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"Mustang": NRW-backed debut at the Cannes Film Festival

  • Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s „Mustang“ in the „Quinzaine des Réalisateurs“
  • Co-producers: Düsseldorf-based Vistamar Filmproduktion and Cologne’s Uhlandfilm
  • Cologne-based producer Ingmar Trost (Sutor Kolonko) has been selected as a „Producer on the Move“
  • 68th Festival de Cannes: 13 – 24 May, 2015
  • 15 years of the „German Pavilion“, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW at the stand of Focus Germany

The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW will be represented at the 68th Festival de Cannes with a debut feature it had supported: the international co-production „Mustang“ by Deniz Gamze Ergüven is screening in the „Quinzaine des Réalisateurs“ sidebar.

In her debut „Mustang“, the Turkish director Deniz Gamze Ergüven tells a coming of age story about five Turkish girls fighting for their freedom and self-determination. The German co-producers are the Düsseldorf-based Vistamar Filmproduktion and Cologne’s Uhlandfilm. The French producer is CG Cinema and the Turkish co-producer BAM Films. The leads are played by Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sungurolgu, Elit Iscan and Ilayda Akdogan. The Filmstiftung NRW supported with 100,000 Euros, ZDF/ARTE is a partner. Other backers are the CNC and FFA with the Minitraité, Eurimages and the Doha Film Institute, among others. World sales are being handled by France’s Kinology. The director Ergüven had already participated in the „Cinéfondation“ in Cannes with her graduation film „Bir Damla Su“.

Ingmar Trost of Cologne’s Sutor Kolonko Filmproduktion has been selected as the „Producer on the Move“ for Germany. This is the 16th year that European Film Promotion (EFP) has invited promising young European producers to Cannes for the „Producers on the Move“ networking platform. A total 20 producers from various European countries will be showcased during the film festival in Cannes and have opportunities to make international contacts. Ingmar Trost has produced such films as „Sofia’s Last Ambulance“ by Ilian Metev or „Modris“ by Juris Kursietis, the former premiering in the Critics' Week in Cannes in 2012. He was also responsible for „The Chambermaid Lynn“ by Ingo Haeb, which is being released in German cinemas on 28 May.

2015 will see German Films and the FFA presenting the „Next Generation Short Tiger“ programme of contemporary German short film-making for the fifth time in Cannes. The three-person expert jury selected twelve shorts. The line-up includes the NRW-backed graduation film „Herman the German“ by the KHM student Michael Binz. Supported with 20,000 Euros, the film tells the story of a bomb disposal expert whose brain is suddenly no longer able to sense the emotion of fear.

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most important film festivals worldwide. The 68th edition is being held from 13-24 May, 2015. This year will again see the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW presenting itself in the German Pavilion, the joint stand of Focus Germany, the amalgamation of the seven German regional film funds, and German Films in the Cannes Festival’s International Village. The pavilion is appearing in a new design for the 15th anniversary, and the visitors will receive competent advice at the information stands of German Films and FOCUS Germany in the entrance area. Focus Germany can be contacted there on Tel. +33-4-92590004 or by e-mail to .