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7 filmmakers invited to the 7th annual FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS panel event during the Berlinale

 

To celebrate their 7th annual FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS campaign, German Films would like you to join us for a panel event during the Berlinale, spotlighting this year’s seven filmmakers: Documentary writer-director SARAH NOA BOZENHARDT, actor-producer-writer SARA FAZILAT, actor-director JERRY HOFFMANN, film editor JULIA KOVALENKO, writer-director MATTHIAS LUTHARDT,  cinematographer and director ZAMARIN WAHDAT and actor ANNE ZANDER. Since its first edition in 2016, the annual FACE TO FACE campaign, from German Films, has established itself as a flagship platform to give international visibility to German film talent and draw the attention of the global film industry to a number of the country’s most sensational newcomers and professionals.

 

In attendance of this year’s event will be: Sarah Noa Bozenhardt (Among Us Women), Sara Fazilat (Nico), Jerry Hoffmann (I Am), Matthias Luthardt (Pingpong), Zamarin Wahdat (Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone [If You’re A Girl]) and Anne Zander (For Jojo).

Sarah Noa Bozenhardt is a documentary writer and director who has examined socio-political issues of womanhood in her work and found a source of inspiration in the relationships and experiences she had during her upbringing in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her filmography includes MEDANIT and HEIMFAHRT, and her feature documentary debut AMONG US WOMEN had its world premiere at DOK Leipzig in October 2021, where it received a special mention in the international competition. AMONG US WOMEN examines the lives of women in Megendi, Ethiopia through the lens of pregnancy and midwifery, and Bozenhardt is described as having “take[n] great care to show us the beauty and dignity” [full review here] of her subjects, usually otherwise underrepresented in cinema.

 

Sara Fazilat is an actor, producer and writer who has been on the rise since she was selected for the Berlinale Talents program in 2017. Her filmography includes THE FOX, CHECK CHECK, THE HEIST, LOUISE, Cannes selection REVOLVO and JIYAN. NICO, which Fazilat produced, starred in and helped write, screened at Shanghai International Film Festival and Frameline Film Festival San Francisco, amongst others, and won her several awards, including the Max Ophüls Prize (Best Young Actress). Fazilat has been praised for her “thunderbolt of a performance as Nico, a confident German-Persian lesbian working in Berlin as a caregiver. Her effusive personality radically changes after a racially motivated attack lands her in the hospital and leaves her with deep psychological wounds. Director Eline Gehring and co-screenwriter Fazilat convey the brutality of the act without being overly explicit, interested more on depicting the emotional damage than the physical scars. Fazilat impresses in every scene” [full review here]. She can next be seen in Cannes winner Ali Abbasi’s latest, HOLY SPIDER.

 

Jerry Hoffmann is a familiar face on the German film scene and an award-winning actor and director who found his break-out role in Burhan Qurbani’s globally acclaimed SHAHADA. In addition to his work in film and TV, he has performed extensively onstage, including as an ensemble member of the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin. His filmography features lead roles in HEIL, ABIKALYPSE and NEEDLE PARK BABY. As a director, his short films MALL and 90% have screened at festivals and won awards internationally, and I AM, an arthouse sci-fi thriller described as a “powerful and meditative examination of grief, loss and what it means to be human,” [full interview here] qualified for the 2022 Academy Awards and screened at the Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. He can next be seen in the Netflix series A SUBMARINE STORY.

 

Matthias Luthardt is a writer and director who came to international attention with his award-winning debut PINGPONG, a coming-of-age drama, which had its world premiere at Cannes’ Semaine de la Critique. Several feature films and documentaries have followed, including MEMORY, CINÉKINO and AUTUMN 1929 – SHADOWS ABOVE BABYLON. His latest directorial effort is World War I-set German-French co-production THE FOX, starring Luise Aschenbrenner, Christa Théret and Leonard Kunz. Luthardt is a member of the European Film Academy.

 

Zamarin Wahdat is a cinematographer and director who was born in Kabul and grew up in Hamburg. As a student, she was spotted by director Carol Dysinger and asked to work as a visual designer and translator on LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU'RE A GIRL), which won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short in 2020. Shortly after, Wahdat made her directorial debut, BAMBIRAK, a short film about the everyday racism experienced by people with an immigrant background in Germany. Described as “simple, empathetic filmmaking […] an unpretentious gem,” BAMBIRAK won Best International Short Film at Sundance International Film Festival in 2021. She is currently working on a feature-length adaptation of BAMBIRAK in addition to other short film projects and a documentary about activist Sarah Mardini.

 

Anne Zander is an actor and performer whose filmography includes an episode of German cult series TATORT – BOROWSKI UND DER FLUCH DER WEIßEN MÖWE, feature film FENSTER BLAU and short film OFFICE. As a deaf person, Zander still experiences intersectionality in her everyday life and as a result, is committed to improving diversity and inclusion in the German film and media industries. In 2022, Zander can be seen in two major productions. She stars in her first leading role in ZDF TV drama DU SOLLST HÖREN opposite Claudia Michelsen and Kai Wiesinger, and in the Netflix Original film FOR JOJO, directed by Barbara Ott.

  

 

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