German Actors Guild Award for GUNDERMANN

German Actors Guild Award for GUNDERMANN

We congratulate heartfelt Eva Weißenborn for the DEUTSCHER SCHAUSPIELPREIS 2019 conceived by the German Screen Actors Guild (BFFS). The actress was honored on Friday evening in the category BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE for her performance as “excavator worker Helga” in GUNDERMANN directed by Andreas Dresen.

#EvaWeißenborn #Gundermann #dsp2019

LA FAMILIA SUMERGIDA theatrical release in Germany

LA FAMILIA SUMERGIDA theatrical release in Germany

DIE UNTERGEGANGENE FAMILIE  - the debut film by Maria Alché starts today in selected German cinemas released by Latin-American film special Cine Global Filmverleih.

The distribution in Germany is supported by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and World Cinema Fund.

Find more details of the cinema tour updated here: KINOFINDER

#CineGlobal #FamiliaSumergida #NurImKino

PROXIMA premieres in Toronto and San Sebastian

PROXIMA premieres in Toronto and San Sebastian

PROXIMA by Alice Winocour just had its successful world premiere in the Platform competition of the Toronto Film Festival before making its European debut in competition at San Sebastian Film Festival.

Eva Green plays a French astronaut slated to leave Earth on a one-year mission on the spaceship Proxima. Starring alongside are Matt Dillon, Lars Eidinger and Sandra Hüller.

The Film is produced by Dharamsala and Darius Films in France and co-produced in Germany by Pandora Film with support by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.

Pathé will handling the French release set for 27 November and also international sales:

#Proxima #EvaGreenWeb #TIFF19  #EuropeanSpaceAgency #67SIFF #filmmedienNRW

THE MONEYCHANGER is Uruguay's Oscar entry

THE MONEYCHANGER is Uruguay's Oscar entry

The Uruguayan Film Institute selects Federico Veiroj's THE MONEYCHANGER as the country‘s submission for the 2020 Oscars Academy Awards. The film is set to premiere on Sunday in Toronto IFF Platform competition, followed by screenings in San Sebastian and New York. The first theatrical release by Buena Vista starts on 26. September in Argentina.

#Oscar2020 #AsiHabloElCambista #TheMoneychanger #SoloEnCines #✌️✌️✌️

MONOS is Colombia’s Oscar entry

MONOS is Colombia’s Oscar entry

Our coproduction MONOS by Alejandro Landes starring Julianne Nicholson is Colombia’s selection for the International Feature Film category at the OSCARS 2020 !!!! The film will also represent the country at the Spanish Goya awards.

Neon and co-distributor Participant Media opening on 13.  September the theatrical release in the U.S.

#Oscar2020 #Monos #SoloEnCines # ✌️✌️✌️


GUNDERMANN & ALL MY LOVING screenings at Festival des deutschen Films

GUNDERMANN & ALL MY LOVING screenings at Festival des deutschen Films

The Festival des deutschen Films Ludwigshafen am Rhein – one of Germany’s biggest audience festival is holding screenings from 22. August - 8. September 2019 of Andreas Dresen’s GUNDERMANN (nominated for Filmkunstpreis and Rheingold-Publikumspreis) and ALL MY LOVING by Edward Berger (nominated for Rheingold-Publikumspreis).

Check out screenings, tickets and more:

#Gundermann #AllMyLoving #Summer #Kino #ParkinselLudwigshafen


GUNDERMANN & HIGH LIFE selected for European Film Awards

GUNDERMANN & HIGH LIFE selected for European Film Awards

We are very happy that GUNDERMANN directed by Andreas Dresen und Claire Denis' HIGH LIFE are included on this year’s EFA Film Selection! The list consists 43 feature-length fiction films from 31 European countries recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2019.

In the coming weeks, the over 3,600 members of the European Film Academy will vote for the nominations in the main categories and a Jury votes for the departments categories.

Congratulations and Fingers crossed!!

#GUNDERMANN #AndreasDresen #HIGHLIFE #ClaireDenis #PandoraFilm #EFA2019

THE MONEYCHANGER in Toronto, San Sebastian, New York

THE MONEYCHANGER in Toronto, San Sebastian, New York

Our Latin-American co-production THE MONEYCHANGER (“ASI HABLÓ EL CAMBISTA”) directed by Federico Veiroj has just been invited as one of the 12 titles playing at Toronto’s prestigious TIFF Platform competition. The film is also selected for the European premiere at the San Sebastian - Horizontes Latinos section, followed by the US premiere at the New York Film Festival.

THE MONEYCHANGER, starring Daniel Hendler and Dolores Fonzi, follows a black market changer of cash deposited by Argentines and Brazilians working in Montevideo.

Buena Vista Intl. will release THE MONEYCHANGER in Latin America in fall 2019. Film Factory Entertainment has acquired the intern. sales rights:

Uruguay’s Oriental Features, Argentina’s Rizoma and Germany’s Pandora Film Produktion produced THE MONEYCHANGER in association with Veiroj’s own Cinekdoque and FFE. In Germany the film is supported by World Cinema Fund.

#TheMoneychanger #TIFF19 #Federico Veiroj #67SSIFF #PandoraFilm #NYFF



GUNDERMANN "Zweitbester Sommer Tour" 2019

ZWEITBESTER SOMMER TOUR / “Second Best Summer” Tour in 2019:

  • 29.06. Schwerin – Capitol Konzert und Film
  • 30.06. Zinnowitz – Blechbüchse
  • 01.07. Heringsdorf – Theaterzelt
  • 05.07. Leipzig – GeyserHaus Open Air Bretschneider-Park.
  • 06.07. Potsdam – Waschhaus Open Air Konzert und Film
  • 07.07. Marienwerder – Inselleuchten 
  • 13.08. Simmern – Heimatfilm-Festival Konzert und Film
  • 14.08. München – Kinosommer am Olympiasee Konzert und Film
  • 17.08. Berlin – Friedrichshagen Open Air Kino.  Konzert und Film
  • 18.08. Berlin – Zusatzkonzert Konzert und Film
  • 23.09. Dresden – Comödie 
  • 24.09. Gera – Comma
Foto: Peter Hartwig
#Gundermann #Dresen #Scheer #ZweitbesterSommer

IN MY ROOM & GUNDERMANN nominated for German Actors Guild Awards

IN MY ROOM & GUNDERMANN nominated for German Actors Guild Awards

DEUTSCHER SCHAUSPIELPREIS was founded by the German Screen Actors Guild (BFFS) in 2012. A very special award from actors for actors to honor outstanding performances of the year in film.

Congratulations to our amazing Nominees:

Hans Löw – IN MY ROOM — Actor in a leading role

Eva Weißenborn - GUNDERMANN — Actress in a supporting role

#nominee #HansLoew #InMyRoom #EvaWeißenborn #Gundermann #dsp2019


HIGH LIFE cinema release in Germany

HIGH LIFE cinema release in Germany

Finally HIGH LIFE opens today in nearly 70 cinemas in Germany!

Last night we had a great cinema preview with filmmaker legend Claire Denis at Off-Broadway in Köln: KÖLN_PREVIEW
A big thanks to our German partners Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, DFFF, Medienboard, FFA, ZDF/ Arte and Pandora Film Verleih!

Find your nearby cinema, all screening times and places here: KINOFINDER

We are on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @HighLifeFilm (German)    @HighLifeMovie (English)

#HighLifeFilm #ClaireDenis #RobertPattinson #JulietteBinoche #Lars Eidinger #AndreBenjamin #MiaGoth

ALL MY LOVING now in German theatres

ALL MY LOVING now in German theatres

ALL MY LOVING - ab 23. Mai im Kino. Differentiated and in soft tones the drama by Edward Berger shows the many sides of family:

ALL MY LOVING is a film about three siblings. They have all reached a point of their life, at which they realize the need to quickly change some things before they step into the second half of their lifetime. In the midst of chaos, insufficiency and loss they are searching for the path that just might lead them to happiness.

Thanks to producer and distributor PORT AU PRINCE FILM and our further partner WDR, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM, FFA, DFFF. International sales is handled by Beta Cinema.

#AllMyLovingFilm #EdwardBerger #OutNow #LarsEidinger #NeleMuellerStoefen #HansLoew

6 German Film Awards for GUNDERMANN – incl BEST FILM

6 German Film Awards for GUNDERMANN – incl BEST FILM

We are overwhelmed and thankful! Six Lolas, unbelievable! best feature film
Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel (Pandora Film Produktion),
in Koproduktion with Peter Hartwig (Kineo Filmproduktion), Björn Hoffmann (Pandora Verleih) with RBB (Cooky Ziesche), Arte (Andreas Schreitmüller) directing - Andreas Dresen writing - Laila Stieler actor in a leading role - Alexander Scheer production design - Susanne Hopf costume design - Sabine Greunig

Congratulation also to the amazing nominees Grit Kosse & Uta Spikermann (makeup and hairstyling ), Jörg Hauschild (film editing), Andreas Höfer (cinematography), Eva Weißenborn (actress in a supporting role) and the entire cast and team!

#LOLA19 #Gundermann #GermanFilmAward #Gold #AndreasDresen #LailaStieler #AlexanderScheer

HIGH LIFE opens in USA

HIGH LIFE opens in USA

Theatrical release through A24 of HIGH LIFE by Claire Denis starts this Friday, April 5th in NY and LA.

OBLIVION AWAITS. The English-language debut of visionary filmmaker Claire Denis, this is High Life.

“Claire Denis’ HIGH LIFE is a beautiful and entirely astonishing art-house thrill ride.” (Los Angeles Times)

☆☆☆☆ Claire Denis' brilliant space odyssey will blow your mind,” praises Rolling Stones.

“Shocking, amazing, and startlingly fresh,” raves The Guardian.

#A24 #HighLife  #Seeds_of_HighLife #ClaireDenis #SpaceOdyssey
#RobertPattinson #Juliette Binoche #MiaGoth #AndreBenjamin

GUNDERMANN with 10 Nominations for German Film Award

GUNDERMANN with 10 Nominations for German Film Award

10 (!!) nominations for the German Film Award, we can hardly believe it!
Our warmest congratulations to all the nominees and the entire team and cast:

best makeup and hairstyling - Grit Kosse & Uta Spikermann

best costume design - Sabine Greunig

best production design - Susanne Hopf

best film editing - Jörg Hauschild

best cinematography - Andreas Höfer

best actor in a leading role - Alexander Scheer

best actress in a supporting role – Eva Weißenborn

best writing - Laila Stieler

best directing - Andreas Dresen

best feature film -  Pandora Film Produktion (Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel), Kineo Filmproduktion (Peter Hartwig) with RBB (Cooky Ziesche), Arte (Andreas Schreitmüller)


#Gundermann #AlexanderScheer #AndreasDresen #LailaStieler


❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Remembering Baumi

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Remembering Baumi

A film series in Südtirol/Alto Adige, eyewitness talks, a small exhibition and a special edition of the journal Kulturelemente (# 144) is dedicated to the European and South Tyrolean distributor, producer and Pandora founder Karl “Baumi” Baumgartner , who died in 2014.

10 films that were produced and/or distributed by Baumi return to the screen:

02.03. - 10:30 (Filmclub Bozen) - PICASSO
16.03. - 10:30 (Bozen) - LA FIAMMIFERAIA
16.03. - 12:00 (Bozen) - DOWN BY LAW
20.03. - 20:00 (Bozen) - 33 SZENEN AUS DEM LEBEN
03.04. - 20:00 (UFO Bruneck) - NIGHT ON EARTH
04.04. - 20:00 (Bozen) – TULPAN
04.04. - 20:30 (Filmclub Meran) - SCHWARZE KATZE, WEISSER KATER
09.04. - 19:30 (Bolzano Filmfestival Bozen) – IN MY ROOM – opening film
SA. - 13.03. - 20:30 (Bolzano Filmfestival Bozen) -  LE MERAVIGLIE

Thank you Filmclub Südtirol, Martin Kaufmann !!!!



Ulrich Köhler Retrospective FICUNAM Mexico

Ulrich Köhler Retrospective FICUNAM Mexico

From 28. Feb until 10. March the International Film Festival in Mexico City FICUNAM dedicates this year retrospective to filmmaker Ulrich Köhler - THE CONSCIOUS FILMMAKER:

“Although his work is composed only of four feature films, they make up an accurate search, very limited to the portrait of the human condition. It is a space for reflection around isolated people and exposed to renunciations and temptations that affect their lives in a decisive way. This elaboration of complex characters immersed in emotional conjunctures is, perhaps, the most characteristic of his filmography.“

IN MY ROOM (2018)
Schlafkrankheit (2011)
Montag kommen die die Fenster (2006)
Bungalow (2002)
& Masterclass with Ulrich Köhler “Die Geister der Zivilisation”

In addition the festival also shows HIGH LIFE by Claire Denis and FAMILIA SUMERGUIDA by Maria Alché.

#FICUNAM9   #UlrichKoehler   #ElCineastaConsciente

Martin Rehbock receives 4th BAUMI AWARD

Martin Rehbock receives 4th BAUMI AWARD

The jury and guest juror Bent Hamer have made their decision out of 56 very international entries:

The 4th Baumi Script Development Award, endowed with 20,000 Euro, goes to the German writer Martin Rehbock for his treatment „The Mule With Three Legs“.

„I thought a lot about Baumi when I was reading the projects. That was a good opportunity for me to remember him and even have a kind of exchange with him,“ says guest juror Bent Hamer. „I like the poetic feeling of Martin Rehbock's treatment in which the retired postman Declan is forced after a lifetime of delivering post to deal with a secret burden from his own childhood.“

Check out more about Martin Rehbock and his project:

A very dear thanks to our steady supporters: Friederike Zeit (prize sculpture), Katja Clos (graphics), Fritz Erler (Website). Photo by Kurt Krieger/Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

#BaumiAward  #MartinRehbock #filmmedienNRW #BentHamer

Pandora films @Berlinale 2019

Pandora films @Berlinale 2019

ALL MY LOVING dir. Edward Berger / Berlinale Panorama
Sat, 09. Feb, 18:30h,  Zoo Palast 1, WORLD PREMIERE in presence of Cast & Crew
Sun, 10. Feb, 09:30h,  CinemaxX 7
Tue,12. Feb, 14:00h, Cubix 9
*Thu, 14. Feb, 16:00h, Hackesche Höfe 3, AG Kino-Gilde, OV german
Fri, 15. Feb, 19:00h, Zoo Palast 1
Sun, 17. Feb, 20:00h, International

MONOS dir. Alejandro Landes / Berlinale Panorama
Sun, 10. Feb, 20:00h, International, EUROPEAN PREMIERE in presence of Cast & Crew
Mon, 11. Feb, 12:30h, CinemaxX 7
Tue, 12. Feb, 17:30h, Cubix 7
Thu, 14. Feb, 22:30h, CinemaxX 7

GUNDERMANN dir. Andreas Dresen / Lola at Berlinale
Sat, 09. Feb, 16:30h, Delphi LUX, Cinema 2, Q&A with writer Laila Stieler
Thu, 14. Feb, 12:15h, Delphi LUX, Cinema 1

JE SUIS KARL. dir. Christian Schwochow / Berlinale Co-Production Market
for registered participants only
meet us at CoPro Market from Sat, 09. Feb, until Mon, 11. Feb. 2019

all screenings OV with engl. subs, except *

#Berlinale2019     #PandoraFilm #Berger #Landes #Dresen #Schwochow

MONOS, GUNDERMANN, FAMILIA win big this weekend

MONOS, GUNDERMANN, FAMILIA win big this weekend

Congratulations to all the wonderful creative teams !!!

MONOS directed by Alejandro Landes
SPECIAL JURY AWARD – Sundance World Dramatic Competition

"Many wonderful people from different countries had to line up to make this film possible, and today again the stars have lined up..." Alejandro Landes, director.

GUNDERMANN directed by Andreas Dresen
BEST FEATURE AWARD – Seeyousound  Torino Music Film Festival

The jury appreciated “a masterful treatment of sound in film, in which the songs of GUNDERMANN are used as a support to the narration.(…..) above all, the film is a concise reflection on the role of the artist - and of the common man -, not only in repressive systems, but in society in general.“

FIPRESCI AWARD – Tromso International Film Festival

The FIPRESCI jury: “a touching biography showing us that Eastern Germany, the former GDR, was not just black and white but also full of colours.“

FAMILIA SUMERGIDA directed by Maria Alché

“The winner is a film where the director took us floating down a stream of every day life, sorrow and loss. The real, the magic and the dreamy blend perfectly in this story of family, memories and what it means to share a past. (….)“



A white lion cub, a unique friendship and a great adventure:
MIA AND THE WHITE LION will be in the German cinemas from today !!

The family entertainment film started already very successfully in France with over 1,3 Mio admissions within only 5 weeks.

Studiocanal handles international sales and the cinema release. In Germany the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW supported the co-production of Galatée Films (FR), Outside Films (FR), Film Africa (SA) and Pandora Film.


#FilmMedienNRW #WhiteLion #PandoraFilm #StudioCanal

Bayerischer Filmpreis/Best Actor for GUNDERMANN

Bayerischer Filmpreis/Best Actor for GUNDERMANN

Last night in Munich Alexander Scheer, a native of Berlin, received the Bavarian Film Prize for his characterization of Gerhard GUNDERMANN from Thuringia!

We are thrilled about this cinematic reunion and congratulate from the bottom of our hearts!

#Gundermann #AlexanderScheer #AndreasDresen #LailaStieler #PandoraFilm

IN MY ROOM nominated for German Critics Awards

IN MY ROOM nominated for German Critics Awards

IN MY ROOM by Ulrich Köhler is nominated as BEST FEATURE FILM and Hans Löw as BEST ACTOR for the German Critics Prizes 2018, which has been awarded for more than 60 years by the Association of German Film Critics (VDFK) and is based exclusively on artistic criteria. The award ceremony will take place on the occasion of the upcoming Berlinale.

#InMyRoom #UlrichKoehler #HansLoew #VDFK

ALL MY LOVING premieres at Berlinale Panorama

ALL MY LOVING premieres at Berlinale Panorama

Edward Berger’s new feature film ALL MY LOVING (working title GESCHWISTER) will celebrate the world premiere at Berlinale Panorama.

The film is about 3 siblings played by Lars Eidinger, Nele Mueller-Stöfen and Hans Löw. Each of them faced with life challenges and the different ideas of solutions.

A Port-Au-Prince Films co-production with WDR and supported by Film- and Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and BKM, DFFF, FFA. The World Sales is handled by BETA FILM and distribution in Germany by PORT-AU-PRINCE FILMS.

#Berlinale2019 #AllMyLoving #EdwardBerger #PortAuPrinceFilms #PandoraFilm 

Pandora films in Sundance, Rotterdam, Göteborg

Pandora films in Sundance, Rotterdam, Göteborg

2019 starts thriving with our films participating in major international film festivals:


check out links for dates, tickets and more:

MONOS by Alejandros Landes
Sundance World-Cinema-Competition
IN MY ROOM by Ulrich Köhler
IFFR Perpectives
Goeteborg Focus:Apocalypse
HIGH LIFE by Claire Denis
IFFR Deep Focus

Goeteborg Ingmar-Bergman-Competition

JE SUIS KARL. selected for Berlinale CoPro Market

JE SUIS KARL. selected for Berlinale CoPro Market

JE SUIS KARL., our new film project directed by Christian Schwochow and written by Thomas Wendrich, is selected for this year’s BERLINALE Co-Production Market, which will see 600 international producers and financiers to come together to explore new partnerships. We are looking forward to the meetings with registered participants at the first Berlinale weekend.

#JSK #Schwochow #Wendrich #PandoraFilm

IN MY ROOM opens in France

IN MY ROOM opens in France

Ulrich Köhler’s IN MY ROOM will be released from today in French cinemas through distributor NOUR FILMS:

“A modern-day Robinson Crusoe of blazing beauty that reminds us that the transformation of the world can come only from ourselves. With so many beautiful reviews in such different press, we believe that cinema still has the virtue of astonishing, questioning and moving…”

«audacity and reach that will leave you speechless» LE MONDE


«Ulrich Köhler is probably one of the most gifted directors of the Berlin School» GRAZIA

«A dazzling beauty» LES INROCKS

«Hans Löw, bluffing» VOIR À LIRE

«one of the most invigorating experiences of the Cannes Film Festival. » LA SEPTIÈME OBSESSION

#InMyRoom #NourFilmsCinema #UlrichKoehler #HansLoew

GUNDERMANN selected for German Film Award – screening Lola@Berlinale

GUNDERMANN selected for German Film Award – screening Lola@Berlinale

GUNDERMANN directed by Andreas Dresen, written by Laila Stieler and with Alexander Scheer in the title role is on the shortlist selected for the German Filmaward Lola 2019 and will be screened at LOLA@BERLINALE.

We are also submitting our current German films IN MY ROOM by Ulrich Köhler with Hans Löw in the lead and ALL MY LOVING (aka GESCHWISTER) by Edward Berger, post selected in the categories editing and Hans Löw for supporting actor, as wild cards.

The films are eligible in all categories for nominations - all academy members can now vote in their specific section for the nominations until 18 March 2019.

#Lola19GUNDERMANN #AndreasDresen #LailaStieler #Alexander Scheer #AnnaUnterberger
#InMyRoom #Lola19WildCard #AllMyLoving #HansLoew #PandoraFilm

MONOS premiers in Sundance and Berlinale

MONOS premiers in Sundance and Berlinale

Alejandro Landes' latest film MONOS will have its world premiere at the SUNDANCE Film Festival in January 2019. The film is selected in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.
screening schedule and tickets are already available online: Sundance_MONOS

We are also happy to announce the European premiere of our ambitious Colombian and multi-country co-production at BERLINALE Panorama in February 2019.

In Germany MONOS is supported by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and World Cinema Fund. International sales is handled by Le Pacte:

#Sundance #Monos #Berlinale #AlejandroLandes #JulianneNicholson #filmmedienNRW



This Saturday MIA AND THE WHITE LION celebrated the German premiere at Lichtburg cinema in Oberhausen. The director Gilles de Maistre,  Mia actress Daniah de Villiers and “lion whisperer” Kevin Richardson introduce the film to the audience.

The family entertainment film was shot over the course of three years so that the film’s young star Daniah De Villiers and other cast members could truly bond and grow with the animals that appear in the film.

In Germany the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW supported the co-production of Galatée Films (FR), Outside Films (FR), Film Africa (SA) and Pandora Film.

Studiocanal handles international sales and will release MIA UND DER WEISSE LÖWE theatrical in Germany on 31. January 2019.

#FilmMedienNRW #WhiteLion #PandoraFilm #StudioCanal

German release of LAS HEREDERAS

German release of LAS HEREDERAS

After the many festival successes and worldwide releases, LAS HEREDERAS by Marcelo Martinessi finally comes to Germany. Grandfilm will start the release of LAS HEREDERAS — Die Erbinnen on 29. November 2018 in selected German cinemas.

Don’t miss the universal melodrama about the power of love.

Find the cinema nearby and more infos: 


#LasHerederas #DieErbinnen #Oscars2019 #MarceloMartinessi


IN MY ROOM out now

IN MY ROOM out now

Find your nearby cinema to watch IN MY ROOM by Ulrich Köhler, out now in Germany: KINOFINDER

Last Sunday we had a great preview in Berlin with director Ulrich Köhler, actors Hans Löw, Emma Bading, and many crew members at Hackesche Höfe Kino. On Sunday finally we came „home“ to our main shooting area in Lemgo and celebrated with local crew and supporters at Hansa Kino. Hans Löw will also present the film in Hamburg at Abaton Kino on Wednesday.

And follow us for more news on FB @InMyRoomFilm

#InMyRoom #Medienboard #FilmMedienNRW #PandoraFilm

picture Berlin by Silke Reents

Alexander Scheer wins for GUNDERMANN

Alexander Scheer wins for GUNDERMANN

We congratulate Alexander Scheer for the Günther-Rohrbach-Filmpreis/ Best Actor for his title role in GUNDERMANN directed by Andreas Dresen.

The jury states: "Scheer dives into the skin of the digger driver Gerhard Gundermann, who with his mostly melancholic and poetic songs was the voice of the Lausitz lignite mining area, not only visually, but also vocally. The actor, who actually wanted to be a rock star, recorded all songs himself. "

The Günter Rohrbach Film Award, in the spirit of its namesake and the Saarland region, celebrates relevant presentation of working worlds and social reality in films.

#AlexanderScheer #GUNDERMANN #AndreasDresen #Awards


FAMILIA SUMERGIDA opens 11. Kino Latino Köln

FAMILIA SUMERGIDA opens 11. Kino Latino Köln

KINO LATINO KÖLN displays the latest contemporary films from Central and Latin America from 3 to 8 November 2018 at Filmpalette in Köln. DIE UNTERGEGANGENE FAMILIE (LA FAMILIA SUMERGIGA) opens the festival on Saturday, 03. November at 21:00h in the presence of the director María Alché. Also our coproduction COCOTE by Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias will be shown on Thursday, 06. November at 19:00h at the cinema.

tickets and more:

#KinoLatino #FamiliaSumergida #Cocote #FilmszeneKoeln



We are presenting this year three films as Austrian premiere at VIENNALE running from 25. October bis 08. November 2018.
Check out screening times and film guests in Vienna via below links:

HIGH LIFE  by Claire Denis

IN MY ROOM by Ulrich Köhler


#Viennale18 #InMyRoom #HighLife #FamiliaSumergida #V18 #PandoraFilm

300.000 GUNDERMANN admissions

300.000 GUNDERMANN admissions

Today we celebrate 300,000 cinema admissions after only 8 weeks for GUNDERMANN directed by Andreas Dresen and written by Laila Stieler!
Thanks, thanks, thanks this was our “second best summer” with you, dear moviegoers!

#Gundermann #Dresen #Scheer #Unterberger #Stieler #300k #ZweitbesterSommer

International Actors Award for LARS EIDINGER

International Actors Award for LARS EIDINGER

Lars Eidinger was honoured with the International Actors Award at the Filmfestival Cologne award ceremony this Friday night. The Award is given for outstanding achievements in acting in the international film landscape. At this year’s festival Lars Eidinger can be seen starring alongside Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche in Claire Denis’ film HIGH LIFE.

We are eagerly waiting for the upcoming films with Lars Eidinger in the lead and co-produced by Pandora Film: GESCHWISTER by Edward Berger and PROXIMA by Alice Winocour.

#LarsEidinger #HighLife #PandoraFilm #ffcgn

GUNDERMANN live performance and IN MY ROOM previews in Paris

GUNDERMANN live performance and IN MY ROOM previews in Paris

Don’t miss this weekend the French previews/ avant-première of our current German films during Festival Cine Allemand at Cinéma L'Arlequin in Paris.

Sat, 06. Oct. – 19:00h
with exclusive live concert by lead actor Alexander Scheer and director Andreas Dresen

Sun, 07. Oct – 18:30h & Mon, 08. Oct – 21:15h
French Distributor: NOUR FILMS

tickets, infos and vote online for the Coup De Coeur Award:

all screenings OV-German with French subtitles

#GundermannInParis #Live #InMyRoom #AimeLeCinema

Pandora @Filmfestival Cologne

Pandora @Filmfestival Cologne

Meet us at «home» for exciting film previews :

LAS HEREDERAS_screenings
Sat, 06. Oct – 18:30h – Q&A with director Marcelo Martinessi

HIGH LIFE_screenings
Sun, 07. Oct. – 20:00h  – Q&A with actor Lars Eidinger and Filmteam

IN MY ROOM_screenings
Wed, 10. Oct. - 20:45h – Q&A with Filmteam

all screenings OV with German subtitles

#FFCGN #PandoraFilm #LasHerederas #HighLife #InMyRoom

Asian premiere of HIGH LIFE, IN MY ROOM in Busan

Asian premiere of HIGH LIFE, IN MY ROOM in Busan

Both films have their Asian Premiere in Korea at the Busan International Film Festival in the section World cinema, taking place from 04. until 13. October 2018.

Check out screening times, accreditations and tickets online:

#BIFF18 #PandoraFilm #HighLife #InMyRoom


HIGH LIFE and FAMILIA SUMERGIDA awarded in San Sebastian

HIGH LIFE and FAMILIA SUMERGIDA awarded in San Sebastian

A “masterfully mystifying event-horizon” Variety® announced, Claire Denis’ first English-language and sci-fi film, HIGH LIFE, starring Robert Pattinson, won San Sebastian’s FIPRESCI AWARD, given by the International  Federation of Film Critics for the best competition film in the official selection.

The coveted HORIZONTES AWARD, carrying a cash prize of 35.000 Euro, went to María Alché’s first directorial feature, LA FAMILIA SUMERGIDA. "I dedicate it to all the women who make movies, because we need more female glances so we can make more first, second and third films." Alché said during award ceremony.

#Congratulations #ClaireDenis #HighLife #MariaAlche #FamiliaSumergida
photo by SSIFF/ Montse Castillo

Gilde Award 2018 for GUNDERMANN

Gilde Award 2018 for GUNDERMANN

At the annual Filmkunstmesse Leipzig the Gilde Film Award 2018 in the category BEST NATIONAL FILM went to GUNDERMANN by director Andreas Dresen!

For the 41st time the German arthouse cinema operators honor with the Award the artistic quality of the film, but also the reception of the audience and the commitment of the distributor.

A very special thanks and congratulation to our colleagues at Pandora Film Verleih for the amazing cooperation!!

#AndreasDresen #AlexanderScheer #AnnaUnterberger #PandoraFilm
photo by AG Kino - Gilde e.V/ Uwe Frauendorf

IN MY ROOM & HIGH LIFE with US premiere at NYFF

IN MY ROOM & HIGH LIFE with US premiere at NYFF

Both films will have its US premiere at the longest-running and most prestigious 56. New York Film Festival in the Main Slate section presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

We are very delighted to announce that both films found a home at great distributors and are scheduled for US cinema release in spring 2019 !!!!

Sat, 29. Sept., 05:30pm – Q&A with director Ulrich Köhler
Sun, 30. Sept, 12:30pm – Q&A with director Ulrich Köhler

US distributor: Grasshopper Film

Tue, 02. Oct, 09:00pm – Q&A with director Claire Denis
Wed, 03. Oct, 06:00pm – a cinema conversation with Claire Denis
Thu, 04. Oct, 09:15pm

US distributor: A24

Follow below links for tickets and venues:

#NYFF  #InMyRoom  #GrasshopperFilm  #HighLife  #A24




We  are very happy to present three films at the 66. International San Sebastian Film festival this year. Meet us and the filmmakers there.

HIGH LIFE by Claire Denis – European Premiere
International Sales: Wild Bunch
Thu,  27. Sept, 22:00h, Kursaal 1 – with cast & crew in attendance

LAS HEREDERAS by Marcelo Martinessi
International Sales: Luxbox Films
Fri, 21. Sept, 16:30h. Kursaal 2 – presentation and Q&A

International Sales: Visit Films
Sat, 22. Sept, 12:00h, Kursaal 2 - presentation and Q&A

Check below links for full screening schedule and more.

#HighLife    #LasHerederas  #LaFamiliaSumergida #66SSIFF #PandoraFilm

Open call for fourth Baumi Award

Open call for fourth Baumi Award

Today sees the launch of the open call for the Baumi Script Development Award for the development of outstanding cinematic stories. Writers can submit applications with English treatment to for the € 20,000 grant.

We are very excited that this year the well-known Norwegian director, screenwriter and producer BENT HAMER will complete the jury. Since his first feature film "Eggs" from 1994, followed by outstanding films like “Kitchen Stories” or “1001 Grams”, Bent Hamer presents his characteristic humorous, sometimes absurd stylistic devices of his cinema. The latest films were created in collaboration with Pandora Film and supported by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.

Submit your project now online – the deadline ends on 15. October 2018

#BaumiAward #BentHamer #PandoraFilm #filmmedienNRW #Baumgartner

GUNDERMANN out now in Switzerland and Austria

GUNDERMANN out now in Switzerland and Austria

Not only in Germany reaps GUNDERMANN great reviews. The great distributor Filmcoopi will show GUNDERMANN in cinema from today in Switzerland. Hopp Schwiiz!

NZZ Neue Zürcher Zeitung writes: “Not a niche film for Easterners, but a complex, uncomfortable story about betrayal and backbone, and how both can go together in one life. A movie for adults.”

In Austria wonderful distributor Polyfilm releases GUNDERMANN tomorrow, from 14. September onward.

#Gundermann #Dresen #Kinostart #Filmcoopi #Polyfilm

LAS HEREDERAS is Paraguay’s Oscar contender

LAS HEREDERAS is Paraguay’s Oscar contender

Paraguay has announced today the selection of Marcelo Martinessi's acclaimed debut feature LAS HEREDERAS (The Heiresses) as its Oscar® entry for Best Foreign Language Film. After numerous international festival participations and major awards like the Silver Bear at this year Berlinale, the film will also represent the South American nation at Mexico's Ariel Awards and Spain's Goya Awards.

German cinema release through Grandfilm as DIE ERBINNEN starts from 29th November 2018.

check out more international news on facebook: @herederas.heiresses

#LasHerederas #DieErbinnen #Oscars2019 #MarceloMartinessi



GUNDERMANN opens today

GUNDERMANN opens today

“Every day I want something that I will not forget…”

In these almost 140 cinemas in Germany you can see GUNDERMANN directed by Andreas Dresen and written by Laila Stieler from today!

In which cinema are you going? KINOFINDER

Thanks to our amazing preview tour audience so far – you rock!

#Gundermann #Dresen #Scheer #Stieler #Unterberger #Kinostart #PandoraFilm



IN MY ROOM by Ulrich Köhler will be presented as North America premiere in this year WAVELENGHTS programme, showcasing “daring, visionary and autonomous voices. Film art in the cinema and beyond.“

The glamorous GALA PRESENTATIONS section, featuring “movie stars, red-carpet premieres, major audience interest”, hosts the highly anticipated world premiere of HIGH LIFE by Claire Denis.

The 43rd annual Toronto International Film Festival takes place from 6 to 16 September 2018, the screening schedule is now online:

#TIFF18 #InMyRoom #UlrichKoehler #HighLife #ClaireDenis #PandoraFilm

GUNDERMANN film and concert premiere tour

GUNDERMANN film and concert premiere tour

Lichtburg Essen — it was a celebration —  you are such a great audience! We could not have wished for a better tour start. Thank you and Glück Auf!

Director Andreas Dresen will perform with the actors Alexander Scheer, Anna Unterberger, Axel Prahl among others on a major — sold out — premiere and concert tour in Germany to personally present GUNDERMANN, at selected events with live music.

  • 13. August – ESSEN, Lichtburg, with Concert
  • 14. August – SCHLÜCHTERN-STEINAU, Kuki Open-Air, with Concert
  • 15. August – POTSDAM, Thalia, with unplugged Concert
  • 17. August – BERLIN, Kulturforum am Potsdamer Platz Open-Air
  • 18. August – JENA, Kulturarena Open Airwith Concert
  • 19. August – LEIPZIG, Passage Kinos, MAGDEBURG, Moritzhof, HOYERSWERDA, Kulturfabrik
  • 21. August – DRESDEN, Filmnächte am Elbufer, with Concert
  • 22. August – SENFTENBERG, Amphitheater, with Concert
  • 23. August – BERLIN, Kulturbrauerei / Kesselhaus, with Concert
  • 25. August – ROSTOCK, Metropol, Frieda23, Capitol, with Concert Heilig-Geist-Kirche
  • 26. August – HAMBURG, Abaton, with Concert

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HIGH LIFE premieres in Toronto Gala, then San Sebastian Competition

HIGH LIFE premieres in Toronto Gala, then San Sebastian Competition

In September 2018 the HIGH LIFE space oddity starts at TIFF Toronto Gala as world premiere and fly right after as European premiere to the Competition at San Sebastian International Film Festival.

The new film by Claire Denis starring Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth and Lars Eidinger was shot last autumn in Cologne.

We are grateful to our producing partners Alcatraz Films (France) and The Apocalypse Film Company (UK), MadAnts (Poland) and Andrew Lauren Productions (USA) for keeping up with the long journey!!!!

And we thank our supporters and financiers in Germany: Film- and Medienstiftung NRW, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FFA Minitreaty and ZDF/ Arte, as well as Pandora Film Verleih. The German cinema release will be in spring 2019.

Wild Bunch handles International sales:

#HighLife  #RobertPattinson  #TIFF18   #ClaireDenis #66SSIFF  #PandoraFilm





LA FAMILIA SUMERGIDA (Immersed Family) by Maria Alché will world premiere in Locarno - Concorso Cineasti del presente. The side Competition is dedicated to emerging directors from all over the world and devoted to first and second features.

The debut film is a coproduction between Argentina and Germany, Brazil, Norway. We would like to thank our supporting film fund in Germany - the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.

Tickets and screening schedule:

#FamiliaSumergida    #Locarno71   #MariaAlche

IN MY ROOM in Karlovy Vary & Munich

IN MY ROOM in Karlovy Vary & Munich

Following our amazing Cannes premiere IN MY ROOM starts the festival circuit with the renowned Karlovy Vary International Filmfestival. The film will be presented in the section Another View from 29. June until 07. July 2018:

Check out venues, dates and more:

The German festival premiere will be at the Filmfest München in the section Spotlight. Meet the filmmakers in Munich:

Sun, 01. July, 10:00h, Atelier 1 – press
Sun, 01. July, 21:00h, Kino Sendlinger Tor – premiere in presence of actor Hans Löw and director Ulrich Köhler
Fr, 06. July, 20:00 h, Gasteig Carl-Orff-Saal


For more news in German follow us on facebook @InMyRoomFilm

#ffmuc  #kviff #InMyRoom #UlrichKöhler #PandoraFilm #HansLöw

IN MY ROOM screenings #Cannes2018

IN MY ROOM screenings #Cannes2018

IN MY ROOM dir. Ulrich Köhler / Cannes Un Certain Regard / @Palais des Festivals

Thu, 17. May, 11:00h, Debussy Theatre
Thu, 17. May, 16:30h, Debussy Theatre, WORLD PREMIERE in presence of Cast & Crew
Fri, 18. May, 18:30h, Salle du Soixantième

Marche Du Films professional buyers to contact international sales agent The Match Factory for further market screenings:

In Germany Pandora Film Verleih will start the cinema release this Autumn.

#CANNES2018 #UlrichKoehler #UnCertainRegard #InMyRoom #PandoraFilm

REWIND now in German cinemas

REWIND now in German cinemas

REWIND – Die zweite Chance starts today in selected German cinemas.

The debut feature film by Johannes F. Sievert is a science fiction time trip with Alex Brendemühl ("Le Prière") and Sylvia Hoeks ("Blade Runner 2049") in the lead roles.

While investigating a murder case, police commissioner Richard Lenders meets a group of physicists who are supposed to help him decipher the chip found with the corpse. Lenders experiences an increasing desire: could he use the chip to prevent further murders and change his own life story?

For trailer, dates and cinemas:
Real Fiction Verleih - REWIND

IN MY ROOM by Ulrich Köhler premiers in Cannes

IN MY ROOM by Ulrich Köhler premiers in Cannes

IN MY ROOM written and directed by Ulrich Köhler with Hans Löw and Elena Radonicich in the lead roles will have its world premiere in the official selection Un Certain Regards at the upcoming 71. FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU FILM DE CANNES.

We are very happy, proud, excited and like to thank dearly our team, partners, financiers and supporters!

#InMyRoom #UlrichKöhler #PandoraFilm #HansLöw #ElenaRadonicich

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Double Silver Bear Winner LAS HEREDERAS

Double Silver Bear Winner LAS HEREDERAS

Ana Brun wins the Silver Bear for best actress and filmmaker Marcelo Martinessi the Silver Bear/ Alfred Bauer award for a feature film that opens new perpectives at this year's Berlinale competition.

With scooping also the Fipresci award and Teddy Reader's award LAS HEREDERAS (The Heiresses) marks one of the top competition breakout films.

Felicitaciones a los creadores: Ana Brun, Margarita Irun, Ana Ivanova, Marcelo Martinessi and fellow Parguayan lead producer Sebastian Pena Escobar!!! You are so brave and made it through a long way!

Thanks to our German partners ZDF/ ARTE, World Cinema Fund and Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. Thanks to international sales agent Luxbox Films for securing distribution across the globe:

#LasHerederas #Berlinale2018 #Magnifico

3rd Baumi Award goes to the Syrian filmmaker SOUDADE KAADAN

3rd Baumi Award goes to the Syrian filmmaker SOUDADE KAADAN

Now it is official, Jury and guest juror Martina Gedeck have made their decision out of 47 highly international submissions:

The 3rd Baumi Script Development Award, endowed with 20,000 Euro, goes to the Syrian filmmaker Soudade Kaadan for her treatment „Nezouh“.

„Soudade Kaadan exposes the various layers of destruction with an instinctive certainty,“ says guest juror Martina Gedeck. „She combines human weakness with willpower, desperation with confidence, darkness with promise. In the middle of the armed conflict, islands of refuge are formed where life transcends death and subsequently vanquishes it.“

Read the full jury statement and more about Soudade Kaadan here:

A special thanks to our supporters: Friederike Zeit (prize sculpture), Katja Clos (graphics), Fritz Erler (Website). Photo by Kurt Krieger/Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

#BaumiAward #SoudadeKaadan #filmmedienNRW #MartinaGedeck

Pandora screenings @Berlinale 2018

Pandora screenings @Berlinale 2018

LAS HEREDERAS / THE HEIRESSES dir. Marcelo Martinessi / Berlinale Competition
Fri, 16. Feb, 09:00h, Berlinale Palast (press screening only)
Fri, 16. Feb, 15:30h, Berlinale Palast, WORLD PREMIERE in presence of Cast & Crew
Sat, 17. Feb, 09:30h, Friedrichstadtpalast
Sat, 17. Feb, 13:00h, Friedrichstadtpalast
Sat, 17. Feb, 20:00h, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)
Sun, 25. Feb, 10:00h, Haus der Berliner Festspiele

REWIND dir. Johannes Sievert / AG Kino-Gilde Screening
Sun, 18. Feb, 14:00h, Hackesche Höfe Kino 3

information about tickets, accreditation and more:   

LAS HEREDERAS in Berlinale Competition 2018

LAS HEREDERAS in Berlinale Competition 2018

We are very happy to announce our Paraguayan co-production LAS HEREDERAS (THE HEIRESSES) by Marcelo Martinessi will have its world premiere in Berlinale Competition this year. It’s the first time a film from the South American country competes for the Golden Bear.

The debut feature by Marcelo Martinessi, who had won the award for best short film at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, is a co-production with Germany, Uruguay, Norway, Brazil and France and stars Ana Brun, Margarita Irún and Ana Ivanova.

In Germany the film is co-produced with ZDF/ARTE and supported by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and World Cinema Fund. International sales is handled by Luxbox Films:

#Paraguay #Berlinale2018 #LasHerederas

German Screenplay Award – Nomination for JE SUIS KARL

German Screenplay Award – Nomination for JE SUIS KARL

Congratulations to writer Thomas Wendrich for the Nomination of the German Screenplay Award (Deutscher Drehbuchpreis) for his film script JE SUIS KARL. The project is currently in development with director Christian Schwochow, Pandora Film and WDR, supported by FFA.

 «An exciting, courageous, highly contemporary work» says the Jury.

The Lola for the best screenplay in development will be awarded by the German culture state secretary during Berlinale in February 2018.

Zürcher Filmpreis 2017 for MARIJA

Zürcher Filmpreis 2017 for MARIJA

Congratulations to MARIJA’s director and writer Michael Koch and our Swiss producing partner Christof Neracher for the Zürcher Filmpreis 2017!

From the Jury: “Koch's character study captivates with its quasi-documentary directing style, the precise presentation of the milieu as well as the haunting performance of the actors, especially the leading actress Margarita Breitkreiz. In addition, the film withdraws from moral judgments consistently and thus gives an ambivalence in the figure drawing, which reach only a few social dramas.”

#Cadrage2017 #Hugofilm

MARIJA & PAULA visit China

MARIJA & PAULA visit China

Both films are screened at 5th Festival of German Cinema in China from 10th until 27th November in Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzhen und Nanjing.

Michael Koch, director and writer of MARIJA, will be able to present his film in person in Beijing and Chengdu.

The full schedule is available online :



THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE nominated for European Film Awards

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE nominated for European Film Awards

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE by Aki Kaurismäki is nominated for European Film and European Director at this year's 30th European Film Awards.

Congratulations and fingers crossed!

#EFA2017 #The Other Side of Hope  #AkiKaurismäki

REWIND premiers at Hofer Filmtage

REWIND premiers at Hofer Filmtage

The Debutfilm REWIND-Die zweite Chance by filmmaker Johannes F. Sievert premieres at 51st Hofer Filmtage. The festival, under the new artistic director Thorsten Schaumann, is placing a special focus on young filmmakers.

REWIND-Die zweite Chance sends the commissioner Richard Landers on a science-fiction time trip which is meant to help him solve a murder case, but also to deal with his own past.

Screening dates
Thu. 26. Oct 17 | 14:00 | Central - in presence of cast & cast
Fri.   27. Oct 17 | 22:15 | Cinema
Sun. 29. Oct 17 | 20:30 | Cinema

The shooting took place entirely in Cologne with high-profile cast Alex Brendemühl, Sylvia Hoeks, Max von Pufendorf and Idil Üner in the lead roles. REWIND is coproduced by WDR, ARTE, Rommel Film and supported by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, DFFF and FFA.

Follow us on Facebook/Rewind-Die-zweite-Chance

#HomeOfFilms #RewindZweiteChance #SylviaHoecks #AlexBrendemuehl


International Actors Award for JULIETTE BINOCHE

International Actors Award for JULIETTE BINOCHE

Juliette Binoche was honored with the International Actors Award during the final award ceremony at the Film Festival Cologne. As part of the festival, Binoche's film MEINE SCHÖNE INNERE SONNE (Un Beau Soleil Intérieur) was shown, which Pandora Filmverleih will bring to German theaters on 14th December 2017.

She is currently shooting in Cologne the new Claire Denis’ film HIGH LIFE, a science fiction drama produced by Pandora Film.

#JulietteBinoche #HighLife #PandoraFilm #ffcgn

MARIJA in Paris

MARIJA in Paris

Also this coming weekend MARIJA by Michael Koch is on the big screen at Festival Du Cinema Allemand in Paris:

Thu, 05. Oct – 16:30 – Cinema L’Arlequin
Sun, 08. Oct  – 21:45 - Cinema L’Arlequin

Tickets and more:

Follow Michael Koch to get all festival and screening news


COCOTE German premiere at Filmfest Hamburg

COCOTE German premiere at Filmfest Hamburg

Don’t miss COCOTE’s German premiere at Filmfestival Hamburg next weekend. Filmmaker Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias will be present for Q&A.

Sat, 07. Oct. - 18:00  - Abaton
Sun, 08. Oct. - 21:00  Studio Kino

Tickets are available:

The film continues its worldwide festival tour this autumn, to name just a few:
Vancouver Int Film Festival, Montreal at the Festival du Nouveau, Festival Internacional de Valdivia Chile, Cape Town International Film Fest South Africa, Mostra de Sao Paulo Brazil, Mar del Plata Argentina, Singapore International Film Fest

#FFHH17        #cocotefilm

Open call for third BAUMI AWARD

Open call for third BAUMI AWARD

This Friday sees the launch of the open call for the 3rd Baumi Script Development Award for the development of outstanding cinematic stories. As from today, German and international writers can submit applications for the € 20,000 grant — online only — until 15. October 2017 to:

We are so excited to have renowned actress MARTINA GEDECK serving as the guest juror this year! She is one of the most distinguished actresses of Germany, known to a wide audience for her performance in „Bella Martha“ , produced by Karl “Baumi” Baumgartner with Pandora Film and for which she won the German Film Award.

 „Whenever you were together with Baumi, you would have the feeling that there wasn't anything nicer and more worthwhile than making films. This inner pleasure in his profession - which was a vocation for him - left a deep impression on me", says Martina Gedeck.

full press release:

#Baumi Award       #filmmediennrw       #MartinaGedeck

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE, COCOTE and work-in-progress LA FAMILIA SUMERGIDA in San Sebastian

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE, COCOTE and work-in-progress LA FAMILIA SUMERGIDA in San Sebastian

Aki Kaurismäki will receive the 2017 Fipresci Grand Prix for his latest film THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE after already winning the prize in 2002 (The Man Without a Past). The vote saw the participation of 576 critics from all over the world, all members of International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci). The award will be presented during the opening ceremony of the San Sebastian on September 22.

COCOTE by Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias competes in the Horizontes Section of the festival. A selection of twelve feature films, not yet released in Spain, produced in Latin America and directed by filmmakers of Latin origin.

LA FAMILIA SUMERGIDA by Maria Alché, a film still in postproduction, has been selected among six feature films for Films in Progress programme from among a total of 149 films submitted from 20 countries. The event has become a platform for the international launch of new talents and a mandatory meeting place for the Latin American audiovisual industry.  

#65ssiff  #The Other Side of Hope #FipresciAward #Cocote

Toronto 2017 with THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE and COCOTE

Toronto 2017 with THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE and COCOTE

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE by Aki Kaurismäki will be presented in the MASTERS programme, a slate of eleven films which includes new works from filmmakers known for taking stylistic and thematic risks with their work.

The WAVELENGHTS programme features Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias’ astonishing COCOTE, recent winner of Locarno Filmfestival. This year marks the 17th edition of Wavelengths — an uncompromising, carefully curated, avant-garde showcase of boundary-pushing filmmaking. The section shows nine stand-alone feature films, each displaying its own radical approach to the art of cinema.

Screening schedules, tickets and more:

#TIFF17  #Cocotefilm #AkiKaurismäki #TIFFMasters #artofcinema

COCOTE wins Signs of Life Award

COCOTE wins Signs of Life Award

Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias’s COCOTE is the winner of the Signs of Life Award 2017 at Locarno Filmfestival.

"For its creative reinvention of the traditions of anthropological cinema", the jury explained.


#purecinema #locarno70 #nelsoncarlodelossantos #cocotefilm #signsoflife

COCOTE opens in Locarno - Signs of Life

COCOTE opens in Locarno - Signs of Life

Tomorrow COCOTE by Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias is the opening film of Signs of Life section at 70. Locarno International Filmfestival. This side competition aims to explore film’s frontier territories, engaging with new forms of narration and innovation in filmic language.

COCOTE is shot in Dominican Republic and a coproduction with Argentina, Germany and Qatar. The experimental fiction film is supported in Germany by the World Cinema Fund.

The French world sales Luxbox Films handles international distribution:

Tickets and screening schedule:

#cocotefilm    #signsoflife   #purecinema

German Cinema Award for Peace goes to ON THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE

German Cinema Award for Peace goes to ON THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE

Aki Kaurismäki is honoured for the film THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE with the international director's prize. The Award goes to film artists whose work builds bridges and inspires tolerance and humanitarianism.

For more than 16 years, the Bernhard Wicki Memorial Fund honours outstanding filmmakers every year as part of the Munich Film Festival. From award-winning to award-winning, from cultural to cultural, the award goes from year to year to an imaginary bridge around the world, as a reminder of peace and freedom and the dignity of each individual.

#AkiKaurismäki #DieAndereSeiteDerHoffnung

NOCTURAMA release in Germany on 18 May 17

NOCTURAMA release in Germany on 18 May 17

Next week, on 18. May 2017, NOCTURAMA by Bertrand Bonello starts in German cinemas.

NOCTURAMA is a contemporary radical portrait of French youth ridden by angst and anger, something recalls with the current Nuit Debout (Up All Night) protest movement in Paris.

A Film that makes an intriguingly cinematic case for showing over telling.


Visit our exclusive cinema previews and Q&A with the filmmaker Bertrand Bonello:

Wed, 10. May 17 – 20:00H – Cinema Paris, Berlin
Thu, 11. May 17 – 20:00H – Off Broadway, Köln

Tickets are available at the venues

For trailer, dates and cinemas:
Kinofinder NOCTURAMA

2 Lolas for PAULA

2 Lolas for PAULA

Congratulations to Tim Pannen for the Lola German Filmaward - Best Production Design and Frauke Firl for the Lola German Filmaward - Best Costume design for their work on PAULA. Also our best wishes to the German Filmaward Nominees Frank Lamm (Cinematography) and Astrid Weber, Hannah Fischleder (Make-up & Hairstyling)!

It is a big pleasure to work with you!

Still in Cinemas: Kinofinder_PAULA

#Lola17 #PaulaDerFilm #MeinLebenSollEinFestSein

PAULA and MARIJA in New York City

PAULA and MARIJA in New York City

KINO!2017 Festival New York City kicks off with the US premiere of PAULA on March 31, followed next day with the conversation “Let‘s Talk About Paula“ at Deutsches Haus at NYU, focusing on the heartfelt portrayal of the painter Paula Modersohn-Becker.

MARIJA, this weekend awarded with the Amnesty International Febiofest Award in Prague, will be shown at Sunshine Cinema in Manhattan Lower East Side on April 3rd and 4th.

Screening schedules, tickets and more:

New Aki Kaurismäki film opens in Germany

New Aki Kaurismäki film opens in Germany

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE by Aki Kaurismäki gets today released in German cinemas. The winner of Best Director – Silver Bear at Berlinale 2017 is “the right movie at the right time”!

Don’t miss!! Find your nearby cinema here KINOFINDER

In selected cinemas screenings are available on 35mm print.


#AkiKaurismäki #DieAndereSeiteDerHoffnung #Kinostart #PandoraFilmVerleih


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4 German Film Award nominations for PAULA

4 German Film Award nominations for PAULA

PAULA made it to the German Filmaward LOLA and received 4 nominations:

Cinematography   Frank Lamm

Costume Design Frauke Firl

Makeup & Hairstyling Astrid Weber, Hannah Fischleder

Production Design — Tim Pannen

We are very excited and congratulate dearly Astrid, Frank, Frauke, Hannah and Tim and the entire extraordinary team!!

The artistic crew of art, costume and make-up together with cinematography worked so well in a team that makes PAULA a truly cinema experience.

A big thanks to director Christian Schwochow and writers Stefan Kolditz and Stephan Suschke and our amazing cast Carla Juri, Albrecht Schuch, Roxane Duran, Joel Basman, to name a few!


#Lola17 #PAULAgoesLOLA #MeinLebenSollEinFestSein

300.000 PAULA admissions

300.000 PAULA admissions

300,000 visitors have already seen PAULA in cinemas in Germany!

We are very happy and thank you for your enthusiasm for this wonderful woman and her story.

You did not make it to the cinema yet? You can find the current dates here:


#PaulaDerFilm #MeinLebenSollEinFestSein

#CarlaJuri #ChristianSchwochow #AlbrechtSchuch #JoelBasman #RoxaneDuran

MARIJA cinema release Germany

MARIJA cinema release Germany

MARIJA out now in selected German cinemas with the film release starting next week on 09. March 2017.

Visit us on our cinema preview tour through Germany!

4.3. - Oberhausen, Lichtburg: Preview, Frauenfilmtage Visuell, mit Produzentin Claudia Steffen
7.3. - Düsseldorf, Bambi: Preview mit Michael Koch
8.3. - Köln, Off Broadway: Preview mit Michael Koch
9.3. - Berlin, Hackesche Höfe: Filmgespräch mit Michael Koch und Margarita Breitkreiz
10.3. - Berlin, Sputnik: Filmgespräch mit Michael Koch
11.3. - Berlin, fsk: Filmgespräch mit Michael Koch
13.3. - München, Werkstatt Kino: Filmgespräch mit Michael Koch



PAULA out now in France

PAULA out now in France

PAULA goes out today to the cinemas in France!

Find all the programmed screens on our interactive map:
A co-distribution of PYRAMIDE distribution and HAPPINESS distribution

PAULAleFilm      #PAULAgoesFrance #Happiness #Pyramide

Silver Bear/ Best Director for Aki Kaurismäki

Silver Bear/ Best Director for Aki Kaurismäki

We are madly happy for Aki Kaurismäki winning the Silver Bear-Best Director for ON THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE!
Big Congratulations and Salutations!!!

Soon in cinemas in Germany, starting 30. March 2017.

#AkiKaurismäki #DieAndereSeiteDerHoffnung #Berlinale2017



MARIJA wins twice again

MARIJA wins twice again

Not only Berlinale… Also Festival International du Film d'Amour de Mons awarded today Coup De Coeur du Jury to director Michael Koch and Best Actress/ Prix d'Interprétation Féminine for lead actress Margarita Breitkreiz. Congratulations!!!

Don’t miss our next NRW premiere with Michael, Margarita and Sahin in Dortmund, the shooting location of the film:
Wed, 22. February 2017 – 20:00h at Roxy Kino Dortmund
Tickets are available online at the venue:
Thu, 23. February 2017 – 19:00h at SweetSixteen Dortmund
Film & Talk in cooperation with Bodo e.V. / Project KODIAQ in Dortmund.

MARIJA is released in cinemas in Germany from 09. March 2017 and in Switzerland next week, 23. February 2017!

Second Baumi Award goes to the Polish filmmaker Kuba Czekaj

Second Baumi Award goes to the Polish filmmaker Kuba Czekaj

The Baumi Script Development Award, endowed with 20,000 Euros, was presented for the second time on the fringes of  the Berlinale. This year, the grant in memory of the producer Karl ¨Baumi¨ Baumgartner goes to the Polish writer and director Kuba Czekaj for his treatment ¨SORRY POLAND¨.

¨ I like the style, he seems to be a clever guy,¨ says guest juror Aki Kaurismäki. ¨Poland is a film nation where Baumi began supporting young talents very early on and worked closely with many film artists. Kuba Czekaj and his story idea, which has a nicely subtle and fine political touch, would be exactly to his liking.¨

Visit for the full jury statement/ about the treatment/ about the prize-winner: pressrelease

The founders would like to thank: Friederike Zeit for the design and making of the prize sculpture, Katja Clos for the graphics and award logo and Fritz Erler for the programming of the Website.

Photo by Kurt Krieger/Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

#BaumiAward #KubaCzekaj #AkiKaurismäki


Pandora screenings @Berlinale 2017

Pandora screenings @Berlinale 2017

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE dir. Aki Kaurismäki/ Berlinale Competition
Tue, 14. Feb, 09:00h, Berlinale Palast (press screening only)
Tue, 14. Feb, 16:00h, Berlinale Palast, INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE in presence of Cast & Crew
Wed, 15. Feb, 09:30h, Friedrichstadtpalast
Wed, 15. Feb, 22:30h, International
Thu, 16. Feb, 12:30h, Zoo Palast 1
Sun, 19. Feb, 16:45h, Berlinale Palast
Berlinale Goes Kiez:
Wed, 15. Feb, 18:30h, Thalia Programmkino Potsdam
AG Kino-Gilde Screening:
Fr, 17. Feb, 10:30h, Hackesche Höfe Kino 1

MARIJA dir. Michael Koch/ LOLA at Berlinale
Fr, 10. Feb, 14:00h, Zoo Palast 2, director Michael Koch will attend for Q&A

PAULA dir. Christian Schwochow/ LOLA at Berlinale
Mon, 13. Feb, 16:15h, Zoo Palast 2
Mon, 13. Feb, 18:00h, CinemaxX 19 (EFM, market badge only)

NOCTURAMA dir. Bertraud Bonello / AG Kino-Gilde Screening
Thu, 16. Feb, 16:30h, Hackesche Höfe Kino 3

information about tickets, accreditation and more:   

New AKI KAURISMÄKI film in Competition Berlinale 2017

New AKI KAURISMÄKI film in Competition Berlinale 2017

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE by Aki Kaurismäki will have its festival premiere in Competition at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival.

MARIJA latest Awards and Nominations

MARIJA latest Awards and Nominations

This week MARIJA was nominated for the Swiss Film Award (Schweizer Filmpreis) in the category Best Feature Film. We congratulate and thank dearly our Swiss producing partner Christof Neracher from Hugofilm!

MARIJA took also this week the acting awards for the female and male lead at the renowned Premier Plans Festival in Angers, France: Prix D'interpretation Feminine for Margarita Breitkreiz and the Prix D'interpretation Masculine for Georg Friedrich. Respect and congratulations!

In addition this week MARIJA also participated in Competition at Max-Ophüls Festival, at the Solothurner Filmtage and at Göteborg Filmfestival.

The German cinema premiere tour starts tomorrow:

Mon, 30. January 2017 - 20:30h at Volksbühne Berlin – Grosses Haus
In presence of Margarita Breitkreiz, Georg Friedrich, Sahin Eryilmaz and director Michael Koch.
Tickets are available online or at the venue:  MARIJA @ Volksbühne Berlin    #prixcinemaCH17    #PremiersPlans     #Volksbuehne


Bayerischer Filmpreis/ Best Cinematography for PAULA

Bayerischer Filmpreis/ Best Cinematography for PAULA

We congratulate heartfelt Frank Lamm on the Bavarian film prize for the best cinematography!

Jury Member Gernot Roll praises Frank’s work in the highest tones and finds his photography "one of the best camera work that has long been seen in the German cinema".

#PaulaDerFilm #BayerischerFilmpreis



Next Monday, 16. January 2017 we are moving to our new office:

Antwerpener Straße 6-12, 50672 Köln (U-Bahn: Friesenplatz)

Telephone, Email and Internet contacts remain the same, but might be partially offline during the next two weeks!


Am nächsten Montag, den 16. Januar 2017 ziehen wir in unser neues Büro:
Antwerpener Straße 6-12, 50672 Köln (U-Bahn: Friesenplatz)
Unsere Telefon-, Email- und Internetkontakte bleiben gleich, aber wir werden leider die nächsten zwei Wochen zeitweise nicht via Email und Internet erreichbar sein!

MARIJA & PAULA selected for German Film Award – screenings Lola@Berlinale

MARIJA & PAULA selected for German Film Award – screenings Lola@Berlinale

Strong independent women in contemporary and historic context convinced the jury: MARIJA directed by Michael Koch with Margarita Breitkreiz & PAULA directed by Christian Schwochow with Carla Juri are on the shortlist selected for the German Filmaward Lola 2017 and will be screened at LOLA@BERLINALE.

Both films are eligible in all categories for nominations - all academy members can now vote in their specific section for the nominations until 15 March 2017.

#Lola17PaulaMarija #pleased #happy #delighted

PAULA out now

PAULA out now

Are you ready for PAULA? Today it's getting started - in 92 cinemas - all over Germany

Check out your local cinema:

#PaulaDerFilm #meinlebensolleinfestsein


MARIJA in Competition Max-Ophüls-Preis

MARIJA in Competition Max-Ophüls-Preis

MARIJA, currently celebrating international festival success, will be performing its German premiere in the competition for the Max-Ophüls-Prize in January 2017.

Stay updated and follow current international festival screening on Michael’s webside:


#MARIJAderfilm #09Maerz2017imKino


PAULA cinema premiere in Germany

PAULA cinema premiere in Germany

Last night PAULA premiere tour kicked off at Lichtburg Essen with many cast and crew attenting. Thanks for the great evening.

Visit us at our next gala screenings, tickets available at the venue:
02. December 2016 - 19:00h — Bremen Schauburg with reception at Kunsthalle Bremen/
08. December 2016 - 20:00h — Dresden Programmkino Ost/
15. Dezember 2016 – nation wide release

Basler Filmpreis for Michael Koch’s MARIJA

Basler Filmpreis for Michael Koch’s MARIJA

The Basel Film and Media Art Awards 2016 were presented at the Gare du Nord in Basel on 21 November 2016. The jury decided to award the film MARIJA by Michael Koch with the Basler Filmpreis. Only independent cinema productions are permitted for the competition for the Basler Filmpreis, endowed with 20,000 francs. The film is Michael Koch's first long feature film and a German-swiss co-production of Pandora Film Produktion with Little Shark and Hugofilm.

Cinema release in Switzerland: 02. February 2017 –
Cinema release in Germany: 09. March 2017 –

Dearly congratualtions to Michael!

PAULA at 50th Hofer Filmtage

PAULA at 50th Hofer Filmtage

PAULA will premiere in Germany as part of the new German feature films program at the 50th Hof International Film Festival.

“The Hof International Film Festival will celebrate its 50th anniversary without its festival director Heinz Badewitz, who passed away unexpectedly this year in March. Fifty years of the Hof International Film Festival, that’s not only 50 years of film history, but also 50 years of the love of film, commitment, a close bond with the industry, vitality in the search for new talent, support and care for up-and-coming German filmmakers. Fifty years of the Hof International Film Festival is, above all, the lifetime achievement of Heinz Badewitz.”

Sat. 29. Oct | 19:45 | Scala  - in presence  of cast & crew
Fri. 28. Oct | 11:15 | City & Sun. 30. Oct.| 13:45 | Cinema

Filmpreis Köln for CLAIRE DENIS with retrospective and workshop talk

Filmpreis Köln for CLAIRE DENIS with retrospective and workshop talk

This year the Filmpreis Köln goes to filmmaker Claire Denis. The Filmpreis Köln celebrates film personalities, who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the film and media language. The Award, endowed with € 25,000, has been awarded since 2007 and is donated by the Film- and Medienstiftung NRW and the City of Köln.

To honor the director and her work the Film Festival Cologne dedicates a retrospective to Claire Denis from Sat until Thu at Filmpalette Köln:

Sat, 8. Oct – 21:00h - CHOCOLAT
Sun, 9. Oct – 21:00h - LES SALAUDS*
Mon, 19. Oct – 21:00h - BEAU TRAVAIL
Tue, 11. Oct – 21:00h - 35 RHUMS*
Wed, 12. Oct – 20:00h - NENETTE ET BONI - in presence of Claire Denis
Thu, 13. Oct – 20:00h - WHITE MATERIAL - in presence of Claire Denis 

Tickets at the venue or online:

Fr, 14. Oct. - 17:00 h - Gürzenich
Workshop Discussion with Claire Denis moderated by Daniel Kothenschulte

Tickets required, free entry:

Dear Claire, congratulations and a big Hug!

*coproduced by Pandora Film

NOCTURAMA opens Film Festival Cologne

NOCTURAMA opens Film Festival Cologne

NOCTURAMA is the opening film as German premiere of the relaunched Film Festival Cologne.
Don’t miss the public screening followed by a film conversation with director Bertrand Bonello and journalist Sven von Reden.

Sat, 08. Okt. 16 - 20:00 h
Residenz - Astor Film Lounge Köln
Tickets available at the venue or online:


PAULA opens CineAllemand in Paris

PAULA opens CineAllemand in Paris

Get ready! PAULA will open the Festival Cine Allemand on 5th October in Paris with lead actress Carla Juri and director Christian Schwochow attending. The film about painter Paula Modersohn-Becker is a bright and colourful portrait of the "Camille Claudel across the Rhine." This year she was re-discovered in France with a well-received major exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.

PAULA will be released theatrically in France by Happiness Distribution on 1st February 2017!

MARIJA Asian premiere in Busan

MARIJA Asian premiere in Busan

Busan International Filmfestival, one of the most significant festivals in Asia, invited MARIJA by Michael Koch for the Asian premiere. The film will be presented in the Flash Forward Section, set to discover yet-surfaced cineastes and create buzz among the young film generation. This section is an eclectic collection of films by up-and-coming filmmakers from non-Asian countries.

BAUMI AWARD goes into 2nd round with AKI KAURISMÄKI as guest juror

BAUMI AWARD goes into 2nd round with AKI KAURISMÄKI as guest juror

Pandora Film, Baumgartner Family and Film- Medienstiftung NRW are launching the second call for entries of the 2nd BAUMI SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT AWARD, which is endowed with 20.000,- Euros in prize money.  German and international screenwriters can apply from today with their feature film treatment (in English or English translation) online only under until 15. October 2016.

We are very happy to have Aki Kaurismäki joins the jury this year as guest juror. 30 years ago his collaboration with Pandora Film began with “Shadows in Paradise”, and a deep friendship with Baumi developed.

full press release:

Visit for guidelines and the online application form:

NOCTURAMA in San Sebastian  & London

NOCTURAMA in San Sebastian & London

Our coproduction NOCTURAMA by Bertrand Bonello will participate in the Competition of the 64. San Sebastian Film Festival as the European Festival premiere. The film will be competing for the Golden Shell.

That’s followed in October by the gala presentation at the 60. BFI London Film Festival. This year the festival is organised into programme strands: “Debate representing films that amplify, scrutinize, argue and surprise, Debate thrives on conversation, which is never more engaging than when the world outside the cinema is reflected back at us. This year’s Debate Gala is Bertrand Bonello’s cool, stylized thriller NOCTURAMA, an audacious film that tackles the subjects of terrorism, violence, consumerism and the decay of European idealism head-on.”



After Locarno competition selection MARIJA by Michael Koch will have it’s North American premiere at TIFF Discovery, the section for “Directors to watch. The future of world cinema.“ Michael Koch will present the film in person to the festival audience in Toronto! International sales is managed by Luxbox Films.

Screening dates and tickets:

Bertrand Bonello’s drama NOCTURAMA will open the Platform competition, the international directors showcase at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival. The film is eligible for the Toronto Platform Prize selected by the three-person international jury composed of legendary directors Brian De Palma and Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and acclaimed actor Zhang Ziyi.

The Platform section was introduced last year at TIFF, and was created to “champion directors’ cinema from around the world,” according to the festival release. “The lineup this year aims to shine the spotlight on fearless, artistic films that will inspire a global dialogue around issues that affect us all.”

NOCTURAMA is produced by Rectangle Production, My New Picture with Pandora Film Produktion and Scope Pictures. The French-German-Belgian co-production is backed in Germany by WDR/Arte (Andrea Hanke), Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and FFA-Minitreaty. Wild Bunch is handling International sales and theatrical distribution.

Screening dates and tickets:

MARIJA awarded in Locarno

MARIJA awarded in Locarno

Michael Koch’s debut MARIJA was well received at the premiere at 69. Locarno International Film Festival and awarded by independent juries with the “Environment is quality of life“ Prize and a Special Mention by the Ecumencial Prize Jury. Congratulations!

PAULA world premiere in Locarno – Piazza Grande

PAULA world premiere in Locarno – Piazza Grande

PAULA will also premiere in Locarno at the prestigious section Piazza Grande as an outdoor premiere in front of up to 8000 viewers.

In PAULA, director Christian Schwochow explores the fascinating life of a highly talented artist and radically modern woman living at the beginning of the 20th century. A woman, who will go down in art history as Paula Modersohn-Becker. Full of sensuality, with gentle humor and playful levity, PAULA also tells the story of a mighty, passionate love. Today – a century later – the conflicts which threaten to tear the lovers apart are more relevant than ever. Carla Juri (Wetlands) plays Paula Modersohn-Becker, Albrecht Abraham Schuch (Measuring the World, NSU: German History X) plays her husband, Otto Modersohn, Roxane Duran (The White Ribbon) plays her best friend Clara Rilke- Westhoff and Joel Basman (As We Were Dreaming) plays poet Rainer Maria Rilke. The screenplay was written by Stefan Kolditz and Stephan Suschke.

The film is a Pandora Film Produktion/ Grown up Films production in co-production with French Alcatraz Films and WDR, Degeto, Radio Bremen and Arte. The film is supported in Germany by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, DFFF, FFA, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Nordmedia and BKM.

International Sales is handled by The Match Factory.

Public premiere in Locarno will be celebrated on Sun, 07. August at 21:30 @PIAZZA GRANDE, please visit festival side for further screening schedule and tickets: →

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MARIJA world premiere in Locarno – International Competition

MARIJA world premiere in Locarno – International Competition

MARIJA by Michael Koch will have its world premiere in International Competition in Locarno and is a contender for the Golden Leopard this year. Michael Koch’s feature film debut is the portrait of a young Ukrainian woman who lives on the periphery of Germany’s production- and consumer-oriented society, but does not accept the ascribed role of the victim. Demanding, determined and uncompromising, she fights to live a freer, self-determined life.

Russian-born, Germany-based actress Margarita Breitkreiz plays the titular role. Pandora Film Produktion lead-produced the film with Swiss Hugofilm and Germany’s Little Shark Entertainment on board as co-producers. The film was  co-produced in Germany with WDR and ARTE, supported in Germany by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, DFFF, BKM and FFA.

Paris-based Luxbox has picked up world sales rights and will represent the film as internatinal sales agent.

Already cinema distribution is handled in Germany through Real Fiction Verleih and in Switzerland by Frenetic Films with a cinema start in Februar 2017.

Public premiere in Locarno will be celebrated on Mon, 08. August at 16:30 @FEVI 1, please visit festival side for further screening schedule and tickets:

For more information and press material go to:

Congratulation to 25 years Filmstiftung NRW

Congratulation to 25 years Filmstiftung NRW

We would like to thank cordially Petra Müller and the entire team of Film- und Medienstiftung NRW for the continuous and constructive collaboration. We look very much forward to many new joint films and challenges!

SKY - Diane Kruger embarks on a life-changing road trip... # in cinemas #09 June 16

SKY - Diane Kruger embarks on a life-changing road trip... # in cinemas #09 June 16

The film marks the third collaboration of French filmmaker Fabienne Berthaud (”Barfuss auf Nacktschnecken“) and German lead actress Diane Kruger. The French-German co-production of Le Bureau Films with Pandora Film Produktion also has Norman Reedus, Lena Dunham, Gilles Lellouche and Q’orianka Kilcher to star in the film. Film- und Medienstiftung NRW supported the project for production and distribution. After the successful premiere last Friday at Zoo Palast Berlin Alamode Film will release the film on 09 June in German cinemas.

SKY is a stirring emotional odyssey about what it means to start your life over again.

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Egyptian filmmaker OMAR EL ZOHAIRY to receive the first Baumi Script Development Award

Egyptian filmmaker OMAR EL ZOHAIRY to receive the first Baumi Script Development Award

The jury has made its decision from over 80 international submissions: the 27-year-old Egyptian Omar El Zohairy will receive the first € 20,000 Baumi Script Development Award for his project ¨FEATHERS OF A FATHER¨.

This year, the jury included the filmmaker Fatih Akin, who was also a close friend of Karl Baumgartner, in addition to the founders Martina Baumgartner (for the Baumgartner family), Reinhard Brundig (for Pandora Film) and Petra Müller (for Film- und Medienstiftung NRW). 

Yesterday Omar El Zohairy recieved the Award from guest jurymember Fatih Akin during the NRW Berlinale press lunch hosted by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.

Visit our Website for the full jury statement/ about the treatment/ about the prize-winner:


The founders would liket o extend special thanks go to Friederike Zeit for the design and making of the prize sculpture, Katja Clos for the graphics including the logo, and Fritz Erler for the programming of the Website.

photo by Kurt Krieger/Film-undMedienstiftung NRW

LES SAISONS-Unsere Wildnis release in Germany on 10 March 2016

LES SAISONS-Unsere Wildnis release in Germany on 10 March 2016

The new epic film documentary by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud (WINGED MIGRATION) will have its cinema start on 10 March 2016 in Germany. Well known actor Sebastian Koch recorded the narration in German language especially for the release.

The French-German co-production filmed more than 70 animal species, gather up to 700 technicians and turned nearly two years in 75 different locations.

After traveling the globe on the wings with migratory birds and surfed in all company oceans whales and manta rays, Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud return for this sequel on more familiar land. They take us on a wonderful journey through time to rediscover these European territories we share with wild animals since the last ice age.

Take a look at the German or French film site for more images:


BAUMI AWARD application phase starts today, with FATIH AKIN as guest juror

BAUMI AWARD application phase starts today, with FATIH AKIN as guest juror

From today screenwriters can apply with their feature film treatment (in English or English translation) for the BAUMI SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT AWARD, which includes a prize money of 20.000 Euro. Applications are possible ONLINE only on The deadline is extended until 15. NOVEMBER 2015!!!

We are very happy to have this year international acclaimed director, writer, producer FATIH AKIN as guest juror in the jury besides the three benefactors Baumgartner family, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and Pandora Film.

The first treatment will be awarded during the 2016 Berlinale.

Visit for guidelines and the online application form:


SKY premieres in new Toronto competition

SKY premieres in new Toronto competition

SKY by Fabienne Berthaud will receive its world premiere in Platform, the Toronto International Film Festival’s new juried programme Platform, with 12 films in competition.

An international jury assembled of acclaimed filmmakers Claire Denis, Jia Zhang-ke, and Agnieszka Holland will award the Toronto Platform Prize. The TIFF announces in its 40th year the new programme as for: “…the next generation of masters whose personal vision will captivate audiences, industry members and media from around the world.”

Diane Kruger plays the lead role alongside Norman Reedus, Lena Dunham, Gilles Lellouche and Q’orianka Kilcher. SKY is a co-production of Le Bureau Films (France) with Pandora Film Produktion. In Germany the project is supported by Film-und Medienstiftung NRW. Alamode will release the film in German cinemas, with international sales being handled by The Bureau Sales.

Screening dates and tickets:

LUNA PAPA director Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov passed away

Tajik-born director Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov has died today in Berlin. He was only 49 years old.

In 1991 Pandora Film producer Karl “Baumi” Baumgartner and Bakthiar meet at Mannheim-Heidelberg Festival during the premiere of his first film BRATAN. This leads Baumi to support his next film KOSH BA KOSH, which won the Silver Lion for Best Director at Venice Film Festival 1993.

Then LUNA PAPA, Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov’s first international co-production produced by Karl Baumgartner and with Chulpan Khamatova and German acting star Moritz Bleibtreu in the leading roles followed. The film shooting in Tajikistan took more than five years in making but was successfully finished against all odds. The film premiere in Venice Competition in 1999 was succeed by many international festival participations e.g. Toronto, Tokyo, Sundance and winning prizes including the Best director award in Tokyo, Russia’s national Nika Awards. LUNA PAPA was also the first official Oscar entry of Tajikistan.

This collaboration made Bakthiar Khudoinazarov’s name known within the international arthouse community and was then continued with the development of the projects SHIK (The Suit) in 2003 and Bakthiar’s last feature film WAITING FOR THE SEA (also known as Living Fish) premiered in 2012.

The world cinema lost an important voice today.


As a tribute to Baumi’s work, and in order to support his vision of free, independent script development of outstanding, international, cinematic stories, Martina and Sandra Baumgartner, his co-founded Pandora Film and the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW establish the Baumi Script Development Award, which includes a prize money of 20,000 Euros.

The guidelines and application deadlines for the first Baumi Script Development Award will be announced in July, 2015. The first treatment will be awarded during the 2016 Berlinale.

Visit for full press release: WWW.BAUMI-AWARD.COM

THE CUT & VERGISS MEIN ICH selected for German Film Award – screenings Lola@Berlinale

THE CUT & VERGISS MEIN ICH selected for German Film Award – screenings Lola@Berlinale

VERGISS MEIN ICH by Jan Schomburg & THE CUT by Fatih Akin are on the shortlist selected for the German Filmaward Lola 2015 and will be screened at LOLA@BERLINALE

Both films are eligible in all categories for nominations - all academy members can now vote in their specific section for the nominations this year much longer until 6th May 2015


worth the weight 1001 GRAMS opens in Germany

18. December 2014 is the cinema release date in Germany for Bent Hamer’s new movie 1001 GRAMS (1001 GRAMM), a humanistic tragic-comedy and one of the most moving portrayals of female solitude in films. The Norwegian Oscar Entry already travelled to festivals world wide, such as in competition in Toronto, Tokyo, London, Rio, Chicago, Palm Springs etc. and opened as German Festival Premiere the Nordische Filmtage in Lübeck, where the film won the Interfilm Award.

for more international information and to download the English pressbook go to our English website: WWW.1001-GRAMS.PANDORAFILM.COM

German film website: WWW.1001-GRAMM.PANDORAFILM.DE

New Aki Kaurismäki DVD Collection

The new exclusive Aki Kaurismäki DVD Collection Box is this year “must” X-MAS present for every film lover or to present yourself: All ten feature films, four additional music shortfilms and a concert documentary by the Finnish cinema legend are put together on 10 DVDs. The images had been newly mastered under the supervision of Aki Kaurismäki and guarantee a perfect picture quality. Now available analog on DVD in all well-equipped offline and online shops.


German cinema PIONEER

Today our Norwegian co-production PIONEER by Erik Skjoldbjaerg (Insomnia) will start to play finally in German cinemas. Set in early ‘80S, the story recounts the true-life tale of the Norwegian divers - PIONEERs - who risked their lives to lay a pipeline on the ocean floor when oil and gas were discovered in the North Sea. The film is a tense thriller with mesmerizing underwater diving mise-en-scene and a stirring music score by pop-duo AIR.

supported in Germany by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein & in assocciation with ZDF/Arte

THE CUT in cinemas now

Fatih Akin’s THE CUT - probably the most awaited and relevant film of the year is today released nationwide in German cinemas! Watch this weekend THE CUT in cinema and form your own opinion about the third and final part of Fatih Akins’s "Love, Death and The Devil" trilogy.

Dear Baumi : always - here and now– present – courageous

1001 GRAMS is the Norwegian Oscar entry

Bent Hamer’s new feature 1001 GRAMS enters the race for the Oscar nomination as Best Foreign-Language Feature. This is Bent Hamer’s third submission for the Oscars – after KITCHEN STORIES (2003) and O’HORTEN (2007).

German cinema release in December 2014

San Sebastian FF: DOS DISPAROS, VOICE OVER and in retrospective 33 SCENES FROM LIFE

Also in this years San Sebastian Film Festival Pandora co-productions are widely present: Chilenian film VOICE OVER by will be shown In Competition, Argentinian DOS DISPAROS by Martin Rejtman in the section Horizontes Latinos. Polish director Malgoska Szumowska’s 33 SCENES FROM LIFE is included in the retrospective “Eastern Promises. Autobiography of Eastern Europe“, a look at movies produced since 2000 in the countries that lived under Soviet influence post-World War II.

1001 GRAMS, 2 SHOTS, 3 HEARTS, VOICE OVER in Toronto

Beside the world premiere of Bent Hamer’s 1001 GRAMS at “Masters” section, Toronto International Film Festival will also screen as North-America premiere 3 COEURS by Benoît Jacquot in the section “Special Presentation” and DOS DISPAROS by Martin Rejtman in the “Contemporary World Cinema” section. In the same section the Chilean film VOICE OVER by Cristián Jiménez, supported during development by MEDIA, will also have its world premiere.

screening dates and tickets

1001 GRAMS world premiere in Toronto

Last number but not least 1001 GRAMS the new charismatic film from Norwegian foremost filmmaker Bent Hamer will have its world premiere at Toronto International Filmfestival in the section “Masters”, as the festival describes: “The latest from the world’s most influential art-house filmmakers”. The Norwegian-German-French co-production is produced in Germany with ZDF/Arte (Meinolf Zurhorst), Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and DFFF. Shooting and Postproduction took place in all three countries. Pandora Film Verleih will release 1001 GRAMS later this year in Germany


THE CUT, 3 COEURS and El 5 DE TALLERES in Venice

Delighted we present this year in Venice Competition THE CUT by Fatih Akin and 3 COEURS (3 Hearts) by Benoît Jacquot. Both films are international co-productions directed by two sincerely cinema masters.

THE CUT is sadly the last film Baumi could co-produce and support the writer, director, producer Fatih Akin from early development. The highly anticipated film will be released in Germany after the Venice world premiere by Pandora Film Verleih on 16. October 2014!!! WWW.PANDORAFILM.DE AND check out the German facebook film page

The new film of French filmmaker Benoît Jacquot stars Benoît Poelvoorde, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve in a gripping melodrama. The French-German-Belgian co-production 3 COEURS is supported in Germany by WDR / ARTE (Lucia Keuter, Gebhard Henke), Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and FFA Mini-Treaty.

Venice Days selected Adrían Biniez’s El 5 DE TALLERES (El Cinco, Die Nr. 5) as the closing film of this independent festival section. The Uruguayan filmmaker won in Berlin the Silver Bear with his Debut GIGANTE, also already co-produced by Pandora Film. In Germany supported by ZDF/ ARTE (Holger Stern), Neue Visionen Filmverleih, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Media Development and the World Sales is handled by Film Boutique

Screening dates soon here: WWW.LABIENNALE.ORG and WWW.VENICE-DAYS.COM

LAYLA FOURIE @20 years of democracy in South Africa

LAYLA FOURIE by Pia Marais will be part of the programm “20 years of democracy in South Africa – concerts, films, debates“. Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the South African Embassy celebrate 20th anniversary of the first democratic elections by hosting a critical appraisal of the developments since 1994. Films and discussions examine not only the successes of the transition to democracy but also the challenges the country has to face: the wounds of the past, growing inequality, persistent social intolerance.

Sat, 30. July – 18:00h - HKW Berlin - in the presence of director Pia Marais

DOS DISPAROS premiers in Locarno Competition

DOS DISPAROS (2 Gun Shots) by Martin Rejtman is invited for the world premiere to the International Competition at Locarno Filmfestival. The film is a co-production between Argentina and Chile, Netherlands, Germany and supported in Germany by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.


The films of Martin Rejtman play an important role in the reinvention of Argentine cinema since the 1990s. He is the only contemporary Argentine film director to maintain a parallel career as a writer, with several celebrated collections of short stories. Pandora Film already co-produced his last feature film LOS GUANTES MÁGICOS (The Magic Gloves) from 2003.

VERGISS MEIN ICH wins Filmkunstpreis 2014

At the Festival des deutschen Films Jan Schomburg’s VERGISS MEIN ICH was awarded with Filmkunstpreis (film art award). The main prize of the festival is shared between director, producers and distributor. Festival des deutsche Films in Ludwigshafen, running since 10 years with German feature films only, had this year over 78000 admissions in the two festival weeks.

from the jury „...the film holds through the actors, camera work and music an intensity, which we award with great pleasure...“ WWW.FESTIVAL-DES-DEUTSCHEN-FILMS.DE

Cinema distributor Real Fiction released the film on 1st May in Germany with a celebrated cinema premiere in Cologne at Schauspiel Köln.


I'm still here

Tom Waits

You haven't looked at me that way in years, You dreamed me up and left me here, How long was I dreaming for, What was it you wanted me for, You haven't looked at me that way in years, Your watch has stopped and the pond is clear, Someone turn the lights back off, I'll love you til all time is gone, You haven't looked at me that way in years, But I'm still here

Deutsches Filminstitut dedicates HOMAGE TO KARL BAUMGARTNER

Deutsches Filminstitut and Filmmuseum in Frankfurt dedicate their May Film Screenings as Homage to Karl Baumgartner. „The film screenings remember Karl Baumgartner as the great film producer and wonderful person.“

La Vie De Bohème / BOHEEMIELÄMÄÄ Das Leben der Bohème by Aki Kaurismäki – Thu, 01. May 2014-18:00pm & Fri, 02. May 2014-20:30

DOWN BY LAW by Jim Jarmusch – Thu, 01. May 2014-20:30pm & Fri, 02. May 2014-18:00pm

BELLA MARTHA by Sandra Nettelbeck Sat, 03. May 2014-20:30 & Fri, 09. May 2014-18:00pm

ZIR E DARAKHTAN E ZEYTON Quer durch den Olivenhain by Abbas Kiarostami – Sun, 04. May 2014-18:00pm

UNDERGROUND by Emir Kusturica – Wed, 07. May 2014-20:30pm

LUNA PAPA by Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov – Thu, 08. May 2014-17:30pm & Fri, 09. May 2014-20:30pm

BOM TEOREUM GAEUL GYEOWOOL GEURIGO BOM Frühling, Sommer, Herbst, Winter… und Frühling by Kim Ki-duk – Sun, 11. May 2014-18:00pm & Thu, 15. May 2014-18:00pm

SAMSARA by Pan Nalin – Wed, 14. May 2014 – 20:30pm

TULPAN by Sergej Dvortsevoj – Wed, 21. May 2014-18:00pm & Thu, 29. May 2014-18:00pm

O’HORTEN by Bent Hamer – Thu, 22. May 2014-18:00pm

TEZA Morgentau by Haile Gerima – Sun, 25. May 2014-20:30pm

POLA X by Leos Carax – Wed, 28. May 2014 – 20:30pm

HTTP://DEUTSCHES-FILMINSTITUT.DE/BLOG/HOMMAGE-AN-KARL-BAUMGARTNER/ - tickets & reservation available at Kino im Filmmuseum

BAUMI passed away

Today Karl „Baumi“ Baumgartner left us. We are unspeakable sad and deeply moved. He was our friend, partner and source of inspiration. We say Thank You – The Pandoras Heute hat Karl „Baumi“ Baumgartner uns verlassen. Wir sind sehr traurig, er war unser Freund, Partner und hat uns alle immer positiv inspiriert. Danke – Die Pandoras

honorary award Berlinale Camera for Pandora co-founder KARL “BAUMI“ BAUMGARTNER

At the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, producer and distributor KARL “BAUMI” BAUMGARTNER will be awarded the Berlinale Camera. Karl Baumgartner is one of Germany’s leading producers and independent distributors. In his capacity as producer, he has brought world cinema to German audiences.

Every year, by awarding the Berlinale Camera, the Berlinale pays tribute to personalities and institutions that have made a unique contribution to film and to whom the festival feels especially close. This way, the Berlinale expresses its gratitude to those who have become great friends and supporters of the festival.

The Berlinale Camera will be awarded to Karl Baumgartner at 4.00 pm on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the CinemaxX 9. It will be followed by the film Boheemielämää (La vie de bohème, 1992) by Aki Kaurismäki who, together with Festival Director Dieter Kosslick, will give a speech in Karl Baumgartner’s honour.

Full press announcement:


Pandora screenings @Berlinale

LAYLA FOURIE Lola@Berlinale: Wed, 12. Feb, 14:00h, Zoo Palast 3, Pia Marais will attend for Q&A

VERGISS MEIN ICH @EFM market: Sun, 09. Feb, 09:00h, Cinemaxx 8 & German OV only: Wed, 12. Feb, 16:00h, Hackesche Höfe Kino 3

HAUS TUGENDHAT Lola@Berlinale: Fri, 07. Feb, 16:15h, Zoo Palast 2

TRIBUTE TO KARL BAUMGARTNER – Aki Kaurismäki’s BOHEEMIELÄMÄÄ @Berlinale Camera: Sat 09 Feb, 16:00h, Cinemaxx 9

LAYLA FOURIE selected for German Film Award – screening Lola@Berlinale

Pia Marais’s LAYLA FOURIE is selected on the shortlist by the Jury for the German Filmaward Lola 2014 and will be screened at Berlinale, this year in the section LOLA@BERLINALE

Congratulation to our exceptionally international cast & crew!!! The film is eligible in all categories for nominations - all academy members can now vote in their specific section for the nominations until 21st March 2014

Berlinale screening is scheduled on WEDNESDAY, 12. FEBRUARY, 14:00H, ZOO PALAST 3, Pia Marais will attend for Q&A, - more info: WWW.BERLINALE.DE & WWW.DEUTSCHE-FILMAKADEMIE.DE

VERGISS MEIN ICH world premiere in Tiger Awards Competition R’dam

Jan Schomburg’s second feature film VERGISS MEIN ICH (intern. title: LOSE MY SELF) celebrate its world premiere in the Tiger Award Competition at the 43. International Film Festival Rotterdam. The renowned competition for the sought-after Tiger Award concentrates on the first and second films by international directors. VERGISS MEIN ICH stars Maria Schrader and Johannes Krisch in the lead roles and was shot entirely in Cologne. The film is a co-production with WDR (Andrea Hanke) and supported by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, FFA, DFFF, Media Development

Premiere screening on MO, 27. JANUARY 14 – 20:00 H – Pathé 1 Rotterdam

check for further screening dates & more WWW.FILMFESTIVALROTTERDAM.COM/EN/

LES SALAUDS-Dreckskerle special screening with Claire Denis in Cologne on 10. Jan. 14

Only in Cologne on Fr, 10. January 14 renowned filmmaker Claire Denis will introduce here new film LES SALAUDS-Dreckskerle for the German cinema start. Tickets are available directly at the cinema Filmpalette: WWW.FILMPALETTE-KOELN.DE

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE & LES SALAUDS cinema starts this X-mas in Germany

Finally ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE by Jim Jarmusch releases in German cinemas from 25. December 13 nation-wide. Don't miss the perfect holiday cinema trip and watch OLLA still this year!!!

Also from Cannes Festival to Germany comes Claire Denis' new film LES SALAUDS-Dreckskerle in selected cinemas from 25. December 13. Check Out the cinema schedule here

THE CONGRESS wins European Film Award

Congratulation to Ari Folman and all contributors for the European Film Award - Best Animated Feature Film for a truly European Co-production! More about THE CONGRESS on or in German

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE – 10 Dec. 13 exclusive preview with concert in Cologne

To launch the new Jim Jarmusch film ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston there is a special event in Cologne on Tue, 10. December 2013: A Preview Premiere Screening at Cinenova & Off Broadway Cinemas followed by a live show at Herbrands in Cologne on 10. December 13. Transport will be provided between the venues where necessary. The film will screen at 7pm followed by a gig, where musicians from the soundtrack such as White Hills, Jozef Van Wissem, Yasmine Hamdan, Zola Jesus and Jim Jarmusch's band, SQÜRL all play.

Tickets for the event are available here:

Please bring sunglasses and gloves.


LAYLA FOURIE by Pia Marais was selected for the German Currents Screening at Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, a festival of German films co-hosted by American Cinematheque and Goethe Institute. Also this October lead actress Rayna Campbell wins Best Actress award at Morocco Woman Film Festival. WWW.GOETHE.DE/GERMANCURRENTS

THE CONGRESS by Ari Folman has West-Coast premiere in the World Cinema section of the American Film Institute Festival in November in Los Angeles. WWW.AFI.COM/AFIFEST/

THE CONGRESS nominated for European Film Award

Ari Folman's THE CONGRESS is one of three titles nominated this year in the European animated feature film category for the 2013 European Film Awards. Congratulation! The film still screens in German cinemas.


Today PIONEER by Erik Skjoldbjaerg, partly shot in Northern Germany will premiere at Filmfest Hamburg and then in November in Competition at Lübecker Filmtage.

Actress Tilda Swinton will present ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE by Jim Jarmusch in Hamburg and she is honored with the Douglas-Sirk-Award of the festival: “The life and work of Tilda Swinton can be described as interdisciplinary, bold, assured in their style, committed, political and much more. As an icon of today’s cinema scene, she was destined to win the Douglas Sirk Award.”



The 51. New York Film Festival by Film Society Lincoln Center opens 27. September and screens our films ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE by Jim Jarmusch and LES SALAUDS by Claire Denis in the Official Selection. The documentary IN THE DARKROOM by Nadav Schirman is selected for the Motion Portraits Section.

For more screening infos and tickets WWW.FILMLINC.COM/NYFF2013

IN THE DARKROOM nominated for Hessischer Filmpreis

Nadav Schirman's documentary "IN THE DARKROOM - An der Seites des Terroristen Carlos" earns a nomination for the Hessischer Filmaward - Best Documentary Film. The film starts next week - on 26. September 13 - in German cinemas!!!! Upcoming previews: Thu, 19. Sept. @Passage Leipzig

Tue, 24. Sept. @Filmpalette Köln

Wed, 25. Sept. @Hackesche Höfe Berlin

Thu, 26. Sept. @Friedrichsbau Freiburg


In September four Pandora Films are getting released in Germany: The beginning makes on >>> 5. SEPTEMBER 2013 the feelgood comedy “VIJAY & ICH – Meine Frau geht mit mir fremd“ by Sam Garbaski with Moritz Bleibtreu and Patricia Arquette in the lead roles WWW.FILMVERLEIH.SENATORFILM.DE

Then on >>> 12. SEPTEMBER 2013 a Must-See is Ari Folman’s THE CONGRESS with actress Robin Wright to star in this groundbreaking visual mix of live-action and animation feature film! WWW.CONGRESS.PANDORAFILM.DE

Also on >>> 12. SEPTEMBER 2013 drama “IL FUTURO – Eine Lumpengeschichte in Rom“, the first Roberto Bolaño novel screen adaptation, will start with Rutger Hauer as „Maciste“. The director Alicia Scherson together with culture correspondent Dr. Paul Ingendaay presents exclusive screenings with novel introduction & film discussion on Sunday, 08. September 2013, 14:00h @Odeon Köln and on Monday, 09. September, 21:00h @Haus d. Berliner Festspiele as part of the international literature festival. Tickets are available at each venue. WWW.REALFICTIONFILME.DE/FILME/IL-FUTURO

Last but not least this month the documentary ”IN THE DARKROOM” will come to cinemas in Germany on >>> 26. SEPTEMBER 2013. The filmmaker Nadav Shirman will tour to introduce the film personally: on Sunday, 15. Sept. @Mal Seh’n Frankfurt a.M., Thursday, 19. Sept. @ Passage Leipzig, Tue, 24. Sept. @Filmpalette Köln, Wed, 25. Sept. @Hackesche Höfe Berlin and Thu, 26. Sept. @Friedrichsbau Freiburg. Again tickets are available at each venue. WWW.REALFICTIONFILME.DE/FILME/IN-THE-DARKROOM

05. Sept VIJAY&I – 12. Sept. THE CONGRESS – 12. Sept. IL FUTURO - 26. Sept. IN THE DARKROOM


PIONEER by Erik Skjoldbjaerg as internatinal premiere and ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE by Jim Jarmusch as North-America premiere will be screened in the "Special Presentation" section of the upcoming Toronto International Filmfestival! In addition LES SALAUDS by Claire Denis is invited to the "Masters" section.


THE CONGRESS opens Fantasy Filmfest

The Fantasy Filmfest travels in Germany to Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Köln und Nürnberg. Filmartist Ari Folman will attend the opening screening on 20. August in Berlin, then on 21. August in Hamburg and for a special premiere screening on 22. August 2013 in Köln. The nationwide release starts on 12. SEPTEMBER 2013.

VIJAY AND I premieres at Locarno Piazza Grande

The new film by Sam Garbarski („Irina Palm“) with Moritz Bleibtreu and Patricia Arquette in the lead roles will have it’s world premiere on 08. AUGUST 2013 AT 21:30 O’CLOCK in Locarno as a big outdoor audience screening at Piazza Grande. VIJAY AND I is a Belgian-Luxemburg-German co-production with support in Germany by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein. Internatinal Sales is handled by The Match Factory.

online tickets WWW.PARDO.CH

The German cinema release through Senator Film Verleih of the feelgood comedy of this summer starts on 05. September 2013

LAYLA FOURIE cinema release in Germany 4TH JULY 2013

Don't miss LAYLA FOURIE by Pia Marais in German cinemas! The film release starts next week on 4th July 2013, we start today in Frankfurt with preview screenings presented by director Pia Marais: Wed, 26. June Filmmuseum Frankfurt, Thu, 27. June Weisshaus Kino Köln (Premiere with Rayla Campbell), Fri, 28. June Metropol Düsseldorf and Tue, 2. July Hackesche Höfe Berlin. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE LOCAL CINEMAS

check for trailer and more information: WWW.REALFICTIONFILME.DE/FILME/LAYLA-FOURIE/

IL FUTURO and IN THE DARKROOM at Filmfest München

On Saturday, 29. June 2013 both films premiere in Germany at Filmfest Munich in the section Spotlight: IL FUTURO by Alicia Scherson at 19:00 pm in Rio 1 Cinema and documentary IN THE DARKROOM by Nadav Schirman at 22:30 pm in HFF Kino 1. Boths directors are coming to Munich to represent their films and for Q&A for the german audience. Timetable for repetitions and tickets: WWW.FILMFEST-MUENCHEN.DE

Cinema release in Germany: IL FUTURO on 12. September 2013 IN THE DARKROOM planed for 19. September 2013

Cannes Soundtrack Award for ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

The winner of the Cannes Soundtrack Award 2013, granted by an independent jury during the film festival, is Jozef Van Wissem & Sqürl for the music of ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE by Jim Jarmusch. Variety writes in their first review: "...And the music is as idiosyncratic as ever with Jarmusch, comprising stately music from avant-lutenist Josef van Wissem, noise-rock from Jarmusch’s own band Sqürl, and among other pieces, a great Denise la Salle soul ballad and a show-stopping turn from Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan."

Kick it like 11 FREUNDINNEN

After the cinema gala screening last Friday in Cologne with members of the national team, today the football documentary 11 FREUNDINNEN (Eleven female friends) by Sung-Hyung Cho will be released in selected cinemas in Germany through NFP Distribution.


Cannes 2013: new films by Jim Jarmusch, Ari Folman and Claire Denis

This year Pandora is very happy to represent three films by iconic film directors in Cannes Film Festival:

Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE will premiere in Competition and joins 19 other titles in the race for the festivals’s Palme d’Or award. The Film stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton, while the supporting cast includes John Hurt, Jeffrey Wright, Anton Yelchin and Mia Wasikowska. The film was shot in Germany, Usa and Marocco and Pandora Film together with Recorded Pictures (UK) produced in co-production with Les Pathe (France) and Sanderfin (Cyprus), supported in Germany by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderung Hamburg-SH, FFA and DFFF.

THE CONGRESS by Ari Folman will open the Director’s Forthnight/ Quinzaine des Réalisateurs of Cannes Film festival. The part-animation and part live-action film stars Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, P. G., Danny Huston. It is adapted from the novel “The Futurological Congress” by Polish writer Stanislaw Lem. A Film by Pandora Film and Bridgit Folman Film Gang (Israel) in co-production with Opus Film (Poland), ARP Selection (France), Entre Chien et Loup (Belgium), Paul Thiltges Distribution (Luxembourg), ARD Degeto and supported by Eurimages and in Germany by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderung HHSH, Medienboard, DFFF. “THE CONGRESS is a haunted look on our future and the future of cinema,” said artistic director Edouard Waintrop.

Claire Denis returns to Cannes with her new film LES SALAUDS (The Bastards) in the official program Un Certain Regards. The thriller is set in Paris, stars in the lead roles Vincent Lindon and Chiara Mastroiani and is a French-German coproduction beween Alcatraz Film, Wild Bunch , Arte France Cinema (France) and Pandora Film with ZDF/Arte.

Screening schedule WWW.FESTIVAL-CANNES.FR

Grimme-Preis Scholarship to Jan Schomburg for ÜBER UNS DAS ALL

Congratulation to Jan Schomburg for getting the “Eberhard-Fechner-Förderstipendium 2013” scholarship sponsored by VG Bild-Kunst at Grimme TV Awards for ÜBER UNS DAS ALL (Above us only sky), a co-production with German public TV-Station WDR (commissioning editor: Andrea Hanke). The award ceremony will be held on 12. April in Marl.

Jury’s Special Mention for LAYLA FOURIE in Berlin

The Jury of this year Berlinale competition, headed by Wong Kar Wai acknowledge LAYLA FOURIE by Pia Marais together with Gus van Sant’s film Promised Land with a Special Mention: ”…. for their integrity of their vision and their conviction that cinema can make a difference.” CONGRATULATION!

LAYLA FOURIE in Competition Berlinale 2013

We are happy to reveal the world premiere of LAYLA FOURIE by Pia Marais as Competition entry at this year Berlin International Filmfestival. After her multiple awarded first two films DIE UNERZOGENEN and IM ALTER VON ELLEN, also produced by Pandora Film, Germany based director Pia Marais is now turning towards the genre of suspense drama and is going back to the place of her childhood in South Africa. The film stars Rayna Campbell and August Diehl.

World Sales is handled by The Match Factory @ EFM: Martin-Gropius-Bau , Booth #34,

SCREENING DATES – tickets & information – // WORLD PREMIERE MON, 11.FEB.2013 - 22:00H - BERLINALE PALAST // Tue, 12.Feb.2013 - 15:00h - Friedrichstadt-Palast // Tues, 12.Feb.2013 - 20:30h - Haus der Berliner Festspiele // Fri, 15.Feb.2013 - 21:30h - Neues Off (Berlinale goes Kiez) // Market Screening Tue 12 Feb - 11:30h - Cinemaxx 10

IL FUTURO wins KNF award in Rotterdam

IL FUTURO directed by Alicia Scherson achieved the KNF award at IFF Rotterdam, given by the circle of Dutch critics to a film among the Big Screen Award competition. The award includes distribution aid by Amstelfilm and also a lab support for DCP with subtitles in Holland. Congratulation to the team, especially Alica and Bruno Bettati!!!

The film will be distributed in Germany by Real Fiction Filmverleih with cinema release in autumn this year.

ÜBER UNS DAS ALL nominated for Grimme-Preis 2013

Jan Schomburg’s ÜBER UNS DAS ALL (Above us only sky) is included in this year's Grimme Preis Nomminations in the category Fiction. The competition is one of Germany’s most independent renowned awards for high quality TV program. The film was produced in co-production with German TV-station WDR (comm. editor: Andrea Hanke) and supported by Film und Medienstiftung NRW.

IL FUTURO in Sundance Competition & Rotterdam Big Screen Award Competition

IL FUTURO by Alicia Scherson world-premiers in Sundance World Dramatic Competition 2013. The film is an adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s last novel „Una novelita lumpen“ (Lumpenroman) and stars Manuela Martelli and Rutger Hauer. The co-production between Chile, Germany, Italia and Spain has been shot partly interior in Cologne and is supported in Germany by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, DFFF and Real Fiction Filmverleih. - WWW.SUNDANCE.ORG/FESTIVAL

The European premiere of IL FUTURO is a week later at Rotterdam International Filmfestival on 26. January 2013 at Spectrum section. In addition IL FUTURO is among ten films from Spectrum and Bright Future sections nominated for The Big Screen and KNF Award. - WWW.IFFR.NL

Pandora films on DVD @last minute X-MAS gifts

Still looking for Christmas gifts? Our 2012 DVD releases in Germany are always a very good idea: HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

BELLA MARTHA – re-release






available in all good online and offline DVD stores

3/TRES now in German cinemas

Today the theatrical release of TRES/3 starts in Germany. Don't miss the film about a (dys)functinal family of 3 - the new feature film from Pablo Stoll Ward after WHISKEY

cinemas, dates & trailer here WWW.REALFICTIONFILME.DE/FILME/3-TRES

IN THE DARKROOM premiers in IDFA competition

IN THE DARKROOM by Nadav Schirman is invited in the Feature-Length Competition at renowned International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2012. The documentary about Magdalena Kopp, who was married to the terrorist Carlos "the Jackal", takes the audience on Magdalena Kopp’s and her daughter's journey beyond the shadows of his myth. The Film is an international co-production between Germany and Israel, Finland, Rumania, Italia; with international sales handled by The Match Factory.

The world premiere will be on 18. November 2012, 19:30, Cinema Munt 9. For tickets and more information WWW.IDFA.NL

Nomination German Script Award for VERGISS MEIN ICH

Jan Schomburg is nominated for the federal German Script Award (Deutscher Drehbuchpreis) for the script of VERGISS MEIN ICH. Minister of State Bernd Neumann announced today the three nominations for the Award that acknowledges “outstanding achievements in the field of screenwriting”. Congratulation Jan!

11 + 3 = Hof 2012

11 FREUNDINNEN (Eleven female friends) by Sung-Hyung Cho (Full Metal Village) will premiere in Hof. The documentary film portrays the female national football team at 2011 FIFA world championship in Germany, where they tried another „Sommermärchen” – but failed.... Nation-wide cinema start is expected for March 2013 through NFP Distribution

Just before the cinema release in Germany on 22. November 2012 our coproduction 3/TRES will have it’s German premiere in Hof as well.

for screening dates & tickets

3/TRES in Toronto

This year the Pandora co-production 3/TRES by Uruguayan director Pablo Stoll Ward will be screened at Contemporary World Cinema Section. "3" is a funny and heartwarming story of a divided family of 3 still bound together by a shared past. The film will be released in Germany in November - watch out for more news:

HOLY MOTORS now on cinema screens and THE EXCHANGE in Germany

Highly awaited HOLY MOTORS - Leos Carax’s brilliant new masterpiece starts this Thursday in cinemas in Germany. Denis Lavant, Edith Scob and Kylie Minogue & Eva Mendes star in the film which was a Cannes Palme d’Or contender. Don’t miss the exhilarating journey into film and dream in the cinemas!!!

Also this week our German-Israelian co-production THE EXCHANGE, last year in Venice competition, will be shown in selected cinemas. This is the second film written and directed by Eran Kolirin after his Debut THE BAND’S VISIT. In his new film a man comes home at a time of day he's never been there before, which makes him observing his own life from the outside. But is this life still truly his own?

HOLY MOTORS by Leos Carax in Munich and Leopard of Honor in Locarno

The German premiere of the film will be next week at Filmfest München as part of the Cinema Masters section, followed on 4th July 2012 by Q&A with producer Karl Baumgartner ### screening schedule and tickets

The Locarno International Film Festival will present the prestigious Leopard of Honor Award to Leos Carax. His latest film HOLY MOTORS was well received at this year’s Cannes competition and will be screened as one of five of Carax’s feature-length films (incl. POLA X, also a Pandora co-production) at the Piazza Grande. Locarno artistic director Olivier Pere referred to Carax as “one of the world cinema’s greatest creative”.

BABYCALL German cinema start 12. July 2012

Our Norwegian-German co-production BABYCALL by Pal Sletaune will be shown in German cinemas from 12th July 2012 onwards. The thriller with Noomi Rapace is disturbed by NFP in Germany.

Check out for more information: WWW.BABYCALL-DERFILM.DE

Preis für Schauspielkunst 2012 goes to Sandra Hüller

At this year’s Festival of German Films in Ludwigshafen Sandra Hüller received the Award for Schauspielkunst (dramatic art). ÜBER UNS DAS ALL (Above is only sky) was screened in her honor. Congratulations!


Many thanks to our guests for celebrating with us 30 years Pandora Film at Rheinterrassen in Köln. It was great to have you with us, some pictures are available here

MEDIANERAS now in cinemas

Last year's Berlinale Panorama Special crowd pleaser MEDIANEARS by Gustavo Taretto is now released in Germany through Real Fiction Filme. More information : or on facebook

30 YEARS PANDORA FILM – retrospective & talk in Köln

We celebrate 30 years Pandora Film with a film retrospective of one premiere and 9 films which characterize the last 30 years Pandora Film production and distribution. The cinema week starts this Thursday, 3. May 12 with a workshop conversation with Pandora producers and distributors moderated by journalist Josef Schnelle, followed by film screenings of our classics: MEDIANERAS (Kino-Premiere)- 1. Mai – Weißhaus 20:00 Uhr

I HIRED A CONTRACT KILLER (mit Werkstattgespräch/ with Pandora Film workshop talk) - 3. Mai - Off Broadway 19:30 Uhr

YOL - DER WEG - 4. Mai - Off Broadway - 21:00 Uhr

DAS PIANO - 5. Mai – Weißhaus - 21:00 Uhr

DEAD MAN - 6. Mai - Off Broadway 21:00 Uhr

WEIßE KATZE, SCHWARZER KATER 7. Mai – Weißhaus - 21:00 Uhr

BELLA MARTHA 8. Mai – Weißhaus - 21:00 Uhr

FRÜHLING, SOMMER,.... - 9. Mai – Filmpalette 21:00 Uhr

AUF DER ANDEREN SEITE 11. Mai – Filmpalette - 21:00 Uhr

WALTZ WITH BASHIR - 12. Mai – Filmpalette 21:00 Uhr

We would like to thank the cinemas Off-Broadway, Weisshaus and Filmpalette for their support!

HOLY MOTORS and TRES in Cannes 2012

We are happy and proud to announce, that two of our recent co-productions were selected by the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. Leos Carax' new Film "HOLY MOTORS" is in the Official Competition and Pablo Stoll's "TRES" is selected for the Directors Fortnight. We would like to thank our partners WDR/arte, FFA, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg (HOLY MOTORS) and Filmstiftung NRW, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, World Cinema Fund, ZDF/arte (TRES) for their support.

Sandra Hüller receives LOLA Nomination for ÜBER UNS DAS ALL

The German film academy has announced nominations for its Lola – the German film awards, the country's equivalent to the Oscar. Sandra Hüller is nominated for her starring role in Jan Schomburg’s drama ÜBER UNS DAS ALL (Above Us Only Sky). Congratulations, we are very proud and happy to get such positive feedback and recognition from audience and industry for Jan’s thrilling Débutfilm !!!

This month the film was just released in cinemas n Poland, Hungary and in April in France. (International Sales is handled by Global Screen - former Bavaria International)

German Critics Award for Sandra Hüller in ÜBER UNS DAS ALL

Congratulations to Sandra Hüller winning the German Critics Award – Best Actress for her outstanding performance in ÜBER UNS DAS ALL!! The award was celebrated this Monday at the award ceremony during Berlinale and is elected every year by votes of 300 German film critics for German films screened in cinemas 2011.

ÜBER UNS DAS ALL selected for German Film Award – screening @Berlinale

We are very delighted that Jan Schomburg’s Debutfilm ÜBER UNS DAS ALL is included on the 2012 longlist for German Film Award Lola. All academy members can vote in their specific section for the nominations until 21st March 2012

The Film together with all other preselected films has one screening during Berlinale open for all accredited festival visitors and academy members: THURSDAY, 17. FEBRUARY, 10:00 a.m., CinemaxX 4

Two fresh young German films this spring in France

À L'ÂGE D'ELLEN (Im Alter von Ellen) directed by Pia Marais starring Jeanne Balibar starts on 4. JANUARY 2012 in cinemas !!! French actress Jeanne Balibar won Best Actress Award for her interpretation of Ellen (Buenos Aires). WWW.FILMS-SANS-FRONTIERES.FR/ALAGEDELLEN #################################### L’AMOUR ET RIEN D’AUTRE (Über uns das All) by Jan Schomburg with Sandra Hüller in the lead role gets released in French cinemas on 18. APRIL 2012 through WWW.SDDISTRIBUTION.FR Sandra Hüller received already two awards for her strong performance at French festivals. (Festivals de Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Essonne et Valenciennes)

Film Culture Award for Pandora producer Karl Baumgartner

We are very proud to annouce, that in its 60th edition the Mannheim'-Heidelberg Filmfestival honours Pandora Film producer Karl Baumgartner with the Film Culture Award for his contribution to world cinema. He is one of Germany's leading international co-producers since the early 1990s and made such recent films as Eran Kolirin's THE EXCHANGE" Jasmila Žbanić NA PUTO, Sergey Dvortsevoy’s TULPAN and TEZA by Haile Gerima among many others.

BABYCALL awarded in Rom and LE HAVRE nominated for European Film Award

Actress Noomi Rapace received the Best Actress Prize for her performance in Pål Sletaune’s psychological thriller BABYCALL at Rom Filmfestival. The Film is shown successful in cinemas in Norway since 7th October and has been licensed to 18 countries by world sales The Match Factory. The German premiere was last week in Hof. NFP Distribution will distribute the film theatrically in Germany in spring 2012.

LE HAVRE by finish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki is nominated for this year European Film Award in the categories Best Film, Best Director, Best Scriptwriter and Best Actor. Award ceremony will be held on 3rd December in Berlin. The film is still playing successfully in theatre in Germany, most European countries and selected cinemas world-wide .


German-Polish comedy HOCHZEITSPOLKA/ WESELNA POLKA hit the screens in Poland

One year after the German release our German-Polish culture clash comedy HOCHZEITSPOLKA/ WESELNA POLKA by Lars Jessen and co-directed by Przemysław Nowakowski comes finally into cinemas in Poland. After a thriving preview with lead actress Katarzyna Maciag and filmmakers in Krakow, the film is released by Vivarto distribution since 21. October in all major cities in Poland.

BABYCALL in Rome Competition and gains Hessischer Filmpreis Nomination

The international premiere of Norwegian-German-Swedish co-production BABYCALL by Pål Sletaune will be end of October in Competition at Rome International Filmfestival. Noomi Rapace (Millenium Trilogy) stars in the lead role in this genre Psycho-Thriller. The film was shot partly in Frankfurt and is supported in Germany by Hessen Invest. Cinema release in Germany is scheduled for spring 2012 by NFP Distribution.

Also this month BABYCALL was nominated as the only foreign film for the Hessischer Filmpreis. Congratulations!!!

LE HAVRE and ÜBER UNS DAS ALL kick-off cinema previews in Germany

Previews LE HAVRE with Little Bob concerts: HAMBURG - Abaton - 30.08. – 20:00 Uhr **** BREMEN - Schauburg - 31.08. – 20:00 Uhr **** ESSEN - Eulenspiegel - 01.09. – 19:30 Uhr **** KÖLN - Odeon - 02.09. – 20:00 Uhr **** MAINZ - Capitol - 03.09. – 20:00 Uhr **** KARLSRUHE - Schauburg - 04.09. – 20:00 Uhr **** FREIBURG - Friedrichsbau - 05.09 – 20:00 Uhr **** !!!! Cinema Release in Germany: 08. SEPTEMBER !!!! #################################### ÜBER UNS DAS ALL Previews with thematic talks with actress Sandra Hüller, director Jan Schomburg and local guests: **** KÖLN – Schauspielhaus - 4.9. - 19.30 Uhr (CINEMA PREMIERE) **** BONN – Filmbühne - 7.9 - 20.00 Uhr **** DORTMUND – U - 8.9. - 19.30 Uhr **** MÜNSTER – Cinema - 9.9. - 20.00 Uhr **** ESSEN – Astra - 10.9. - 17.45 Uhr **** DÜSSELDORF – Bambi - 10.9. 20.00 Uhr **** BIELEFELD – Lichtwerk - 11.9. - 18.00 Uhr **** AACHEN - Apollo - 12.9. - 20.15 Uhr **** BERLIN - FAF - 13.9. - 20.30 Uhr **** FRANKFURT – Filmmuseum - 14.9. - 20.00 Uhr **** HAMBURG – Abaton - 15.9. - 20.00 Uhr **** LEIPZIG – Passage - 17.9. - 20.00 Uhr **** !!!! Cinema Release in Germany: 15. SEPTEMBER !!!! #################################### TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT LOCAL CINEMA!!!

THE EXCHANGE in Venice Competition

We are proud to announce that our co-production THE EXCHANGE by Eran Kolirin is selected for the International Competition at the upcoming 68th Venice Film Festival. The film was produced as an Israeli-German Co-production between July August Producitons, ZDF-arte and Pandora Film. On the German side Hessen Invest Film, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg and DFFF supported the project. World Sales are handled by The Match Factory and the national distribution is with Pandora Film Verleih.

LE HAVRE wins ARRI Prize at Filmfest München

LE HAVRE by Aki Kaurismäki, the Munich filmfestival’s closing film, got the Arri Prize for the Best International Film out of sixteen nominated foreign films. Actors André Wilms and Blondin Miguel picked up the prize in person at the awards gala last Saturday. Congratulation!!

Awards for ÜBER UNS DAS ALL at Festival des deutschen Films

Actress Sandra Hüller received the Actress special honour and writer-director Jan Schomburg a special honour for Best Script at the Festival of German Films in Ludwigshafen. From the Jury statement: “….Jan Schomburg goes with his script way beyond clichés and guides the audience in the inner world of fear, discharge, grief and loneliness…” German cinema release starts on 15. September 2011 nationwide.

German cinema summer with Pandora Film

This summer in selected cinemas in Germany: our Swedish co-production RATIONAL SOLUTION-EINE VERNÜFTIGE LÖSUNG (start: 02. June) and the Chilean film HUACHO-EIN TAG IM LEBEN (start: 21. July). Also don't miss the recent released films by Pandora Verleih: THE TREE (still in selected cinemas) and NAOKOS LÄCHELN based on Haruki Murakamis bestseller book(start: 30. Juni)

LE HAVRE awarded in Cannes

The Film about an author-turned-shoeshiner (André Wilms) who tries to help a young African immigrant pursued by France's immigration police, LE HAVRE gained high praise from festival goers and critics. It was presented with FIPRESCI - THE BEST FILM AWARD and as well as with a SPECIAL MENTION by the Ecumenical Jury. This was the fourth time that a Aki Kaurismäki film was in Cannes Competition, which only few filmmakers have managed.

In Germany the Film will be released in September 2011-

Aki Kaurismäki's LE HAVRE in Cannes Competition

LE HAVRE - the second French-language film since 1992’s "La Vie De Boheme" by acclaimed Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki is selected for this year's Cannes International Film Festival Competition. The Film is a co-production between long-time collaborators Kaurismäki's Sputnik Oy, French Pyramide International, Pandora Film and sales agent The Match Factory.

ÜBER UNS DAS ALL takes Main Awards at Filmkunstfest in Germany and Film Week Poland

ÜBER UNS DAS ALL/ Above us only sky wins the German 21. Filmkunstfest based in Schwerin (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern). "The young director Jan Schomburg made in virtuoso style one of the few German films, which succeeds to set against serious and sad moments a great lightness and ease…” (the jury). Cinema Release in Germany is scheduled for 15. September 2011 by Real Fiction Filmverleih

Already in April Jan Schomburg received a grant for Best Film by the Polish Film Institute at the Distributors Film Week in Warsaw. The film will be distributed in Poland through Vivarto Film.

CONGRATULATION!!! ÜBER UNS DAS ALL can be seen in festivals throughout Europe this summer: Indie Lisabon, Seattle IFF, Transilvania IFF, Cinema Jove Valencia, Cinema City Novi Sad and in Germany at Competition of the Festival of Independent German Films Ludwigshafen among others…

TEZA (Morgentau) by Haile Gerima cinema release 05. May 2011 in Germany

Finally TEZA (Morgentau) by acclaimed Ethopian filmmaker Haile Gerima starts cinema release through Debese Filmverleih in Germany on 05. MAY 2011. Join the premiere tour with Haile Gerima: 03.05 Berlin - Hackesche Höfe - 20h00 (with reception) / 04.05 Köln - Filmforum - 19h30 (with reception)/ 05.05 Bremen - Kino 46 (Afrika Filmtage opening - with reception starting 19h00) Filmstart 20h30 / 06.05 Hamburg - 3001 - 20h00 / 07.05 Frankfurt Orfeos Erben - 19h00 & Filmforum Höchst 20h30 / 08.05 Nürnberg - Filmhaus / 09.05 Hannover - Kino am Raschplatz / 10.05 Münster - Cinema / 11.05 Göttingen - Lumiere (Afrika - Tage)

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IM ALTER VON ELLEN gains Crossing Europe Award in Linz and Best Actress Award in Buenos Aires

After 2007 for DIE UNERZOGENEN (The Unpolished), for the second time director Pia Marais wins the Crossing Europe Award for Best Film in Linz. The prize was given ex aequo to Spanish Film Cararemada to acknowledge appreciation for the diversity of cinematic approaches. The CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz has devoted its program each year in April to idiosyncratic, contemporary and socio-political auteur cinema from Europe, in Competition are first or second European feature films. From the Jury statement: The study of a character in crisis – and who is constantly adrift – that does not stick to the conventions of narrative filmmaking, and is magnificently served by a mesmerizing lead performance by Jeanne Balibar.

And at the same weekend we congratulate heartily Jeanne Balibar for winning BEST ACTRESS AWARD at prominent BAFICI Festival in Buenos Aires, where IM ALTER VON ELLEN (At Ellen’ Age) was screened in competition.

AT ELLEN’S AGE at MoMa New York and wins Best Film in Frankfurt a.M.

Pia Marais’s AT ELLEN’S AGE is included in the lineup of the 40th Annual New Directors/New Films held by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The prestigious festival is dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent. AT ELLEN’S AGE, since 2006 the only German film selected, will premiere at MoMa on 24th March 06:00 pm., introduced by Pia Marais WWW.NEWDIRECTORS.ORG

If you missed the film in German cinema there is another festival screening in Frankfurt a.M. this weekend at Lichter Filmtage on 26th March 04:00pm at Metropolis Saal 12 WWW.FILMTAGE-FRANKFURT.DE

CONGRATUALTION - IM ALTER VON ELLEN wins BEST FILM in Frankfurt! The Jury says:"....„At Ellen’s Age“ belongs to the rare sort of films, which gain within an evening-long narration, what is normally only from graphic art expected: to penetrate reality consequently .from the first until the last scene and to show the contradiction within. This is also owed to the camera work of Hélène Louvart and the modest minimal music of Horst Markgraf and Yoyo Röhm."

MEDIANERAS makes 2nd place at Panorama Audience Award

From more than 23.000 audience votes for 33 feature films in this year’s Berlinale Panorama section MEDIANERAS by Gustavo Taretto finished 2nd place at Panorama Audience Award.

ÜBER UNS DAS ALL wins Europa Cinemas Label Award at Berlinale

Jan Schomburg’s ÜBER UNS DAS ALL / ABOVE US ONLY SKY has been awarded the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Panorama section of the Berlinale. The Film will now receive the support of the Europa Cinemas exhibitors who commit themselves to extend the length of its run on screen and additional promotion across the Network. From the jury statement: “Jan Schomburg’s film is an exceptionally well-made film – a very powerful, contemporary story about coming to terms with loss. {…}We feel that audiences around Europe {…} will react positively to this intelligent and unpredictable examination of themes so common to all of us.” Sold internationally by Bavaria Film International, there are already deals made in several key territories.

HOCHZEITSPOLKA/all categories & IM ALTER VON ELLEN/best editing are selected for German Film Award 2011

We congratulate all film contributors to this selection as only twenty feature films are included in this year’s long-list for German Film Award Lola. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: Now all academy members can vote in their specific section HOCHZEITSPOLKA for nominations in all categories and IM ALTER VON ELLEN for Best Editing-Mona Bräuer and as wild card for all other categories. The Deadline for all votes is 8th March 2011.

ÜBER UNS DAS ALL & MEDIANERAS world premieres at Berlinale – HOCHZEITSPOLKA at Lola@Berlinale

We are happy to announce the world premiere of Jan Schomburg’s debut film ÜBER UNS DAS ALL (ABOVE US ONLY SKY) in Panorama Special at this year Berlin International Filmfestival official programme. With Sandra Hüller in the lead role the film was produced as part of the “Sixpack”newcomer program established by WDR and Filmstiftung NRW. Real Fiction Filmverleih will distribute the film in Germany with cinema release in Mid 2011. World Sales was picked up by Bavaria Film International Further information and trailer: WWW.BAVARIA-FILM-INTERNATIONAL.COM

MEDIANERAS - Buenos Aires in times of virtual love - a first feature film by Argentinean director Gustavo Tarreto will also premiere in Panorama Special. The Film is an Argentinian-German-Spanish co-production supported in Germany by Filmstiftung NRW and World Cinema Fund.

And last but not least HOCHZEITSPOLKA by Lars Jessen is preselected for the German Filmaward Lola 2011 and will be screened at Berlinale in the section Lola@Berlinale

all films are shown with English subtitles, screening schedules available online WWW.BERLINALE.DE

IM ALTER VON ELLEN/At Ellen's Age opens 20. Jan. 2011 in Germany

Start the New Year with an inspiring film event: IM ALTER VON ELLEN by Pia Marais will be released only in cinemas on 20. January 2011. Check out the German website for screenings and trailer:

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS release in Germany on 2. December – Preview in Köln 1st Advent, 28. Nov.10

Don’t miss HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Bent Hamer (director of Eggs and Kitchen Stories) this festival season in the Cinemas, more infos: www.HOME-FOR-CHRISTMAS.PANDORAFILM.DE ---> Exclusive Matinee-Preview with Christmas Buffet in Cologne on 1. ADVENT, Sunday, 28.Nov 2010 at 13:00h in Cinenova, Herbrandtstr.11, Cologne - Tickets available in the cinema!

HOCHZEITSPOLKA (wedding polka) now on screen nationwide

After bustling, entertaining and funny premieres in Cologne and Hamburg with director Lars Jessen, all crew and cast including Christian Ulmen and Kasia Maciag, finally HOCHZEITSPOLKA is released today by X-Verleih Distribution. The Ex-Singer (Christian Ulmen) of a north-german Punkband Heide Hurricane became in Poland a middle-class "Spießer" and just before getting married, his old bandmember come to save him…...The party gets out of control and what starts off as minor taunts between the Polish and Germans soon develops into serious conflicts.... HOCHZEITSPOLKA is an amusing comedy about opposite resentments.


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It’s worthwhile to stay until the end to hear the song “Eisgekühlter Bommerlunder,” which was written by Germany’s most successful punk group, Die Toten Hosen in a new Polish version. (OST available)

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS wins Best Screenplay Award in San Sebastian

Congratulation to writer & director Bent Hamer for winning the Jury Award for the BEST SCREENPLAY at this year’s San Sebastian Competition. HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is a Norwegian-German-Swedish co-production and will be released in Europe from November onwards. In Germany through Pandora Film Verleih scheduled for 2. December 2010.


HOME FOR CHRISTMAS has its world premiere in Toronto’s “Contemporary World Cinema” section travelling with writer&director Bent Hamer further to San Sebastian’s competition a week later. The film has been shot in Sweden and partly in Duisburg, supported in Germany by Filmstiftung NRW, DFFF and ZDF/Arte. Pandora Film Verleih starts the cinema release this November in Germany.

After successful screening in Locarno competition, director Pia Marais presents in person AT ELLEN’S AGE North-America Premiere in Toronto’s “Vanguard” section, which features “bold films that challenge our social and cultural assumptions.”

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Both films will be shown at Filmfest Hamburg 30.09.-09.10.2010:

ZWISCHEN UNS DAS PARADIES (ON THE PATH) opens in German cinemas now

Don’t miss Jasmila Žbanic’s (winner of the Golden Bear with her debut “Grbavica”) new film ZWISCHEN UNS DAS PARADIES in cinemas in Germany. Following the premiere in this year Berlinale competition the film is released through Neue Visionen Filmverleih. After the wounds of a tragic war-filled past continue to haunt Luna, she tears herself apart searching if love is truly enough to keep her and her boyfriend Amar together on the path to a lifetime of happiness as her boyfriend embraces fundamentalist Islam. More Information and Trailer:

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS selected for San Sebastian competition

Norwegian/German/Swedish co-production HOME FOR CHRISTMAS written, directed and produced by Bent Hamer will compete for the first time at San Sebastian Film Festival. HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is a modern Christmas Carol: Over the span of a few hours on Christmas Eve, the film weaves together the lives of people struggling to find their way home through the cold snow beneath the colors of the Northern Lights. The film opens this Christmas season on many European cinema screens including Norway, Sweden, Benelux, Switzerland, Spain, Germany among others. The Match Factory manages International Sales.

Two strange fellows hit the screen - RUMPE & TULI in cinema out now!

Starting from a central part of Cologne RUMPE & TULI are searching for a small fortune - watch trailer and more on

IM ALTER VON ELLEN world premiere in Locarno International Competition

We are very happy to announce the world premiere IM ALTER VON ELLEN (At Ellen’s Age”) directed by Pia Marais in the International Competition of this year Locarno Film Festival. The film, with Jeanne Balibar in the lead role, is nominated as the only German film for the Golden Leopard. The World Premiere Screening will be on Friday, 6th August 2010 at 16:30 o’clock. The cinema release in Germany by Real Fiction Filmverleih is scheduled for January 2011. World Sales is handled by The Match Factory.

NA PUTU (On the path) wins the GERMAN CINEMA AWARD FOR PEACE - Bernhard Wicki Film Prize

On July,1st Jasmila Zbanic will receive the prestigious Bernhard Wicki Film Prize. The Jury: "... only the single persons responsibility can guarantee tolerance and acceptance of different religious and political points of view. With clear and impressive images a silent but intense drama is enrolled... The ceremony will take place in Munich's renown Cuvellies Theatre.

LA PRINCESSE goes to Cannes

LA PRINCESSE DE MONTPENSIER, the new film by Bertrand Tavernier, was selected for competition at the upcoming Cannes Filmfestival. The film is a financial coproduction with Paradis Films, France. On the German side the FFA and Kinowelt are partners in the production. The story is based on the famous novel by Madame de Lafayette.

LAYLA FOURIE wins Arte France Cinema Award at Cinemart 2010

LAYLA FOURIE, the new project in development stage, written by Horst Markgraf and Pia Marais and to be directed by Marais, received the Art France Cinema Award for the best CineMart 2010 Project. The drama is set in present-day South Africa and revolves around a single mother who works as a polygraphist in a casino. The prize is intended to support the production of independent filmmaking and goes for the "most promising project". Proud and happy we will do our best to fulfill the exceptions while making the film!

HOPE nominated for Grimme Award

HOPE directed by Stanislaw Mucha received a prestigious Adolf-Grimme Award Nomination under the section “Fiction”, which honours exemplary broadcasting achievements. The Award ceremony will be held on 26th March in Marl in Germany. Congratulation!!!

ON THE PATH selected for BERLINALE Competition

Jasmilla Zbanic' new film "On the path" is selected for the competition of the upcoming BERLINALE 2010. The film is a Bosnian-Austrian-German-Croatian co-production. Our partners on the German side ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel - ARTE, the Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg and the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung. We congratulate Jasmilla and are looking forward to the Worldpremiere in Berlin.

TULPAN now in German cinemas

Don't miss to watch TULPAN by Sergey Dvortsevoy now in cinema in Germany! trailer, cinema schedule & more info:


On the "Nordische Filmtage 2009" in Lübeck our co-production A RATIONAL SOLUTION by Jörgen Bergmark was awarded with the NDR-Fimprize. The Jury: "... Fantastic actors risking to show honest and sublime moments are leading through a story, both crazy and true...."

GIGANTE & UNTER BAUERN-Retter in der Nacht – open this October in Cinemas in Germany

Don’t miss our films in German cinemas: ---> 01. OCTOBER 2009 - GIGANTE by Adrian Biniez (Neue Visionen Filmverleih) ---> 07. October 2009 – UNTER BAUERN – RETTER IN DER NACHT by Ludi Boeken (3L Filmverleih)


A RATIONAL SOLUTION by Jörgen Bergmark, a co-production with Swedish Hepp Film and ZDF/Arte is selected for the International Film Critics Weeks (SNCCI) at Venice Filmfestival. This Début film section is part in the competition for the “Premio Venezia Opera Prima – Luigi de Laurentiis Award” and more. The Film features among others well-known Swedish actors Rolf Lassgård and Pernilla August.

“….. Det enda rationella (A RATIONAL SOLUTION) by Jörgen Bergmark, we assist at a post-Bergmanian scene with more marriages, and the sexual confidence and the irony of the scriptwriter of Kitchen Stories, here at his debut feature as director….” selection committee

UNTER BAUERN - RETTER IN DER NACHT world premiere in Locarno on Piazza Grande

UNTER BAUERN – RETTER IN DER NACHT directed by Ludi Boeken will have it’s world premiere at the International Filmfestival Locarno on Piazza Grande in presence of actress Veronica Ferres, director Ludi Boeken and Marga Spiegel & Anni Aschoff among others on Thursday, 06. August 09 at 21:30. The film recounts the true story of the Jewish Spiegel family who found refuge for almost three years with farmers in Westphalia during the Second World War. The cinema release in Germany is scheduled for 08. October 09 by 3L Filmverleih. (coming soon:

HUACHO premieres in "Semaine de la Critique" in Cannes

Pandora is participating in this years Cannes film festival with the Chilean-French-German co-production "Huacho", the first film by Chilean director Alejandro Fernandez Almendras. The film competes for the Camera d`Or and describes a day in the life of four members of a peasant family, who lives in the south of Chile.

GIGANTE wins Silver Bear-Grand Jury Prix, Alfred-Bauer-Prize and Best First Feature Award

CONGRATULATION to our involved fellow filmmakers!!! Argentinian-born director Adrian Biniez's humorous, very original feature debut GIGANTE was the big winner at the Berlinale Closing Gala ceremony. The film won Silver Bear - Grand Jury Prize and the Alfred Bauer Prize. The jury, headed by Tilda Swinton said: "…(the director) imbued with the same passion to use cinema to do what cinema can do best: to tell important stories about our time and the human condition…". In addition the film got Best First Feature Award by the separate three-member international jury, considering 25 films from all Berlinale programmes. Jury member, Rafi Pitts: "…it (the film) rocks and proofs that cinema is alive!". In Germany distributor Neue Visionen will release GIGANTE in autumn.

GIGANTE in competition at Berlinale

We are proud to annouce that that GIGANTE directed by Adrián Biniez is invited to Berlinale competition. The film is the debutfilm of Uruguayan writer and director Adrián Biniez and a co-production between Uruguay/Germany/Argentina/Holland. In addition THE STRENGH OF WATER will be screened in the Generation 14plus section. 35 RUM released by Real Fiction on 5. March 09 in Germany, will be screened as preview for cinema owners and professionals with Berlinale accreditation at Hackesche Höfe.

THE STRENGTH OF WATER in Tiger Award Competition Rotterdam

Armagan Ballantynes debut film THE STRENGH OF WATER will have its world premiere on monday, january 26th, in the Tiger Competition at the the Rotterdam International Filmfestival. This is the first time that a film from New Zealand is participating in this prestigous section. The film was shot in New Zealand and postproduced in Germany. It tells the story of 11-year old Maori-boy Kimi, who is forced apart from his twin-sister. He has to find strength to let go of what he loves the most. Furthermore our films TULPAN, 33 SCENES FROM LIFE and 35 RHUMS will be screened in Rotterdam.

Asia Pacific Screen Award- Best Feature Film goes to TULPAN

Tulpan directed by Sergey Dvortsevoy took home the main feature prize at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region's 'Oscar', at a special ceremony yesterday on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The Awards were determined by an International Jury headed by Australian Director Bruce Beresford. In all, 32 films repping 17 countries were in the running. CONGRATULATION!!!

TEZA collects six prizes in Carthage incl. Best Film Award

Chaired by the well-known Algerian writer, Yasmina Khadra, the Jury awarded TEZA, written and directed by Haile Gerima, six main prizes at 22nd edition of Africa's Carthage Film Festival, including the coveted Golden Tanit – Best Film Award for its "modesty and genius." Tanit is a Phoenician lunar goddess, worshipped as the patron goddess at Carthage. The film also picked up awards for Best Scenario (Haile Gerima),Best Image (Mario Masini), Best Editing (Haile Gerima), Best Music (Vijay Iyer & Jorga Mesfin) and last but not least: Best Supporting Actor (Abeye Tedla). The Carthage Film Festival, which showcases Arab and African films, is held every two years in the Tunisian capital. CONGRATULATION TO HAILE AND ALL PRIZE WINNERS !!!!!

TULPAN takes Best Film and Director Award at Tokyo Festival

Sergey Dvortsevoy's TULPAN was awarded the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix and the Best Director Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF). Jon Voight, the jury head, stated: "The jury was unanimous. We all considered it a surpassing artistic achievement". TULPAN was also the second highest rated competition entry in a local critics poll published in the official TIFF daily newspaper.

35 RHUMS gets Art Cinema Award in Hamburg

The Art Cinema Award presented by Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d'Art et d'Essai (C.I.C.A.E.)at Filmfest Hamburg went to 35 RHUMS by Claire Denis, the film was shot last autumn in Paris and Luebeck. Filmfoerderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein augments the prize with a financial support for the funding of PR measures by the German distributor Real Fiction, who releases the film in February 2009 in German cinemas.

TEZA wins Special Jury Award and Award for Best Script in Venice

The Venezia 65 Jury, chaired by Wim Wenders, having viewed all twenty-one films in competition, decided to give SPECIAL JURY PRIZE and OSELLA for Best Screenplay to TEZA director Haile Gerima. In addition TEZA wins Signis Award (special mention), CinemAvvenire Award (“The circle is not round. Cinema for peace and the richness of diversity” Award) and Unicef Award. We are very proud and congratulate Haile, all actors and crew!!

every Pandora film of this year present in Toronto

We are happy that all 2008 Pandora Film productions and co-productions have their North America premiere at Toronto International Filmfestival: In section "Special Presentation: 35 RHUMS by Claire Denis

in "Discovery" TULPAN by Sergei Dvorsevoy

under section "Contemporary World Cinema" 33 SCENES FROM LIFE by Malgośka Szumowska, TEZA by Haile Gerima & O'HORTEN by Bent Hamer. We congratulate all filmmakers and thank you for the wonderful films!!! More information:

Silver Leopard for 33 SCENES FROM LIFE by Malgoska Szumowska.

On Saturday August 16th, the film "33 Scenes from life" by Malgoska Szumowska won the Silver Leopard (Price of the International Jury) and the second price from the Youth Jury. The film was co-produced with STI Studio Filmowe and Shot Szumowski, both Warsaw and ZDF/ARTE. The film will now travel to Toronto International Filmfestival and then on to Pusan International Filmfestival, it will have its German Cinema release in November (Real Fiction)

TEZA by Haile Gerima and 35 RHUMS by Claire Denis in Venice

TEZA by Haile Gerima will be presented as world premiere in "Competition" at 65. Venice Film Festival. In 1970 young Anberber has studied in West-Germany and returns post-graduate to Ethiopia. Once in Addis, however, Amberber cannot stomach the anti-dissent of the new so called Marxist regime. As he witnesses a brutal murder, he is ordered on a mission to East-Germany. He uses an opportunity to escape to the West until the Wall falls and Ethiopia’s regime comes to a closure. Now 60-year-old Amberber arrives finally at his home village… It's a story about hope and disillusionment, about foreignness and homeland.

35 RHUMS, a French-German co-production, directed by Claire Denis will have world premiere in "Out of competition" official programm presentation in Venice. The film, shot last autumn in Paris and Lübeck, tells the story of the separation of a widowed father (Alex Descas) from his daughter (Mati Diop) he has brought up on his own.

World Premiere of 33 SCENES FROM LIFE in Locarno

On Sunday, August 10th, Malgoska Szumowska's new film 33 SCENES FROM LIFE, starring Julia Jentsch, will have its world premiere in competition of the upcoming Locarno Filmfestival.

TULPAN gets East of The West Award in Karlovy Vary

TULPAN wins the main prize Best Film at the East-of-the-West Competition at this year Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and the Netpac Award by Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema. Director Sergey Dvortsevoy introduced the film personally and receipted both awards during closing night on 12. July 08.

TULPAN wins Cannes Prix Un Certain Regard, Prix de la Jeunesse & Prix de l'Education Nationale

Sergey Dvortsevoy's debut TULPAN has been awarded the top prize in Cannes' Un Certain Regard. The jury, led by Fatih Akin, chose the film from twenty films in competition. The film, set in the filmmakers' native Kazakhstan, was rapturously received at its screening in Cannes. In addition TULPAN wins the “Prix de la Jeunesse” selected from all films at Cannes Filmfestival by the International Youth Jury and the "Prix de l'Education Nationale" a prize given by the minister of education.

TULPAN and O'HORTEN in Cannes offical selection Un Certain Regard

We are happy to announce that the two Pandora Film Productions, TULPAN by Sergey Dvortsevoy and O’HORTEN by Bent Hamer, are selected for official program at Cannes International Filmfestival under section "Un Certain Regard". TULPAN is the first feature-length film by renowned documentary filmmaker Sergey Dvortsevoy, shot entirely in Kazakhstan. O'HORTEN directed by Bent Hamer (Kitchen Stories, Factotum) is a Norwegian-German co-production.


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MADONNEN & DIE UNERZOGENEN pre-selected for German Film Award

The Jury of German Film Academy pre-selected our projects under following categories for all academy members to nominate until end of March 2008. FOR YOUR CONDIDERATION: MADONNEN >>Best Feature Film- Pandora Film<<, >>Lead Actress - Sandra Hüller<<, >> Best Director - Maria Speth<<, >>Best Script - Maria Speth<< DIE UNERZOGENEN >>Best Lead Actress - Ceci Chuh<<, >>Best Supporting Actress - Pascale Schiller<<, >>Best Supporting Actors - Georg Friedrich<<

German Critics Prize 2007 goes to DIE UNERZOGENEN

On the occasion of this year's Berlinale the German Film Critic Association awarded the prestigious GERMAN CRITIC PRIZE 2007, the only German Award selected exclusively by all film critics, for Best Debut to DIE UNERZOGENEN by Pia Marais. The Film released through Real Fiction Filme is still screening in German Cinemas. ------------------------------------------- In addition we congratulate Ceci Chuh, lead actress, for winning BEST EUROPEAN TALENT PRIZE offered to a young actress at Premiers Plans Festival in Angers (France).

German Cinema Releases around Xmas - MADONNEN, DIE UNERZOGENEN, HOPE

At this year festive season three Pandora films are released in German cinemas: --> 06.12.07 MADONNEN by Maria Speth, --> 27.12.07 DIE UNERZOGENEN by Pia Marais, --> 17.01.08 HOPE by Stanislaw Mucha - !!! HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE CINEMA !!!

HOPE at Hofer Filmtage and in Braunschweig

The german premiere of HOPE by Stanislaw Mucha will be at the 41.INTERNATIONALE HOFER FILMTAGE in the end of October. It will also be screened at the 21. INTERNATIONALE FILMFEST BRAUNSCHWEIG in November. The german cinema release will be in December.

MADONNEN by Maria Speth wins Hessischer Filmpreis 2007

We congratulate Maria Speth for winning "Hessischen Filmpreis 2007", the highest endowed director's award in Germany, presented during gala ceremony in Frankfurt a.M. on 12th October. The jury says: the film "never ceases to surprise the viewer" and is "a fascinating – and very contemporary – reflection on what it means to be a mother (...)MADONNEN shows that film can also be a tool of expression, mindset and challenge - Cinema Art - and not only distraction and consensus." MADONNEN opens on German screens through Peripher Verleih 06. December 2007.

DISENGAGEMENT by Amos Gitai at 64. Venice Film Festival - Out of Competition - Venezia Maestri

Disengagement by Amos Gitai will be presented as world premiere at Venice Film Festival in the Out of Competition - Venezia Maestri section. The film – an Israeli/French/Italian/German co-production – is the story of Ana (Juliette Binoche), a French woman of Israeli origin who following the death of her father meets the Israeli half brother Uli and decides to return to Israel to look for the daughter who had been abandoned 20 years ago. Crossing the borders by land and by sea, Ana and Uli end up in the turmoil of the Israeli military free zone in Gaza in 2005.

THE UNPOLISHED has won the "Best First Feature Film prize" at the 28th Durban International Film Festival

The award "Best First Feature Film" of Durban IFF(Southafrica) is shared by Pia Marais for DIE UNERZOGENEN and South-Korean director Jong-bin Yun (Unforgiven). The Jury says:"...The Unpolished is an autobiographic film of laudable courage and subtlety....boast strong performances and a successful 'mise en scene'..." Many Congratulations!

HOPE in Moscow and Karlovy Vary

HOPE, the first feature film by Stanislaw Mucha, will have its worldpremiere in the main competition of the Moscow International Filmfestival end of june. Immediately after that it will be screened in the "East of the west" - competition of this years Karlovy Vary International Filmfestival. The german release is scheduled for end of the year.

DIE UNERZOGENEN wins Crossing Europe Linz and in Buenos Aires BAFICI

This Saturday the CROSSING EUROPE Award 2007 European Competition powered by Linz 2009 European Capital of Culture, went to DIE UNERZOGENEN/THE UNPOLISHED by the German director Pia Marais. The film convinced the jury with its high energy level, the performances, the director’s careful distance in showing some very serious scenes and the commitment to her personal vision. Already at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival (3. – 15. April 07) Pia Marais received the Signis Award for our film DIE UNERZOGENEN. Thanks for your support and congratulations!!!

Best Actress Award for Ceci Chuh and Pascale Schiller for DIE UNERZOGENEN in Las Palmas

Festival Internacional de Cine Las Palmas de Gran Canaria awarded Ceci Chuh & Pascale Schiller Best Actress Award and Special Jury Mention to director Pia Marais for the film THE UNPOLISHED/ DIE UNERZOGENEN. Pia Marais received her Award personally last Saturday in Las Palmas. Also our co-production TO GET TO HEAVEN FIRST YOU HAVE TO DIE picked up Best Cinematography Award for DoP Pascal Lagriffoul. We pass on our good best wishes !!

Sandra Hüller wins Best Actress Award in Argentina for her role in MADONNEN

Sandra Hüller received the Silver Astor - best actress award at the 22nd Mar del Plata Int. Film Festival for her performance in "Madonnen" (directed by Maria Speth). Congratulation!


On Friday night the jury of IFFR Competition, headed by Toronto Festival director Piers Handling, honored our film DIE UNERZOGENEN (THE UNPOLISHED) by Pia Marais with the VPRO TIGER AWARD. The international Competition contained 15 films by first or second-time directors. (other equal Tiger went to “Love Conquers All” and third tiger was split between “Bog Of Beasts” and “Afr”). The jurors commended Pia Marais’ film "for its nuanced portrayal of a young girl trying to find meaning in a society that has lost all sense of direction. Her instinctive search to better herself gives the film its emotive power. The filmmaker is also highly adept at creating a disturbing and unsettled reality assisted by the highly gifted performance of the young girl and her parents" Congratulation and a big hug to Pia Marais and the entire cast and crew!

MADONNEN world premiere in Berlinale Forum + SCREENING DATES

We are proud to present the world premiere of MADONNEN (Madonnas) by Maria Speth at Berlinale "International Forum Of New Cinema".------> WORLD PREMIERE: Sun,11.Feb.-18:45-Delphi-Filmpalast / Mon,12.Feb.-10:00-CineStar 8 / Tue,13.Feb.-20:00-Colosseum 1 / Sun,18.Feb.-12:30-Arsenal

DIE UNERZOGENEN in Tiger Awards Competition Rotterdam + CLICK HERE NOW for screening dates

"DIE UNERZOGENEN" (int. "THE UNPOLISHED") directed by Pia Marais is invited to the Tiger Awards Competition Rotterdam. The International Film Festival Rotterdam 24.01. - 04.02.07 holds the well renowned international competition of first time director's feature films in Europe.--------->WORLD PREMIERE Sat,27.Jan-19:15-Pathe5 / ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS: Sun, 28.Jan-10:30-Pathe5 / Tue, 30.Jan-13:30-Pathe4 / Sat, 3.Feb-22:00-Pathe4 / PRESS & INDUSTRY SCREENINGS: Fri, 26.Jan-09:30-Doelen Juriaanse Zaal / Mon, 29.Jan-14:00-Cinerama3

Feltrinelli in Locarno

The italian-swiss-german coproduction "Feltrinelli" by Alessandro Rossetto was selected by the Locarno Filmfestival 2006 and will have its world premiere in the section "Cinéastes du Présent".

Frankfurt office moved

please note new address and tel/fax of our Frankfurt office for Karl Baumgartner, Gwen Cornelius (assistant), Niddastrasse 64, 60329 Frankfurt a.M., Tel. +49-(0)69-242 47 441, Fax +49-(0)69-242 47 443

"LIGHTS IN THE DUSK" & "TO GET TO HEAVEN FIRST YOU HAVE TO DIE" & "YOU AM I" are selected for Cannes official programme

The Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes has invited three Pandora Film Coproductions for this year official programme: "LIGHTS IN THE DUSK" by Aki Kaurismäkis is presented in The Competition. Un Certain Regards shows "TO GET TO HEAVEN FIRST YOU HAVE TO DIE" by Djamshed Usmonov and "YOU AM I" by Kristijonas Vildziunas.

EL CUSTODIO wins three prizes at Mexican Filmfestival

El Custodio wins three main prizes at one of Latin America's most important filmfestival in Guadalajara (Mexico): Best Film (shared with Brasilian film "Aspirinas E Urubus"), Best Script and the Critic FIPRESCI Award

EL CUSTODIO wins Alfred-Bauer prize at Berlinale 2006.

Matthew Barney of the International Berlinale Jury handed over the Alfred Bauer Prize to RODRIGO MORENO, director of EL CUSTODIO, on Saturday night award ceremony. The International Jury awards the Alfred Bauer Prize for a film in competition that "opens new perspectives in art of filmmaking".

EL CUSTODIO in competiton at BERLINALE 2006

EL CUSTODIO was selected for official competition at Berlinale 2006. World Premiere on 13. Feb 06 at 19:30h at the Berlinale Palast.

STRANGER (ONO) nominated for European Film Award

The European Film Academy has announced, that our film Stranger (Ono) is nominated for the European Film Academy Discovery 2005 - Prix Fassbinder. The final decisions will be announced on the ceremony in Berlin on December 3rd.


There is information available regarding the Ayurvedic doctors from Pan Nalin's film "Aurveda - Art of Being". Please get in touch with us if you need these contacts.

Awards for "Stranger"

„Stranger“ wins best director award at goEast Festival in Wiesbaden. - Malgosia Bela gets award for best female performance at SCHERMI D'AMORE Festival in Verona, where STRANGER wins the “Stefano Reggiani” award by the Veneto Order of Journalists

"Factotum" in Cannes

Bent Hamer's ("Kitchen Stories", "Eggs") new film "Factotum" will be screened at the "Quinzaine des Réalisateurs" in Cannes.

Award for Aki Kaurismäki

This year on March 18th, the "KUNSTPREIS BERLIN 2005" will go to Aki Kaurismäki.The "Akademie der Künste" is giving this award to the Finnish director on behalf of the federal state of Berlin.

"Whisky" wins GOYA

"Whisky" wins at Spain's Academy Awards the GOYA for best foreign Spanish-language film.

"Whisky" wins main award at Havana Film Festival

"Whisky" wins the Coral Award for best Fiction Film at the Havana Film Festival 2004. The Festival in Havana is considered to be the most significant one in Latin America.

"Stranger" at Sundance 2005

"Stranger" was selected for World Cinema Dramatic Competition at 2005 Sundance Film Festival

"Tokyo Grand Prix" for "Whisky"

At the 17th Tokyo International Film Festival, "Whisky" has been awarded twice - the film won the "Tokyo Grand Prix" and leading actress Mirella Pascual the "Award for Best Performance by an Actress in Leading Role". Congratulations!

Entries for Academy Award 2005

For the OSCAR 2005, our following three co-productions have been chosen as entries for the Academy Award for best foreign film: "Le Chiavi di casa" (Italy), "Mein Name ist Bach" (Switzerland) and "Whisky" (Uruguay)

Raimondo Rezzonico-Price for Karl Baumgartner

Karl "Baumi" Baumgartner received the Raimondo Rezzonico-Price for independent producer of the year within the Locarno Film Festival 2004.

"Whisky" won in the Cannes section "Un certain Regard"

WHISKY by Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll won in the section "Un certain regard" the "Prix du regard original" and "Fipresci prize".

Oscar 2004: Whale Rider - Nomination for Keisha Castle-Hughes "Actress in a leading role"

Congrats to Keisha for her Oscar Nomination for best actress in a leading role, this is a great achievement for the young actress who was only 11 years old at the time of filming. She becomes the youngest ever best actress Nominee in Oscar history.