A bunch of co-productions
by Bénédicte Prot
17/08/2006 - It is in the form of co-productions that Germany will be represented at this year's Venice International Film Festival (August 30-September 9).
The film, set at the end of WWII, tells the story of young Jewish singer Rachel Steinn and stars German actors Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others [trailer, film focus]) and Christian Berkel (Soundless, Downfall [trailer, film focus]).
Two well-known German directors will be present in the Horizons section, albeit in very different ways.
Edgar Reitz has received a special invitation from festival director Marco Müller to present his Heimat Fragments at the opening of the event. This 20th century saga by Reitz follows the life of Lulu, a heroine in search of an "old future from childhood days".
Like the co-productions Roma wa la n’touma by Tariq Teguia (France/Algeria/Germany) and Suely in the Sky by Karim Ainouz (Brazil/France/Germany), the new Heimat will be screened in the presence of Philip Gröning who, following last year’s success on the Lido with Into Great Silence [trailer, film focus], this year presides over the Horizons section.
Also of note are three co-productions in the Venice Days sidebar, which, for its third edition, will feature a screening of Khadak [trailer, film focus] by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth (Belgium/Germany/Netherlands), WWW, What a Wonderful World [trailer] by Faouzi Bensaïdi (France/Morocco/Germany) and The Soldier’s Star [trailer] by Christophe de Ponfilly (France/Germany/Algeria). The director’s first and last feature will have a special screening at the event.
(Translated from French)