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A Dazzling Opening Night for the Berlinale 2009

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With the world premiere of the star-studded action thriller "The International" by ace German director Tom Tykwer (of "Lola Runs" fame), the 59th Berlin International Film Festival opens this evening, Febsuary 5, in the presence of the director and the actors Clive Owen, Ulrich Thomsen and Armin Mueller-Stahl. Festival Director Dieter Kosslick will ring the curtain up in conjunction with Jury President, Scottish actress Tilda Swinton. The event will be telecast live hosted by popular TV present...

Hannah Herzsprung on the Jury for Berlinale Best First Feature

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The talented German Hannah Herzsprung will be a member of this year’s Best First Feature Jury. “I’m very pleased that Hannah Herzsprung will be coming to the Berlinale not only to present her films, but also to join the Jury in its quest for the Best First Feature”, says Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick.At this year’s Berlinale, Hannah Herzsprung can be seen in three films: Stephen Daldry’s The Reader in the Competition, Rudolph Thome’s Pink in the Berlinale Special, and Nicolai ...

Celebrating 100 years of German Animation Film in Stuttgart

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Celebrating 100 years of German Animation Film, the 16th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (5 – 10 May 2009) will present a comprehensive anniversary retrospective. The changeful history of this innovative genre will be visualised in six programme sections. The screenings comprise artistically ambitious works, outstanding commercials and state of the art 3D animations. Hardly any other genre within the realm of film reflects the variety and fractures of German film productions as distinctly ...

Lucas 2008 - International Children`s Film Festival

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Specialised in childrens` films: features, animation, documentaries and short films - the oldest German children`s film festival.

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Founded in 1954, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is the oldest and one of the biggest short film festivals in the world, presenting four competitions for short films and videos and a number of special programmes.

Entre les murs and two short films join the race for the Oscars!

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The Academy Award nominations have been unveiled, with Entre les murs (The Class) and two French shorts joining international contenders. Entre les murs (The Class) is one of five films competing in the Best Foreign-Language Film category. The film is up against two French co-productions, Vals Im Bashir (Waltz with Bashir) by Ari Folman and Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) by Uli Edel. One year after the triumph of The Mozart of Pickpockets, French short films may ...

Program of Berlinale Forum

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The 39th Forum of the Berlinale will be showing a total of 48 films from 31 countries.The selection will take festival-goers around the world - not so much in terms of the number of countries represented, but rather in the abundant connections to be discovered between the films, their often shared concerns and kindred worldviews, as well as their contradictions and mirror images. Eleven films are debuts, 25 world premieres, and twelve international premieres.This lineup includes a diverse sample...

Berlinale Panorama Announces First Titles

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“Almost half the programme has been decided”, reports Panorama director Wieland Speck, who recently returned from trips to Asia, North and Latin America, as well as several European countries, where he viewed and selected films. He is referring here to the first 21 films in the Panorama programme, which will ultimately include about 50 productions. Documentaries will again make up approximately a third of the section – their large number is due to the great appeal of documentary works toda...

An overview on cinema in Europe

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An overview on 2007: demand and offer for European films are on the increase, whilst cinema-going experiences a slight dipA tendency to decline but not everywhere: this sums up the 2007 trend as regards cinema-going in Europe. The exact opposite of 2006, where the plus sign was the general rule, although, there again, with some exceptions. The positive side of 2007 comes from European films: in EU countries film production is on the increase with their market share growing as well.Less spectator...

14th Berlin and Beyond Film Festival in San Francisco 2009

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With the generous support of German Films and The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture & the Media (BKM), the Goethe-Institut in San Francisco will be hosting “Berlin and Beyond” for the 14th time from January 15-21, 2009 at the Castro Theatre.The week-long event will show the most successful films of the past year in the presence of numerous directors, actors and film experts. Berlin and Beyond 2009 kicks off with Doris Doerrie’s CHERRY BLOSSOMS - HANAMI (KIRSCHBLUETEN - HANAMI), a...

World Premiere of Tom Tykwer's thriller The International to open Berlinale 2009

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The 59th Berlin International Film Festival will open on February 5, 2009 with the world premiere of the British-German co-prodution The International. Directed by Tom Tykwer (Perfume, Run, Lola Run) and featuring a star-studded cast, the action thriller traces the criminal business transactions that finance war and terror.   The leading roles are played by Clive Owen (Inside Man, Closer) and Naomi Watts (King Kong, 21 Grams). Armin Mueller-Stahl (Die Budd...

World Premiere of Tom Tykwer’s thriller The International to open Berlinale 2009

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The 59th Berlin International Film Festival will open on February 5, 2009 with the world premiere of the British-German co-prodution The International. Directed by Tom Tykwer (Perfume, Run, Lola Run) and featuring a star-studded cast, the action thriller traces the criminal business transactions that finance war and terror. The leading roles are played by Clive Owen (Inside Man, Closer) and Naomi Watts (King Kong, 21 Grams). Armin Mueller-Stahl (Die Buddenbrooks, Illuminati), Brian F. O’Byrne ...

Film critic Peter W. Jansen dead

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Cultural journalist, essayist and publicist of the New German Film Peter W. Jansen has passed away. After a long illness and a few days after his 78th birthday, Peter W. Jansen died on November 15. The well-known journalist and long-time director of the national radio station SWR was one of Germany`s most renowned film critics. Since the Oberhausen Manifesto (1962) his unfailing reviews accompanied the New German Film. While the magazines he wrote for include Filmkritik, Filmbulletin as well as ...

Fourth Festival of German Films in Tokyo successful!

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After three successful years the Festival of German Films was held in Tokyo (31.10. – 3.11.2008) with resounding success in its new framework. The long-standing partnership with the Goethe Institut was continued, with the Wald 9 Cinema joining as a new partner this year. The opening film KRABAT was personally introduced to the audience by the director Marco Kreuzpaintner, actor Robert Stadlober and producer Uli Putz. NORTH FACE (NORDWAND) by Philipp Stoelzl, HANAMI - CHERRY BLOSSOMS (HANAMI ...

Studio Babelsberg is new cooperation partner for SHOOTING STARS

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European Film Promotion presents European acting talents for the twelfth year at the 2009 Berlinale European Film Promotion (EFP) will be cooperating for the first time at the Berlin International Film Festival 2009 with Studio Babelsberg for the SHOOTING STARS programme. Both sides agreed to a long-term collaboration with a focus on the international promotion of young talents. During the 2009 edition of the film festival in Berlin, EFP will be presenting ten outstanding young European actors ...

Festival of German Films in Tokyo

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The 4th Festival of German Films in Tokyo will be presented with a familiar partner, the Goethe Institut in Japan, and further German and Japanese partners. The festival is being held within a new framework this year and will have a stronger presence in Tokyo's film landscape.On October 31, the festival will be opened by KRABAT by Marco Kreuzpaintner. The director Marco Kreuzpaintner, actor Robert Stadlober and producer Uli Putz will be there in person to introduce the film to the audience.Other...

Cottbus Feature Film and Short Feature Competitions

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The Feature Film and Short Feature Competitions Ten films from ten countries of Central and Eastern Europe were nominated for the Feature Film Competition, stretching geographically from the Polish neighbour to far-off Kazakhstan. They include three international co-productions, of which two were made in collaboration with German partners. The traditionally strong Czech cinema is represented with two films, while the revived Russian cinematography – by far the most productive film nation of Ea...

13th Festival of German Films in Paris opens with JERICHOW

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The Festival of German Films will held for the 13th time in Paris from 15th to 21st October, 2008. A total of 15 new feature films, two documentaries, six shorts and the NEXT GENERATION 2008 short film programme will be presented in the Cinéma L’Arlequin. The festival will be opened by Christian Petzold's JERICHOW which was met with an enthusiastic response at the international festival in Venice. The director will introduce his film to the audience in person. After the screening, a cocktail ...

Festival of German Films in Buenos Aires

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The 8th Festival of German Films in Buenos Aires (11 – 17 September 2008)New films by Germany’s leading filmmakers as well as promising newcomers will be shown at the 8th Festival de Cine Alemán. The festival will be kicked off in the Cine Village Recoleta on 11 September with a screening of THE WAVE (DIE WELLE) in the presence of director Dennis Gansel and lead actress Jennifer Ulrich. THE WAVE is one of five films submitted for the selection process for the German entry for the Best Fore...

Master Classes scheduled for the Zurich Film Festival

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The Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) today unveiled details of its 3rd Zurich Master Class, to take place during the 2008 Festival (September 25 – October 5). The first group of lecturers for the highly regarded Zurich Master Class include such industry notables as acclaimed British director and writer Ken Loach (“Cathy Come Home,” “Just a Kiss”), winner of the 2006 Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or for “The Wind that Shakes the Barley”; Chinese composer and Oscar and Grammy winner T...

German Film Week in Bangalore in 2008

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Together with German Films, the Goethe Institut is organising a German Film Week for the first time from 8 - 14 August, 2008 in the famous Lavanya Cinema of the Indian metropolis of Bangalore. The program will open on 8 August with REQUIEM by Hans-Christian Schmid. DISTANT LIGHTS (LICHTER) by the same director will also be shown in the program. Other films screening are: THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (AUF DER ANDEREN SEITE) and HEAD-ON (GEGEN DIE WAND) by Fatih Akin, THE EDUKATORS (DIE FETTEN JAHRE SIND V...

19th International Film Festival Emden-Norderney highlights

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19th International Film Festival Emden-Norderney from 4th – 11th June 2008 20 Feature Films in Competition at the Film Festival on the North Sea Coast The competition nominations for the 19th International Film Festival Emden-Norderney have been finalised. A total of 20 feature films from 13 countries will be competing for the three full-length film awards - the Bernhard Wicki Award, the DGB Film Award and the NDR Young Directors Award. 40 percent of the nominees are women. A further 9 films ...

Outview08: Athens 2nd International G & L Film Festival

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The Athens 2nd International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is heading into its second year and it has picked up along the way a new name for itself, OUTVIEW. After its first successful year the Athens international Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, or should we say OUTVIEW, returns bigger on the 23rd of May – 27th of May with even more critically acclaimed films and we are most proud to announce our special guest of honour, the director of the Panorama Section of Berlinale, Wieland Speck.Wieland Spec...

München Fest CINEMERIT AWARD to Julie Christie

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For the 26th time, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, Germany's premiere summer film festival, will be attracting movie lovers, filmmakers and industry professionals from around the world.CINEMERIT AWARD Julie ChristieThe 2008 CineMerit Award, for extraordinary contributions to motion pictures as an art form, goes to the legendary British actress Julie Christie, who has played in over 40 films. She helped make movie history in such classics as DARLING, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, FAHRENHEIT 451 and SHAMPOO, to name just a ...

German Film Award Nominations 2008

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The German Film Academy announced today the nominations for 15 categories of the 2008 German Films Awards (LOLA). The award ceremony takes place on April 25th in Berlin. The following films are nominated: Best Feature FilmAND ALONG COME TOURISTS produced by 23/5 Filmproduktion, directed by Robert ThalheimON THE EDGE OF HEAVEN produced by corazón international, directed by Fatih AkinCHERRY BLOSSOMS produced by Olga Film, directed by Doris DörrieSHOPPEN produced by ralf westhoff filmproduktion,...
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