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Schlondorff touches down in 'lively' Korea

9 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

BUSAN, South Korea -- Veteran German director Volker Schlondorff was pleased with the energy at the Pusan International Film Festival, where his master class revealed what he described as the Asian filmmakers' sense of duty.

In Pusan for the first time, Schlondorff, best known for his 1979 award-winning classic The Tin Drum, said he has long admired Asian aesthetic.

Japanese master Akira Kurosawa was among his models as a director for the "sheer energy he got out of his performers," Schlondorff, 68, said between bites of Bavarian sausage and mustard at a German Film party Sunday.

Schlondorff said he admires Japanese culture for its sense "that everything has consequences."

Korea has surprised him as "lively, not as formal as Japan, but still, it shares Japan's sense of civic duty. You can tell people here have a sense of responsibility," he said.

Although film students are "the same all over the world," the young Asians at the festival asked him sharp questions. "They are so grateful to meet an actual filmmaker since they are all so used to dealing only with teachers," he said. »

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Film by the Sea fetes Schlondorff

17 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

AMSTERDAM -- German director Volker Schlondorff will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Film by the Sea Festival on Sept. 22 in the Dutch harbor city of Vlissingen.

The helmer of The Tin Drum is being honored largely because of his impressive cinematic adaptations of several well-known novels.

Film by the Sea, the third-biggest festival in the territory, has always focused on the relationship between film and literature. Its competition program contains adaptations of novels.

Previous winners in Vlissingen have included Jonathan Demme (2006), Istvan Szabo (2005), Saul Zaentz and Milos Forman (2004) and Ettore Scola (2003).

The festival runs Sept. 14-23, with the official competition lineup to be announced Aug. 20. »

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'Pope Joan' loses Schlondorff's blessing

24 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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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