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  • 08/2014

    MADIBA in the HKW on 30/08

    Our South-African coproduction “Nelson Mandela: the myth & me” will be screened in the HKW on August 30 at 8pm [...]

    Our South-African coproduction “Nelson Mandela: the myth & me” will be screened in the HKW on August 30 at 8pm as part of the festival “20 Years of Democracy in South Africa”. Director Khalo Matabane will attend the screening.

    Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the South African Embassy celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first democratic elections in South Africa by hosting a critical appraisal of the developments since 1994. The festival will start this thursday, August 28 and presents concerts, films and debates with protagonists of the anti-apartheid movement, historians and representatives of the new generation such as Khalo Matabane and Pumla Gqola among others.

    Program of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt
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  • 08/2014

    Locarno Film Festival: sold out screening of “Nelson Mandela: the myth & me”

    We are overwhelmed: the official screening of “Nelson Mandela: the myth & me” at the Locarno Film Festival last Saturday [...]

    We are overwhelmed: the official screening of “Nelson Mandela: the myth & me” at the Locarno Film Festival last Saturday was completely sold out. They even organized a second screening for everybody who couldn’t fit in the cinema the first time. Director Khalo Matabane attended the festival and was delighted to meet this great audience. Thanks to everybody and enjoy the rest of the Locarno Film Festival!

    Festival del Film Locarno
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  • 08/2014

    „The Lithium Revolution“ wins Life After Oil Award in Italy!

    Great news from Italy! Our documentary „The Lithium Revolution“ by director Andreas Pichler and Julio Weiss is honored with the [...]

    Great news from Italy! Our documentary „The Lithium Revolution“ by director Andreas Pichler and Julio Weiss is honored with the „Life After Oil“ Award at the IX Sardinia Film Festival 2014.

    The jury explained their decision as follows:

    The film “The Lithium Revolution” shows us a glimpse into the future and turns to a new idea, a green idea, a revolutionary idea: the electric car. (…) But we see that progress is always difficult and never follows a direct line. The proliferation of this new technology is still a long and winding road. The director leads us through the complex subject, the film is hopeful but realistic.

    In a time of global resource shortage and increasing energy prices, it is lithium that is on the way to becoming „the“ natural resource of the 21st century. Lithium is the basis for a new kind of battery technology and thus a prerequisite for the spreading of electronic mobility. Is lithium an answer to the imminent energy crisis and key to the future?

    Life After Oil Festival


  • 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 9.45 pm , [...]

    In 2013, the 6-part TV-series „Farewell Comrades!“ was honored with the Grimme Award. On August 5 at 9.45 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
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    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
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  • 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.

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