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Maren Ade to represent German cinema in Paris

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- Wednesday 5 October marks the beginning of the 21st German Films Festival organised by German Films in the French capital

Maren Ade to represent German cinema in Paris
The Forest for the Trees by Maren Ade

Unveiled at Locarno on the Piazza Grande, Christian Schwochow’s Paula [+see also:
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(which will be released in Germany on 15 December by Pandora and in France on 1 February 2017 by Happiness Distribution) will open the 21st German Films Festival at l’Arlequin movie theatre in Paris tomorrow. The festival is organised by German Films and will run until 11 October.

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After giving pride of place to the actors last year, the festival has decided to dedicate its screens to the producers, including those from Munich outfit Komplizen Film, which will be represented by Maren Ade (who earned a slew of awards for her role as director of Toni Erdmann [+see also:
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, a revelation of Cannes’ competition, Germany’s representative in the running for the next Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Feature, and which achieved a total of 320,000 admissions in France over six weeks thanks to Haut et Court Distribution) and Janine Jackowski. Four of the production house’s titles will be screened at the festival: Maren Ade’s first two feature films (Everyone Else [+see also:
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and The Forest for the Trees), Ulrich Köhler’s Sleeping Sickness [+see also:
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and Sonja HeissHedi Schneider is Stuck [+see also:
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Aside from the opening film, another nine features will be shown as part of the “Cinéma d’aujourd’hui” (Cinema of Today) line-up, which will be shown as French advance screenings attended by the films’ directors. The titles featured include three that were unveiled at Berlin: Anne Zohra Berrachad’s competition title 24 Weeks [+see also:
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, Doris Dörrie’s Fukushima, Mon Amour [+see also:
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(winner of the Panorama’s CICAE Art Cinema Award, which is set to be released in France on 1 February 2017 through Bodega Films) and Hans Steinbichler’s The Diary of Anne Frank [+see also:
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. The section also includes Fatih Akin’s Goodbye Berlin [+see also:
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(€1.88 million at the box office for the first 11 days of screening in Germany), Wild [+see also:
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by Nicolette Krebitz (unveiled in competition at Sundance), Jan Krüger’s Brother and Sister [+see also:
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(discovered at the Austrian festival, Crossing Europe), Stephen Rick’s thriller, The Dark Side of the Moon [+see also:
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(starring Moritz Bleibtreu and Nora Van Waldstätten), Lou Andreas-Salomé [+see also:
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by Cordula Kablitz-Post (winner of the Emden Nordeney Film Festival’s NDR Newcomer Award) and David Bernet’s documentary, Democracy [+see also:
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(set for French release on 16 November through Image’Est) on its menu.

Rounding out the festival’s line-up is a selection of the best short films of 2016 by German film schools (Next Generation) and the best award-winning shorts of less than five minutes (Short Tiger Award). The festival will close in splendour with the digitally remastered version of Fritz Lang’s Destiny.

(Translated from French)

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