AFI FEST, the Los Angeles International Film Festival which is organised by the American Film Institute (AFI), has announced the line-up of Made In Germany, a featured section of contemporary German film which has been put together for the first time in partnership with the Export-Union Of German Cinema.
Made In Germany has been programmed in the past as a separate festival but is joining forces with AFI FEST this year to combine the programming and marketing resources of the two organisations. The section includes ten features and documentaries, as well as a classic intertitled silent film Three Loves which marked the debut film performance of Marlene Dietrich. The intertitled film from 1929 will be presented with a live piano accompaniment. "Our partnership with AFI FEST gives us the opportunity to bring the very best of German contemporary cinema to an expanded U.S. audience," said Corina Danckwerts, US representative of the Export-Union and founder/director of the Made In Germany festival, in a statement.
The section kicks off on Nov 10 with Caroline Link's epic Nowhere In Africa and continues with Andreas Dresen's Grill Point, which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Berlin Film Festival, Sven Taddicken's Getting My Brother Laid, Michael Bully Herbig's box office smash Manitou's Shoe, Robert Schwentke's Tattoo, Zoltan Spiradelli's Vaya Con Dios, Fritz Baumann's Anansi, Dominick Graf's Map Of The Heart, and Heiner Stadler's documentary Eat Sleep, No Women.
Other German films in AFI FEST include Chris Kraus' Shattered Glass and Peter Sehr's Love The Hard Way.