Tuesday, November 30, 2004

German movies open LA's AFI fest and pick up award

Made In Germany, the 5th Festival of German films, took place during the recent AFI Fest in Los Angeles. Writer/director Fatih Akin was on hand to enjoy the applause first hand when "Gegen Die Wand" opened the festival. "Made in Germany" subsequently featured "Lautlos" (soundless) by Mennan Yapo, and the children's film "Wer Uesst Schon Einen Leguan?" (Secondhand Child) by Karola Hattop was presented by screenwriter Michael Demuth. Amongst the other films, documentaries and shorts, the Audience Award for short film went to "Meine Eltern" (My Parents) by Neele Leana Vollmar.

"Gegen Die Wand" is currently playing in several European countries and will be available on DVD in January 2005. Read more about "Gegen". The next festival of German film will be held in Australia in April 2005.

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