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Germany’s HessenFilm fund fires CEO after meeting with far-right politician sparks outrage (exclusive)

Filmmakers Dominik Graf, Emily Atef, Sol Bondy among many who signed petition calling for executive to resign.

Frankfurt-based regional film fund HessenFilm has fired CEO Hans Joachim Mendig over a controversial meeting pictured in an Instagram post in which the businessman is seen sitting down with far-right politician Jörg Meuthen.

The fund’s supervisory board voted unanimously at an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday (24) to terminate Mendig’s employment with immediate effect.

The decision came after growing calls from the German film community for Mendig to step down after a local Frankfurt newspaper reported on the Instagram post dated July 24 by Meuthen,
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Bruno Ganz, Star of ‘Downfall’ and ‘Wings of Desire,’ Dies at 77

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Bruno Ganz, Star of ‘Downfall’ and ‘Wings of Desire,’ Dies at 77
Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor best known for dramatizing Adolf Hitler’s final days in 2004’s “Downfall,” has died. He was 77.

Ganz died at his home in Zurich on Friday, his representatives told media outlets. The cause of death was reportedly colon cancer.

In addition to delivering one of the definitive cinematic portrayals of Hitler, Ganz played an angel who gives up immortality to experience earthly pleasures in Wim Wenders’ classic film “Wings of Desire” (1987). He reprised that role in Wenders’ 1993 follow-up, “Faraway, So Close!”

His celestial performance was so memorable that Ganz once recounted how people ascribed special powers to him when they recognized him in public.

“People in planes said: ‘Ah, no need to be afraid, because with you here, nothing can happen. Now we are safe,'” Ganz told the Danish film journal P.O.V. “Or a mother said to her child: ‘Look, there’s your guardian angel.
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Bruno Ganz, Star of ‘Downfall’ and ‘Wings of Desire,’ Dies at 77

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Bruno Ganz, Star of ‘Downfall’ and ‘Wings of Desire,’ Dies at 77
Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor best known for dramatizing Adolf Hitler’s final days in 2004’s “Downfall,” has died. He was 77.

Ganz died at his home in Zurich on Friday, his representatives told media outlets. The cause of death was reportedly colon cancer.

In addition to delivering one of the definitive cinematic portrayals of Hitler, Ganz played an angel who gives up immortality to experience earthly pleasures in Wim Wenders’ classic film “Wings of Desire” (1987). He reprised that role in Wenders’ 1993 follow-up, “Faraway, So Close!”

His celestial performance was so memorable that Ganz once recounted how people ascribed special powers to him when they recognized him in public.

“People in planes said: ‘Ah, no need to be afraid, because with you here, nothing can happen. Now we are safe,'” Ganz told the Danish film journal P.O.V. “Or a mother said to her child: ‘Look, there’s your guardian angel.
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Berlin: ‘Dark’ Creators Attend Studio Babelsberg Night

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Berlin: ‘Dark’ Creators Attend Studio Babelsberg Night
“Dark” creators Baran bo Odar (left) and Jantje Friese (right), “Berlin Station” actress Emilia Schuele and actor Nikolai Kinski, and Michael Mueller, Mayor of Berlin, were among the guests at the Studio Babelsberg Night Friday at Berlin’s Soho House. Hosting the event were Studio Babelsberg’s president and CEO, Charlie Woebcken, and its COO, Christoph Fisser. Canada Goose was event partner.

Speaking about Babelsberg’s year ahead, Fisser said: “We are in talks for several international and German productions, including feature films and high-end drama series, like the third season of Netflix’s ‘Dark.'”

He added: “We hope that Germany’s film production support system will continue to improve in order to meet the demands of a variety of productions.”

Other guests included actresses Franka Potente, Lea van Acken, Antje Traue, Claudia Michelsen, Iris Berben, Heike Makatsch, Nora von Waldstaetten, Christiane Paul and Jessica Schwarz.

The actors present included Mark Waschke,
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Zurich Film Festival adds world premiere of 'Richard Says Goodbye' with Johnny Depp

Zurich Film Festival adds world premiere of 'Richard Says Goodbye' with Johnny Depp
Other world premieres include football drama Trautmann.

The 2018 Zurich Film Festival (September 27–October 7) has announced more titles for its Gala strand, including the world premiere of Richard Says Goodbye directed by Wayne Roberts and starring Johnny Depp, both set to attend.

Saban Films and DirecTV recently acquired North American rights to the project, which was co-financed by Im Global and Cirrina Studios with additional financing from Leeding Media.

Other Zurich world premieres announced are football drama Trautmann directed by Marcus Rosenmüller and starring David Kross and John Henshaw, and Der Vorname, directed by Sönke Wortmann and starring Iris Berben and Christoph Maria Herbst.
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Munich: Constantin Film threatens to relocate to Berlin and Cologne

Munich: Constantin Film threatens to relocate to Berlin and Cologne
CEO Martin Moszkowicz uses Twitter to critiise the cost of living in Munich.

A Tweet sent by CEO Martin Moszkowicz of Munich- based Constantin Film, critiscing the lack of support given to film companies by the German state of Bavaria, of which Munich is the capital, was the talk of the first weekend of the Munich Film Festival.

“Bavaria has significant competitive disadvantages for modern media companies compared to other federal states. #constantinfilm will soon begin with the relocation of units to other parts of Germany.” Moszkowicz tweeted on Friday June 29.

Constantin, Germany’s leading independent producer and distributor, is
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Canneseries: 8 Things It Said About International Drama

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Cannes — Canneseries suggested we are “living in a golden age of global television,” said Harlan Coben, emphasizing the world “global.” Here, extrapolating from its series , are 8 trends in global drama:

1.Women Power

Women are sticking it to men. Sometimes quite literally, as in “Killing Eve,” where Jodie Comer’s Villanelle, a brilliant, if nonchalant, female assassin, finds an original use for a hair-pin and an Italian mobster’s left eye. “Bullets,” from Finland’s Vertigo, which won the sneak-peek MipDrama Buyers Summit Coup de Coeur, forefronts two strong women – an undercover cop, an ex-terrorist – in a series which is both high-octane political thriller and a female friendship drama. “Angelica,” one of the most liked projects at In Development, is set at the last abortion clinic in a conservative U.S. state which becomes a flashpoint for broader divisive social confrontation. Of the 12 drama series projects presented at In Development, there
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Canneseries: ‘The Typist’s’ Nina Grosse on German Drama Series’ New Edge

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Canneseries: ‘The Typist’s’ Nina Grosse on German Drama Series’ New Edge
Cannes — Crime thrillers, missing girl mysteries: Both are staples of German TV. But, backed by Germany ’s TV industry drivers – producer Oliver Berben, at Constantin’s Moovie, broadcaster Zdf, sales company Beta FilmNina Grosse’s “The Typist” underscores the new edge of scripted drama on European free-to-air TV, one of the big trends in Canneseries. That was already seen, when it comes to Germany, in “Shades of Guilt,” another Moovie, Zdf, Beta collaboration involving Grosse and also starring Iris Berben (“Eddie the Eagle”) and Moritz Bleibtreu (“Run. Lola, Run”). But that played second primetime.

“The Typist is a show which usually would have been aimed at a second primetime window, but the high quality and the star-character of the protagonists made it eligible for primetime TV,” said Jan Motjo, Beta Film CEO.

He added: “What’s interesting is the combination of the ambition to do something different, but still
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'3 Days In Quiberon' dominates German Film Awards nominations

'3 Days In Quiberon' dominates German Film Awards nominations
Emily Atef’s film about actress Romy Schneider receives 10 nods including best film, best direction.

Emily Atef’s Berlinale Competition film 3 Days in Quiberon has dominated the nominations for this year’s German Film Awards (also known as the Lola Awards).

It scored ten nods, including best feature film, best direction, best lead actress (for Marie Bäumer), best supporting actor, best cinematography and best film score.

The Rohfilm Factory production will compete in the best feature film category with another of this year’s Berlinale competition films, Thomas Stuber’s In The Aisles, the Berlinale Special title The Silent Revolution,
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2018 Canneseries competition line-up revealed

2018 Canneseries competition line-up revealed
The event launches in Cannes this April.

Canneseries, the international TV festival launching in Cannes this April (7-11), has revealed the ten series in its official competition selection.

Scroll down for full line-up

The titles include Killing Eve created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) and starring Sandra Oh and Fiona Shaw, and Aquí En La Terra, created by Gael García Bernal with Kyzza Terrazas and Jorge Dorantes.

The titles were selected by Canneseries artistic director Albin Lewi.

The festival was founded by David Lisnard, mayor of Cannes and presided by former French culture minister Fleur Pellerin. It will run alongside Miptv.
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BBC America’s ‘Killing Eve’ Is Sole U.S. Entry As Canneseries Reveals Inaugural Competition Selections

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BBC America’s “Killing Eve” has been selected for this year’s first-ever Canneseries TV festival competition — making it the only U.S. show in a field of ten international productions. “Killing Eve” will be up for one of six awards handed out on April 11, along side new series from Belgium, Germany, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Norway, South Korea, and Spain.

The ten shows will be vying for Best Music, Best Screenplay, Special Performance Prize, Best Performance and Best Series trophies.

As previously announced, author and producer Harlan Coben has been named jury president for the competition, which takes place April 7 to 11. The U.S.-based Coben will be joined on the panel by actress Paula Beer (Germany), screenwriter and director Audrey Fouché (France), actress Melisa Sözen (Turkey), composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer (Chile/Canada) and actor Michael K. Williams (USA).

Coben’s new series “Safe,” which will air in France
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Real Life Heroes To Entertain The Audience On The Big Screen

From creating fictional stories to keep audiences enthralled, scriptwriters and filmmakers are increasingly turning to real life heroes and pathbreakers to make movies upon. 2016 sees a plethora of movies that are based on real world people who have shaken the world with their remarkable achievements from humble beginnings. And why not, the world is filled with inspirational stories of actual incredible human beings who have done the unthinkable!

1. Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe

Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from the streets of Kampala, Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess by soccer coach and former missionary Robert Katende, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an International chess champion.
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Slideshow: Hugh Jackman Wows Chicago at ‘Eddie the Eagle’ Red Carpet

Previous | Image 1 of 3 | NextHugh Jackman is Bronson Peary in the new film, ‘Eddie the Eagle.’

Chicago – The film “Eddie the Eagle” soared at the box office this weekend, and one of the huge stars in it is Hugh Jackman, the Australian-born movie and theater icon. He was in Chicago on February 16th, 2016, to walk the Red Carpet for the film, and HollywoodChicago.com was there to both do video interviews and photograph the event.

Born in Sydney, Jackman also studied communications at the University of Technology at Sydney and became an actor by taking a drama course in his final year. He started out in musical theater, and broke through in 1999 performing “Oklahoma” in London. The same year he was cast as Wolverine in “X-Men” (2000). He has portrayed the character in several films, and has also starred in “Van Helsing” (2004), “Real Steel” (2011) and “Chappie” (2015). He also notably starred on Broadway
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Movie Review – Eddie the Eagle (2016)

Eddie the Eagle, 2016.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher.

Starring Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Keith Allen, Jo Hartley, Rune Temte, Iris Berben, Jim Broadbent, and Christopher Walken.

Synopsis:

The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Eddie the Eagle is not your traditional biopic. Sure, it follows the real-life trials and tribulations of Eddie Edwards’ quest to become an Olympian, specifically an Olympic ski jumper, but instead of settling for something saccharine or melodramatic with its inspiration, director Dexter Fletcher treats the proceedings with flourishes of lighthearted fun and whimsical family-friendly comedy. It’s a film that borders on not taking itself seriously, while also never losing sight of the very poignant message it is attempting to dictate, which is essentially that while winning is important and most definitely worth praise, sometimes it is participation and putting your best foot
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Film Review: ‘Eddie the Eagle’ is Predictable But Pleasant Tale

Chicago – “Eddie The Eagle” is thoroughly predictable underdog story, but this picture won me over with a plucky persistence fitting for its peculiar protagonist. It’s an admittedly minor but mostly true tale of an oddball outsider overcoming overwhelming odds.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Eddie The Eagle” was a not terribly talented but incredibly motivated British ski jumper who managed to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics. He made the British Olympic team because no other British athletes had even thought to compete in that particular sport.

Taron Egerton, from last year’s surprisingly enjoyable “The Kingsman,” stars as Eddie. He’s a milk drinking, awkward, sexless nerd outfitted with giant dorky glasses and a wisp of a mustache. Egerton juts out his chin, hunches his back and perpetually seems on the verge of letting his glasses slip off his nose entirely. But he captures what made people like Eddie in the first place
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Oz dramas nominated for Golden Nymph Awards

Anzac Girls, Secrets & Lies and Love Child have been nominated for the Monte Carlo Television Festival.s Golden Nymph Awards.

Screentime.s Anzac Girls and Hoodlum.s Secrets & Lies are in the running for best miniseries and Playmaker Media.s Love Child is up for best drama.

Anzac Girls. Georgia Flood is nominated for best actress in a miniseries and Love Child.s Jonathan Lapaglia and Secrets & Lies. Anthony Hayes are vying for best actor in the drama and miniseries categories.

Aussie Frances O'Connor gets a nod for best actress for her work in the British miniseries The Missing.

The Monte Carlo TV Festival and Golden Nymph Awards were founded in 1961 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to "encourage a new art form, in the service of peace and understanding between the people."

Last year Top of the Lake won three gongs: best miniseries and best actor and actress for Peter Mullan and Elisabeth Moss.
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Moonless Night wins in Zurich

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Main awards won by films from Uruguay, Romania and Switzerland.

Germán Tejeira’s A Moonless Night (Una Noche Sin Luna) has won the International Feature Film Golden Eye award at the 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 5).

The drama centres on three lonely lives in rural Uruguay.

The International Documentary Film Golden Eye was won by Alexander Nanau’s Romanian film, Toto and His Sisters, about a 10-year-old and his two teenage sisters who learn to survive while waiting for their mother’s release.

Both awards come with a cash prize of more than $30,000 (CHF25,000) and (CHF100,000) for Swiss promotion.

The Golden Eye in the Focus: Switzerland, Germany, Austria section was won Bruno Deville’s Swiss comedy, Boucoule.

The prize include Chf 20’000 ($20,0007) cash prize. Each winner also receives Chf 100’000 ($10,700) for the promotion of their film in Swiss cinemas.

The newly introduced Emerging Swiss Talent Award went to Bruno Deville’s Boucoule (Switzerland), and the Critic’s Choice
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Val Kilmer, Susanne Bier on Zurich jury

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Val Kilmer, Susanne Bier on Zurich jury
Susanne Bier to head international competition jury at Zurich Film Festival, which also includes Us actor Val Kilmer, Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanic and more.Scroll down for full jury line-ups

Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier is to preside over the international feature film jury at the 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 5).

The Danish filmmaker, who won her Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar for In A Better World in 2011, is currently on the festival circuit with A Second Chance and Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper drama Serena.

She will oversee a jury that includes Us actor Val Kilmer, best known for roles in Heat, Batman Forever and Top Gun, and Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić, who won the Berlin Golden Bear in 2006 with Grbavica.

Also on the jury is Marie Masmonteil, the French producer of Party Girl, which picked up prizes at Cannes in May, and Jerusalem Film Festival winner Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, currently playing
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Gold for Reitz's Home From Home

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Gold for Reitz's Home From Home
The Golden Lola for best feature film went to veteran director Edgar Reitz’s Home From Home - Chronicle of a Vision at the German Film Awards.Scroll down for full list of winners

The black-and-white epic, set in a fictitious village in Germany’s Hunsrück region in the mid-19th century, also received awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay (shared with co-author Gert Heidenreich) after being nominated by the members of the German Film Academy in a total of six categories.

The co-production with Margaret Ménégoz’s Les Films du Losange is handled internationally by Arri Media Worldsales and was released theatrically in Germany by Concorde Filmverleih.

The prizes were handed out at the 64th annual film awards, held in Berlin.

Austrian accent to ceremony

The night belonged to Austrian film-maker Andreas Prochaska and his producers Helmut Grasser of Allegro Film and Stefan Arndt of X Filme Creative Pool with their Alpine western The Dark
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Global Screen, Picture Tree reveal Cannes market premieres

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New films by actor-director Matthias Schweighofer, Marco Kreuzpaintner, Robert Glinski, and Bettina Oberli are among the titles being lined up by German sales agents Global Screen and Picture Tree International (Pti) for the Marché du Film in Cannes next month.

Munich-based Global Screen will be unveiling five market premieres:

actor-director/producer Schweighofer’s third directorial outing, the romantic comedy Joy Of Fatherhood (Vaterfreuden), adapted from Murmel Clausen’s novel Frettsack, was released by Warner Bros. Pictures Germany in February, has been seen by more than 2.3 million cinemagoers and taken more than €17.7m ($24.5m) to date.

the 2D and 3D versions of the English-language animated feature The Seventh Dwarf (Der 7bte Zwerg), directed by Harald Siepermann and actor Boris Aljinovic, to be released by Universal Pictures in Germany this autumn.The film was also presold to many territories, including

Christian Bach’s feature debut, the coming of age/family drama Flights Of Fancy (Hirngespinster), which received Bavarian Film Awards
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