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INTRODUCTION

Following up the success of “The Festival of German Cinema” from 2013 to 2015, German Films and the Goethe-Institut are jointly hosting “The 4th Festival of German Cinema” in Beijing, Chengdu and Shenzhen. Prominent actors and filmmakers from Germany will come to China to present their movies to the Chinese audience under the motto of ‘when tomorrow comes’.
 
In addition to presenting a new perspective of German cinema via film screenings, workshops, roundtable discussions and other exclusive events will also be organized to encourage both experienced and young 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 would arouse interests for Germany as a production site for films and strengthen the connection between German and Chinese filmmakers and media industries of both sides.

 

Dear Film Enthusiasts,

Welcome to the 4th Festival of German Cinema in China! This year once again German Films and the Goethe-Institut with their many partners in several Chinese cities will be showing some of last year’s outstanding German films. The programme features not only standout festival hits, but also a number of films about migration or about the trials and tribulations of coming of age. Last year’s German films show that cinema is a vital space of reflection on identity crises that can leave us baffled and confused.  
 
This year’s line-up includes international successes like COLONIA by Academy Award-winning director Florian Gallenberger; renowned auteur Doris Dörrie’s Berlinale entry GRÜSSE AUS FUKUSHIMA (international title: Fukushima, Mon Amour) Lars Kraume’s DER STAAT GEGEN FRITZ BAUER (The People vs. Fritz Bauer), which won the audience award at the Locarno Film Festival; DER NACHTMAHR by Akiz, which captivated festival-goers in Locarno, Toronto und Zürich; and Andreas Gruber’s HANNAS SCHLAFENDE HUNDE (Hanna’s Sleepings Dogs), which won the award for best screenplay at this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival.
 
The up-and-coming generation of German women filmmakers are also making their mark: Aline Fischer’s METEORSTRASSE (Meteor Street), Theresa von Eltz’s 4 KÖNIGE (4 Kings) and Cordula Kablitz-Post’s LOU ANDREAS-SALOMÉ go to show that women directors don’t need quotas to show the world what they’re capable of.
 
A Rainer Werner Fassbinder retrospective and Fritz Lang’s silent film DER MÜDE TOD (Destiny) epitomize the strength of German film history, as graphically documented in FRITZ LANG, a new feature by Gordian Maugg.
 
We’re delighted that so many filmmakers will be travelling to China this year to discuss their work with the public in various cities: Florian Gallenberger, Theresa von Eltz and Daniel Carsenty, Aline Fischer, Cordula Kablitz-Post and Juliane Lorenz will make for quite a strong delegation indeed.
 
We hope viewers will enjoy an exciting and moving week of fine German films and rousing discussion!
 
 
Mariette Rissenbeek      
Managing Director         
German Films             

Dr. Clemens Treter
Director
Goethe-Institut China

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German Films Service + Marketing GmbH is the national information and advisory center for the promotion of German films worldwide. It was established in 1954 under the name Export Union of German Cinema as the umbrella association for the Association of German Feature Film Producers, the Association of New German Feature Film Producers and the Association of German Film Exporters.

German Films is a founding member of the European Film Promotion (EFP), a network of European film organizations (including Unifrance, Swiss Films, Austrian Film Commission, Holland Film, among others) with similar responsibilities to those of German Films. The organization, with its headquarters in Hamburg, aims to develop and realize joint projects for the presentation of European films on an international level.

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.