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In Cannes this week Germany’s minister of culture Monika Gruetters helped launch the second year of “Face to Face with German Films,” a campaign that celebrates German cinema success internationally.
She was joined at the event, staged at the elegant Villa Rothschild, by actors Ronald Zehrfeld, Louis Hofmann, Volker Bruch and Alexander Fehling, who are among those leading the campaign this year. German Films, which promotes German movies worldwide, organizes the campaign, and was represented at the event by managing director Mariette Rissenbeek, and chairman Peter Herrmann.
Among the guests were several who had films in the festival including directors Fatih Akin, whose revenge drama “In the Fade” is in competition, Valeska Grisebach, whose Western genre movie “Western” is in Un Certain Regard, and Ali Soozandeh, whose animated feature “Tehran Taboo” is in Critics’ Week. “In the Fade’s” cinematographer Rainer Klausmann also attended.
Others at the event included actor Franz Rogowski, »
- Leo Barraclough
While German-language films screening at this year’s Cannes Film Festival are scant in number, German talent and market titles nevertheless offer a glimpse of current and upcoming productions, ranging in subject matter from prehistoric adventure and Nazi-era intrigue to modern day terrorism and romance in the face of sorrow.
This year’s crop of local productions follows a standout year for German films, which not only made an impressive showing on the international festival circuit but also at both the domestic and international box office. Maren Ade’s Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann,” a bittersweet comedy about an aging father trying to reconnect with his distant, workaholic daughter, enjoyed a stellar year, winning a slew of international prizes, including five European Film Awards, sweeping this year’s German Film Awards, and leading to Ade’s selection for this year’s Cannes competition jury.
Domestically, the refugee crisis was the focus of »
- Ed Meza
The 16-episode series, set in the sophisticated and seamy world of 1920s Berlin, is the most expensive TV drama in German history, with a budget of €40 million ($44 million). “Babylon Berlin” is produced by Sky Deutschland, Ard Degeto, X Filme and Beta Film.
A spokesperson for Beta declined to comment Friday. Netflix also had no immediate comment on the deal, which was first reported by German trade website Dwdl.de and confirmed by Variety.
- Henry Chu
Netflix has snapped up German period drama Babylon Berlin, one of Europe's most hotly-anticipated new TV series, securing U.S. rights for the show from Run Lola Run and Cloud Atlas director Tom Tykwer.
Based on a series of novels by German writer Volker Kutscher, the Raymond Chandleresque crime story follows German detective, Gereon Rath (played by Volker Bruch), sent to Berlin to investigate a porn ring run by the Russian mafia. The period epic — with a reported budget of $45 million, Babylon Berlin is the most expensive German-language TV series in history — is set against the social and political »
- Scott Roxborough
Six German actors have been chosen to lead the second wave of an effort to highlight German cinema around the world after a year that saw the success of such films as Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann” and high-end television dramas like “Deutschland 83.”
Volker Bruch (pictured, far left), star of Tom Tykwer’s eagerly anticipated TV series “Babylon Berlin” from Sky, will join up-and-coming actors Louis Hofmann and Jannis Niewoehner as well as more established stars Alexander Fehling, Ronald Zehrfeld and Tom Schilling in the “Face to Face With German Films” campaign. The initiative by national film-promotion body German Films was first launched last fall with six leading German actresses, including “Toni Erdmann” star Sandra Hueller.
The six actors are to serve as ambassadors of German cinema at festivals and events around the world, and will all attend next month’s Cannes Film Festival for the new phase’s official launch. »
- Robert Mitchell
Berlin The makers of Germany’s biggest-budgeted TV series ever unveiled on Wednesday the first trailer for “Babylon Berlin,” an adaptation of the first book in German author Volker Kutscher’s bestselling series about a police inspector in 1920s Berlin.
The press conference at Berlin’s legendary but slightly dilapidated Clärchens Ballhaus (which first opened its doors in 1913) drew a packed crowd as writer-directors Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries and Henk Handloegten discussed their work on the €40 million ($42.7 million), 16-episode series and offered a first glimpse of the highly-anticipated show.
Produced by Sky Deutschland, Ard Degeto, X Filme and Beta Film and overseen by Tykwer, the lavish historical drama explores not only the glorious roaring 20s heyday of the German capital, but also the dark underbelly of the original sin city in all its brutal debauchery.
The series, »
- Ed Meza
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