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The Festival of German Films in Buenos Aires celebrates its tenth birthday!

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After nine successful festival years dedicated to German cinema, expectations are high for the 10th edition of the Festival of German Films in Buenos Aires. The jubilee year will see eleven new feature films, a documentary, a children’s film as well as the NEXT GENERATION 2010 program of shorts being shown in the „Hoyts Abasto“ festival cinema between September 23 – 29, 2010. In addition, the program will be rounded off with the screening of the silent film DER LETZTE MANN with musical a...

EFA honours Bruno Ganz

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At the 23rd European Film Awards the European Film Academy will Honour Swiss ActorWhether it is as an angel in WINGS OF DESIRE (1987) by Wim Wenders, in the Italian comedy BREAD & TULIPS (2000) by Silvio Soldini, or impersonating Adolf Hitler in Oliver Hirschbiegel's THE DOWNFALL (2004), Bruno Ganz has lent his face to some of cinema's most unforgettable moments. In the 70s and 80s Bruno Ganz has worked with the greats of German auteur cinema like Werner Herzog (NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE, 1979), Vol...

Tom Tykwer, Drei and Venezia 2010

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My last night in Venice for the 67th La Biennale Venice FIlm Festival was spent with the filmmakers of the new German film by celebrated director Tom Tykwer, Drei (2010), 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. Well, the point is ...

Deerfield Ranch will open Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival

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  Deerfield Ranch will be the Festival's opening night film. - Sept. 15 Outdoors "Films al FrescoTM" Ben Affleck's crime thriller THE TOWN Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) is an unrepentant criminal, the de facto leader of a group of ruthless bank robbers who pride themselves in stealing what they want and getting out clean, until he falls for Claire. Based on the book "Prince of Thieves". Outdoors film starts at 8pm. IN THE CAVE 6:30pm Preced...

Telluride 37 draws to a close

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Today marks the close of the 37th Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve. Two surprise “Sneak Previews” joined the previously announced list of twenty-four feature films that played in the Festival’s main program; thirteen documentaries in the Backlot program; twenty-five new short films; and six revivals selected by Guest Director Michael Ondaatje. Telluride Film Festival’s celebration of art and film, set amongst the beauty of the Rockies, opened Friday, Septe...

No Ice or Snow: The Berlinale Outdoors in Summer!

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At the 8th Summer Berlinale from July 16 to 19, the Open Air Cinema in Friedrichshain is presenting - in collaboration with radioeins - five highlights from the 60th Berlin International Film Festival's programme. These films have yet to be released in German movie theatres.   Besides Bal (Honey), winner of this year's Golden Bear, three audience favourites will be shown from the Panorama, Forum and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections. Festival Director Dieter Kosslick will open th...

New York: Tribeca 2010 Documentaries

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Documentaries screened at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival tended to be superior to the feature films in its program an assessment not disputed by its creative director Geoff Gilmore.  In one of the seminars Gilmore admitted that the Sundance festival which he had directed before coming to New York experienced a similar discrepancy.  Similar to the US market position of foreign language films, documentaries play a minor role at the US box office. In the 2009 U.S. total box office of $10.6 billio...

New York: Tribeca 2010 Documentaries

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Documentaries screened at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival tended to be superior to the feature films in its program an assessment not disputed by its creative director Geoff Gilmore. In one of the seminars Gilmore admitted that the Sundance festival which he had directed before coming to New York experienced a similar discrepancy. Similar to the US market position of foreign language films, documentaries play a minor role at the US box office. In the 2009 U.S. total box office of $10.6 billion,...

12th Festival of German Films in Madrid opens with NANGA PARBAT

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The Festival of German Films will be held for the 12th time in Madrid from June 1 to 5, 2010. A total of seven new feature films, two documentaries, a TV film and numerous shorts will be presented in the festival cinema „Cine Palafox“. In addition, the program will be rounded off with a retrospective of the filmmaker Joseph Vilsmaier and the screening of the Director’s Cut of Volker Schloendorff’s THE TIN DRUM (DIE BLECHTROMMEL). The festival will be opened in style on the evening of J...

German Films in the US since 1979 ...

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Among the top foreign language features shown in the United States from 1979 through 2009 which grossed $1,3 billion dollars, German productions ranked seventh behind France, Taiwan, China, Italy, Mexico, and Spain with a total of $49 million. Only five German features generated more than $5 million in the US: DOWNFALL, NOWHERE IN AFRICA, RUN LOLA RUN, LIVES OF OTHERS, and the commercially most successful one, DAS BOOT, a 1982 release, which scored $11.5 million. It may very well be that ...

New York: Foreign Language Films in the US market

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Against the background of an overall decline of US revenues from foreign films, Europe as the dominant source  of such productions has been surpassed by Asian Countries. Even for   internationally acclaimed films as evidenced by  awards and critical reviews, the income seems minuscule.  Of the 1000 foreign language films  which entered the US market since 1980, 70% scored less than $1 million and only 22 more than $10 million. For each successful foreign release there are dozen if not hu...

New York: Foreign Language Films in the US market

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Against the background of an overall decline of US revenues from foreign films, Europe as the dominant source of such productions has been surpassed by Asian Countries. Even for internationally acclaimed films as evidenced by awards and critical reviews, the income seems minuscule. Of the 1000 foreign language films which entered the US market since 1980, 70% scored less than $1 million and only 22 more than $10 million. For each successful foreign release there are dozen if not hundreds o...

Preview of the Festival of German Films in Australia

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GERMAN CINEMA - VIBRANT AND VARIED Vibrant and varied, German cinema is riding a wave of popular and critical success - and this festival is a showcase to some of its offerings, ranging from the Opening Night comedy Whisky With Vodka about an actor in crisis, through the Oscar winning and astringent The White Ribbon to the sensuous relationship drama of unlikely love, in Aimée and Jaguar. And then there is young Adolf ....  Andrew L. Urban reports. Aimee and Jaguar ...

Audi festival of German films in Australia

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The 9th Festival of German Films, which is jointly organised by German Films and Goethe Institut Australia, can count again this year on financial support from the major sponsor AUDI and will be presenting a whole host of recent German film productions to  audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and, for the first time, in Adelaide. Audi Festival of German Films 2010 in australia Sydney: 21.4. - 2.5., Melbourne: 22.4 - 2.5., Perth: 22.-26.4., Brisbane: 28.4. - 4.5., Adelaid...

Lost Fassbinder Film To Play At MoMA

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  The Film Department of the Museum of Modern Art, one of the most treasured film resources in New York and a major archive of world cinema, will present a true rarity next week in their film program. WORLD ON A WIRE, a lost television film directed by New German Cinema wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder that not been seen since its original broadcast on German television in 1973, is being resurrected and presented at the inestimable institutons for a run from April 14 to 19. The resto...

Berlinale 2010 two lasting film moments and some stars

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Awards by the specialized juries at the berlinale sometimes are a better indication of the quality of the productions selected than the official awards, though in the 2010 berlinale edition, few disputed the selections of the jury run by Werner Herzog and concurred with the choice of awards for BAL, THE GHOSTWRITER, CATERPILLAR, HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER, and IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE. These films obtaining the golden or silver bear awards, let in Herzog’s word the viewer discern dark corn...

Interview with Berlinale’s 2010 Panorama : Wieland Speck

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Wieland serves as the Director of the Panorama section and the Teddy Awards. He has worked at the berlinale for 30 years as a programmer, was appointed head of Panorama in 1993 and has managed the Teddy awards ever since. His first film was shown at the berlinale in 1981.  Wieland has lived in Berlin since 1982.  He studied drama, literature and ethnology and worked on numerous video and film projects with an early focus on the men's movement and homosexual identity. Among ...

Jud Süss hits a raw nerve in Berlin

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JUD SÜß-- A Film With a Conscience about a Film Without a Conscience Hits a Raw Nerve in Berlin "JUD SÜß" (Jew Sweet), was the title of a film commissioned by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels in 1940, to be made as an anti-Semitic vehicle intended to inflame the German people against the Jews of Germany and set the stage for their extermination, then in the early planning stages. "Jud Süß -- Film ohne Gewissen" is the title of a new film by ace German direct...

2010 berlinale: JUD SUESS resurrected

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In German and Jewish themed film festivals the focus on the Third Reich and the Holocaust remains essential as expressed in the large number of features and documentaries screened on those topics. The New York Jewish Film Festival excelled earlier this year with documentaries like EINSATZGRUPPEN: THE DEATH BRIGADES (Michal Prazan) and FORGOTTEN TRANSPORTS: TO POLAND (Lukas Pribyl) or features like GRUBNER'S JOURNEY (Radu Gabrea) and PROTECTOR (Marek Najbrt). These films may differ in their cre...

Berlinale 2011 coming...soon

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This year's anniversary Berlinale celebrated another fantastic highlight with the Award Ceremony on February 20, 2010. As has become tradition, the festival again came to a close with its Berlinale Kinotag for the public on February 21. For eleven days, the Berlinale provided visitors with cinematic discoveries, touching moments and stimulating encounters.   Amid a flurry of flashes from photographers and the applause of fans, countless stars strolled up the red carpet at ...

Interview with Dieter Kosslick,and a look back on 2010 Berlinale

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Under Kosslick's direction the Berlin International Film Festival has become the largest international film festival adding virtually each year new program components, which have been frequently emulated by other film festivals. As distinct from the Cannes Film Festival which admits only professionals and Venice which has limited screenings for the public, the Berlin International Film Festival has been open to the general public since its founding in 1951 as a political showcase. With close to...

10 Things You Didn't Know About European Directors

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By Greta Lorez   Did you know… … Jean-Luc Godard, one of the founding members of the Nouvelle Vague, was the son of a Swiss couple. Born in Paris, he spent his childhood in Switzerland and at the age of 18, moved back to Paris where he studied Ethnology at the Sorbonne. Godard, however, never severed his Swiss connection: many of his movies were shot on location in Switzerland. He lives there now. … the German filmmaker Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas, Wings of De...

Interview with Dieter Kosslick observations and a look back on 2010 Berlinale

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Under Kosslick's direction the Berlin International Film Festival has become the largest international film festival adding virtually each year new program components, which have been frequently emulated by other film festivals. As distinct from the Cannes Film Festival which admits only professionals and Venice which has limited screenings for the public, the Berlin International Film Festival has been open to the general public since its founding in 1951 as a political showcase.  With...

Pandora’s Box

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  The day before the last day of festival, the International Film Festival FEST 2010 presented 3 different authors, German artist Ulrike Ottinger, Albanian film director Artan Minaroli and Serbian film crew of “Flashback” another small author Serbian film.          One of the most interesting guests of this press conference was definitely Ulrike Ottinger with her film “The Korean Wedding Chest”. Ulrike Ottinger is, beside being a film and theatre director, a ...

Jud Süss hits a raw nerve in Berlin

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JUD SÜß-- A Film With a Conscience about a Film Without a Conscience Hits a Raw Nerve in Berlin "JUD SÜß" (Jew Sweet), was the title of a film commissioned by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels in 1940, to be made as an anti-Semitic vehicle intended to inflame the German people against the Jews of Germany and set the stage for their extermination, then in the early planning stages. "Jud Süß -- Film ohne Gewissen" is the title of a new film by ace German director Oskar Roehler, which ...
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