Four competition entries, a Focus Germany, a Rainer Werner Fassbinder retrospective and a total of 49 German films and co-productions in the program: cinema from Germany will have an exceptionally strong presence at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival (17 – 26 June 2017) which is one of the most important and largest festivals in Asia. A large delegation of filmmakers from Germany will be attending the event in Shanghai.
Markus Goller's buddy road movie MY BROTHER SIMPLE (LETTERBOX FILMPRODUKTION, C-FILMS DEUTSCHLAND, Amalia Film) will be celebrating the world premiere in the Main Competition with the director and the producers Michael Lehmann and Günther Russ in attendance. Frederick Lau (VICTORIA) and David Kross (THE READER) star as the brothers Ben and Barnabas, who is known as "Simple”. Simple is 22 years old, but mentally he's a three-year-old, and even though he can be a nuisance, Ben really can't imagine life without him. When their mother dies unexpectedly, Simple is due to be sent to a care home. But they run away together, and after a crazy odyssey, Ben realizes there's only one way out: they have to find their father David whom they haven't seen for 15 years.
Films from Germany have also been selected for the Documentary Competition and the Competition for Animated Films. In Jakob Preuss' documentary WHEN PAUL CAME OVER THE SEA (Weydemann Bros.), Paul, a migrant from Cameroon, meets the filmmaker on the Moroccan coast. Paul manages to cross over to Spain on a rubber boat. He survives - but half of his fellow passengers die on this tragic odyssey. Held for two months in a deportation center, Paul meets Jakob again at a shelter for migrants in Spain. When Paul decides to continue on to Germany, Jakob has to make a choice: will he become an active part of Paul's pursuit of a better life or remain the observing filmmaker?
The animated film RICHARD THE STORK by Toby Genkel and Reza Memari (DE/BE/LU/NO, Knudsen & Streuber Medienmanufaktur, Ulysses Filmproduktion) can already look back on an impressive festival career with invitations to such festivals as the Berlinale, TIFF Kids and Annecy. Raised by storks, the sparrow Richard sets off on an adventurous journey to Africa to prove to everyone that he is also a stork.
The filmmakers Jakob Preuss and Reza Memari will present their works in Shanghai in person.
The Jackie Chan Action Movie Week competition section will see BERLIN FALLING by Ken Duken (GrandHôtelPictures, Wolffpack Vision) celebrating its world premiere with the director in attendance. Duken also plays the lead role of Frank whose life is turned upside down when he gives a lift to a mysterious hitchhiker (played by Tom Wlaschiha, GAME OF THRONES).
The German Focus, which is being staged in cooperation with German Films for the 14th time, will be opened this year by HEART OF STONE by Johannes Naber (Schmidtz Katze Filmkollektiv, Studio Babelsberg, Philipp Filmproduction). The producer and co-author Steffen Reuter will present the film in a press conference and at a gala screening.
There will also be a very strong presence at this year's Focus Germany from the internationally highly successful German films for children and young people with four titles. The directors Andreas Schaap and Felix Charin will be presenting their films THE LAST COMPARTMENT (Little Bridge Pictures) and THERAPY (Felix Charin Filmproduktion).
Also joining the German delegation to Shanghai are the directors Sabine Nawrath (AVA), Tini Tüllmann (FREDDY/EDDY), Veit Helmer (FIDDLESTICKS) and Alexander Kleider (BERLIN REBEL HIGH SCHOOL) whose films are screening in various sections of the festival.
All of the German films and co-productions in Shanghai 2017…
More information about the German films in Shanghai can be found in the German Films Brochure.
German Films has been active in the important cinema growth market of China for the past 14 years and is represented in all affairs there by Anke Redl. Apart from the Focus Germany at the Shanghai International Film Festival, German Films also regularly supports the presence of German films at the Shanghai TV Festival. In autumn 2017, the Festival of German Films will be held in China for the fifth time.
Dennis Ruh (Festival Relations)
Birgit Koch (Press & PR)
Photo MY BROTHER SIMPLE © Universum/Gordon Timpen