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8 items from 2017


Film Is A Work Like Any Other: Talking with Christian Petzold and Christoph Hochhäusler

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Christian Petzold's The State I Am In (2000) and Christoph Hochhäusler's The City Below (2010) will be showing in September and October, 2017 on Mubi in most countries around the world.Christian Petzold (left) and Christoph Hochhäusler (right) on the set of Dreileben. Photo by Felix von Böhm.We meet in Christian Petzold’s office in Berlin-Kreuzberg. A giant wall of whispering books, almost like a Borgesian brain of fiction, encircles the table at which Christoph Hochhäusler, myself and the owner take place to discuss their films. The idea of the interview was to get Petzold’s take on Hochhäusler’s The City Below (2010) and Hochhäusler’s take on Petzold’s The State I Am In (2000). In the end, both filmmakers ended up talking about a lot more, as cinema for them has always been something that shines most brightly when remembering it, discussing it and loving it. The fictions proposed »

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Tales of Two Halves: Christian Petzold's "The State I Am In" and Christoph Hochhäusler's "The City Below"

13 September 2017 9:35 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Christian Petzold's The State I Am In (2000) and Christoph Hochhäusler's The City Below (2010) will be showing in September and October, 2017 on Mubi in most countries around the world.How can we hang on to a dreamHow can it, will it be the way it seems—Tim Hardin, “How Can We Hang On to a Dream”“When you live in no man’s land, you get stuck with your memories.”—Clara, The State I Am In1. Lovers go on the run while a teenager falls in love. Christian Petzold’s first theatrical feature, The State I Am In (2000), tells two stories simultaneously: that of Hans (Richy Müller) and Clara (Barbara Auer), fugitives pursued by German authorities, and that of their long-suffering daughter Jeanne (Julia Hummer)—who is downcast from the film’s opening scene, in which she meets a German boy named Heinrich (Bilge Bingül) at the beach.Though »

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“Toni Erdmann” Wins Big at German Film Awards

1 May 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Toni Erdmann

Nearly a year after its world premiere at Cannes, “Toni Erdmann” continues to make its mark around the globe. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Maren Ade’s dark comedy dominated the German Film Awards, or Lolas, held Friday in Berlin. The pic snagged six awards, including best film, director, screenwriter, and editing.

Written and directed by Ade, “Toni Erdmann” follows Ines (Sandra Hüller) and Winifried (Peter Simonichek), a daughter and father whose personalities are radically different from one another. Ines is an overworked, polished management consultant who is deeply invested in other people’s opinions of her. Her meticulously managed life is turned upside down when Winifried, a practical joke-loving music teacher, shows up from out of town at her work for an unexpected visit. Both Hüller and Simonichek won German Film Awards for their acting in the film.

Considered a favorite by many at Cannes, “Toni Erdmann” didn’t end up taking home any awards from the fest. It did, however, win the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) Grand Prix for best film of the year, an honor Ade accepted at the San Sebastian Film Festival’s opening night gala ceremony.

Toni Erdmann” has since been nominated for and received many awards. The film swept the the main categories of the 2016 European Film Awards, taking home Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and acting honors for stars Hüller and Simonichek. Ade is the first woman to win Best Film at the awards in their entire 29-year history. “Toni Erdmann” came in at number one on Sight & Sound’s prestigious annual critics’ poll. The UK Magazine asked 163 critics and curators to name their five best films of the year, and Ade’s third feature came out victorious and made history: This year’s list marks the first time that a woman-directed film has taken the top spot. More recently, “Toni Erdmann” received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for best foreign-language film.

Ade told us that she wanted to use the film “to tell something about family — about the assigned roles everybody plays in families, and about the wish to break out of that and to start from zero.”

Fortunately, “Toni Erdmann” wasn’t the only film directed by a woman to be recognized at the Lolas. The Best Film — Lola in Silver award went to Anne Zohra Berrached’s “24 weeks,” a drama about a woman considering a late-term abortion, and Nicolette Krebitz’s “Wild,” a portrait of a woman who captures a wolf and holds him captive in her high-rise apartment, took home Best Film — Lola in Bronze.

Check out all of the female winners from the German Film Awards below. List adapted from THR.

Best Film

Toni Erdmann,” director Maren Ade

Best Film — Lola in Silver

“24 Weeks,” director Anne Zohra Berrached

Best Film — Lola in Bronze

Wild,” director Nicolette Krebitz

Best Documentary

Cahier africain,” director Heidi Specogna

Best Children’s Film

“Auf Augenhohe,” co-director Evi Goldbrunner

Best Screenplay

Maren Ade for “Toni Erdmann

Best Director

Maren Ade for “Toni Erdmann

Best Actress

Sandra Hüller for “Toni Erdmann

Best Supporting Actress

Fritzi Haberlandt for “Fog in August”

Best Editing

Heike Parplies for “Toni Erdmann

Best Costume Design

Frauke Firl for “Paula

Best Make Up

Kathi Kullack for “Das kalte Herz

Lifetime Achievement Award

Film editor Monika Schindler

Toni Erdmann” Wins Big at German Film Awards was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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'Toni Erdmann' triumphs at Germany's Lolas

28 April 2017 10:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Maren Ade named best director as female filmmakers flourish.

Toni Erdmann continued its triumphant run at the German Film Awards on Friday night, taking home six coveted Lola statuettes in an evening dominated by strong women filmmakers.

Maren Ade’s tragicomedy received the Golden Lola for Best Feature Film as well as double honours for Ade (pictured at left) herself as director and screenwriter, plus statuettes for her lead actors Sandra Hueller (pictured at right) and Peter Simonischek, and a Lola for the film’s editor Heike Parplies.

Handled internationally by The Match Factory, Toni Erdmann began winning the hearts of critics and audiences around the globe following its premiere in Cannes’ Official Competition last year.

It picked up five European Film Awards in Poland’s Wroclaw last December – in the same categories as the Lolas except for editing – as well as Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.

Hours before Friday night’s ceremony in Berlin, the film’s »

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Women Directors Dominate Nominations for German Film Awards

16 March 2017 9:02 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Toni Erdmann”: Sony Pictures Classics

Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” is the film to beat at the Lolas, Germany’s equivalent to the Academy Awards. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the daughter-father comedy garnered six nominations: best film, best director, best screenplay, best editing, and best acting nods for stars Sandra Hüller and Peter Simonischek.

And we’re pleased to say that Ade isn’t the only woman director who has been recognized. As THR points out, “the Lolas have often been dominated by male directors, but this year, three of the four best director nominees were women.” Alongside Ade, Anne Zohra Berrached and Nicolette Krebitz received directing nods for “24 Weeks” and “Wild,” respectively.

“24 Weeks” focuses on a young couple considering an abortion, while “Wild” is a drama about a young woman and a wild wolf she takes captive in her apartment. Both will compete with “Toni Erdmann” for best film.

Monika Schindler, known for her editing work on “Free Fall,” “Night Shapes,” and “The Policewomen,” will receive this year’s lifetime achievement award.

THR reports that German culture minister Monika Grutters “has pushed to have more women on film subsidy boards, the groups that decide which German films to finance.” Grutters commented that women being part of the decision-making process is “a good first step forward.”

In an interview with Women and Hollywood, Ade discussed how quota systems for women directors might be the best step forward in regards to gender parity. “We want it to be fair,” she said. “We don’t want more — it’s just that we want it to be fair, especially when it comes to public money. It really needs to be made secured that it’s equal, depending on how many films were handed in by women. I mean you can’t, if only [20 percent of submissions are from women], you can’t support 50 percent of their films, I think.”

Toni Erdmann” tells the story of a practical joking father (Simonischek) who tries to bond with his career-driven daughter (Hüller) by unconvincingly posing as her CEO’s life coach, Toni Erdmann.

Ade’s film was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2017 Oscars and swept the major categories at the European Film Awards in December. “Toni Erdmann” topped Sight & Sound’s prestigious annual critics’ poll and made history by being the first woman-directed film to do so. The comedy was named Best Picture by the International Cinephile Society, and won the European Lux Film Prize as well as the Fipresci Grand Prix. An American remake is currently in the works with Kristen Wiig and Jack Nicholson in Hüller and Simonischek’s roles.

The Lola winners will be announced April 28 in Berlin.

Women Directors Dominate Nominations for German Film Awards was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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Germany ups film funding by €50m in major boost to sector

16 March 2017 6:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

German government reveals bold plan to increase film funding to €150m from 2018; Toni Erdmann scores six German Film Awards nominations.

The German government has approved a major increase in film funding in a bold bid to grow the local and international film business in Germany.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet has authorized a €50m boost to approximately $150m in film funding for 2018.

Culture secretary Monika Grütters confirmed on Thursday morning during the announcement of the nominations for this year’s German Film Awards (Lolas) that the budget from 2018 would comprise of €25m for culturally-oriented funding, €50m for the existing German Federal Film Fund (Dfff) cash rebate incentive programme, and €75m for the Dfff II scheme.

The latter is targeted at attracting and retaining major national and international productions in Germany as well as providing support for production service producers such as studios and VFX companies operating out of Germany.

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Germany ups film funding by €50m in bold bid to boost sector

16 March 2017 6:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

German government reveals bold plan to increase film funding to €150m from 2018; Toni Ermann scores six German Film Awards nominations.

The German government has approved a major increase in film funding in a bold bid to grow the local and international film business in Germany.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet has authorized a €50m boost to approximately $150m in film funding for 2018.

Culture secretary Monika Grütters confirmed on Thursday morning during the announcement of the nominations for this year’s German Film Awards (Lolas) that the budget from 2018 would comprise of €25m for culturally-oriented funding, €50m for the existing German Federal Film Fund (Dfff) cash rebate incentive programme, and €75m for the Dfff II scheme.

The latter is targeted at attracting and retaining major national and international productions in Germany as well as providing support for production service producers such as studios and VFX companies operating out of Germany.

This latest move to put Germany on a more »

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Germany ups film funding by €50m in bid to boost sector

16 March 2017 6:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

German government reveals bold plan to increase film funding to €150m from 2018; Toni Ermann scores six German Film Awards nominations.

The German government has approved a major increase in film funding in a bold bid to grow the local and international film business in Germany.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet has authorized a €50m boost to approximately $150m in film funding for 2018.

Culture secretary Monika Grütters confirmed on Thursday morning during the announcement of the nominations for this year’s German Film Awards (Lolas) that the budget from 2018 would comprise of €25m for culturally-oriented funding, €50m for the existing German Federal Film Fund (Dfff) cash rebate incentive programme, and €75m for the so-called Dfff II scheme.

The latter is targeted at attracting and retaining major national and international productions in Germany as well as providing support for production service producers such as studios and VFX companies operating out of Germany.

This latest »

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