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German Currents Film Festival Oct. 26-30 in Los Angeles

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Mark your calendars! One of SEE FEST’s most important partners is screening new films from Germany and we want you to come!   From October 26 - 30, 2011, the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles presents the 5th annual German Currents Film Festival, showcasing the best of new German cinema. Screenings will be held at the Egyptian Theatre, the Aero Theatre and the Goethe-Institut L.A.   Opening night, Wed. Oct 26 at 7:30pm, don’t miss “Almanya”, directed by Jas...

Celebrating Poland's First Screen Goddess: Pola Negri Film to Screen in Paris on September 12

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A long lost film starring Polish-born silent film star Pola Negri will be screened in Paris on September 12 at the Balzac Cinema as part of the International Cultural Programme of the current Polish EU Presidency.Produced by the prodigious UFA studios in Germany in 1918 and directed by Hungarian Eugen Illes, the film “Mania: A History of Workers in a Cigarette Factory” (“Die Geschichte einer Zigarettenarbeiterin”) was long thought to be lost. However, in 2006 the Polish National Film Arc...

The Telluride Film Festival final line up

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Telluride Film Festival (September 2-5, 2011), presented by the National Film Preserve, announces its program for the 38th Telluride Film Festival. Featuring diverse programming from around the globe, TFF once again sets the stage for some of the year’s most highly anticipated films.   TFF opens its 38th year with over twenty-five new feature films plus special artist tributes, Guest Director programs selected by Caetano Veloso, Backlot programs, classics and restorations, shorts, studen...

First films for the European Feature Film Competition in Munster

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20-year-old Marisa is a member of a group of right-wing extremists in a small East German town. Her life is aimless and governed by small-minded prejudices. Marisa begins to question her convictions after violence and attacks against innocent people increasingly escalate. “Kriegerin” (Combat Girls), the feature-film debut of writer-director David Wnendt, is part of the European Feature Film Competition at the 14th Filmfestival Münster (12-16 October 2011). The film, precisely observed an...

German Films Previews: German Exporters report strong business in Hamburg

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The 11th German Films Previews in Hamburg was once again a business success for German film exporters. 17 screenings at the 2011 Event (July 10 – 13) were presented in Hamburg’s Dammtor Cinema. The 11 attending German film sales companies again reported strong business with finalized deals and ongoing negotiations resulting from the Previews.  The annual showcase of current and upcoming films organized by German Films in association with the German Film Exporters Association (VDFE) ...

All we need is love

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27 July: Day 3 As it is still raining in KZN, it's perfect movie weather! The two films on my plate today have the same theme, love, although they are as different as night and day. These two films will not be money spinners, although Tom Tykwer's Drei (Three) could get some bums on seats. Snowflower and the secret fan will only appeal to a small audience, although it is a beautifully made, tender film with heart. Both films were bought by big studios, Fox Searchlight and Warner, bu...

Durban Fest: From Nigeria to Iran

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Durban, 26 July: Day 2 The miserable weather is busy getting the better of me as I spent most of the day in bed. As I am in Durban for the film festival at great expense, I dragged myself out of bed for the night's delights. I planned to see Dog Sweat at 22:00, but decided to rather skip that. The two films that were shown tonight are both in competition and both are good - one is exceptional, in fact. It's good to see young African directors at the festival and Andrew Dosunmu...

Filmfest Hamburg’s Douglas-Sirk-Award for Cannes award winners Andreas Dresen and Peter Rommel

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The German director Andreas Dresen and his longtime producer Peter Rommel will be honoured on October 1st, 2011 during the 19th edition of Filmfest Hamburg with the Douglas-Sirk-Award. This  award is given each year to a personality who has rendered outstanding services to film culture. Filmfest director Albert Wiederspiel says,“ This is the first time Filmfest Hamburg has decided to honour filmmakers from Germany. We wanted to emphasize and reward an outstanding and continuous partn...

German Films allocates € 72,000 funding for theatrical releases of German films abroad

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In the fourth sitting of 2011, the „Distribution Support“ awards committee met on July 4 to fund twelve foreign theatrical campaigns of German films with a total of € 69,000. Another theatrical release was awarded € 3,000 in a further decision. The committee decided to support the following films: • ALMANYA  in Israel (Lev Cinemas) • THREE (DREI) in Turkey (Yeni Bir Film) • WHEN WE LEAVE (DIE FREMDE) in Colombia (Cineplex) • THE HAIRDRESSER (DIE FRISEUSE) in South Ko...

International Filmfest Emden-Norderney Awards

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Grand gala award ceremony at the 22nd International Filmfest Emden-NorderneyThe very first awardee of the Emder Schauspielpreis was Martina Gedeck British productions are celebrating great successes at the gala event of the International Film Festival Emden-Norderney at the sold-out Neues Theater in Emden. After the words of welcome presented by Dr. Josef Lange, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Science and Culture and by Alwin Brinkmann, Lord Mayor of Emden, 600 guests eagerly awaited the...

13th Festival of German Films opens in Madrid with GOETHE!

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The Festival of German Films is being held for the 13th time in Madrid from 31 May to 4 June, 2011. In total, seven new feature films, a documentary, the first ever presentation of a complete television series and numerous shorts will be screened in the festival cinema at „Cine Palafox“. Moreover, the programme will be completed by a retrospective dedicated to the „German Film Award“. On the evening of 31 May, 2011, the festival will be opened in Cine Palafox with a gala screening of GOE...

Impatient waiting will end at the Festival

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  Impatient waiting will end at the Festival Ingenious directors are heading for Flying Broom again this year to halt the impatient waiting of the festival followers.  Doris Dörrie, Margarethe von Trotta, Iciar Bollain, Tahmineh Milani, Dorota Kędzierzawska and Marta Meszaros will meet film lovers with the best examples of their own cinemas on 5-12 May at 14th Flying Broom International Women's Film Festival. Flying Broom will present to its followers a week fu...

Gary Lucas Plays "The Golem" (1920) -- Gary Lucas accompanies the film live with his original solo guitar score

Director: Paul Wegener and Carl Boese.
I have performed with this classic horror/fantasy film--the best version of the Golem legend ever made--in our 20 countries round the world since debuting my live score (in collaboration with composer Walter Horn) at the Museum of th Moving Image in Astoria NY in 1989. The film concerns the actual historical Rabbi Jehudah Loew, who Jewish legend has it fashioned a man out of clay and brought him to life through cabbalistic magic to protect the Jewish Community of 16th century Prague from annihilation. A stunningly beautiful, little seen film!

DREI in Copenhagen

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  DREI (2010), the new German film by celebrated director Tom Tykwer screened in Copenhegen at the international film festival 2011. The story of a threesome that is a twosome in three ways. Dining with Tykwer and speaking to him after seeing the film, all I could say was: 'Wow!'. Images of ancient androgynous symbols together with remembrances of breakthrough concepts by Jung crowded my brain and I was inspired, to say the least. I explained to Tom how I loved that the fi...

Werner Herzog in 3D: Cave of Forgotten Dreams at SFIFF54

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I have been delaying it long enough, it's time to write about experiencing Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams Monday night. Not that I have much to say besides SEE IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Let the film envelop you and enjoy the ride. I won't be a fool and spoil for you or try describe the near out of body experience in too many words. Here are just a few thoughts: As she introduced the film festival programmer Rachel Rosen said, "This film reminds us how extraordinarily wonderful...

Werner Herzog in 3D: Cave of Forgotten Dreams at SFIFF54

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I have been delaying it long enough, it's time to write about experiencing Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams Monday night. Not that I have much to say besides SEE IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Let the film envelop you and enjoy the ride.I won't be a fool and spoil for you or try describe the near out of body experience in too many words. Here are just a few thoughts:As she introduced the film festival programmer Rachel Rosen said, "This film reminds us how extraordinarily wonderful and mysterio...

The best in mountain cinema will be on show at the TrentoFilmfestival 2011

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  A RANGE OF 128 MOUNTAIN FILMS This year, the world's oldest mountain film festival features highly anticipated debuts from across Europe and Italy. Werner Herzog is involved in two films, directing "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" and writing "Happy People, a Year in the Taiga". The latter will be competing for the honours with "180° South" by director Chris Mallory and "Alpi" by photographer Armin Linke. The screening of the 128 participan...

"Meanland" Music promo for Cesare vs Disorder.

Director: Rosa Lykiardopoulos.
Music Promo for Cesare vs Disorder. For THEMA RECORDINGS. Thema 16: Trojan Empire.

AUDI Festival of German Films in Australia celebrates its 10th birthday

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Last year, the festival, which is jointly organised by Goethe-Institut Australia and German Films, posted record attendance figures with more than 26,000 admissions and is now looking to build on this success with an extensive program: a total of 38 feature films and documentaries along with 13 shorts will be shown in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide from 6 - 18 April, 2011.   Actor Burghart Klaußner will be in attendance to present the opening film GOETHE! (YOUNG G...

My Berlin Top Ten Films

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  At a film festival that totals more than 250 feature films (not to mention an additional 250 features in the accompanying European Film Market), one can only skim the surface of an event as wide-ranging as the Berlinale. Film choices are often based on schedule availability....grabbing a screening in between meetings or making sure one is awake to catch the early morning press screenings of the Competition program. In a sense, one only gets a random taste of the very far-flung program...

Pina red carpet with Wim Wenders

Impressions of the Berlinale. Red carpet "PINA" VIPs: Wim Wenders, Herbert Grönemeyer, Claudia Roth, Marie Bäumer, Dieter Kosslik, Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Christian Wulff, Federal President of Germany

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Honorary Golden Bear 2011

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 The Berlinale awards an Honorary Golden Bear to important film personalities. The award honors a particularly outstanding oeuvre or film career and is regularly given to the guest of honour of the Homage. Additional Honorary Golden Bears can be given independently of the Homage section. The Honorary Golden Bear is awarded during a festive ceremony usually followed by the screening of a film in the Berlinale Special programme. The Honorary Golden Bear is visually identical to the festival's hig...
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