver Hassencamp’s best-selling
children’s book series Burg
Schreckenstein (known in English as
The Gang from Shiverstone Castle) is now being
adapted for the big screen with director Ralf
Huettner making his first outing into the
family entertainment genre.
It’s a big shock for 11-year-old Stephan when
his mother sends him off to the all-boys
boarding school at Burg Schreckenstein.
However, after initial differences, the other
boys accept him into their secret society, and
he takes part in the series of pranks played
on the girls of the neighboring Rosenfels
boarding school. The girls plan revenge,
but events develop in a quite unexpected
direction...
GENRE Family Entertainment CATEGORY
Feature DIRECTOR Ralf Huettner SCREENPLAY Christian Limmer CAST Sophie Rois,
Henning Baum, Jana Pallaske, Alexander
Beyer, Harald Schmidt, Maurizio Magno,
Chieloka Nwokolo, Benedict Glöckle, Caspar
Krzysch, Eloi Christ, Nina Goceva, Mina
Rueffer PRODUCERS Annie Brunner, Andreas
Richter, Ursula Woerner, Alexis Wittgenstein
CO-PRODUCERS Herbert G. Kloiber, Markus
Zimmer PRODUCTION COMPANIES Roxy
Film, Violet Pictures, in co-production with
Tele München LANGUAGE German
SALES
Beta Cinema
[email protected]
www.betacinema.com
photo © Oliver Oppitz Photography
GLEISSENDES GLÜCK
D
esperately trapped in a failing marriage, Helene Brindel finally loses all
hope when she feels she has been
abandoned by God as well. Reaching out, she
sees the key to her liberation in the form of
the celebrated psychologist Eduard E. Gluck.
But the charismatic Gluck is having to fight
demons of his own. Only when he and Helene
encounter one another do these two apparently complete opposites find themselves
drawn irresistibly together. Hesitantly at first,
the one moves closer to the other – and both
give themselves over to a world in which love
is likewise a test and a promise that leads to
a blissful future.
photo © Tom Trambow/Frisbeefilms
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GENRE Love Story CATEGORY Feature DIRECTOR Sven Taddicken SCREENPLAY Sven
Taddicken, based on the novel Original Bliss by
A.L. Kennedy CAST Martina Gedeck, Ulrich
Tukur, Johannes Krisch, Hans-Michael Rehberg PRODUCERS Alexander Bickenbach,
Manuel Bickenbach CO-PRODUCERS Frank
Evers, Helge Neubronner, Marc Gabizon,
David Kehrl PRODUCTION COMPANY Frisbeefilms, in co-production with cine plus
Filmproduktion,
Senator
Film
Köln
LANGUAGE German
CONTACT
Frisbeefilms
[email protected]
www.frisbeefilms.com
GFQ 1-2016
UPCOMING FILMS
HITLER’S HOLLYWOOD
G
erman critic-filmmaker Rüdiger
Suchsland will collaborate again with
Berlin-based LOOKS Filmproduktionen and the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Foundation for his next project HITLER’S
HOLLYWOOD after successfully working together on FROM CALIGARI TO HITLER which
premiered at the 2014 Venice Film Festival in
the Venice Classics sidebar.
photo © Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation
Explaining the new project’s title, Suchsland
says that “Hollywood was always something
that the Nazis wanted to emulate. Speeches
and documents provide evidence that there
was a clear plan by the Nazis, and particularly
Goebbels and Hitler, to establish a kind of
alternative Hollywood, to copy Hollywood’s
international success and to use it for Nazi
ideology.”
GENRE Art, Educational, History CATEGORY
Documentary DIRECTOR Rüdiger Suchsland
SCREENPLAY Rüdiger Suchsland PRODUCER
Martina Haubrich, in cooperation with Ernst
Szebedits PRODUCTION COMPANY LOOKS
Filmproduktionen, in cooperation with Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation LANGUAGE
German
SALES
Wide House
[email protected]
www.widehouse.org
KÄPT’N SHARKY
C
APT’N SHARKY, Germany’s most successful kids’ literary pirate, finally
gets his own film (release planned for
the end of 2017)! The pint-sized swashbuckler
who can overcome anything sets sail with
Mikey, a normal young boy whose life Sharky
has turned upside down, and Bonnie, a
trouble-shooting girl who tends to assume
command in every situation. Together, this
motley crew sails for adventures of plunder,
pillage and piracy as they thwart the plans of
The Admiral and Old Bill the Pirate. It starts
as a pure alliance of convenience, but along
the way they explore themes of friendship,
fairness, loyalty, tolerance and what it means
to be a hero.
GENRE Action, Adventure, Animation, Children & Youth, Comedy, Family Entertainment
CATEGORY Feature DIRECTOR Hubert
Weiland SCREENPLAY Mark Slater, Gabriele
M. Walther PRODUCERS Gabriele M. Walther,
Marcus Hamann PRODUCTION COMPANY
Caligari Film LANGUAGE German, English
SALES
Caligari International
[email protected]
www.caligari-film.de
photo © Caligari Film
DER KLEINE DIKTATOR
A
photo © X Filme Creative Pool/Michael Hauri
fter films like MEIN FÜHRER and
DAS LEBEN IST ZU LANG, Swissborn writer-director Dani Levy has
now turned his sights to the screwball family
comedy genre for his latest project about a
single mother on the verge of a nervous
breakdown, who also has to cope with a
gambling addict father, an irresponsible exhusband – and exploding coffee machines to
boot. Katharina Schüttler is cast as the
musician Mimi, who finally has a chance to
take her life and future into her own hands
after her son secretly enters her for a casting
show. But she hasn’t reckoned that her family
would want to come along to the show by
hook or by crook. Who knows what surprises
are in store for them during the journey...
GENRE Road Movie, Comedy CATEGORY
Feature DIRECTOR Dani Levy SCREENPLAY
Dani Levy CAST Katharina Schüttler, Ernst
Wilhelm Rodriguez, Peter Simonischek,
Christiane Paul, Steffen Groth, Martin Feifel,
Hannelore Elsner PRODUCERS Stefan Arndt,
Uwe Schott CO-PRODUCERS Lukas Hobi,
Reto Schaerli PRODUCTION COMPANY X
Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with
Zodiac Pictures, in cooperation with SWR,
ARTE, ARD Degeto, SRF, Teleclub LANGUAGE
German
CONTACT
X Verleih
[email protected]
www.x-verleih.de
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UPCOMING FILMS
GFQ 1-2016
DER KLEINE DRACHE KOKOSNUSS 2
C
photo © Caligari Film
OCONUT THE LITTLE DRAGON –
TRUE FRIENDSHIP IS FIREPROOF
attracted about one million viewers
in the German-speaking territories and was
sold to over 200 countries and territories.
After the great success of the TV-series (first
aired in November 2015 with a 32% market
share) now everybody can get excited about
COCONUT THE LITTLE DRAGON 2 (release
planned for the end of 2017). Coconut is off to
summer camp with his friends. He soon finds
himself in a great adventure with underwater
challenges, strange incidents and gigantic
sea dragons! The little dragons face the
thrills and spills with courage and creativity,
proving once again how the smallest can be
the biggest!
GENRE Action, Adventure, Animation,
Children & Youth, Comedy, Family Entertainment CATEGORY Feature SCREENPLAY
Mark Slater, Gabriele M. Walther PRODUCERS Gabriele M. Walther, Marcus
Hamann PRODUCTION COMPANY Caligari
Film LANGUAGE German, English
SALES
Caligari International
[email protected]
www.caligari-film.de
LUNA
L
una (17) and her family are on holiday
in their idyllic mountain cottage when
the unfathomable happens: A group of
men shows up and brutally murders Luna’s
parents and her baby sister. She barely escapes. While fleeing from her powerful pursuers she finds protection with the irascible
giant Hamid (38). It is he who reveals the true
identity of her father. Like Hamid himself, he
had been working for the Russian secret service for decades without his family knowing.
Hamid wants to disappear with Luna to a foreign country, but she refuses to give up her
life without a fight. With Hamid’s help she investigates her father’s legacy and finds out
why her family had to die...
GENRE Action, Thriller CATEGORY Feature
DIRECTOR Khaled Kaissar SCREENPLAY Ali
Zojaji, Ulrike Schölles CAST Lisa Vicari, Carlo
Ljubek, Branko Tomović, Benjamin Sadler,
Bibiana Beglau, Rainer Bock PRODUCERS
Khaled Kaissar, Tobias M. Huber CO-PRODUCERS Thomas Wöbke, Christian Becker PRODUCTION COMPANY Kaissar Film, in
co-production with BerghausWöbke Filmproduktion, Rat Pack Filmproduktion LANGUAGE
German
SALES
TELEPOOL
[email protected]
www.telepool.de
photo © Camilla Kranzusch
RITTER ROST 2
photo © Caligari Film
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A
warded the 1st Children’s Jury Prize
at CICFF and the Kinder-MedienPreis, KNIGHT RUSTY – YESTERDAY’S HERO RECYCLED excited over 650,000
viewers in the German-speaking territories
and sold worldwide. The TV-series, a hit in the
German television program for children (over
30% market share), also gained loads of fans
internationally. Now the production of
KNIGHT RUSTY 2 goes full speed (release
planned for end of 2016). It comes up with a
thrilling new adventure: When budget cuts
force the king and his knights into early
retirement and power crazed police chiefs
take over the country, Rusty must realize his
father’s dream and become protector of a
free Scrapland!
GENRE Action, Adventure, Animation,
Children & Youth, Comedy, Family Entertainment CATEGORY Feature DIRECTOR Thomas
Bodenstein SCREENPLAY Mark Slater,
Gabriele M. Walther PRODUCERS Gabriele
M. Walther, Marcus Hamann PRODUCTION
COMPANY Caligari Film, in co-production
with ZDF, Universum Film LANGUAGE German, English
SALES
Caligari International
[email protected]
www.caligari-film.de
GFQ 1-2016
UPCOMING FILMS
TSCHICK
F
photo © Lago Film/Studiocanal/Mathias Bothor
atih Akin’s latest feature film is based
on the best-selling cult novel by the
late author Wolfgang Herrndorf, Why
We Took the Car, which was one of the biggest
literary successes in Germany of recent years
and has been published in more than 30
countries. The story centers on 14-year-old
outsider Maik Klingenberg. While his mother
is in rehab and his father on a “business trip”
with his assistant, Maik spends his time during the summer holidays alone by the pool of
his parents’ villa. But then Tschick (portrayed
by newcomer Anand Batbileg in his screen
acting debut) appears. In fact, Tschick’s real
name is Andrej Tschichatschow, and he
comes from Berlin. He has a stolen Lada with
him, and the two youngsters set off on an un-
forgettable roadtrip through provincial Germany.
GENRE Comedy, Literature CATEGORY Feature DIRECTOR Fatih Akin SCREENPLAY Lars
Hubrich, Hark Bohm, Fatih Akin CAST Tristan
Göbel, Anand Batbileg, Nicole Mercedes
Müller PRODUCER Marco Mehlitz CO-PRODUCERS Susa Kusche, Kalle Friz PRODUCTION COMPANY Lago Film, in co-production
with STUDIOCANAL LANGUAGE German
SALES
STUDIOCANAL
[email protected]
www.studiocanal.com
VOLT
S
elf-taught filmmaker Tarek Ehlail
turns to a dystopian vision set in a near
future for his third feature film VOLT
after his first two productions CHAOSTAGE
and GEGENGERADE. The film’s story centers
on the policeman Volt who kills a French insurgent in a transit zone. His deed remains
unpunished, but Volt’s feeling of guilt increasingly drives him into his victim’s world
in a ghetto full of despair and anger. By day a
policeman, Volt switches over to the other
side at night and witnesses how his deed has
triggered an ever deepening spiral of unrest
– and comes to realize that he can never be
forgiven for his actions.
GENRE Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction,
Psycho Thriller CATEGORY Feature DIRECTOR Tarek Ehlail SCREENPLAY Tarek Ehlail
CAST Benno Fürmann, Sascha Alexander
Gersak, Ayo, Denis Moschitto, Kida Khodr
Ramadan, Anna Bederke, Tony Harrisson
Mpoudja, Surho Sugaipov, Stipe Erceg, André
Hennicke PRODUCERS Jonas Katzenstein,
Maximilian Leo PRODUCTION COMPANY augenschein Filmproduktion, in co-production
with Les Films D’Antoine LANGUAGE German
CONTACT
augenschein Filmproduktion
[email protected]
www.augenschein-filmproduktion.de
photo © Felix Gemein
VORWÄRTS IMMER!
F
photo © Nadja Klier
ranziska Meletzky returns to the
former GDR during the autumn of 1989
for her third feature, the comedy
VORWÄRTS IMMER! which – appropriately –
began shooting in Berlin on 9 November, the
26th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
East German actor Otto Wolf has a lot on his
plate: his daughter Anne has ignored her
father’s wishes by setting off to Leipzig to obtain a fake passport to leave for the West –
just as party chief Erich Honecker is planning
a “Chinese solution” to suppress the Monday
demonstrations. Sick with worry about his
daughter, Otto uses his gift of being a dead
ringer for Honecker to stop the tanks and
save Anne. But he hadn’t reckoned with also
having to get to know Margot Honecker up
close and personal...
GENRE
Comedy
CATEGORY
Feature
DIRECTOR Franziska Meletzky SCREENPLAY
Markus Thebe, Philipp Weinges, Günther
Knarr, Franziska Meletzky CAST Jörg
Schüttauf, Josefine Preuß, Hedi Kriegeskotte,
Jacob Matschenz, Steffen Scheumann, André
Jung, Alexander Schubert, Stephan Grossmann, Devid Striesow PRODUCERS Philipp
Weinges, Günther Knarr CO-PRODUCER
Andreas Richter PRODUCTION COMPANY
Crazy Film, in co-production with Roxy Film
LANGUAGE German
SALES
Picture Tree International
[email protected]
www.picturetree-international.com
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GERMAN FILMS: A PROFILE
GFQ 1-2016
GERMAN FILMS
SERVICE + MARKETING
is the national information and advisory
center for the promotion of German films
worldwide. It was established in 1954 under
the name Export-Union of German Cinema as
the umbrella association for the Association
of German Feature Film Producers, the
Association of New German Feature Film
Producers and the Association of German
Film Exporters, and operates today in the
legal form of a limited company. In 2004, the
company was reorganized and now operates
under the name: German Films Service +
Marketing GmbH.
SHAREHOLDERS are the German Producers Association, the German Producers
Alliance, the Association of German Film Exporters, the German Federal Film Board
(FFA), the Deutsche Kinemathek, the German
Documentary Association, FilmFernsehFonds
Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW,
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, and the
German Short Film Association.
.
SUPERVISORY
BOARD
Peter Herrmann Chairman
Jana Cernik
Katharina Cramer-Hadjidimos
Peter Dinges
Antonio Exacoustos
Petra Müller
TEAM
Mariette Rissenbeek Managing Director
Christine Harrasser Distribution Support, Business Affairs
Angela Hawkins Communications & Marketing
Nicole Kaufmann Regional Coordinator: USA, UK & Northern Europe
Birgit Koch Press & PR
Verena Köstler Accounts
Dennis Ruh Festival Relations
Maike Schantz Regional Coordinator: Southern Europe & Latin America
Martin Scheuring Project Coordinator & Short Film
Sabrina Schrödl Assistant to the Managing Director
Bernhard Simek Regional Coordinator: Eastern Europe & Australia, Documentary Film
Konstanze Welz Television, Regional Coordinator: Asia
German Films’ budget of presently €4.55
million comes from film export levies, the
office of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and the
FFA. The seven main regional film funds
(FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderung
Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Film- und
Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard BerlinBrandenburg, MFG Baden-Württemberg,
Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, and Nordmedia) make a financial contribution –
currently amounting to €319,000 – towards
the work of German Films.
RANGE OF ACTIVITIES
German Films is a founding member of the
European Film Promotion, a network of
European film organizations with similar
responsibilities to those of German Films.
The organization, with its headquarters in
Hamburg, aims to develop and realize joint
projects for the presentation of European
films on an international level.
Staging of Festivals of German Films in
selected international territories in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut
In association and cooperation with its shareholders, German Films works to promote feature, documentary, television and short films.
In addition, German Films has foreign representatives for Eastern Europe, China/
Southeast Asia, and the USA/Canada.
Close cooperation with major international film festivals, including Berlin, Cannes,
Venice, San Sebastian, Locarno, Rome,
Karlovy Vary, Montreal, Toronto, New York,
Shanghai, Warsaw, Moscow, and Busan
Organization of umbrella stands for
German sales companies and producers at
international television and film markets
(Berlin, Cannes, AFM Los Angeles, Shanghai,
Toronto, Clermont-Ferrand, Annecy)
Staging of industry screenings in key
international territories
Providing advice and information for representatives of the international press and
buyers from the fields of cinema, home
entertainment, and television
Providing advice and information for
German filmmakers and press on international festivals, conditions of participation,
and German films being shown
Organization of the annual Next Generation Short Tiger short film program, which
presents a selection of shorts and is internationally premiered in Cannes
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Publication of informational literature
about current German films and the German
film industry, as well as international market
analyses and special festival brochures
A website (www.german-films.de) offering information about new German films, a
film archive, information and links to German
and international film festivals and institutions
Organization of the selection procedure
for the German entry for the Oscar® for Best
Foreign Language Film
Collaboration with Deutsche Welle’s
DW-TV KINO program which features the
latest German film releases and international
productions in Germany
Organization of the German Films Previews geared toward arthouse distributors
and buyers of German films
Selective financial Distribution Support
for the foreign releases of German films
Organization with UniFrance of the annual
German-French film meeting
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SHAREHOLDERS & SUPPORTERS
Allianz Deutscher Produzenten – Film & Fernsehen e.V.
German Producers Alliance
Kronenstr. 3 | 10117 Berlin/Germany
phone +49-30-2 06 70 88 0 | fax +49-30-2 06 70 88 44 | [email protected] | www.produzentenallianz.de
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dokumentarfilm e.V.
German Documentary Association
Schweizer Str. 6 | 60594 Frankfurt am Main/Germany
phone +49-69-62 37 00 | fax +49-61 42-96 64 24 | [email protected] | www.agdok.de
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Kurzfilm e.V.
German Short Film Association
Förstereistr. 36 | 01099 Dresden/Germany
phone +49-3 51-4 04 55 75 | fax +49-3 51-4 04 55 76 | [email protected] | www.ag-kurzfilm.de
Deutsche Kinemathek
Museum für Film und Fernsehen
Potsdamer Str. 2 | 10785 Berlin/Germany
phone +49-30-30 09 03-0 | fax +49-30-30 09 03-13 | [email protected] | www.deutsche-kinemathek.de
FilmFernsehFonds Bayern GmbH
Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Medien in Bayern
Sonnenstr. 21 | 80331 Munich/Germany
phone +49-89-54 46 02-0 | fax +49-89-54 46 02 21 | [email protected] | www.fff-bayern.de
Filmförderungsanstalt
German Federal Film Board
Große Präsidentenstr. 9 | 10178 Berlin/Germany
phone +49-30-27 57 70 | fax +49-30-27 57 71 11 | [email protected] | www.ffa.de
Film- und Medienstiftung NRW GmbH
Kaistr. 14 | 40221 Düsseldorf/Germany
phone +49-2 11-93 05 00 | fax +49-2 11-93 05 05 | [email protected] | www.filmstiftung.de
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
August-Bebel-Str. 26-53 | 14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg/Germany
phone +49-3 31-74 38 70 | fax +49-3 31-7 43 87 99 | [email protected] | www.medienboard.de
Verband Deutscher Filmexporteure e.V. (VDFE)
Association of German Film Exporters
Robert-Koch-Str. 1 | 80538 Munich/Germany | Berlin office: Winterfeldtstr. 56 | 10781 Berlin/Germany
phone +49- 89-57 08 77 53 | fax +49-89-57 08 77 60 | [email protected] | www.vdfe.de
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Bavariafilmplatz 7 | 82031 Grünwald/Germany
phone +49-89-64 95 64 18 | fax +49-89-64 95 64 40
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fax +49-30-1 86 81 54 43 51 | [email protected] | www.kulturstaatsminister.de
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Friedensallee 14–16 | 22765 Hamburg/Germany
phone +49-40-398 37-0 | fax +49-40-398 37-10 | [email protected] | www.ffhsh.de
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Baden-Württemberg mbH
Bereich Filmförderung | Breitscheidstr. 4 | 70174 Stuttgart/Germany
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GFQ 1-2016
ASSOCIATION OF
GERMAN FILM EXPORTERS
Verband deutscher Filmexporteure e.V. (VDFE)
Robert-Koch-Str. 1
80538 Munich/Germany
phone +49-89-570 877 53
Berlin office:
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Aktis Film International GmbH
Hauptmannstr. 10
04109 Leipzig/Germany
phone +49-3 41-35 54 09 07
fax +49-3 41-35 54 09 09
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www.aktis-film.com
Films Boutique GmbH
Köpenicker Str. 184
10997 Berlin/Germany
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SOLA Media GmbH
Filderhauptstr. 49
70599 Stuttgart/Germany
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ARRI Media World Sales
Türkenstr. 89
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Global Screen GmbH
Sonnenstr. 21
80331 Munich/Germany
phone +49-89-24 41 29 55 00
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Transit Film GmbH
Dachauer Str. 35
80335 Munich/Germany
phone +49-89-59 98 85-0
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Beta Cinema GmbH
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