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German Films in Jerusalem, 50 years after

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- Beyond the German titles selected in the festival's various sections, five more will be shown to celebrate the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations

German Films in Jerusalem, 50 years after
We Are Young. We Are Strong by Burhan Qurbani

The Jerusalem Film Festival (9-19 July) is saving a special place for its German guests this year. In addition to the German productions selected in its various sections, and in cooperation with the Munich Film Festival, the 32nd edition of the event (Israel's most important film festival after Haifa) features a special programme of five German films to celebrate the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations. In total, 21 German films and co-productions will screen in Jerusalem this year. 

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The regular programme includes Sebastian Schipper's Berlinale-awarded and big Lola winner Victoria [+see also:
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(section: Panorama), as well as Burhan Qurbani's acclaimed title We Are Young, We Are Strong [+see also:
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(section: Spirit of Freedom) and Rüdiger Suchsland's From Caligari to Hitler (section: Cinemania).

The special "Munich in Jerusalem" sidebar, also supported by the regional fund FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, includes Axel Ranisch's Alky Alky [+see also:
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, Dietrich Brüggemann's Heil [+see also:
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, Arend Agthe's My Friend Raffi, Alexander Costea's The Measure and Austrian director Wolgang Murnberger's Trenker and Riefenstahl – A Fine Line Between Truth and Guild.

Agthe, Brüggemann, Costea, Schipper, Suchsland and Qurbani are expected in Jerusalem. Matthijs Wouter Knol, the director of the Berlinale's European Film Market, will be a member of the jury.

On 12 July, in collaboration with the Bavarian FFF and the festival, German Films is hosting a reception in the Cinematheque, to honour the German productions in the programme.

German Films had already been supporting the presence of German films in Israel ahead of this year's festival. For example, support was given to director Giulio Ricciarelli and lead actor Alexander Fehling to cover their travel expenses for the theatrical release of Labyrinth of Lies [+see also:
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, on 21 May. The film has now taken over 30,000 admissions in Israel. 

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