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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 voice artis...

Wim Wenders Tribute from BFI

Wim Wenders Tribute from BFI

Festival of Film Schools kicks in Munich

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27th Munich International Festival of Film Schools (November 17 - 24, 2007)On Sunday, November 18, Munich's Lord Mayor Christian Ude will officially open the 27th Munich International Festival of Film Schools in the ARRI Cinema. After the screenings, the roughly 50 film students from around the world will be celebrating their participation at the Max-Emanuel-Brauerei.The opening night film is a world premiere. A thesis film from Munich's University of Television and Film, director Tim Trachte's ...

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 ...

Tom Cruise To Receive New York Honors

Thursday, July 12------Tom Cruise will be honored with a tribute at the Museum of the Moving Image's 23rd annual black-tie event in New York this Fall. The salute, set for November 6th  at the Cipriani in midtown Manhattan, honors the 27-year film career of the actor, producer and United Artists studio head. "Tom Cruise is one of the premier American actors of his generation," MOMI director Rochelle Slovin said. "Working with the great directors of our time -- (including) F...

DOK Leipzig celebrates its 50th anniversary

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This year, DOK Leipzig celebrates its 50th anniversary! It’s the right time to look back and experience once again the most important, disputed and beautiful films in our retrospective; the right time also to invite and celebrate with all those, who have followed and shaped the festival over the years. And it is the right time to recall experiences and events that were not in the spotlight, but took place ‘behind the scenens’. Over the past 50 years the festival saw enthusiastic as well as...

Dok Leipzig 2007 prepares to celebrate the 50th edition

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DOK Leipzig, the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary und Animated Film, celebrates its 50th edition with numerous innovations from 29 Oct. to 04 Nov. 2007. You can submit all new documentary and animated films for the official festival programme and the DOK Market until 28 July.Founded in1955, DOK Leipzig is the biggest German and one of the leading international festivals for documentary and animated film. It offers a top-class programme with the best new productions from all over th...

Wim Wenders in Cannes

Wim Wenders

Klaus Kinski in Cannes

Klaus Kinski in Cannes by O Ronot

Berlinale 2007, Dieter Kosslick’s Reflections part 1

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Dieter Kosslick continues to imprint his signature on the Berlinale. He has transformed the Berlin Festival into the largest audience oriented international film festival. Through the European Film Market and the main competition, the Berlinale has met commercial interests while satisfying cinematic ones through the Panorama, Forum and other Berlinale components. Unlike Cannes and Venice, the Berlinale features the Talent Campus, permits large testing of new productions and presents a balanced m...

Oscar and sales for The Lives of Others

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Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's film THE LIVES OF OTHERS (DAS LEBEN DER ANDEREN) has received the Academy Award for "Best Foreign Language Film" from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood. "This award is an honour and the greatest compliment both for me as well as the fantastic work of so many people who worked on this film and gave their best. The German cinema is full of power and has experienced an enormous upswing in recent years. I am very happy and grateful to be ...

Berlinale 2007: It's a Wrap

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The Berlin International Film Festival has long reflected the character of its bohemian host city. Think avant-garde filmmaking in the Forum section; gay-themed pictures in Panorama; and the political polemic popular among competition directors, including this time, the Holocaust film, The Counterfeiters.This year’s festival (February 8th-18th, 2007), however, went one step further, taking fest-goers back in time to a bygone era of cinema and the city’s golden age. The opening film La Vie En...

The Berlinale Talent Campus #5 Comes to a Successful Close

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The Farewell Ceremony and bestowal of the Volkswagen Score Competition final award on Thursday marked the successful close of the Berlinale Talent Campus #5. 362 young filmmakers from all over the world were welcomed to the three buildings that make up the “Hebbel am Ufer” theatres for six intensive days. Panel discussions with renowned film and media experts, excursions, screenings and workshops - with over 80 different events the fifth Campus could offer an array of interpretations of this...

The Berlinale Talent Campus #5 Comes to a Successful Close

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The Farewell Ceremony and bestowal of the Volkswagen Score Competition final award on Thursday marked the successful close of the Berlinale Talent Campus #5. 362 young filmmakers from all over the world were welcomed to the three buildings that make up the “Hebbel am Ufer” theatres for six intensive days. Panel discussions with renowned film and media experts, excursions, screenings and workshops - with over 80 different events the fifth Campus could offer an array of interpretations of this...

Advisory board for German Films newly elected

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The six members of the advisory board were newly elected on the occasion of the shareholders assembly of German Films Service & Marketing GmbH in Munich in January 2007. Alfred Huermer was confirmed as the chairman of the advisory board. Huermer, board member of the Association of New German Feature Film Producers (AG Neue Deutsche Spielfilmproduzenten), has been the advisory board chairman of German Films since January 1, 2003. Dr. Klaus Schaefer, managing director of FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, w...

Teddy Awards Ceremony for the Queer Film Award 2007 in Hangar2, Tempelhof Airport

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Awards Ceremony for the Queer Film Award 2007 in Hangar2, Tempelhof Airport on the 16th of February Normally bears like to hibernate over the winter months, but as we know the TEDDY is no ordinary bear! Still the only queer film prize which is part of a major international film festival will be celebrating its 21st birthday at the Berlinale 2007. Under the heading “TEDDY TAKES OFF” the 21st TEDDY Awards take place on Friday 16th February in the impressive surroundings of Hangar2 at Tempelh...

Film In Focus: LOCAL COLOR

Saturday, November 11-----The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, which ends its run in Fort Lauderdale tomorrow (before taking 20 titles and filmmakers to the resort town of Key West next week), has saved some of its strongest titles for its final wrap up. Certainly one of the most anticipated films of the Festival is the Festival Closing Night Film, the Southeast Premiere of LOCAL COLOR. The autobiographical film, written and directed by George Gallo, will receive a premiere screeni...

AFI Day 6 Part 2 The Lives of Others

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At midday, I caught the German feature "The Lives of Others". Directed by Florian Henkel von Donnersmarck, the film is set in East Berlin during the eighties, spanning from 1984 to around 1992. It tells the story of a Stasi officer who is assigned to watch a group of artists. As he puts a prominent theatre director, Georg Dreyman and his actress wife under survellience, he is drawn more and more into their story. As the officer gets grows to empathize with the couple, he begins to look the o...

Awards at 17th Emden – Aurich – Norderney Festival

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Emden, 11th June 2006 Grand Awards Gala at the 17th Emden – Aurich – Norderney International Film Festival Guest star Maximilian Schell receives Award of Honour Adrian Shergold winner of the Bernhard Wicki Preis No less than six awards were presented at the Gala awards party in Emden’s Neues Theater. The Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Christian Wulff and Emden’s Mayor Alwin Brinkmann opened the Awards Ceremony in front of a packed house and spoke with enthusiasm about the commitment dis...

Film Festival Maastricht: event of the South early April

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Film Festival Maastricht 6th - 9th April- The film event of the South!For a period of 4 days Filmtheater Lumière will be the venue for the annual ’film festival Maastricht’. The second edition of the festival comprises more than 40 titles for your consideration. With anything between new mainstream films, cutting-edge independent-productions from the U.S., the best in world cinema from all over the globe and major new works from renowned artists in the business making up the program, it ...

Oscar Boys, Turks in exile and funny english uncles

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During the ten days of the Berlinale most Berlin dailies adorn their front pages with large color photos of celebrity posturings the night before. On Thursday, day number 7 of the fest, however, what was to be seen on all Berlin front pages were shots of men in hooded white spacesuits holding up dead swans fished out of the city lakes, or otherwise attempting to deal with the sudden arrival of the dreaded aviarian flu virus in the midst of the city. Of course, this does not mean that we can exp...

Berlinale Opening Gala preceeds premiere of Snow Cake

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International and German Stars at the Opening of the 56th BerlinaleThe Opening Gala of the 56th Berlin International Film Festival was held on February 9 in the Berlinale Palast at Potsdamer Platz. For the first time, the event has been broadcasted live on television (ZDF/3sat). Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick opened the Festival together with Minister of State and Commissioner for Cultural and Media Affairs Bernd Neumann, Governing Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit and Jury President Charlotte ...

Budapest prizes Taxidermia triumphs but Szabo is left holding the bag

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And the winner was -- (don't hold your breath, just your noses) -- TAXIDERMIA! -- And not just the Grand Prize, named as "Best" Film from a field of 24 features by a jury including foreigners for the very first time -- but four other prizes, to wit: two best supporting roles, both male and female, best "visual design", and ex-aequo with "White Palm", the foreign critics Gene Moskovitz award.The best director award went, deservedly, to young Hajdu Szabolcs for "White Palm", best actor to Sándor...

Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film will become annual

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The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film will be taking place annually from now onIn their meeting on February 3rd 2006 the partners of the Film- und Medienfestival GmbH (FMF) laid important groundwork for the FMF. Under the new management of Dittmar Lumpp and Ulrich Wegenast the activities of the Film- und Medienfestival GmbH can be expanded thanks to a significant increase in subsidies from the City of Stuttgart, the Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart and the City of Ludwigsbu...

Made in Germany - LA German fest conclusions

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Made in Germany - Sixth Festival of German Cinema in Los Angeles.As part of the cooperation with the 19th AFI FEST (3. - 13.11.2005) in Los Angeles, German Films presented SOPHIE SCHOLL- THE FINAL DAYS (SOPHIE SCHOLL- DIE LETZTEN TAGE; US distributor: Zeitgeist) in the presence of the director Marc Rothemund and lead actress Julia Jentsch at the sold-out Arclight Hollywood cinema. Afterwards, a big opening party with 400 guests was held in the nearby LOFT on the roof of the multi-storey car park...
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