The Salt of the Earth

There were several prizes for German co-productions at the Cannes Film Festival (14 - 25 May 2014) this year: Winter Sleep (TR/DE/FR, Bredok Film Production) won the Palm d'Or . The film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan also received the FIPRESCI Prize from the international film critics. Another co-production with German participation, Le Meraviglie by Alice Rohrwacher (IT/CH/DE, Pola Pandora), was awarded the Grand Prix. White God by Kornél Mundruczó (HU/DE/SE, Pola Pandora) received the main award in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. Pola Pandora, the German production company serving as a partner on both films, was co-founded by the recently departed Karl Baumgartner, a pioneer of European arthouse cinema. Wim Wenders and his co-director Juliano Ribeiro Salgado received the Special Prize in the Un Certain Regard sidebar for the French production The Salt of the Earth. Juan Sarmiento G. was responsible for the camerawork on Leidi, the Golden Palm for Short Films. He is now living and working in Berlin after having studied at the HFF Potsdam-Babelsberg.

Next German Films

The cinema was filled to capacity at the world premiere of the Next Generation Short Tiger 2014 program of shorts on Sunday, 18 May 2014. Around 250 guests came to the Star Cinema where the directors and producers of the 14 selected shorts presented their works to an audience of international professionals. The director and Oscar-winner® Caroline Link, who was a member of the jury, was also present at the premiere in Cannes. Next Generation Short Tiger 2014 is organized by German Films and the German Federal Film Board (FFA). After the screening, the audience – which included representatives of international festivals, journalists, producers and buyers, rewarded the achievements of the German short film talents with long and enthusiastic applause.

Mariette Rissenbeek, managing director of German Films: "We are delighted that this year again saw such a large interest from people wanting to get to know the up-and-coming generation of German filmmakers at the Next Generation Short Tiger  premiere. Everything was represented – from the Western through drama, animation, thriller, documentary and also comedy – and all of this was of a very high quality." The first festival invitations had already started coming in after the screening in Cannes. The Next Generation Short Tiger 2014 program will be shown in the upcoming months as part of the Festivals of German Films which are organized by German Films in Madrid, New York, Buenos Aires, Paris and Moscow.

This year, the market screenings organized by German Films under the banner of " New German Films in Cannes " at Cannes' Marché du Film presented 35 new German films. The screenings were well received by the professional visitors. A popular and highly regarded meeting place – along with the German Pavilion in the International Village – proved once again to be the German Reception in honor of German cinema and the films with German participation at the festival.


Over 850 guests took the opportunity to come together in a convivial atmosphere on La Plage - Majestic Barrière on Saturday, 17 May 2014. The State Minister for Culture, Prof. Monika Grütters, made the opening speech on the occasion of her first visit to Cannes. The producers Eva Blondiau (Torn), Michael Eckelt (That Lovely Girl / Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsallem), Alfred Hürmer (Maps to the Stars), Thanassis Karathanos (Clouds of Sils Maria) and Titus Kreyenberg (Bridges of Sarajevo), the directors Elmar Imanov and Engin Kundag (Torn), Slomi Elkabetz (Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsallem) and Jessica Hausner (Amour Fou) as well as the actors Christian Friedel and Stefan Großmann (Amour Fou) were among those attending from the delegations of the German co-productions showing at the festival. The guests included, among others, representatives of festivals from Moscow, Montreal, Palm Springs, Locarno and São Paulo, the actors Stefan Konarske and Maxim Mehmet, the directors Margarethe von Trotta, Caroline Link, Dietrich Brüggemann, Veit Helmer and Marco Kreuzpaintner, author Katja Eichinger as well as international and national distributors, producers and funders.