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International Newswire: Bavaria Fernsehproduktion Rebrands as Bavaria Fiction

In today’s International Newswire, Bavaria Fernsehproduktion rebrands; Gaumont picks up a millennial drama, from Milo Ventimiglia; Alexander Coridass steps down at Zdfe; and Sony adds social edge to its new Mexican TV drama.

Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, one of Europe’s biggest production companies, has rebranded as Bavaria Fiction. There are several good reasons. One: The name, Bavaria TV Production in German, was a misnomer. Bavaria Fernsehproduktion moved waves last month scoring the first original series production commission from Deutsche Telekom, hardly a traditional TV, on comedy half-hour “Germanized,” on which, Variety reported, Amazon Prime Video, again hardly a traditional TV, is in advanced negotiations to acquire select territories. Bavaria Fiction, as its new name makes clear, only produces fiction, not general entertainment. Also, try pronouncing “Fernsehproduktion” if you’re not German. Bavaria Fiction has a weighty core business producing for Germany’s domestic market such shows as evergreen soap “Storm of Love” for Ard, episodes
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International Newswire: ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Tom Wlaschiha Boards U-Boat Drama ‘Das Boot’

International Newswire: ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Tom Wlaschiha Boards U-Boat Drama ‘Das Boot’
In today’s International Newswire, German producer Bavaria adds further high-profile cast to ‘Das Boot,’ Fox confirms the addition of Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson to the cast of ‘The Kid Who Would Be King,’ and Hulu takes U.S. rights to British comedy ‘GameFace.’

Game of Thrones” star Tom Wlaschiha and “Mad Men” actor Vincent Kartheiser have joined the cast of the rebooted “Das Boot.” The high-profile casting on the eight-episode U-boat drama, which has a $31.5 million budget, is yet another sign of the heightened international ambitions of German producers.

Also joining the Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Deutschland and Sonar Entertainment’s co-production are James D’Arcy, who appeared in “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” and Thierry Fremont, whose credits include “Juste un regard.”

The four newbies will play alongside Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”), August Wittgenstein (“The Crown”), Rainer Bock (“Inglourious Basterds”), Rick Okon (“Tatort”), and Vicky Krieps (“Phantom Thread”), among others. Andreas Prochaska
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Study: There Is Significant Gender Disparity in German Film and Television

Maria Furtwängler, who initiated the study, in the film “The Weather Inside

Don’t let “Toni Erdmann’s” success fool you: Gender inequality persists in German movies and TV. Per The Hollywood Reporter, a recent study from University of Rostock concluded that “women are sharply under-represented in German media, whether in fiction or on the news, and older women are nearly invisible.” The study’s authors made this statement after evaluating 3,000 hours of German television from 2016 and 800 hours of German-language movies released since 2011.

Actress Maria Furtwängler (Isabelle Stever’s “The Weather Inside,” “Tatort”) requested the study, the first one focusing on gender representation to be conducted in Germany in over 20 years. Furtwängler believes that hard numbers are needed to fully grasp “the enormous power of television and film to transport gender image.” Before the University of Rostock’s research, Germany “lacked the concrete data to illustrate the gender gap,” THR adds.

The study found that 67 percent of main protagonists on German TV series are male. Men comprise 58 percent of film protagonists. “The biggest gender gap is in children’s television, where nearly three quarters (72 percent) of all on-air characters, real or fictional, are male, compared to just 28 percent female,” THR notes. “Even cartoons are mainly macho, with 87 percent of all talking animals animated by a male voice.”

Women fare best in daily soap operas, according to the research. Fifty-two percent of soaps’ main characters are female.

In addition to the overall gender gap, women over 30 are being erased on German screens. After actors reach their mid-30s, there is a sudden decrease in the amount of female characters available. “Men in their 40s are twice as likely to play a lead role in a German film or TV series than a woman of equivalent age,” THR reports. “Men 50 or older are three times as likely to be the star.”

Check out the University of Rostock study’s highlights below, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.

Researchers studied 3,000+ hours of German TV from 2016 and 800+ hours of German-language cinema from the previous six years, examining the number of women versus men onscreen and their roles. The study considered narrative TV series and feature films as well as news, current affairs coverage, and non-fictional programming.Men represent 67 percent of the main protagonists on TV (leads in TV series, news anchors, or game show presenters).Women comprise 33 percent of main TV protagonists.In film 58 percent of leads are male, compared to 42 percent female.Children’s TV features the widest gender gap. 72 percent of all on-air characters are male. 28 percent are female.Women comprise 52 percent of main characters on daily soaps and telenovelas. “[That’s the] only genre, on film or TV, where a true 50–50 gender balance was found.”Men in their 40s are twice as likely to lead a film or series than women in their 40s. Men in their 50s are three times as likely as their female counterparts to topline a project.

Study: There Is Significant Gender Disparity in German Film and Television 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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Lizzy Caplan, Rick Okon, August Wittgenstein and more join Das Boot TV series

Variety is reporting that Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Rick Okon (Tatort) and August Wittgenstein (The Crown) are set to lead the cast of Sky’s €25 million drama series Das Boot, based upon the classic war film from director Wolfgang Petersen.

The series “will pick up the World War II story in the fall of 1942 and follow the war at sea as seen through the eyes of the young U-boat crew, and events on land, and the French Resistance.”

German filmmaker Andreas Prochaska (The Dark Valley) is directing the series, which also stars Vicky Krieps (Colonia Dignidad), Jonathan Zaccaϊ (Robin Hood), Leonard Scheicher (Finsterworld), Robert Stadlober (Summer Storm), Franz Dinda (The Cloud), and Stefan Konarske (The Young Karl Marx).

“This new production, supported by tremendous writing, an acclaimed international cast and crew, stunning locations and a budget more commonly associated with feature films, will be a fitting sequel to the iconic work that it follows,
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Lizzy Caplan, Rick Okon board Sky’s $28m ‘Das Boot’ Sequel (Exclusive)

Lizzy Caplan, Rick Okon board Sky’s $28m ‘Das Boot’ Sequel (Exclusive)
Rick Okon (“Tatort”) will captain the U-612 U-boat in the upcoming “Das Boot” series, with Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”), and August Wittgenstein (“The Crown”) also cast in the €25 million drama.

A 104-day shoot for the high-end series starts at end-August and will take in La Rochelle, Prague, Malta and Munich. Billed as a sequel to the 1981 film and Lothar-Günther Buchheim novel, the show will go out on Sky’s pay TV channels in Germany, Italy, and the U.K.

Other cast members include Vicky Krieps (“Colonia Dignidad”), Jonathan Zaccaϊ (“Robin Hood”), Leonard Scheicher (“Finsterworld”), Robert Stadlober (“Summer Storm”), Franz Dinda (“The Cloud”), and Stefan Konarske (“The Young Karl Marx”). German filmmaker Andreas Prochaska (“The Dark Valley”) will direct the eight-part series, which launches on Sky next fall.

Sonar Entertainment, Sky, and Bavaria Fernsehproduktion are making the series. Moritz Polter and Oliver Vogel, are the executive producers for Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, and
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Lizzy Caplan, Rick Okon board Sky’s $28m ‘Das Boot’ Sequel (Exclusive)

Lizzy Caplan, Rick Okon board Sky’s $28m ‘Das Boot’ Sequel (Exclusive)
Rick Okon (“Tatort”) will captain the U-612 U-boat in the upcoming “Das Boot” series, with Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”), and August Wittgenstein (“The Crown”) also cast in the €25 million drama.

A 104-day shoot for the high-end series starts at end-August and will take in La Rochelle, Prague, Malta and Munich. Billed as a sequel to the 1981 film and Lothar-Günther Buchheim novel, the show will go out on Sky’s pay TV channels in Germany, Italy, and the U.K.

Other cast members include Vicky Krieps (“Colonia Dignidad”), Jonathan Zaccaϊ (“Robin Hood”), Leonard Scheicher (“Finsterworld”), Robert Stadlober (“Summer Storm”), Franz Dinda (“The Cloud”), and Stefan Konarske (“The Young Karl Marx”). German filmmaker Andreas Prochaska (“The Dark Valley”) will direct the eight-part series, which launches on Sky next fall.

Sonar Entertainment, Sky, and Bavaria Fernsehproduktion are making the series. Moritz Polter and Oliver Vogel, are the executive producers for Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, and
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Netflix to Unleash Second German Original Production ‘Dogs of Berlin’

Netflix has commissioned its second German production with “Dogs of Berlin,” created by writer-director Christian Alvart. The 10-part show will see Alvart serve as showrunner as well as writing, directing and producing all episodes through his Berlin-based production company Syrreal Entertainment.

Described by Netflix as an edgy modern crime drama, “Dogs of Berlin” sees two contrasting police detectives forced to team-up against their will. Finding themselves caught up in a territorial battle with the Berlin underworld, which makes them confront their own corruption and weaknesses, the pair must decide which side of the law they are really on. Syrreal CEO Siegfried Kamml will also produce.

“To develop a 10-episode show that combines innovative storytelling with complex and unique characters is incredibly exciting for me as an author and director,” Alvart said of his biggest project to date. “I wanted to tell the story of these ‘Dogs’ for quite some time and am very much looking forward to
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German Hit Show "Normalizes" Jewish Life with TV Bar Mitzvah

This Sunday, millions of Germans will be watching a bar mitzvah on TV.

The plot of the new episode of Tatort, the country's longest-running, and most popular, television drama, features Jewish police detective Nina Rubin juggling her latest murder case with preparations for the bar mitzvah of her son Kaleb.

Rubin, played by (non-Jewish) actress Meret Becker, is a recurring character on Tatort, a CSI-style procedural with a regional twist: the show has different narrative arcs set in different cities across the country. Rubin's story is set in Berlin, home to Germany's largest, and fastest-growing, Jewish population.

The TV bar...
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Sliff 2016 Review – Long Live Death

Long Love Death screens Friday, Nov. 11 at 9:00pm at The Hi-Pointe Backlot as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Ticket information can be found Here

In “Long Live Death,” a serial killer sedates his female victims and makes their murders look like suicides. When the body of another woman is found, Lt. Murot finally catches the culprit, appearing to end the deadly spree. But even after his arrest, the killer still exerts terrifying control over the situation, and Murot seems to play an unwitting part in his master plan. As detective and criminal play a cat-and-mouse game with the highest of stakes — a person’s life — Murot is forced to confront his own past and inner demons. A tense thriller, “Long Live Death” is a quasi-sequel to the same director’s “At the End of the Street” (2015 Sliff), with both films inspired by the long-running
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10th Annual German Film Currents in L.A.

10th Annual German Film Currents in L.A.
Award Winning Director Wolfgang Becker (“Good Bye Lenin!”) will open the festival at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre with “Me and Kaminski” bringing outstanding German cinema and its stars to Los Angeles from October 20 to 23rd.

Full Program Line Up Announced with a selection of the best new German, Austrian and Swiss Cinema

Celebrating its 10th year, German Currents features an expanded program including screenings of ten La premieres, conversations with prolific German directors, writers and actors, as well as the return of the free family matinee film screening for local schools.

Me and Kaminski” starring Daniel Brühl and directed by Wolfgang Becker

2016 has been a successful year for German language cinema, not only in Europe, but across the globe. Beginning on Thursday, October 20th 2016 German Currents will open this year’s 4 day festival with the red carpet event Los Angeles premiere of Wolfgang Becker’s (“Goodbye Lenin”) five-time
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Studio Hamburg launches UK arm with former BFI executive

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Exclusive: UK film and TV outfit to be led by Vivien Muller-Rommel.

The Studio Hamburg Production Group has launched a UK production arm, which will be overseen by former BFI executive Vivien Muller-Rommel.

The German production and services centre is now looking to develop and produce a slate of English-language film and TV projects for the international market out of the UK with the former BFI executive in place as its local MD.

Muller-Rommel, a former Universal Pictures International and TWC int’l production and acquisitions assistant, spent five years at the BFI working in the Film Fund and the international department.

She will be building a team out of the company’s Soho office to produce around two features and two-three TV projects per year and will report to chairman of the Studio Hamburg management board, Michael Lehmann.

“We want to make high quality commercially viable English-language film and TV content,” Muller-Rommel told Screen
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German Titles Set For Strong Showing at Cannes 2016

German films look set to make muscular showing at this year’s Cannes Film Market, with local sales companies offering the gamut from family dramas, cop movies and World War II thrillers to sci-fi and folklore.

Meanwhile, Maren Ade’s competition title “Toni Erdmann,” about a father trying to reconnect with his daughter, marks the first German title to vie for the Palme d’Or in eight years and the first film from a female German director to screen in competition at Cannes. The Match Factory is handling world sales for Komplizen Film and Coop 99 Film’s German-Austrian co-production.

Global Screen has boarded post-war thriller “The Face” from Leipzig-based Departures Film and Berlin’s Films in Motion (Fim); Swiss helmer Markus Imboden (“The Foster Boy”) is set to direct from a script by U.S. scribe J. Frank James. Imboden is also attached to Fim’s “Life Through a Dead Man’s Eyes,
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Germany’s Improvisational “Mumblecore” Cinema Poised for Breakout

A dynamic improvisational film movement in Germany has in the past few years grown from a niche genre to a near-mainstream phenomenon — just don’t call it mumblecore.

While generally described as a German version of the now-dated U.S. indie movement, filmmakers and actors here prefer “improvisational film.” There are some similarities: Initially led by young filmmakers, many of them graduates from the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf near Berlin, it’s characterized by low-budget production values, relationship stories and an eschewal of script, but also by collaboration with actors trained in improvisation and an emphasis on humor.

After generating a great deal of critical acclaim domestically and on the festival circuit, it has begun to infiltrate the mainstream, both in film and television.

Directors that have defined the movement include Axel Ranisch (“Alky Alky”), brothers Jakob and Tom Lass (“Love Steaks,” “Kaptn Oskar”), Isabell Suba (“Men Show Movies
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Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street

The irrepressible Sam Fuller fashions a crime thriller for German TV with his expected eccentricity: old-fashioned hardboiled scripting, freeform direction and bits of graffiti from the French New Wave. Christa Lang is the femme fatale and Glenn Corbett is the twofisted American hero, whose name is Not Griff. And yes, a pigeon does bite the pavement on Beethoven Street, and I tell you, that's one dead pigeon. Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street Blu-ray Olive Films 1974 / Color / 1:33 flat full frame (for German TV / 127 min. / Tote Taube in der Beethovenstraße / Street Date April 19, 2016 / / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring Glenn Corbett, Christa Lang, Sieghardt Rupp, Anton Diffring, Stéphane Audran, Alexander D'Arcy, Anthony Chinn. Cinematography Jerzy Lipman Film Editor Liesgret Schmitt-Klink Original Music The Can German dialogue by Manfred R. Köhler Produced by Joachim von Mengershausen Written and Directed by Samuel Fuller

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Not that it helped Sam Fuller's career much,
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Action Packed Trailer for Christian Alvart's Tschiller: Off Duty

Okay, from what I can piece together, Christian Alvart and writer Christoph Darnstädt (Das Experiment) have brought a long running German detective show called "Tatort" to the big screen in a Bourne kind of way. The first trailer for the Pandorum director's latest German genre piece has emerged and, not surprisingly, it's pretty awesome.

Warner Brotehrs is poised to release the film overseas on February 4, 2016, but I have no information on domestical releasing.

Synopsis:

Action-packed and more elaborate than ever before, Til Schweiger plays forensic Chief Inspector Nick Tschill [Continued ...]
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Til Schweiger Comes In Bullets Blazing In Nick: Off Duty

How big a star is Til Schweiger in his native Germany? Well, how's this for an indicator: After appearing in just four episodes of long running German cop show Tatort - a series that has been more or less in continuous production since 1970 - the Inglorious Basterds support player has gone and landed himself a spinoff movie of his own. To put it in context that'd be like taking a four episode character from Law And Order and giving them their own film. Titled Tschiller: Off Duty in Germany - and apparently Nick: Off Duty everywhere else, because that title is going to inspire people to seek it out - Antibodies and Pandorum director Christian Alvart directs.Tough Hamburg cop Nick Tschiller lost his wife...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
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International Star You Should Know: ‘Goodnight Mommy’ Star Susanne Wuest

International Star You Should Know: ‘Goodnight Mommy’ Star Susanne Wuest
Austrian actress Susanne Wuest galvanized international audiences at the Venice Festival last year in horror pic “Goodnight Mommy.” Since then, the 35-year-old thesp had more than half a dozen projects either in the can or on her agenda, including Gore Verbinski’s horror-mystery “A Cure for Wellness,” which she’s currently filming.

First Act: Wuest grew up in rural Austria, with no TV in the home, she says. “When my parents took me to the theater for the first time, it was overwhelming, and I saw that’s what I wanted to do. It didn’t make them very happy!”

Fearless Flier: After high school, Wuest joined Vienna’s Volkstheater. “When you are 18 or 19, you have such faith in things. I just showed up and asked to work there, and they took me in. But it’s not something I would do now,” she laughs. She’s worked with top Austrian directors,
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‘A Heavy Heart’ Heralds a Helmer on the Rise

Thomas Stuber arrives at Tiff with just his debut feature, “A Heavy Heart” (“Herbert”), but the 34-year-old Leipzig native has been on the rise for some time now, winning accolades for his stark and gritty stories of social misfits.

He won a Student Academy Award and the German Short Film Award for 2011’s “Of Dogs and Horses,” about a destitute old man who wagers all the money he has in an effort to save the life of his beloved dog. He followed that with a number of television projects and award-winning short films, including “Teenage Angst,” which examined bullying and violence at an upscale boarding school.

“A Heavy Heart,” Stuber’s first feature-length theatrical film, centers on an aging boxer forced to come to terms with his physical decline after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als). Penned by Stuber and his writing partner Clemens Meyer and based on a story by Paul Salisbury,
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Cannes: Media Luna adds four to slate

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Exclusive: Films by Petri Kotwica and Jan Prusinovský are among four new titles acquired by Media Luna New Films ahead of next week’s Cannes Marché.

The first new addition to Media Luna’s sales line-up is Petri Kotwica’s Finnish-Irish drama Absolution, starring Laura Birn (A Walk Among The Tombstones), Mari Rantasila and Eero Aho.

Also new to the slate is Dutch filmmaker Joost van Ginkel’s Amsterdam-set drama The Paradise Suite, with Magnus Krepper (The Girl Who Played With Fire), and Slovenian Blaz Zavrsnik’s comedy Juliet And Alfa Romeo.

The final new addition is Czech director Jan Prusinovský’s local box-office hit The Snake Brothers with Kryštof Hádek and Matěj Hádek.

Ida Martins’ Cologne-based outfit is also handling international sales for veteran director Stijn Coninx’s feelgood drama Marina, based on the childhood memories of the Italian-Belgian singer Rocco Granata, which has been selected for the Cannes Écrans Juniors competition this year.

Global Screen
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Maisie Williams, Joachim Fjelstrup among 2015 Shooting Stars

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Maisie Williams, Joachim Fjelstrup among 2015 Shooting Stars
10 European actors to be celebrated by Efp in Berlin.

The UK’s Maisie Williams and Denmark’s Joachim Fjelstrup are among ten European acting talents to watch who have been selected for the line-up of European Film Promotion’s (Efp) Shooting Stars showcase at the 65th Berlinale (Feb 5-15).

An international jury of film professionals comprising Slovenian producer Danijel Hocevar, Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska, Swedish actress Eva Röse, UK film journalist Damon Wise, and French casting director Nathalie Cheron made its selection of six actresses and four actors from 23 nominations submitted by Efp member organisations.

The line-up for the 18th edition of Shooting Stars - with their nominated films - is as follows:

- Denmark: Joachim Fjelstrup (Itsi Bitsi)

- Finland: Emmi Parviainen (The Princess Of Egypt)

- Germany: Jannis Niewöhner (Sapphire Blue)

- Iceland: Hera Hilmer (Life In A Fishbowl)

- Ireland: Moe Dunford (Patrick’s Day)

- Lithuania: Aistė Diržiūtė (The Summer Of Sangaile)

- Spain:
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