made in germany
For the third year in a row, exground filmfest will be presenting the inmate jury award DAS BRETT to the best film in the „Made in Germany“ section. The award includes a cash prize of at least EUR 1,000 sponsored by “Die WERFT”, a cultural platform operating in Wiesbaden’s main correctional facility. A total of seven excellent productions are featured in the competition, including four “relationship stories”: In ADAM & EVELYN by Andreas Goldstein, a couple has to choose between East and West, while in Pablo Kaes’ DEVOTION an incident of street harassment puts Juli and Franz’s relationship to the test. In Henrika Kull’s JIBRIL, single mom Maryam cultivates a relationship with an inmate, and in SIRENS by Katinka Narjes we observe a pair of siblings who must learn how to let go. Ann- Kristin Reyels’ WE WERE JUST PLAYING deals with a rough existence on the Germa -Czech border as seen from the perspective of a pre-pubescent boy, while Esther Bialas’ HANNA’S HOMECOMING spirits us away to the fantastic world of moor witches. In the lone documentary film in the competition, SILENT COMRADE, Leonhard Hollmann depicts the amazing success of a “horse therapy” for traumatised German soldiers. This year we are once again presenting a programme featuring three awardwinning mid-length films from Germany: THE SATANIC THICKET – THREE by Willy Hans, EXCUSE ME, I’M LOOKING FOR THE PING-PONG ROOM AND MY GIRLFRIEND by Bernhard Wenger and STORKOW KALIFORNIA by Kolja Malik. The latter celebrated its much-noted premiere at the 2018 Berlinale. All in all, ten films are represented in the section, from classical drama to mystery and science fiction thrillers all the way to comedies and a musical. We are proud to be showing all of these films, which include a host of debuts, before their official theatrical releases in Germany.

ADAM UND EVELYN

DEVOTION [HINGABE]

GERMAN THREESOME

HANNA’S HOMECOMING [WO KEIN SCHATTEN FÄLLT]

JIBRIL

SILENT COMRADE [STILLER KAMERAD]

SIRENS [NIXEN]

WE WERE JUST PLAYING [WIR HABEN NUR GESPIELT]

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