Filmstiftung-backed „In My Room“ by Ulrich Köhler at the 71st Cannes Film Festival
- Production of Cologne’s Pandora Film
- Invitation to screen in Un Certain Regard
- Cannes International Film Festival from 8 – 19 May, 2018
The writer-director Ulrich Köhler has received his first ever invitation to screen at the Cannes International Film Festival (8 – 19 May) with his new film „In My Room“. The lead producer is Cologne’s Pandora Film Produktion, and the film has been invited to screen in the Un Certain Regard sidebar.
„In My Room“ tells the story of Armin, a freelancer with lots of time and little money. He’s not really happy, but can’t picture living a different life. One morning, there’s a deathly quiet: the world looks the same as always, but mankind has disappeared. The leads are taken by Elena Radonicich and Hans Löw, with Michael Wittenborn, Emma Bading, Kathrin Resetarits and Ruth Bickelhaupt appearing in the other roles; Patrick Orth serves as director of photography. A large part of the shoot took place in NRW, including the Lippe district and Vlotho, as well as at locations in Berlin and South Tyrol.
The film is a production by Cologne’s Pandora Film Produktion in co-production with Echo Film (IT), Komplizen Film and in association with the broadcasters WDR and ARTE. The Filmstiftung supported the production with 695,000 Euros, with additional funding coming from the DFFF, FFA, BKM, MBB, HessenFilm, IDM Südtirol and MiBACT. World sales are being handled by Cologne-based The Match Factory, and Pandora Filmverleih will release „In My Room“ theatrically in Germany.
Ulrich Köhler won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2011 Berlinale for „Sleeping Sickness“ („Schlafkrankheit“).
The films of the other festival sections have yet to be announced.
The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW in Cannes
This year will again see the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW having a presence in the German Pavilion at the umbrella stand of Focus Germany, the allliance of the eight largest German regional film funds and German Films, in the International Village of the Festival de Cannes. The German Pavilion is a meeting place and port of call for accredited delegates from the German and international film industry at the film festival in Cannes.