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DISTRIBUTION Germany

Neue Visionen gets Distribution Award for the fifth time

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Neue Visionen gets Distribution Award for the fifth time

On October 6, the German Culture Ministry and its minister Bernd Neumann granted their annual Distribution Awards, worth €75,000 each, to Munich-based company Movienet Film as well as Berlin-based X Verleih and Neue Visionen for their 2010 slate.

Since it was founded in 1997 by Torsten Frehse and Wulf Sörgel, this is the fifth time Neue Visionen has received the prize (it won it in 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2008).

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Whilst rejecting the notions of small distribution company or distributor of "niche" cinema, the distributor has always resolutely asserted its independence. Its choices are guided simply by the desire to bring magnificent films to audiences, from Jean-Luc Godard to Ken Loach and Dagur Kári. In 2010, the company brought to German screens Austrian director Thomas Woschitz’s Universalove [pictured]; Five Minutes of Heaven [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, an English-language film by Hamburg-born Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Bernd Eichinger
interview: Joachim Fest
interview: Oliver Hirschbiegel
film profile
]
), starring Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt and Anamaria Marinca; Bosnian helmer Jasmila Žbanić’s superb On the Path [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
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(see review); and Hans Petter Moland’s outstanding Norwegian film A Somewhat Gentle Man [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Hans Petter Moland
film profile
]
.

Last month, Neue Visionen launched Wolfgang Murnberger’s entertaining Austrian/Luxembourg satire shown at the Berlin Film Festival, My Best Enemy [+see also:
trailer
making of
film profile
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(see review), starring Moritz Bleibtreu and Georg Friedrich.

Among the forthcoming releases lined up by the distributor are multiple award-winning film The Mill and the Cross [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
interview: Lech Majewski
film profile
]
by Poland’s Lech Majewski, starring Rutger Hauer, Charlotte Rampling and Michael York (to be released on November 24); and I Travel Alone, the second feature by Norway’s Stian Kristiansen after The Man Who Loved Yngve [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(to be released on December 29).

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(Translated from French)

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