Two Filmstiftung-backed films in Competition at the 70th Cannes Film Festival
The Filmstiftung-backed international co-productions „In The Fade“ by Fatih Akin and „Jupiter’s Moon“ by the Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó will be celebrating their world premieres in the Competition at the 70th Cannes Film Festival (17 to 28 May).
„A year after ,Toni Erdmann, no less than two Filmstiftung-backed productions, 'In The Fade' and ,Jupiter’s Moon‘, have now been invited to the competition of the world’s most important festival. We would like to congratulate Fatih Akin and Kornél Mundruczó as well as bombero and Cologne’s Match Factory Productions on the world premieres on the Croisette! “, says Petra Müller, CEO of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.
„In The Fade“
Fatih Akin’s thriller centres on a woman’s love for her family beyond the grave. Her life suddenly implodes when her husband and son die in a bomb attack. The police arrests two suspects: a young couple from the Neo-Nazi scene. The young woman wants justice – there isn’t any alternative for her. Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto and Ulrich Tukur are cast in the leads. „In The Fade“ is a production by bombero international in co-production with Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany, Macassar Productions (F), Pathé (F) and corazón international. The Filmstiftung NRW backed the film with 250,000 Euros, other funding came from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, FFA, BKM and DFFF. Warner will be releasing the film theatrically.
An underage boy with a unique ability is interned in a Hungarian refugee camp. The boy can hover like an angel. A doctor helps the boy to escape. He wants to capitalise on the lad’s gift to make some money, but the boy soon captures his heart. On their run from the law, he remembers why he became a doctor in the first place and decides to use every means to protect the boy from his pursuers. Merab Ninidze, György Cserhalmi, Móni Balsai and Zsombor Jéger play the lead roles in this tragicomedy under the direction of the Hungarian film and theatre director Kornél Mundruczó. „Jupiter’s Moon“ is a co-production between Cologne’s Match Factory Productions and Proton Cinema (HUN), KNM (CH) and Chimney (S), in association with the broadcasters ZDF and Arte. The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW backed the film with 200,000 Euros, other backers are the Hungarian National Film Fund, Eurimages, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung. International sales are being handled by Cologne-based The Match Factory.
The films in the other festival sections will be announced at a later date.
This year again sees the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW showcasing its activities in the German Pavilion at the umbrella stand of Focus Germany, an amalgamation of the eight German regional film funds and German Films, in the International Village of the Cannes Film Festival. The German Pavilion is a meeting place and contact point for those accredited at the film festival in Cannes from the German and international film industries.