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CANNES 2010 Germany

German (co)productions on the Croisette

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German (co)productions on the Croisette

Although the 63rd Cannes Film Festival (May12-23) so far has not announced any German films in Competition – this may change when the remaining slots are filled – Germany is nevertheless present with several co-productions.

First up is My Joy (Germany/Ukraine/Netherlands) by Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa. The film, co-produced by Leipzig-based Ma.Ja.De Filmproduktions, tells the story of a long-distance lorry driver who becomes sucked into a spiral of violence on a journey across Russia and ends up turning to crime himself.

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Directed by and starring Mathieu Amalric, Tournée [+see also:
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interview: Mathieu Amalric
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(Germany/France) centres on a show producer who makes his comeback with a tour through France of a new burlesque show. The German producer is Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion.

The last of the Competition entries is Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives [+see also:
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(Thailand/UK/France/Germany) by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Surrounded by his relatives, the uncle in question has only 48 hours left to live and reflects upon his life. The German production partners are GFF Film- und Fernsehproduktion and The Match Factory.

Un Certain Regard will feature two German productions. In Oliver Schmitz’s Life, Above All (Germany/South Africa), 12-year-old Chanda is confronted with a dark secret in a little village near Johannesburg. It was produced by Dreamer Joint Venture Filmproduction in co-production with Senator Film Produktion, Niama Film and Wizard, all German companies.

In Christoph Hochhaeusler’s The City Below (Heimatfilm), a chance encounter between a banker and the wife of one of his employees sparks an attraction that neither can shake.

Volker Schloendorff will be in Cannes Classique with the Director's Cut of The Tin Drum and Neue Mediopolis will also be in the Atelier with the project Circles by Serbian director Srdan Golubovic (The Trap [+see also:
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).

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