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FESTIVALS Germany

8 Miles High in London

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This year’s 10th Festival of German Films in London (November 23-29), presented by German Films in London’s renowned Curzon Soho arthouse cinema, will open with 8 Miles High [+see also:
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. Director Achim Bornhak and lead actress Natalia Avelon will be onhand to introduce the film on the life of Uschi Obermaier.

Other features this year include two Cannes titles, And Along Come Tourists [+see also:
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interview: Alexander Fehling
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by Robert Thalheim and Jan Bonny’s Counterparts [+see also:
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, alongside Dani Levy's My Fuehrer: The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler [+see also:
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, television film Anger (Wut) by Zueli Aladag, Ralf Westhoff’s Shoppen [+see also:
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and Vivere by Angelina Maccarone.

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Paula's Secret by Gernot Kraeae will be shown as a family matinee while the festival will close with Chris Kraus’ award-winning Four Minutes [+see also:
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The program also features four new documentaries: Full Metal Village by Sung-Hyung Cho, Pamela Meyer-Arndt’s Ostfotografinnen, Losers and Winners by Ulrike Franke and Michael Loeken, and Bettina Bluemner's Pool of Princesses.

A few highlights of the past 10 years will be repeated as part of a jubilee retrospective: Andreas Dresen’s Grill Point [+see also:
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, No Place To Go by Oskar Roehler, Fatih Akin's Short, Sharp Shock, Sun Alley by Leander Haussmann and the documentary Nach Dem Fall by Frauke Sandig and Eric Black.

Short film aficionados will get a taste of outstanding productions from German film academies with the Next Generation 2007 sidebar, which features Bende Sira – Ich Bin Dran by Ismet Erguen, Milen Vitanov’s My Happy End and Lovesick by Spela Cadez.

Besides Bornhak and Avelon, other directors, actors and screenwriters expected to attend include Olaf Kraemer, Levy, Westhoff, Meyer-Arndt, Kraus and Falk Peplinski. Photographer Gundula Schulze Eldowy (Ostfotografinnen) will exhibit a selection of her photos in the cinema's foyer and speak about her work in the GDR.

The Goethe Institut London will be showing films by the late actor Ulrich Muehe, including Funny Games [+see also:
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by Michael Haneke.

Further information on the event – whose partners are AG Dok, AG Kurzfilm, Pritchard Englefield Solicitors, ICA, Pecadillo Pictures, Tartan Films, the German Embassy in London and the Goethe Institut London – can be found at www.germanfilmfestival.co.uk.

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