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Berlin Film Festival sets first prison screening

Berlin follows in the footsteps of Oldenburg and Tribeca.

Source: Studiocanal

The Silent Revolution

The Berlin Film Festival (February 15 - 24) will screen a film in a local prison for the first time this year.

The festival’s local outreach strand Berlinale Goes Kiez, which spotlights neighbourhood cinemas, has been extended to include a screening at the penal institution Jva in Tegel on February 23.

Lars Kraume’s (The People vs Fritz Bauer) Berlinale Special feature The Silent Revolution has been selected for the prison screening. Starring Joerdis Triebel (Emma’s Bliss) and Maxim Mehmet (The Red Baron), the film tells the true-life story of a class of sixth-grade students who in 1956 stood up to the East German regime. They initially showed their solidarity with the victims of the 1956 Hungarian uprising by staging a minute’s silence in class. Kraume will be on hand after to discuss the film with inmates.

Germany’s Oldenburg Film Festival has screened films in prisons
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Berlinale: Studiocanal Germany Sets Sebastian Schipper’s ‘Caravan,’ Lars Kraume’s ‘The Silent Revolution’ (Exclusive)

Berlinale: Studiocanal Germany Sets Sebastian Schipper’s ‘Caravan,’ Lars Kraume’s ‘The Silent Revolution’ (Exclusive)
Berlin — Launching Liam Neeson’s “Hard Powder” at Berlin’s European Film Market, Vivendi’s European film-tv group Studiocanal is set to produce, distribute and sell two new German projects: “Caravan,” Sebastian Schipper’s follow-up to “Victoria,” and “The Silent Revolution,” from Lars Kraume whose “The People vs. Fritz Bauer” was a Cohen Media Group pick-up for North America.

Produced out of Studiocanal Germany, a production-distribution company headed by CEO Kalle Friz, “Caravan” and “The Silent Revolution” form part of a 2017 six-movie slate as Studiocanal, Europe’s biggest film investor this decade, powers up production in the continent’s third biggest movie market.

Also Germany’s biggest distributor of international independent movies, playing off an output deal with Lionsgate which was extended to Summit last year, in Germany Studiocanal can look to its own international productions, such as “Paddington” and “Non-Stop,” plus Lionsgate/Summit titles, to fuel a release slate of around 20 movies per year.
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Film Review: 'My Skinny Sister'

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★★★★☆ Swedish writer-director Sanna Lenken's notable debut My Skinny Sister (2015) about a young teenager's eating disorder is a simple tale given added poignancy by powerful performances from the two leads. Katja (Amy Deasismont) is a promising young figure skater envied and admired by her younger sister Stella (Rebecka Josephson). Katja is beautiful, svelte and talented while 12-year-old Stella is pudgy and awkward. To complicate matters further, Stella has a crush on Katja's German trainer Jacob (Maxim Mehmet).
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Film Review: ‘My Skinny Sister’

In “My Skinny Sister,” an eating-disorder drama seen through the eyes of the youngest member of a dysfunctional family, debuting helmer-writer Sanna Lenken brings some humor and charm to a difficult issue before ultimately spiraling into moralistic Afterschool Special territory. Multiple kudos — including a Crystal Bear from Berlin’s youth jury, a special mention from the international jury, and the audience award for best Nordic film at Gothenburg — ensure further fest travel, with Euro broadcast sales likely.

Overly precocious, tubby tween Stella (an impressive debut by newcomer Rebecka Josephson, the granddaughter of famed Bergman thesp Erland Josephson) is on the cusp of adolescence and eager to move forward into a sexualized world. She idolizes, not without some jealousy, her gorgeous older sister, Katja (pop singer, TV presenter and actress Amy Deasismont, aka Amy Diamond), a talented competitive ice skater who seems to suck up most of the limited attention of their parents.
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German Film Winners Cannes 2014

There were several prizes for German co-productions at the Cannes Film Festival (14 - 25 May 2014) this year: Winter Sleep (Tr/De/Fr, Bredok Film Production) won the Palm d'Or . The film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan also received the Fipresci Prize from the international film critics. Another co-production with German participation, Le Meraviglie by Alice Rohrwacher (It/Ch/De, Pola Pandora), was awarded the Grand Prix. White God by Kornél Mundruczó (Hu/De/Se, Pola Pandora) received the main award in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. Pola Pandora, the German production company serving as a partner on both films, was co-founded by the recently departed Karl Baumgartner, a pioneer of European arthouse cinema. Wim Wenders and his co-director Juliano Ribeiro Salgado received the Special Prize in the Un Certain Regard sidebar for the French production The Salt of the Earth. Juan Sarmiento G. was responsible for the camerawork on Leidi, the Golden Palm for Short Films. He is now living and working in Berlin after having studied at the Hff Potsdam-Babelsberg.

The cinema was filled to capacity at the world premiere of the Next Generation Short Tiger 2014 program of shorts on Sunday, 18 May 2014. Around 250 guests came to the Star Cinema where the directors and producers of the 14 selected shorts presented their works to an audience of international professionals. The director and Oscar-winner® Caroline Link, who was a member of the jury, was also present at the premiere in Cannes. Next Generation Short Tiger 2014 is organized by German Films and the German Federal Film Board (Ffa). After the screening, the audience – which included representatives of international festivals, journalists, producers and buyers, rewarded the achievements of the German short film talents with long and enthusiastic applause.

Mariette Rissenbeek, managing director of German Films: "We are delighted that this year again saw such a large interest from people wanting to get to know the up-and-coming generation of German filmmakers at the Next Generation Short Tiger premiere. Everything was represented – from the Western through drama, animation, thriller, documentary and also comedy – and all of this was of a very high quality." The first festival invitations had already started coming in after the screening in Cannes. The Next Generation Short Tiger 2014 program will be shown in the upcoming months as part of the Festivals of German Films which are organized by German Films in Madrid, New York, Buenos Aires, Paris and Moscow.

This year, the market screenings organized by German Films under the banner of " New German Films in Cannes " at Cannes' Marché du Film presented 35 new German films. The screenings were well received by the professional visitors. A popular and highly regarded meeting place – along with the German Pavilion in the International Village – proved once again to be the German Reception in honor of German cinema and the films with German participation at the festival.

Over 850 guests took the opportunity to come together in a convivial atmosphere on La Plage - Majestic Barrière on Saturday, 17 May 2014. The State Minister for Culture, Prof. Monika Grütters, made the opening speech on the occasion of her first visit to Cannes. The producers Eva Blondiau (Torn), Michael Eckelt (That Lovely Girl / Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsallem), Alfred Hürmer (Maps to the Stars), Thanassis Karathanos (Clouds of Sils Maria) and Titus Kreyenberg (Bridges of Sarajevo), the directors Elmar Imanov and Engin Kundag (Torn), Slomi Elkabetz (Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsallem) and Jessica Hausner (Amour Fou) as well as the actors Christian Friedel and Stefan Großmann (Amour Fou) were among those attending from the delegations of the German co-productions showing at the festival. The guests included, among others, representatives of festivals from Moscow, Montreal, Palm Springs, Locarno and São Paulo, the actors Stefan Konarske and Maxim Mehmet, the directors Margarethe von Trotta, Caroline Link, Dietrich Brüggemann, Veit Helmer and Marco Kreuzpaintner, author Katja Eichinger as well as international and national distributors, producers and funders.
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Medienboard Chief: Why Cannes Is So Important for the German Funding Body (Exclusive)

Cannes — The reception for funding body Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, hosted by its managing director of film funding Kirsten Niehuus, in Cannes Monday brought together many of the international filmmakers whose pics it has backed. She spoke to Variety about the importance of the festival to the German funding body’s work.

Six of the films it has backed play in the festival, and the directors of several of those joined the reception, including “Amour fou” helmer Jessica Hausner, “White God” director Kornel Mundruczo, and “The Wonders” helmer Alice Rohrwacher (pictured, above left, with Niehuus).

Speaking to Variety, Niehuus commented on the value of Cannes to Medienboard. “Cannes is one of the major festivals for film art, for film culture, and we, as a fund, do from artistic films to mainstream films, and Cannes is one of the most important marketplaces to show the excellence of filmmakers,” she said. “We feel we
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Venice Film Festival 2011: Aleksandr Sokurov's 'Faust' wins Golden Lion

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The gongs have been distributed at this year's Venice Film Festival and the winner of the coveted Golden Lion is Aleksandr Sokurov's Faust, starring Hanna Schygulla, Isolda Dychauk, Georg Friedrich and Maxim Mehmet. The film looks remarkable, with cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel employing all sorts of distortion from fairground mirrors to fuzzy lenses, creating a world which is credibly off-kilter. In other news, Shangjun Cai was awarded the Silver Lion (Best Director) and Michael Fassbender won Best Actor for his role in Steve McQueen's Shame.

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Shanghai International Film Festival: ‘The Good Neighbour’

The Good Neighbour

Directed by Stephan Rick

Germany 2011

Falling somewhere between cold psychodrama and deliberate thriller, Stephan Rick’s The Good Neighbour is a slick, cyclical drama filled with moral anxieties and suburban violence.

David (Maxim Mehmet) moves next door to Robert (Charly Hübner). David is good-looking, young and ambitious. Robert is the opposite, yet the two form a friendship based on, if nothing else, proximity. On the drive home from a bar, David strikes a young woman with his car and kills her. Robert convinces him to leave the scene of the crime, but soon David falls for the victim’s sister Vanessa (Petra Schmidt-Schaller). Robert begins to feel left out…and doesn’t take it very well.

Director Rick maintains a fairly minimal style throughout, though his is far from the sparse, grief-stricken narratives of many of his German contemporaries. Preferring to stay mostly in medium shots, Rick
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2011: Aleksandr Sokurov's Faust

#63. Faust Director: Aleksandr SokurovProducers: Andrey SigleDistributor: Rights Available. The Gist: This is the fourth and final film in the corrupting effects of power after Hitler ("Moloch," 1999), Vladimir Lenin ("Taurus," 2000) and Japanese emperor Hirohito ("The Sun," 2004). Inspired by the German legend of a man who makes a pact with the devil in return for knowledge, and drawing on works by Goethe and Thomas Mann, Sokurov's "Faust" aims to draw together the themes of his earlier three films....(more) Cast: Hanna Schygulla, Maxim Mehmet and Antoine Monot Jr. List Worthy Reasons...: I had this listed on last year's Top 100, and the extra wait can only mean the auteur is fine-tuning the project. Here is what I wrote one year back: not a remake of Murnau's 1926 film, but the closing chapter in Sokurov's grouping of four films under the theme of corruption is an absolute must for film snobs. Having only seen three of his works,
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2010: Aleksandr Sokurov's Faust

Not a remake of Murnau's 1926 film, but the closing chapter in Sokurov's grouping of four films under the theme of corruption is an absolute must for film snobs. Having only seen three of his works, I can't say I'm much of an expert on the filmmaker, but the chosen subject should be an interesting figure to highlight in Sokurov commonly known aesthetic that draws upon nature's surroundings and natural light to add descriptive layers to his characters. - #43. Faust Director/Writer: Aleksandr SokurovProducers: Andrey Sigle (Alexandra)Distributor: Rights Available. The Gist: This is the fourth and final film in the corrupting effects of power after Hitler ("Moloch," 1999), Vladimir Lenin ("Taurus," 2000) and Japanese emperor Hirohito ("The Sun," 2004). Inspired by the German legend of a man who makes a pact with the devil in return for knowledge, and drawing on works by Goethe and Thomas Mann, Sokurov's "Faust" aims to draw
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Trailer & Images from The Red Baron

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A brand new trailer and new images for The Red Baron has been released on Apple. The movie has been made by independent production company, Montery Media Inc. If you love your planes and dogfights from WW1 in particular then this one is for you. It looks fantastic and the attention to detail looks phenomenal although I think the trailer loses it’s way slightly towards the end. The images look lovely in high resolution. I’ve placed them below but you can head over to Apple to view both the trailer and images in hi-def.

The Red Baron (Der rote Baron) is directed by Nikolai Müllerschön and includes a cast of Matthias Schweighöfer, Til Schweiger, Lena Headey and Joseph Fiennes.

Synopsis: Europe, 1916. Baron Manfred von Richthofen (Matthias SCHWEIGHÖFER) is, at the age of just 24, the crack pilot of the German aerial combat forces – a legend in his own time,
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