Made In Germany, the annualshowcase of new German cinema held in Los Angeles as part of AFI FEST,commences on Nov 4 with Marc Rothemund's wartime drama and German foreignlanguage Academy Award submission Sophie Scholl - The Final Days.
Other titles in the 6thAnnual Festival of German Films Los Angeles include the North Americanpremieres of Dominique Deruddere's drama The Wedding Party, Ed Herzog's Almost Heaven, which is the tale of anaspiring country music singer who accidentally alights in Jamaica, and SandraHacker and Christopher Buchholz' documentary about the life of screen starHorst Buchholz in Horst Buchholz...My Papa.
Meanwhile European FilmPromotion (EFP) organisers have announced the second annual New Faces InEuropean Cinema honorees, who will be invited to meet the industry and press todiscuss their current projects at a reception on Nov 5.
The honorees are: WrongSide Up producer Paul Strnad fromthe Czech Republic, Addictionproducer Markus Selin from Finland, Antibodies director Christian Alvart from Germany, ScreamingMasterpiece director Ari AlexanderMagnusson from Iceland, The Sixth Of May producer Gijs Van De Westelaken from the Netherlands, Zozo screenwriter Josef Fares from Sweden, Ryna director Ruxandra Zenide from Switzerland, andRichard Bracewell, the UK director of The Gigolos.
"We had a very successfulinaugural year in 2004 with AFI FEST, which has always supported and promotedEuropean film," EFP president Claudia Landsberger said.
"This year we are againdelighted to introduce a selection of European films that highlight the uniquedistinctiveness and originality of each of the countries represented and helpbring them to as wide an audience as possible."
AFI FEST 2005 runs from Nov3-13.