Scandinavia gets enthusiastic about German cinema
by Bénédicte Prot
The selection of films presented by German Films as part of the initiative German Films Go North succeeded in winning over Danish and Swedish audiences.
In Copenhagen (November 26-29), the Audience Award went to the German hopeful for the Oscar nomination, The Edge of Heaven [+see also:
interview: Fatih Akin
interview: Klaus Maeck
film profile] by Fatih Akin.
Martin Gypkens, who opened the festival with his delightful Nothing But Ghosts [+see also:
film profile], also received much acclaim, as did Leopold Grün, director of the documentary The Red Elvis [+see also:
film profile] (see news).
In Stockholm, the 4th German Film Festival (December 6-9) attracted a greater number of viewers, journalists and distributors compared to last year’s event. The audience’s favourite film was the opening title The Counterfeiters [+see also:
film profile] by Stefan Ruzowitzky, whose screening was greeted with applause.
Gypkens’ film also proved popular among Swedish audiences, who further enjoyed the comedy Fashion Victims by Ingo Rasper, Toke Constantin Hebbeln’s Nevermore, Doris Dörrie’s How to Cook Your Life and Robert Thalheim’s And Along Come Tourists [+see also:
interview: Alexander Fehling
Next Generation 2007, a selection of shorts made by German students, was for the first time screened directly before the students’ Danish and Swedish counterparts, who were very enthusiastic about the projects.
(Translated from French)
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