Germans galore at Locarno 2008
by German Films
17/07/2008 - The 61st Locarno International Film Festival (August 6-16) will host 24 German (co)productions.
The official competition will feature the following co-productions: Malgoska Szumowska’s 33 Scenes from Life, Josué Méndez’s Dioses, Oezcan Alper’s Autumn, Ben Hopkins’ The Market: A Tale of Trade and Yuriev Day by Kirill Serebrennikov.
Two films will celebrate their international premieres in the Piazza Grande: Berlin Calling [trailer] by Hannes Stoehr and Philipp Stoelzl’s North Face. Denis Rabaglia’s Marcello Marcello [trailer] will also screen in the Piazza Grande as part of Swiss Cinema Day.
The co-productions Filmefobia by Kiko Goifman and The Land of Legends by Rahim Zabihi will screen in the Filmmakers of the Present competition.
Germany will be represented by two films in the Here&Elsewhere sidebar – Doerte Franke’s Stolperstein and The Heart of Jenin by Leon Geller and Marcus Vetter – while Niko von Glasow’s Nobody’s Perfect will screen in Critics’ Week.
Moerder by Johannes Wende has been selected for the Leopards of Tomorrow International Competition and the shorts Im Wendekreis Des Baeren by Ciril Braem and Schwitze by Nicolas Steiner will be part of the Leopards of Tomorrow Swiss Competition.
Play Forward will present Michel Houellebecq’s debut feature The Possibility of an Island, along with Tobias Zielony’s The Deboard.
Appellations Suisse will be showing Reto Caffi’s short On the Line and Open Doors will feature In Bed by Matias Bize.
This year, the festival has invited Dani Levy to be a member of the International Jury and will take this opportunity to show his 2002 film I’m the Father.