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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, D...

Berlinale 2008 Endnotes

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With a media blitz not experienced before the 2008 edition of the Berlinale featured a roster of stars including but not restricted to Mick Jagger and his Rolling Stones, Madonna, Sharuk Khan, Martin Scorcese, and Jeanne Moreau as well as the most prominent German film stars and directors. As expected, the appearances by Madonna and the mega star 'King' Khan generated enthusiastic crowd scenes and a journalistic frenzy.This frenzy displaced attention from other Berlinale aspects. To name but ...

Meet Alfred Holighaus, section director of Perspektive Deutsches Kino

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The screening of the documentary Reverse Angle: Rebellion of the Filmmakers is a great occasion to show a series of films originating from the Filmverlag der Autoren at this year’s Berlinale. Alfred Holighaus, section director of Perspektive Deutsches Kino, curated the series. How does the documentary Reverse Angle: Rebellion of the Filmmakers manage to arouse interest in a not-so-old chapter of German film history? It’s just like with the Rolling Stones. There’s a generation of arti...

Meet Alfred Holighaus, section director of Perspektive Deutsches Kino

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The screening of the documentary Reverse Angle: Rebellion of the Filmmakers is a great occasion to show a series of films originating from the Filmverlag der Autoren at this year's Berlinale. Alfred Holighaus, section director of Perspektive Deutsches Kino, curated the series.How does the documentary Reverse Angle: Rebellion of the Filmmakers manage to arouse interest in a not-so-old chapter of German film history?It's just like with the Rolling Stones. There's a generation of artists - funnily ...

Berlinale Film In Focus: Cherry Blossoms

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When a German film has its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, it can be both a source of local pride or a target for local critics. One of the truisms on the international film festival circuit is that oftentimes local filmmakers are appreciated more outside of their home country.....and in their native land, are sometimes the brunt of criticism that is both pointed and relentless. So far, the film CHERRY BLOSSOMS, one of two German productions competing for the Golden Bear at this year...

Berlinale Camera for Karlheinz Böhm and Otto Sander

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Since 1986, the Berlin International Film Festival has presented the Berlinale Camera to film personalities or institutions to which it feels particularly indebted and wishes to express its thanks with this award. Austrian actor Karlheinz Böhm will be honoured with the Berlinale Camera at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival for his achievements in German film and his humanitarian engagement as founder of the organization "Menschen für Menschen". Berlin actor, radio play and v...

Stories Written by Life & Success Stories from Former Campus Talents

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Sandrine Bonnaire, Bernd Eichinger and Stephen Frears on BiopicsThey show the life stories of historical or contemporary personalities and have recently grown more and more successful: Biopics. Why are they so popular? Is it perhaps because audiences prefer the real, complex characters featured in Biopics to the more simple, fictional ones created for feature films? Is it because they enable audiences to establish an emotional bond with the story and its characters – or is it simply the larger...

Success Stories from Former Campus Talents

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Sandrine Bonnaire, Bernd Eichinger and Stephen Frears on BiopicsThey show the life stories of historical or contemporary personalities and have recently grown more and more successful: Biopics. Why are they so popular? Is it perhaps because audiences prefer the real, complex characters featured in Biopics to the more simple, fictional ones created for feature films? Is it because they enable audiences to establish an emotional bond with the story and its characters – or is it simply the larger...

Film Sales Support (FSS) for their European films at Sundance

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For the fourth time in a row since 2005, European sales agents and production companies are making good use of Film Sales Support (FSS) for their European films at Sundance. FSS, European Film Promotion’s (EFP) initiative to help increase the visibility of European film in the Americas offers grants up to €5,000 per film to top up promotional campaigns. The support allows for extra sales activities, for example, hiring a publicist or a scout to target local press and buyers more effe...

Wim Wenders: King of the Road , Tribute from London BFI

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BFI Southbank Programme HighlightsWim Wenders: King of the Road, Part OneIn at the start of the ‘New German Cinema’ and reinventing himself constantly ever since, Wim Wenders is the quintessential post-modern auteur, seduced by Hollywood, but remaining European to his very core. Throughout January and February we will celebrate his career with a season that includes new prints of many titles, including The American Friend (1977) and The State of Things (1982).In Wim Wenders’ masterpiece In...

Wim Wenders: King of the Road , Tribute from London BFI

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BFI Southbank Programme HighlightsWim Wenders: King of the Road, Part OneIn at the start of the ‘New German Cinema’ and reinventing himself constantly ever since, Wim Wenders is the quintessential post-modern auteur, seduced by Hollywood, but remaining European to his very core. Throughout January and February we will celebrate his career with a season that includes new prints of many titles, including The American Friend (1977) and The State of Things (1982).In Wim Wenders’ masterpiece In...

Festival of German Films in London celebrated its 10th jubilee

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Thefestival has been showing German films in London with increasing success over the past 10 years. This November again saw many aficionados of German cinema coming to the Curzon Soho arthouse cinema. Apart from the opening film 8 MILES HIGH (DAS WILDE LEBEN) there were sell-out performances for another six films.Director Achim Bornhak, lead actress Natalia Avelon and producer Dietmar Guentsche were able to see that the wild life of Uschi Obermaier and her friends still have a great appeal in Lo...

Film schools festival finale in Munich

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After numerous sold out screenings and many rewarding encounters between film students from around the world, the 27th Munich filmschoolfest came to a close. Young, emerging filmmakers from twenty-eight film schools in 20 countries presented 39 films to enthusiastic Munich audiences. The distinguished, five-member jury was presided over by internationally acclaimed director of photography Michael Ballhaus.THE 2007 AWARDS & THEIR WINNERSBEST FILM - VFF YOUNG TALENT AWARD (€ 7500) Donated by: VF...

European Film Award Nominations

 Monday, November 5---------The European Film Academy has announced the nominations for the 20th European Film Awards during this past weekend's Seville Film Festival. Academy members, who number over 1800, will now vote for the winners, which will be presented at the European Film Awards Ceremony in Berlin on December 1st. The nominees and ultimate winners should give an indication of what European films will be nominated for Oscar and BAFTA Awards later this season.BEST EUROPEAN FILM4 LUNI, ...

Ulrich Plenzdorf: East German Scenarist

 Thursday, August 16--------For almost 50 years, the film industry in the former East Germany was one of the most profitable and prolific in European cinema. However, because of political considerations and trade embargoes, few of those films ever got seen in the West. A result is an almost total familiarity with the films and the auteurs, who worked under an oppressive and meddling regime, and yet who still found an "individual voice" for their films. One of those voices was stilled ...

2007 Medien Forum Cologne - Film and Television Perspectives

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ln June the public media authorities of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW), the most populous German state with the largest economic output, staged the annual Medien Forum in close cooperation with the media industry and professional associations. The Forum was first initiated in 1988 by the governing social democratic party and had the objective of facilitating the transition of NRW’s steel and coal based economy to a knowledge intensive service economy with a strong information and media compon...

Rediscovering German Cinema Classics

Wednesday, June 6------Film festivals are all about discovery......of newly emerging filmmakers or the latest films from acknowledged film masters. However, the best festivals also take a look backward, to celebrate the accomplishments of cinema giants long since past, and through this showcase bring to light "lost" films for a new generation of film lovers. Such is the case with Festroia's program of ten classic German feature films, a collaboration between the Festival and the G...

"The Edge of Heaven" by Fatih Akin

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Director Fatih Akin is showing his first film in the Cannes Official Competition, his second feature, The Edge of Heaven. This is not his first time to Cannes though as he served on the Jury two years ago as well as he presented Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul. After winning the Golden Bear at Berlin for Head-On in 2004, Fatih Akin suffered from expectation: “I felt pressured to come up with something better than Head-On. I wanted to do better artistically. I had to prove to myself ...

Filmfest Munchen reveals Werner Herzog Retrospective

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For the 25th time, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, Germany's largest summer film festival, will be attracting filmmakers and industry professionals from around the world.Werner Herzog RetrospectiveWerner Herzog, whom François Truffaut once called "Germany's most important living director" will be our guest. Herzog, who, especially in collaboration with Klaus Kinski, made such movie milestones as FITZCARRALDO and AGUIRRE – THE WRATH OF GOD will return to his hometown for the Filmfest to present his films.I...

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Unseen Classic Caps Fassbinder Retrospective At MoMA

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Monday, April 9-------A cinema classic largely unseen since its debut in 1980 caps off the three-week series of films made by the iconoclastic German New Cinema director Rainer Werner Fassbinder that has been captivating New York audiences anew at the Museum of Modern Art. Fassbinder was the highly influential director whose distinctive films mixed politics, social issues and deep emotions in a sparkling career that was meteoric and all too brief . After the release of such 1970s milestones as F...

The Lives of others review

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SYNOPSIS:In 1984 the German Democratic Republic (GDR) maintains power via the ubiquitous surveillance operated by the Stasi, the State Secret Police, and their vast network of informers. Their goal is to know everything about the lives of its citizens. Captain Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Muhe) is assigned by his boss Grubitz (Ulrich Tuker) to set up surveillance of famous playwright Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch), who lives with celebrity actress Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck). Dreyman is one o...

The Feminist Cinema of Margarethe Von Trotta

Saturday, March 3-----The Miami International Film Festival has traditionally been a supportive environment for female directors. This year, the Festival is showcasing more than 40 films from women directors from all over the world, including several highly anticipated films from acknowledged film veterans. One such pioneer is the German director Margarethe von Trotta, whose newest film I AM THE OTHER WOMAN (Ich Bin Die Andere) screens this evening as a Gusman Premiere at the Festival's prem...

TUYA'S WEDDING Wins Berlinale Golden Bear

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Monday, February 19------In a surprise twist, a Chinese film has won the Berlinale Golden Bear, the Berlin Film Festival's highest honor. TUYA'S MARRIAGE by Chinese director Wang Quan'an won the Festival's top prize, which was announced with other awards at the Festival's closing  ceremony on Saturday evening. The film, the story of a woman living in rural northwestern Mongolia and facing pressure to abandon her life as a shepherd, did not figure on most critics' pred...

TUYA'S WEDDING Wins Berlinale Golden Bear

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Saturday, February 17------In a surprise twist, a Chinese film has won the Berlinale Golden Bear, the Berlin Film Festival's highest honor. TUYA'S MARRIAGE by Chinese director Wang Quan'an won the Festival's top prize, which was announced with other awards at the Festival's closing  ceremony this evening. The film, the story of a woman living in rural northwestern Mongolia and facing pressure to abandon her life as a shepherd, did not figure on most critics' predictio...
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