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German films in the Big Apple

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- From 7-14 April, New York City is welcoming the third edition of KINO! - Festival of German Films

German films in the Big Apple
The Weather Inside by Isabelle Stever

The third edition of KINO!, the New York City German Film Festival, will be featuring, from 7-14 April, titles dealing with serious issues as well as offbeat comedies, well-known directors and promising new faces, fictions and documentaries. In a nutshell, the selection committee has picked a colourful cross-section of the newest German productions.

As Mariette Rissenbeek, the managing director of German Films, explains, "A presence in the USA through a festival or theatrical release plays a very significant role in a film's international visibility and career, so it's very important for us to offer German cinema a platform in NYC and promote a greater awareness of our production amongst the local industry, the audience and the media."

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The core of the programme consists of 11 new German features, which will be shown at the Cinema Village, and their makers will be on hand to answer questions from the public. The opening movie, Isabelle Stever's The Weather Inside [+see also:
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(Sutor Kolonko, cine plus Filmproduktion), will be followed by Thomas Stuber's A Heavy Heart [+see also:
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(DEPARTURES Film, deutschfilm), Klaus Maeck's B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin 1979 – 1989 [+see also:
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(DEF Media), Gerd Schneider's The Culpable [+see also:
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(av medien penrose, Penrose Film), Annekatrin Hendel's The Fassbinder Story [+see also:
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(It Works! Medien), accompanied by a panel discussion, Franz Müller's Happy Hour [+see also:
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(coproduced by GRINGO films and Film Boutique with Irish partners), Sonja Heiss' Hedi Schneider is Stuck [+see also:
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(Komplizenfilm), Wolfgang Becker's Me and Kaminski [+see also:
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(coproduced by X Filme Creative Pool with Belgium), Christian Zübert's One Breath [+see also:
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, Tom Sommerlatte's Summers Downstairs [+see also:
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(coproduced by Osiris Media with French partners), and Mara Eibl-Eibesfeldt's Spiderwebhouse [+see also:
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(Tellux Film). A selection of short films will also be screened under the heading "Short Export Made in Germany 2016".

The newly restored silent movie classic The Cabinet of Dr Caligari by Robert Wiene will be screened as a special event, in collaboration with Bertelsmann at the brand-new Metrograph cinema, which only opened its doors this month. Raphaël Marionneau, one of the most well known European chill-out DJs, will provide a musical soundtrack for the screenings. Another highlight in the programme is the Goethe-Institut-organised screening of the cult classic Decoder, which will also be followed by a panel discussion (with the producer/screenwriter Klaus Maeck and the musician/cast member Genesis Breyer P-Orridge). 

For the first time this year, KINO! will be accompanied by a VoD initiative, in collaboration with the US streaming service Fandor.Parallel to KINO!, a selection of German festival favourites from the last few years will be available online. Fandor is also supporting the KINO! Audience Award by offering three year-long memberships to the most enthusiastic voters.

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