New German wave in Paris
The 11th edition of the German Film Festival kicks off tomorrow in Paris. The event, organised by German Films in collaboration with the Goethe Institute in Paris, takes place until October 17 in the Arlequin cinema.
The best of recent German cinema will be on show in a programme entitled “Cinéma d’aujourd’hui", which hosts 14 features (including two documentaries and a television film) that have toured the international festival circuit and are seeking a French distributor.
Opening tomorrow evening with Emma’s Bliss [+see also:
film profile] by Sven Taddicken, enthusiastically received in competition at the 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival and which will be screened at the RomeFilmFest as part of German Days, the event will close with I Am the Other Woman [+see also:
film profile] by veteran director Margarethe von Trotta, which was selected at Toronto and is being sold internationally by StudioCanal.
Professionals and film lovers in the French capital will also be treated to one of the surprises of the 2006 Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, Summer 04 [+see also:
film profile] by Stefan Krohmer, as well as Come Closer by Vanessa Jopp, whose career on the festival circuit has blossomed since the film’s first appearance at Berlin’s Panorama, with screenings at Karlovy Vary, Montreal and Copenhagen, where Heidrun Bartholomäus won Best Actress.
Other films include Running On Empty by Bülent Akinci (selected at Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Copenhagen, Rio, Montreal, Warsaw, Thessaloniki and Moscow, where it won Best Actor); Valerie by Birgit Möller, the tale of the decline of a model in the fashion world; and, last but not least, Matthias Glasner’s caustic The Free Will, which won Jürgen Vogel a Silver Bear for Artistic Contribution (production, screenplay, acting) at Berlin this year and Best Actor at Tribeca.
Female-centred films at the event include Princess by Birgit Grosskopf, a film on girls gangs in rough suburbs, and Erica von Moeller’s Leben mit Hannah.
Under the Sun by Baran bo Odar and Dresden by Roland Suso Richter round out a programme that also includes a TV film (Die Frau am Ende der Strasse by Claudia Garde), two documentaries (Horst Buchholz... Mein Papa by Christopher Buchholz and Sandra Hacker, and Time Without Parents by Celia Rothmund), a panorama of shorts and a selection of films from schools entitled Next Generation 2006.
(Translated from French)
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