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New German cinema in Madrid and Barcelona

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- Madrid is celebrating its 16th Festival of German Films (10-14 June), followed by Barcelona shortly after (13-15 June)

New German cinema in Madrid and Barcelona
Exit Marrakech by Caroline Link

A classic among the Festivals of German Films will be held in Madrid for the 16th time this year: ten new prize-winning German films can be seen in the Spanish capital from 10-14 June 2014, most of them accompanied by their makers.

The Festival of German Films in Madrid opened two days ago at the Cine Palafox with Exit Marrakech [+see also:
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(Desert Flower Filmproduktion, Erfttal Film- & Fernsehproduktion), with director Caroline Link and her lead actor Samuel Schneider in attendance.

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Another highlight is the presentation of Christian Schwochow's West [+see also:
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(zero one film, TERZ Film, ö Film) ahead of its release by Spanish distributor emon Theatrical. The actors Jella Haase, Gizem Emre and Aram Arami will travel to Madrid for the screening of the German audience favourite Suck Me Shakespeer [+see also:
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, by Bora Dagtekin (Rat Pack Filmproduktion, Constantin Film Produktion). Meanwhile, directors Grzegorz Muskala and Marco Wilms will also be coming to introduce their films, respectively Whispers Behind the Wall (OneTwoFilms, dffb) and Art War (Heldenfilm).

Also selected for the programme are the big winner of the German Film Award, Edgar Reitz's Home From Home – Chronicle of a Vision [+see also:
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(Edgar Reitz Filmproduktion), as well as Rolf Roring's Dear Courtney (2pilots Filmproduction), Christian Alvart's Banklady [+see also:
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(Syrreal Entertainment), Rick Ostermann's Wolfschildren [+see also:
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(Zum Goldenen Lamm Filmproduktion) and, for the younger public, Xavier Koller's Swiss/German co-production Black Brothers [+see also:
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(enigma film, Starhaus Filmproduktion, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion).

The programme is complemented by the traditional short-film selection called Next Generation Short Tiger, four other German shorts and a sidebar entitled “ArtHaus”, which is dedicated to German independent cinema and features the acclaimed Love Steaks [+see also:
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by Jakob Lass (HFF Konrad Wolf), Ramon Zürcher's The Strange Little Cat [+see also:
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(dffb), Cüneyt Kaya's Ummah – Among Friends [+see also:
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(All Ahead Film, deutschfilm, kahuuna films) and Johannes Naber's Age of Cannibals [+see also:
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(Studio.TV.Film).

Exit Marrakech, Ummah – Among Friends, Art War, Wolfschildren,Whispers Behind the Wall and the Next Generation selection will be shown at the Cinemes Girona in Barcelona from 13-15 June, in cooperation with Paco Poch Cinema and the Goethe-Institut in Barcelona.

Further information about the festivals in Madrid and Barcelona can be found here and on Facebook.

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