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  • 07/2014

    Award-Winning TV-Series „Farewell Comrades!“ on August 5th on ARTE

    In 2013, the 6-part TV-series „Farewell Comrades!“ was honored with the Grimme Award. On August 5 at 10.20 pm , [...]

    In 2013, the 6-part TV-series „Farewell Comrades!“ was honored with the Grimme Award. On August 5 at 10.20 pm , ARTE will air the first three parts again. The TV-series (2012) is part of a broad crossmedia project including an interactive website, a book and an exhibition. It has been aired in more than 20 countries and was honored with several awards. Starting in 1975, „Farewell Comrades!“ (Director: Andrei Nekrasov) tells the story of the collapse of the Soviet Union – from across and within the borders of all countries involved by the people who were there, who lived through it, who made it happen.

    The first episode “Victory ” is about the period of prosperity in the Soviet empire from the years 1975 to 1979, until the first cracks start to show. People start claiming their right of freedom of tought, rebellion, freedom of speech.
    “Wars “, the second episode, revolves around the years from 1980 to 1984. The cracks in the surface become deeper as rallies take place and peace movements are formed. The death of Brezhnev, followed by the one of his successor Andropov immediately afterwards, pushes the empire into a crisis.
    “Hope ” (third episode) is about the period from 1985 to 1987 as Mikhail Gorbachev steps onto the political stage. His ideas about Glasnost and Perestroika – freedom of information and economical reforms, let him become an international bearer of hope. But the optimistic atmosphere is overshadowed by the catastrophe of Chernobyl.

    A six-part TV-series by gebrueder beetz filmproduktion and Artline Films
    Director: Andrei Nekrasov, Script: Jean-François Colosimo, György Dalos, Andrei Nekrasov
    In co-production with ARTE Deutschland, ARTE France, ARTE G.E.I.E, ZDF, YLE TV1, TVP, Eureka
    Media, Havas Films, HiFilm, Hyper Market Film, Trigon Productions, Piraya Films

    "Farewell Comrades!" - Interactive
    Trailer And Details
    General Website
    The book for sale
    The DVD for sale


  • 07/2014

    „The Zarah Leander Files“ now also on ARD!

    After its premiere in October 2013 on ARTE, another oppurtunity to watch „The Zarah Leander Files“ on TV is coming [...]

    After its premiere in October 2013 on ARTE, another oppurtunity to watch „The Zarah Leander Files“ on TV is coming up next Monday: On July 28th at 11:20pm, it will also be screened on ARD for the first time.

    “The Zarah Leander Files” is part of Christian Beetz’ TV format “The Culture Files”, which brings high culture to TV screens in an innovative way that also appeals to a younger audience: With the aid of elaborate animations in Graphic Novel style, the modern culture-crime movie follows up the rumors that shape the myth of Zarah Leander, the great film star of the Third Reich, up until today.


  • 07/2014

    MAKE LOVE at Copenhagen TV Festival 2014

    MAKE LOVE goes abroad! Our succesful format MAKE LOVE will be introduced to TV-Professionals at the annual must-go event of [...]

    MAKE LOVE goes abroad! Our succesful format MAKE LOVE will be introduced to TV-Professionals at the annual must-go event of the Danish television industry – the Copenhagen TV Festival 2014. In an exclusive MAKE LOVE session, Christian Beetz and danish-born Ann-Marlene Henning will give insights on the general concept and production of our special format.

    The session is held in support of the Entertainment Master Class on the 14th of august 2014 at 2pm in the Creative Corner.

    Copenhagen TV Festival


  • 07/2014

    African premiere of Nelson Mandela: the myth & me at Durban Film Festival

    We proudly announce that our German-South African coproduction “Nelson Mandela: the myth & me” will have its African premiere at [...]

    We proudly announce that our German-South African coproduction “Nelson Mandela: the myth & me” will have its African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival. The IDFA-awarded documentary will be screened at the Elizebeth Sneddon Theatre on July 18 at 7:30 pm, in the presence of the filmmaker. Further screenings will take place on July 20 and 27 in different locations. Director Khalo Matabane asks global thinkers, Apartheid-victims and Mandela’s entourage to classify Nelson Mandela’s achievements, thereby providing a multi-facetted approach to his myth. The Durban International Film Festival is an annual event in South Africa showing over 300 South-African, African and international productions.

    Durban International Film Festival
    Nelson Mandela: the myth & me on Facebook


  • 07/2014

    “Art’s Home Is My Kassel” celebrates Germany-wide theatre release

    The documentary “Art’s Home is my Kassel – 100 days documenta city” by Katrin und Susanne Heinz starts Germany-wide in [...]

    The documentary “Art’s Home is my Kassel – 100 days documenta city” by Katrin und Susanne Heinz starts Germany-wide in theatres on Thursday, July 10th. At the Kasseler cinema Bali there will be two runs – on 5pm and 7pm. One day after Friday, there will be a acreening at 7pm and will be in presence of the editor. “Arts Home is my Kassel” tells the story of a culture clash happening every five years in a small German town with usually very little cultural exchange. The key art fair of the world takes place – the documenta. The people of Kassel see their town being invaded by a metropolitan elite with alienation but also with pride. Two sisters from Kassel follow their protagonists through a tremendous change of their lives in the summer of 2012 as well as an internationally recognized artist, making his way to Kassel.
    The film was funded by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW & DFF.

    Germany-wide release date on July 10th 2014 in the following cinemas:

    Berlin Lichtblick from 17.7.
    Berlin Hackesche Höfe from 10.7.
    Berlin Eiszeit from 10.7.
    Berlin Sputnik from 17.7.
    Berlin Brotfabrik from 17.7.
    Dortmund Camera from 10.7.
    Düsseldorf Souterrain from 10.7.
    Erlangen, Manhattan-Kino 24.-27.08.
    Frankenberg Thalia from 17.7.
    Frankfurt Mal Seh´n from 17.7.
    Hannover Kino im Künstlerhaus 10.-13.7.+16.7.+19.-21.7.
    Kassel Filmladen from 10.7.
    Köln Filmpalette from 13.7.
    Köln Museum f. angewandte Kunst from 10.7.
    Saarbrücken Filmhaus from 10.7.
    Ulm Mephisto (oder Obscura) from 10.7.
    Witzenhausen Capitol from 17.7.
    München Werkstatt Kino 12.+13.7., 20.7.

    Official Homepage
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    Homepage documenta


  • 06/2014

    Four productions and one world premiere at Lubuskie Film Summer

    We are very happy to announce that four of our productions will be screened at Lubuskie Film Summer in Lagow, [...]

    We are very happy to announce that four of our productions will be screened at Lubuskie Film Summer in Lagow, Poland. “Pretty Ugly” will have its world premiere, in the presence of director Jan Tenhaven. “Before the Last Curtain Falls” will take part in the competition and “Midsummer Night’s Tango” and “Sunday Warriors” were accepted for the Panorama Set. This year’s Lubuskie Film Summer will already be the 43rd edition of the festival and offers screenings of international productions and discussion forums with filmmakers from all over the world.

    Lubuskie Film Summer
    Pretty Ugly on Facebook
    Before the Last Curtain Falls on Facebook
    Midsummer Night's Tango on Facebook
    Sunday Warriors on Facebook


  • 06/2014

    Franco-German television premiere of “Teenage” on arte, June 29

    Our US-American co-production “Teenage”, based on a groundbreaking book “Teenage” (Campus Verlag) by the music and youth culture author Jon [...]

    Our US-American co-production “Teenage”, based on a groundbreaking book “Teenage” (Campus Verlag) by the music and youth culture author Jon Savage will be broadcast on Franco-German television (arte) on June 29 at 9:35 pm. Director Matt Wolf created an unconventional historical documentary about the invention of the teenager, told in a wild pop-collage made of archive, recreations and music.

    “Passing before the screen like a dream, enhanced by the ambient swirl of Bradford Cox’s original soundtrack, the film stitches together an astounding collection of archival materials, supplemented by period reenactments…” Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal

    “An entrancing collage that puts the voice of youth at the center of a narrative in which the broad strokes of history tend to overlook them.” Joel Arnold, National Public Radio

    Festival career: Tribeca Film Festival 2013; Hot Docs 2013; BFI London FF 2013; CPH:DOX 2013; Traverse City Film Festival 2013; AFI Docs Film Festival 2013

    Programm ARTE
    National Public Radio
    The Wall Street Journal


  • 06/2014

    Wagner-Graphic Novel: Andreas Völlinger and Flavia Scudery at Erlangen Comic Salon

    Author of the Wagner Graphic Novel Andreas Völlinger and illustrator Flavia Scuderi will be at the Erlangen International Comic Salon from [...]

    Author of the Wagner Graphic Novel Andreas Völlinger and illustrator Flavia Scuderi will be at the Erlangen International Comic Salon from June 19 to 22 at the booth 33/ 34. They will also have an hour of comic signing on friday at 11 am and on saturday at 3 pm at the booth 59 of Kneesebeck. Additionally they offer a picture of them illustrated by Flavia Scuderi in the style of “Wagner”.

    Erlangen International Comic Salon
    Map of the fair
    Wagner - Graphic Novel