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A ‘TRULY-GER­MAN’ FILM IS IN COM­PE­TI­TION IN CANNES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SEVEN YEARS

THE GER­MAN cin­ema com­mu­nity is par­tic­u­larly up­beat this Fes­ti­val af­ter the suc­cess of of­fi­cial se­lec­tion Toni Erd­man in Cannes on Satur­day. The com­edy, writ­ten and di­rected by Maren Ade and star­ring Peter Si­monis­chek and San­dra Hüller had the Cannes au­di­ence break into spon­ta­neous ap­plause be­fore the cred­its had gone up on the162 min­utes film. The com­edy drama is now a favourite for the Palme d’or. Toni Erd­man is re­garded as the first truly Ger­man pro­duc­tion for some years. The last Ger­man di­rec­tor in the com­pe­ti­tion was Wim Wen­ders in 2008, fol­lowed in 2009 by the film Michael Haneke’s The White Rib­bon – al­though Haneke is in fact an Aus­trian cit­i­zen de­spite be­ing in Mu­nich. Since The White Rib­bon, Ger­man cin­ema has only been rep­re­sented in com­pe­ti­tion as a co-pro­ducer, un­til this year. Three Ger­man co-pro­duc­tions are com­pet­ing with Toni Erd­man and oth­ers for the Palme d’or: French direc­tors Bruno Du­mont’s Ma Loute and Olivier As­sayas’ Sils Maria, and Dutch di­rec­tor Paul Ver­ho­even’s Elle. And the Ger­man co-pro­duc­tion Wrong El­e­ments by Jonathan Lit­tell is be­ing shown as a Spe­cial Screen­ing Mean­while, some twenty-three new films from Ger­many are rep­re­sented at the Marché du Film, and nine in the Short Film Corner. Ger­many is also rep­re­sented in the Pro­duc­ers On The Move sec­tion of the Fes­ti­val, a net­work­ing plat­form to which 20 up-and­com­ing pro­duc­ers from around Europe are given the op­por­tu­nity to meet key in­dus­try fig­ures from around the world. From Ger­many this year is Un­dine Fil­ter, a grad­u­ate of Berlin’s Hum­boldt Univer­sity whose re­cent work in­cludes Thomas Stu­ber’s fea­ture de­but A Heavy Heart. Also at Cannes, the Ger­man Pav­il­ion is once again co-or­gan­ised by Ger­man Films and Fo­cus Ger­many, who be­tween them pro­mote the coun­try’s movies and its fund­ing and lo­ca­tions, re­spec­tively. Fo­cus Ger­many is the um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion of Ger­many’s seven ma­jor re­gional film-fund­ing in­sti­tu­tions. The or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­plies film­mak­ers with in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice on fund­ing and pro­duc­tion. This is the 16th year that the two or­gan­i­sa­tions have come to­gether to or­gan­ise the Ger­man Pav­il­ion in Cannes.

Ju­lian Newby

An­gela Hawkins and Martin Scheur­ing.

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