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German cinema invades French capital

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The 12th German Film Festival (October 10-16) – an annual event organised by German Films in collaboration with the Paris Goethe Institute and a series of partners – unspools at Paris’ Arlequin Cinema tomorrow evening with a screening of Martin Gypkens’ Locarno title Nothing but Ghosts [+see also:
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Further titles that illustrate Cinema d'aujourd'hui (Cinema Today) have also been selected, some of which have picked up awards at prestigious festivals, including Christian Petzold’s Yella [+see also:
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, which won Nina Hoss a Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2007 Berlinale, and Maria Speth’s Madonnas, whose lead actress Sandra Hüller won an award at Mar del Plata.

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French filmgoers will be treated to preview screenings of Ralf Westhoff’s Shoppen, Thomas Arslan’s Vacation [+see also:
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, Mirage by Simon Gross, Dani Levy’s hit title Mein Führer: The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler [+see also:
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, Volker Einrauch’s Der andere Junge and Felix Randau’s The Calling Game, in the presence of their directors.

Festival winners such as Four Minutes [+see also:
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by Chris Kraus will also feature, along with this year’s most acclaimed documentaries, a selection of youth films and a series of shorts entitled Next Generation 2007.

The audience’s favourite film will be announced on October 16. Its screening will be followed by Fatih Akin’s The Edge of Heaven [+see also:
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(see Focus), a Cannes title recently put forward as Germany’s candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination.

For further information, please visit the festival website.

(Translated from French)

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