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Gallenberger picks up Audience Award in Paris

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Florian Gallenberger picked up the Audience Award at the 14th Festival of German Films in Paris (September 30-October 6) for his biopic John Rabe [+see also:
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, set during the Nanjing massacre of 1937-38.

The event opened with Andreas Dresen's Whisky With Vodka [+see also:
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(winner of Best Director at Karlovy Vary), which was presented to French audiences by actor Henry Huebchen and producer Christoph Mueller.

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Other directors on hand to present their films were Oskar Roehler (Lulu & Jimi [+see also:
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); Romuald Karmakar (of the collective project Germany 09 [+see also:
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), Stefan Krohmer (Dutschke), Susanne Schneider (The Day Will Come); as well as actress Anne Consigny (John Rabe).

Other titles in the line-up included Lars Jessen’s Small-Town Punks [+see also:
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, Kai Wessel’s Hilde [+see also:
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, Esther Gronenborn’s Kaifeck Murder [+see also:
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, Marcus H. Rosenmueller’s film for young people Little White Lies [+see also:
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, and the short films of Next Generation 2009.

There was also a screening of Storm [+see also:
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, accompanied by director Hans-Christian Schmid (European Parliament's LUX Prize 2009 competition).

Six shorts were programmed in cooperation with AG Kurzfilm as supporting films: Breathe (Lei Xue), For Mathilde (Alla Churikova), Hocus-Pocus (Anna Samoylovich), Dog’s Devotion (Anna Kalus), When We are in Heaven (Daniela Risch) and In Between (Mischa Leinkauf, Matthias Wermke).

The Goethe-Institut in Paris programmed the documentaries Off Ways by Uli M. Schueppel and Material by Thomas Heise on the subject “Le Mur en doc”. A further highlight was the six-hour screening of Ulrike Ottinger's Southeast Passage.

The occasion helped Anne Tallineau, the new foreign representative of German Films for France, intensify contacts with the film industries of both countries.

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