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Pina and other high-profile co-productions at Istanbul fest

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Besides Wim Wenders' superb 3D German/French documentary Pina [+see also:
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, selected out of competition, the 30th Istanbul Film Festival (April 2-17) is presenting an impressive array of high-profile German co-productions, starting with the Berlinale competition title Our Grand Despair [+see also:
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, recently twice-awarded at the Turkey-Germany Film Festival of Nuremberg. Seyfi Teoman's film is running for the Golden Tulip.

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The Human Resources Manager [+see also:
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, by acclaimed Israeli director Eran Riklis, is screening in the Human Rights in Cinema section, while Nikita Mikhalkov's Exodus: Burnt by the Sun 2 and Norwegian star director Bent Hamer's Home For Christmas [+see also:
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(co-produced by Pandora) have been selected in the Challenging the Years sidebar.

More high-profile names appear in the section of films previously presented in famous international showcases, including Bela Tarr's The Turin Horse [+see also:
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and its fellow-Berlin-winner Sleeping Sickness [+see also:
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by Ulrich Köhler, as well as Aktan Arym Kubat's The Light Thief [+see also:
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, Rafi Pitts' The Hunter, Icelandic director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's Mamma Gógó [+see also:
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, and Pablo Larrain's German/Mexican film Post Mortem [+see also:
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The only fully German production of the lot is the Directors' Fortnight selection Picco [+see also:
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by Philip Koch, presented in the Young Masters section, alongside Arvin Chen's Asian-European title Au Revoir Taipei.

German collaborations in the other sections include Romanian director Cristi Puiu's Aurora [+see also:
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, Sergei Loznitsa's Cannes title My Joy [+see also:
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, and French director Claire Denis' 35 Shots of Rum [+see also:
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(also co-produced by Pandora).

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