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Stefan Zweig (Josef Hader) - "He was considered one of the greatest travelers, the big European mastermind of the European Union."

In 2000, Max Färberböck's Aimée & Jaguar star Maria Schrader was on the Berlin Film Festival jury with Andrzej Wajda, Gong Li, Walter Salles, and Marisa Paredes when Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia won the Golden Bear and the number of translators had an impact on her. In New York, the director of Stefan Zweig: Farewell To Europe and I discussed her creative team, including co-writer Jan Schomburg, cinematographer Wolfgang Thaler, and editor Hansjörg Weißbrich. We followed a Zweig trail from Terence Davies on Max Ophüls' Letter From An Unknown Woman to George Prochnik's influence on Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel to Varian Fry, Lion Feuchtwanger and Defying The Nazis: The Sharp's War, directed by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky.

Maria Schrader: "I dedicated the movie to Denis Poncet.
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Schipper's 'Victoria' victorious at German Lolas

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Schipper's 'Victoria' victorious at German Lolas
Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria was the big winner at this year’s German Film Awards, taking home six statuettes from its seven nominations including the Golden Lolas for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Lead Actor.

Schipper’s one-shot thriller set during a breathless night on the streets of Berlin also picked up Lolas for the Spanish actress Laia Costa, the title character, and the Danish cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen.

Victoria premiered in the Berlinale’s main competition last February where Grøvlen received a Silver Bear, was released in German cinemas on 11 June and is being handled internationally by The Match Factory.

The Silver Lola for Best Film was awarded by the members of the German Film Academy to Edward Berger’s social-realist drama Jack, with the Bronze Lola going to Johannes Naber’s black comedy Age Of Cannibals which deservedly also received the Lola for Best Screenplay for the searing dialogues by the author Stefan Weigl.

Both
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Anonyma: A Woman in Berlin – revisiting the horrors of 1945

A new film version of the 1959 memoir, Anonyma: A Woman in Berlin, disturbs an old hornet's nest concerning the estimated two million German women who were raped by Russian soldiers

"Wie oft?" ("How often?") was a phrase understood by everyone in Berlin in the immediate aftermath of the second world war. "How often have you been raped by Russian soldiers?" was what was really meant.

Such a matter-of-fact exchange summed up how much it came to be taken for granted that German women suffered at the hands of Russian soldiers who captured Berlin. An estimated 2 million German women fell victim to the troops, 100,000 of them in Berlin. An estimated 10% of rape victims died, mostly from suicide. Many had abortions and those who did give birth often gave their babies up for adoption. In 1946 almost 4% of Berlin-born children were estimated to have Russian fathers.

When a candid diary account of the horrors,
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12th Annual EU Film Festival Highlights, Week Three: ‘Angel,’ ‘Left Bank,’ ‘Eden,’ ‘Fear Me Not’

Chicago – The third week of the 12th Annual EU Film Festival at the Siskel Film Center is nearly upon us and we’re back to give you an idea of what to expect in the second half of arguably the best fest in the Windy City. We feature great new films from Ireland, Denmark, the United Kingdom and Belgium.

The first half of EU 2009 (which you can read about here and here) produced some excellent films including Ireland’s “Kisses,” Denmark’s “Worlds Apart,” and France’s “Shall We Kiss?” There’s nothing that we’ve seen that’s quite as notable as “Kisses” or “Worlds Apart,” the two best of the fest through week three, but there is a quartet of films well worth seeing this weekend. Get your calendar out and take notes.

You’re going to be busy on Saturday with a dark trio of quality films - Denmarks “Fear Me Not,
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Strand Makes the Most out of 'Berlin' Film Fest

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[/link] has commenced the Berlin Film Festival in style, grabbing a Tiff title, well-selling Euro war drama feature from the same helmer that gave us Aimée & Jaguar a decade back. Max Färberböck's A Woman in Berlin will receive a release sometime this summer. Set in 1945 during the Red Army invasion of Berlin, “Woman” follows Anonyma (Nina Hoss), a victim of rape and abuse who had been a journalist and photographer. In her desperation, she tries to get Russian officer Andrej (Evgeny Sidikhin) to protect her, an encounter that develops into a complex relationship that forces them to remain enemies. For a more deft exploration of the film, Cameron Bailey has got a great rundown on the Tiff page for the film. ...
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Tiff adds 20 films to special presentations lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival keeps bringing the pain with the announcement of 20 new films as part of it's special presentations lineup. I really wish I could hit the fest, but ahh well. The films which really interest me are John Crowley's (Boy A) Is There Anybody There? which is about " an unlikely friendship between a scruffy former magician and a little boy with a morbid streak. Ten year-old Edward has become increasingly obsessed with death and the afterlife since his parents turned their house into a retirement home. Edward's is a lonely and peculiar existence – until he meets Clarence who introduces him to wonders in the here-and-now." Hints of Harold and Maude? Next is Bruno Baretto's Last Stop 174 , about "young Sandro who lives in the slums of Rio de Janeiro where corruption and violence are the norm. Orphaned, alienated and fearing for his life, Sandro falls into a life
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'Pope Joan' loses Schlondorff's blessing

COLOGNE, Germany -- Constantin Film has parted ways with director Volker Schlondorff on its adaptation of Donna Cross' best-seller Pope Joan, the company said Monday.

Constantin dropped Schlondorff after the Oscar-winning helmer of The Tin Drum publicly criticized the company's plan to produce two versions of Joan -- a feature-length film and a two-part miniseries for television.

Constantin used this strategy with Oliver Hirschbiegel's Downfall, which was a worldwide boxoffice hit and, in its television incarnation, a ratings success for German public broadcaster ARD.

But in an article for German daily the Suedeutsche Zeitung, Schlondorff attacked the plan, calling it an unacceptable restriction of his artistic freedom.

"The article was extremely unhelpful in our getting this project off the ground," Constantin Film production head Martin Moszkowicz said in an interview. "(So) we canceled our cooperation with Volker (Schlondorff)."

Moszkowicz said that producing both a film and TV version is the only way Constantin can successfully finance certain "big-budget" projects like Downfall or Pope Joan.

Constantin will be using the same strategy for two upcoming productions -- Uli Edel's 1970s terrorist drama Der Baader-Meinhof Komplex and the World War II period piece Anonyma, which Max Faberbock (Aimee and Jaguar) will direct.

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