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VENICE 2005 Germany

Eight German (co-)productions selected


At the 62nd Venice Film Festival (31st August-10th September), Germany will be represented not only in competition but also, significantly, in the 'Horizons' sidebar.

Among the features in competition on the Lido, there are two German co-productions: Gabrielle [+see also:
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by Patrice Chéreau, an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel co-produced between France and Italy, which Concorde Filmverleih will release for the German public on 31st December, and The Constant Gardener, by Fernando Meirelles, a co-production between the UK, the USA and the German company Vierte Babelsberg Film. The Constant Gardener is a drama adapted from a novel by John Le Carré, focusing on the investigation carried out by a British diplomat in Kenya into the murder of his unfaithful wife. It is worth pointing out that Edgar Reitz, the author of the famous Heimat Trilogy, is a member of this year's jury. Backstage, directed by Emmanuelle Bercot, co-produced by France and Germany (CMW Film Company), and supported by Eurimages (€360,000), will be screened out of competition.

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The 'Horizons' sidebar has a particularly rich programme this year from a German point of view. It will screen, notably, Werner Herzog's latest work, The wild Blue Yonder. The film, which depicts the story of astronauts lost-in-space, is produced by the director himself in co-production with West Park Pictures (UK) and Tetra Media (Fr). In Workingman's Death, co-produced with Austria, Michael Glawogger deals with all the arduous aspects of physical labour. This sidebar also includes two documentaries, Die grosse Stille, a self-produced film (in collaboration with Bavaria and Ventura Film SA) in which Philip Groening describes monastic life at the Grande Chartreuse, and Veruschka (Morefilms and BFB Studios), Paul Morrisey and Bernd Boehm's tribute to the artist Veruschka von Lehndorff, presented as a mirror image of the art, society and subculture of the 60s and 70s.

Gabriela Gruber will also be there to present Come On Strange in the short film competition.

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(Translated from French)

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