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RELEASES Germany

Crossing the Bridge goes back home

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There are numerous national productions among today's releases. Indeed, four of the eight new films are German productions, including one co-production, Die chinesischen Schuhe, between Germany (Mediopolis) and China (China Intercontinental Communication Centre Beijing), a documentary by Tamara Wyss, who traveled across China by boat on the Yangtse-Kiang to follow the progress of electricity and compare old pictures with the new industrial reality. This film, supported by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the FFA, and Baden-Württemberg, is distributed by Piffl.

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In Kombat Sechzehn, the young director Mirko Borscht (born in 1971 in Cottbus), dares to acknowledge not the nazi past, but the nazi present, through the story of Georg, a newcomer at school who ends up joining a fascist gang. This film is produced and distributed by credofilm.

Playa del futuro, by Peter Lichterfeld (Zugvögel... einmal nach Inari), set in the restaurant business in Spain, deals with trust and re-conversion in the lives of three old friends, two men (Peter Lohmeyer and Hilmi Sözer) and a woman (Outi Mäenpää). This Bosko Biati Film production, supported by the FFA, BKM and Filmstiftung NRW , was co-produced by EuroArts and Kinowelt, who is also the distributor.

Last but not least, Fatih Akin's documentary Crossing the Bridge – The Sound of Istanbul, presented this year in Cannes out of competition, will take the German public on a musical journey through Istanbul, viewed as a disorienting, dangerous and sensual metropolis. This film, sold by Bavaria International, was produced by Intervista in co-production with NDR. It is released by Pictorion.
It is worth pointing out that Crossing the Bridge... has just received €75,000 distribution support from the FFA, who also granted no less than a total of €350,000 to Win Wenders' Don't Come Knocking (national release on August 25). Some financial support was also granted to Fateless by Lajos Koltai, Der Schatz des weissen Falken by Christian Zübert, Antikörper by Christian Alvart, and Siegfried by Sven Unterwaldt.

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(Translated from French)

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