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German movies get a Parisian showcase

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- Tomorrow will see the kick-off of the 24th Festival of German Film, which will unspool until 8 October in the French capital, organised by German Films

German movies get a Parisian showcase
The Audition by Ina Weisse

Tomorrow, the French premiere of The Audition [+see also:
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by Ina Weisse, which has just earned Nina Hoss the Best Actress Award at San Sebastián after it world-premiered at Toronto (and which will be distributed in France from 6 November, courtesy of Les Films du Losange), will have the honour of opening the 24th Festival of German Film, set to unspool until 8 October in Paris, at L’Arlequin cinema. Organised by German Films, the event will, through its "Cinema of Today" programme, present a selection of ten features (representing the crème de la crème of recent German film output) that will be screened in the presence of their creators.

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Other movies set to get an airing as French premieres are System Crasher [+see also:
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by Nora Fingscheidt (Silver Bear – Alfred Bauer Prize at Berlin this year and set to be distributed in France from 19 February 2020, by Ad Vitam) and The Collini Case [+see also:
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by Marco Kreuzpaintner, which will bring the festival to a close (French distribution handled by ARP Sélection).

Three other films that made a splash at Berlin this year are also on the menu: Oray [+see also:
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interview: Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay
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by Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay (crowned Best First Feature at the 2019 Berlinale), All My Loving [+see also:
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by Edward Berger (unveiled in Panorama) and Cleo [+see also:
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by Erik Schmitt (first revealed as part of the Generation Kplus programme).

The programme also includes A Regular Woman [+see also:
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by Sherry Hormann (in competition at Tribeca this year), the comedy 25 km/h [+see also:
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by Markus Goller (which was quite the box-office hit in its home country), the animated film Fritzi: A Revolutionary Tale [+see also:
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by Ralf Kukula and Matthias Bruhn, and the German-Swiss documentary Another Reality [+see also:
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by Noël Dernesch and Olli Waldhauer (first introduced at Locarno, in the Critics’ Week).

Also of note are a special screening for the documentary Heimat Is a Space in Time [+see also:
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by Thomas Heise (presented in the Berlinale Forum) and a Focus on actress Luise Heyer, who was nominated in two categories of the German Film Awards (Deutscher Filmpreis) this year: for Best Actress for The Most Beautiful Couple [+see also:
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interview: Sven Taddicken
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by Sven Taddicken and for her turn in Caroline Link’s All About Me [+see also:
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, which eventually earned her the Best Supporting Actress gong.

Lastly, the line-up of the gathering also comprises 17 short films, including the best shorts of 2019 from German film schools (Next Generation) and the winners of the Short Tiger Award (for the best shorts of under five minutes’ duration).

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(Translated from French)

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