“Seriously Entertaining” Contemporary German Films Screened in Four Cities 14 -29 November 2014
BEIJING, Nov. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Festival of German Cinema returns to China screening 15 contemporary German films to the general public in four cities from 14 – 29 November 2014.
The ‘2nd Festival of German Cinema in China’ is co-organised by German Films and the Goethe-Institut China. Renowned German filmmakers and actors are personally introducing their films to Chinese audiences in Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzhen and Hangzhou.
In addition to screenings presenting a new perspective of German cinema, workshops, roundtable discussions and other exclusive events will be organized to encourage both young and experienced filmmakers from Germany and China to exchange knowledge and initiate mutual projects. The Festival aims to increase the popularity of German cinema among Chinese film professionals and the general public. It should arouse interest for Germany as a production site for films and strengthen networks between German and Chinese filmmakers and media industries.
The Festival launches on Friday, 14 November 2014 at Audi City, Beijing and will be introduced by Germany’s Ambassador to China H.E. Michael Clauss and the festival’s Honorary Patron, film director Doris Dorrie.
As well as the contemporary films, a retrospective examines the award-winning career of prolific German film director, producer and author Doris Dorrie. It showcases four widely-acclaimed poignant films from 1994-2010 including Cherry Blossoms and The Whole Shebang – with a rare chance for Chinese audiences to meet the director and discuss her work.
Another highlight is the newly-restored version of Robert Wiene’s expressionistic 1920 silent film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. In the tradition of silent movies, the classic saga of a demonic doctor and murderer, restored by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Foundation, is musically accompanied by the Aljoscha-Zimmermann-Ensemble, providing audiences an authentic flavour of the original screening. A similar screening of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari was one of the main attractions at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
As part of this year’s festival special screenings, workshops, roundtable discussions and further cultural events will be offered to advance cultural exchange between Chinese and German filmmakers and experts. The festival offers both young as well as seasoned film industry professionals a space for creative exchange and sets impulses for new ideas and projects, with special invitation of Florian Stetter (actor), Georg Maas (director), Stefan Droessler (Head of Munich Film Museum), Christiane v. Wahlert (FSK Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaft GmbH), and Aljoscha Zimmermann Ensemble.
The first ‘Festival of German Cinema’ in China was staged last year, introducing renowned German actors and filmmakers including Volker Schlondorff.
Screenings in Cinemas:
HOME FROM HOME
MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
SUCK ME SHAKESPEAR
THE WOMAN WHO DARES
BELOVED SISTERS (German Embassy)
WEST (German Embassy)
BROKEN GLASS PARK (Italian Cultural Institute of the Italian Embassy)
Retrospective Doris Dorrie in German Embassy School
THE WHOLE SHEBANG
CHERRY BLOSSOMS – HANAMI
Schedule and Partnered Cinemas
Beijing: November 14-20
Broadway Cinemas (Oriental Plaza Beijing)
Opening Film: Stations of the Cross
Broadway Cinematheque MOMA
Palace Cinema (CWTC Beijing)
Chengdu: November 16-23
Stellar International Cineplex (Global Mall)
Shenzhen: November 18-25
Broadway Cinemas (Coco Park)
Hangzhou: November 20-29
Hangzhou Broadway Cinema
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About 2nd Festival of German Cinema in China
Renowned German actors and filmmakers as Volker Schlondorff traveled to China last year to participate on the first "Festival of German Cinema" that was cheerfully enjoyed by various movie enthusiasts and film experts not only from China. In November 2014, German Films and the Goethe-Institut are hosting the "2nd Festival of German Cinema" in China. The festival will present a selection of this year’s and last year’s most important German film productions in the Chinese metropolises of Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzhen and Hangzhou. Prominent actors and filmmakers from Germany will come once more to China to present their movies in front of a broad Chinese audience. Joint workshops, roundtable discussions and further exclusive events accompany the festival to provide new opportunities for young and experienced filmmakers from Germany and China. The 2nd Festival of German Cinema in China does not only enhance the mutual understanding and fosters the continued strengthening of the dialogue between the German and Chinese cultural industries but also creates an open space to learn from the film industry’s experts and aspiring professionals. For more information please visit our official website www.festivalofgermancinema.com.
About German Films Service + Marketing GmbH
German Films Service + Marketing GmbH is the national information and advisory centre for the promotion of German films worldwide. It was established in 1954. German Films’ events in China include organizing Festival of German Cinema, attending the Shanghai International Film Festival, Beijing International Film Festival as well as other festivals and related events. It also organizes networking events for German and Chinese film professionals, serves as a ‘go-between’ for Sino-German film projects and promotes German films for theatrical, broadcast and VOD distribution in China. For more information please visit: www.german-films.de
About The Goethe-Institut China
The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institution of the Federal Republic of Germany, operating worldwide. When the Goethe-Institut Beijing was established on 1 November 1988, it was the first foreign cultural centre in the PRC. From the beginning, it devoted itself to the promotion of the use of the German language, to provide access to knowledge and information about Germany, and to cooperate with Chinese partners in various cultural fields such as music, dance, theater, film, visual arts and architecture. For more information please visit: www.goethe.de/china