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FESTIVALS Germany

A Year Ago in Winter opens German Films in London

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The 11th Festival of German Films in London kicks off tomorrow with Caroline Link’s A Year Ago in Winter [+see also:
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, to be presented by its director and producer Uschi Reich. The event, which offers local audiences an overview of the latest in German cinema, will run through December 4.

Like every year, this edition also boasts a wide-ranging selection of new features, documentaries and shorts.

Feature films include Veit Helmer’s Absurdistan [+see also:
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, Martin Theo Krieger’s Beautiful Bitch [+see also:
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, Oezguer Yildirim’s Chiko [+see also:
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, Emily Atef’s The Stranger In Me [+see also:
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, Doris Doerrie’s Cherry Blossoms – Hanami [+see also:
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and Andreas Dresen’s Cloud Nine [+see also:
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Selected documentaries include Alexandra Westmeier’s Alone in Four Walls, Sebastian Heidinger’s Drifter and Andre Schaefer’s Lenin Only Got As Far As Luedenscheid.

German Films will also be presenting its new reel of film school shorts, Next Generation 2008.

The increase in German co-productions will be documented by a small selection: The Anarchist’s Wife [+see also:
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by Marie Noelle und Peter Sehr, Stefan Schwietert’s Echoes of Home [+see also:
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and Uberto Pasolini’s Machan [+see also:
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German Films and the UK Film Council will be inviting British producers to an industry event on this subject, where Kirsten Niehuus of the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg will lead a discussion between German and English producers on “How to structure your co-production with Germany".

During the festival, the Goethe Institut in London will offer a Focus on director Andres Veiel, who will present his films Black Box Germany and Addicted to Acting.

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