Strong German presence in Venice
by Bénédicte Prot
- With Philip Gröning in competition and Martina Gedeck in the jury, German cinema will be in the limelight at the 70th Venice Film Festival
Germany will be well represented at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival (August 28 – September 7). To start with, Philip Gröning's (photo) The Police Officer's Wife [+see also:
interview: Philip Gröning
film profile] (Philip Gröning Filmproduktion, Bavaria Pictures, 3L Filmproduktion), centred on a young family in a small town and the violence as well as the love between them, has been selected in competition. The German director was already on the Lido to present his successful documentary Into Great Silence [+see also:
interview: Philip Groening
film profile] and take part in the Horizons jury in 2006.
Out of competition, the Venice public will be shown Edgar Reitz's Home From Home – Chronicle of a Vision [+see also:
film profile], a family chronicle and love story centred around two brothers and set in rural Germany in the middle of the 19th Century and reminiscent of the spirit of the director's world famous Heimat Trilogy. Here, when whole villages are driven by famine and poverty to emigrate to faraway South America, the question is: to go or to stay?
Furthermore, the world-famous actress Martina Gedeck (The Lives of Others [+see also:
interview: Florian Henckel von Donners…
interview: Ulrich Muehe
film profile]) is a member of the international jury.
Wolf Children [+see also:
interview: Rick Ostermann
film profile] (Zum Goldenen Lamm Filmproduktion), Rick Ostermann's debut feature, will be screened in the Horizons section, which is dedicated to new trends and discoveries. After an award-winning short on the same subject, Ostermann again tackles the story of the children who had to fight for survival on their own after the Second World War in East Prussia and the Baltic region.
The Venice Days will be presenting as a special event the documentary Julia by J. Jackie Baier, the result of a ten-year-long effort which started when the 18-year-old erudite transsexual Julia K. came from Lithuania to Berlin, where she has been working as a prostitute ever since.
The German delegation is completed by four co-productions: Portugal's Miguel Gomes's Redemption (Out of Competition; co-produced by Komplizen Film), Shalin Sirkar's Minesh (Horizons; co-produced by Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion), Noaz Deshe's White Shadow (International Critics' Week; Chromosom Filmproduktion, French Exit), and Yuval Adler's Bethlehem (Venice Days; co-produced by Gringo films).
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