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German Films offers Moscow an entertaining pilgrimage

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- While the Russian capital is hosting ArtDocFest, German Films is organising its annual festival, with an emphasis on crowd pleasers

German Films offers Moscow an entertaining pilgrimage
I’m Off Then. Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago by Julia von Heinz

Russia is a great territory for "crowd pleasers": Til Schweiger scored a major box-office success there with Guardians [+see also:
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and Head Full of Honey [+see also:
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, and Bora Dagtekin’s Suck Me Shakespeer [+see also:
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guaranteed full houses in 2014 and 2015 at the Festival of German Films in Moscow. This year, this annual event, taking place from 30 November to 5 December, will open with Hape Kerkeling's experiences during his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, I’m Off Then. Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago [+see also:
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by Julia von Heinz, in the presence of the director herself. Beyond this local hit (which sold over 1.9 million tickets home), German Films is presenting another 11 feature-length titles (including a children’s film and two documentaries); three shorts and the usual Next Generation short films showcase.

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The selection includes several commercial successes fresh out of their national theatrical runs, such as Fatih Akin’s Tschick [+see also:
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, accompanied by its two young lead actors, or the FIPRESCI and LUX Prize’s film of the year, also chosen for the closing of the Moscow festival: Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann [+see also:
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, which posted sensational box-office figures in Germany as well as in France, amongst other countries, and will be released in the USA in December.

The Russian public will also be able to discover Combat Girls [+see also:
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’ director David Wnendt’s Look Who’s Back [+see also:
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, Christian Zübert’s One Breath [+see also:
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, Florian David Fitz’s The Most Beautiful Day [+see also:
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, Sven Taddicken’s Original Bliss [+see also:
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, Good Bye Lenin! [+see also:
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’s Wolfgang Becker’s Me and Kaminski [+see also:
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, Akiz’ Der Nachtmahr [+see also:
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, and Lars Kraume’s The People vs. Fritz Bauer [+see also:
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The two documentaries on the programme are Annekatrin Hendel’s Fassbinder [+see also:
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and Irene Langemann’s Pavlensky – Many and the Might. Not to forget Dominik Wessely’s children’s film Nelly’s Adventure

The Festival of German Films will again be held at the same time as the ArtDocFest in Moscow, with German Films supporting the participation of the German titles on the programme. Langemann’s above mentioned work on the Russian political artist Petr Pavlensky (as a free man and while in jail) will in fact be shown at both events with the director in attendance, and has been selected as the opening film for ArtDocFest.

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