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1,000 guests at the reception of the NRW Representation in Berlin

NRW at the 2013 Berlinale: Prime-Minister Hannelore Kraft and Filmstiftung CEO Petra Müller welcome 1,000 guests at the reception of the NRW Representation in Berlin

  • NRW: represented with 25 films in the most important sections 
  • In Competition: Pia Marais’ “Layla Fourie” with Rayna Campbell and August Diehl
  • Panorama Special: “It’s All So Quiet” with Nanouk Leopold
  • Strong presence: documentaries and young cinema from NRW
  • Shooting Stars 2013 guests again – with Saskia Rosendahl 

On the occasion of the 63rd Berlinale, the film region of North Rhine-Westphalia held its reception in the permanent representation in Berlin on the 12th time for around 1,000 guests from the worlds of cinema, media, politics and business. The hosts, Prime-Minister Hannelore Kraft and Filmstiftung CEO Petra Müller were delighted that 25 NRW-funded films are being shown in the official sections of the Berlinale. As always, the crews and stars of the film festivals were the focus of the evening’s procedure. 

_N1B4896Prime-Minister Hannelore Kraft, Wim Wenders and Petra Müller at the reception of the NRW Representation. Photo: Kurt Krieger

At the fore was the competition film “Layla Fourie” which was shot in South Africa and North Rhine-Westphalia. Director Pia Marais came together with her actress Rayna Campbell (Pandora Filmproduktion). Another highlight was the opening film of Panorama Special “It’s All So Quiet” by Nanouk Leopold with the recently deceased Jeroen Willems and Wim Opbrouck.

A strong impact at the festival is promised once more by the documentaries and, above all, by young cinema from NRW: “Everyday Objects”, “Lose Your Head”, “End Of Time” and the two documentaries “My Way To Olympia” and “Dancing With Bellies” – films screenings in Panorama, Berlinale Special, Forum and Perspektive Deutsches Kino.

Prime-Minister Hannelore Kraft: “North Rhine-Westphalia is not only Germany’s No. 1 TV hub, but there are also outstanding and successful films made here for the cinema. Therefore, I am particularly pleased that there are a total of 25 films at the Berlin International Film Festival, which were made with support from the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. Wonderful films are made in NRW from the combination of successful producers, a great diversity of creative and with support by the film fund.”

“With 25 films, the film region of NRW is in strong form again at the 2013 Berlinale: “Layla Fourie” and “It’s All So Quiet” are talking points, and the documentaries and young cinema from NRW are equally convincing,” says the Filmstiftung’s CEO Petra Müller. “And it’s particularly nice that Pia Marais is in the running for the Golden Bear with what is only her third feature. We are crossing our fingers!” 

As in previous years, the ten European Shooting Stars for 2013 were guests at the NRW reception. The young actors and actresses were selected by European Film Promotion for the Berlinale. The actress Saskia Rosendahl (“Lore”, “Zum Geburtstag”) is representing Germany this year. 

In addition to the crews of the Berlinale films, the event was also attended by teams from the NRW productions „Rubinrot“, „Rush“, „Quellen des Lebens“, „Schoßgebete“, „Zum Geburtstag“, „Lagerfeuer“, „Helden“ and „Nacht über Berlin“, among many others.

NRW films at the 2013 Berlinale

Layla Fourie“ by Pia Marais

Panorama Special – opening film
Oben ist es still“ by Nanouk Leopold

Lose Your Head“ by Patrick Schuckmann and Stefan Westerwelle

Halbschatten“ by Nicolas Wackerbarth

Perspektive Deutsches Kino
Endzeit“ by Sebastian Fritzsch
Die mit dem Bauch tanzen“ by Carolin Genreith

Berlinale Special
Mein Weg nach Olympia“ by Niko by Glasow

Die Abenteuer des Huck Finn” by Hermine Huntgeburth
Alles wird gut“ by Niko by Glasow
Berg Fidel – Eine Schule für alle“ by Hella Wenders
Cloud Atlas“ by Andy & Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer
Fraktus“ by Lars Jessen
Hannah Ahrendt“ by Margarethe von Trotta
Invasion“ by Dito Tsintsadze
Das Leben ist nichts für Feiglinge“ by André Erkau
Das Lied des Lebens“ by Irene Langemann
Quellen des Lebens“ by Oskar Roehler
Revision“ by Philip Scheffner
Ritter Rost“ by Thomas Bodenstein
Sofias letzte Ambulanz“ by Ilian Metev
Sound of Heimat“ by Arne Birkenstock and Jan Tengeler
Die Vampirschwestern“ by Wolfgang Groos
Vergiss mein nicht“ by David Sieveking
Die Vermissten“ by Jan Speckenbach
Was bleibt“ by Hans-Christian Schmid

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