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FESTIVALS Germany

Cherry Blossoms wins Audience Award in London

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Doris Doerrie’s Cherry Blossoms – Hanami [+see also:
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has won the Audience Award at the 11th Festival of German Films in London, held November 28-December 4 (see news).

The festival opened with Caroline Link’s A Year Ago in Winter [+see also:
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and closed with Andreas Dresen’s Cloud Nine [+see also:
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Other feature films shown included Veit Helmer’s Absurdistan [+see also:
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, Martin Theo Krieger’s Beautiful Bitch [+see also:
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, Oezguer Yildirim’s Chiko [+see also:
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and Emily Atef’s The Stranger In Me [+see also:
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. Selected documentaries included Alexandra Westmeier’s Alone in Four Walls, Sebastian Heidinger’s Drifter and Echoes of Home [+see also:
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by Stefan Schwietert.

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German Films also presented new shorts from German film schools, in the program Next Generation 2008.

Moreover, the decline in the number of German/British co-productions in recent years was analysed in a panel discussion with Kirsten Niehuus (Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg), Emma Clarke (UK Film Council) and German and English producers.

The new British tax rebate system is promoting national productions in particular, but is not supporting any co-productions. The relevance of this subject in the UK was shown by the high level of interest of British producers who attended the event in large numbers.

German guests in London were, among others, directors Link, Atef, Brigitte Maria Bertele, Alejandro Cardenas Amelio, Uberto Pasolini and André Schäfer; actresses Hannelore Elsner and Ursula Werner; and producers Uschi Reich, Thomas Kufus, Steffen Reuter and Jens Meurer.

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