Cherry Blossoms wins Audience Award in London
by German Films
Other feature films shown included Veit Helmer’s Absurdistan [+see also:
film profile], Martin Theo Krieger’s Beautiful Bitch [+see also:
film profile], Oezguer Yildirim’s Chiko [+see also:
film profile] and Emily Atef’s The Stranger In Me [+see also:
film profile]. Selected documentaries included Alexandra Westmeier’s Alone in Four Walls, Sebastian Heidinger’s Drifter and Echoes of Home [+see also:
film profile] by Stefan Schwietert.
German Films also presented new shorts from German film schools, in the program Next Generation 2008.
Moreover, the decline in the number of German/British co-productions in recent years was analysed in a panel discussion with Kirsten Niehuus (Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg), Emma Clarke (UK Film Council) and German and English producers.
The new British tax rebate system is promoting national productions in particular, but is not supporting any co-productions. The relevance of this subject in the UK was shown by the high level of interest of British producers who attended the event in large numbers.
German guests in London were, among others, directors Link, Atef, Brigitte Maria Bertele, Alejandro Cardenas Amelio, Uberto Pasolini and André Schäfer; actresses Hannelore Elsner and Ursula Werner; and producers Uschi Reich, Thomas Kufus, Steffen Reuter and Jens Meurer.
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