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No less than 16 German films and two German-international co-productions are being shown at the 26th Moscow International Film Festival (18 –27 June 2004).Germany will be represented in the competition for the St. George Award by OLGA'S SUMMER by Nina Grosse. The film tells the story of 16-year-old Olga who lives with her father and brother at a petrol station in the countryside and is ready for life, love, adventure - in fact, for everything that would take her away from her boring everyday l...

Transilvania Fest awards

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The Transilvania International Film Festival ended atmospherically at the National Theatre in Cluj. Special guests, press, public and staff of came to celebrate the winners of the 3rd edition of the biggest film festival in Romania. Cluj was for nine days the Romanian capital of film: 80 titles were screened from 30 countries and more than 280 guests participated at the Festival. Attendance figures indicate a record of 20 000 viewers with open-air screenings being a huge success for the local au...

23 German films in Cannes

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The Export-Union of German Cinema will be presenting 23 new German films at the Marché du Film at the film festival in Cannes (12 – 23 May 2004) on behalf of German producers and distributors. The following German films can be seen in the market from 14 – 19 May in 36 screenings: · Äshäk, Tales from the Sahara by Ulrike Koch· Aus Liebe zum Volk by Eyal Sivan and Audrey Maurion· Autobahnraser by Michael Keusch· Blueprint by Rolf Schübel· The Dark Side of Our Inner Space by Roland Re...

The Boys from County Clare to open Karlovy Vary

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PROGRAMME FOR THE 39TH KARLOVY VARY IFF 2004The Karlovy Vary IFF is the most important international film festival in Central and Eastern Europe and the only A-grade festival in the Czech Republic. Its A-grade status (a “non-specialised festival with a feature film competition”) ranks the Karlovy Vary IFF among a group of prestigious festivals which e.g. also includes Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Tokyo. The conception of the festival, screening over 200 new films from all over the world for t...

Head - On opens Rome Festival of German Cinema

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Berlinale winner HEAD-ON (GEGEN DIE WAND) opens 5th Festival of German Cinema in RomeThe Export-Union and its partners will be staging the 5th Festival of German Cinema in Rome from 2 - 6 April, 2004. With 14 feature films, a documentary and a selection of shorts, the event provides an overview of new German film production.The Festival will be opened by HEAD-ON (GEGEN DIE WAND) by Fatih Akin, this year's winner of the Golden Bear in Berlin. The director and the two lead actors will come to Rome...

Film Festival Turkey / Germany awards

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The awards of the Film Festival Turkey / Germany have been announcedduring the award cerenomy on sunday 14th March. AWARDs of the FICTION FILMSbest film : "Schussangst " Yön: Dito Tsintsadzes (Berlin)best actdress : Sibel Kekilli (Gegen die Wand by Fatih Akin) (Hamburg)best actor : Birol Ünel (Gegen die Wand by Fatih Akin) (Berlin)Special mention : "Urban Guerillas " Dir: Neco Celik (Berlin)Audience Price: "Urban Guerillas" Dir: Neco Celik (Berlin)Jury : Atilla Dorsay, Klaus Eder, Joc...

Interview with Golden Bear Director Fatih Akin

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Head On (gegen die Wand) won the Golden Bear at Berlinale.Let us hear the director speak about his film in a discussion with Feridun Zaimoglubr>Feridun Zaimoglu is a leading Turkish-German author and painter. His novel 'Abschaum' was transposed to the big screen as 'Kanak Attak', which enjoyed a successful run in German theaters. Zaimoglu has made a name for himself as a cultural spokesman for Germany's Turkish population.The synopsis:'You can put an end to your life without killing yourself', w...

Against the wind (germany) world premiere

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The Berlinale has now confirmed a second Competition entry from Germany: director Fatih Akin will present the world premiere of his latest film Gegen die Wand (Against the Wall).With his new film, the director – who was born in Hamburg and still lives there – returns to his filmmaking roots and depicts the world of second generation Turkish immigrants. In Gegen die Wand, Akin follows his young protagonist as she desperately attempts to escape from the constraints of her culture. After attemp...

Berlin and Beyond in San Francisco

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Undeniably one of the most unique German language film festivals in the United States, BERLIN & BEYOND provides Bay Area moviegoers with a chance to enjoy highlights of recent European cinema. Almost all the films in the series will be making their Bay Area premieres and many filmmakers will appear in person to introduce their work to the public. The festival runs from January 8th –14th at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, and January 18th in Point Arena at the Mendocino Coast.The festival...

25 years of German cinema at MOMA

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KINO's jubilee event in 2003:25 years of German Cinema in the Museum of Modern Art in New YorkBig round of applause for ROSENSTRASSE at the opening and a substantial increase in admissions for KINO 2003On the occasion of KINO's 25th jubilee, the Export-Union of German Cinema and the Museum of Modern Art opened the season of German films (6-16 November 2003) with the Venice prize-winner ROSENSTRASSE in the presence of director Margarethe von Trotta, co-author Pamela Katz and the lead actress Mari...

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