German Films, an agency that promotes German cinema worldwide, has announced the talent that will be featured in its 7th annual Face to Face With German Films campaign. The high profile platform aims to bring international visibility to the wealth of groundbreaking talent working in film and television in Germany, and to shape the future of the industry.
Talents selected this year are documentary writer-director Sarah Noa Bozenhardt (“Among Us Women”), actress-producer-writer Sara Fazilat (“Nico”), actor-director Jerry Hoffmann (“Shahada” ), editor Julia Kovalenko (“System Crasher”), writer-director Matthias Luthardt (“Pingpong”), cinematographer and director Zamarin Wahdat (“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) “) and actress Anne Zander (“For Jojo”).
After spotlighting well-known actors, writers and directors such as Saskia Rosendahl (“Lore”), Alexander Fehling (“Inglourious Basterds”, “Homeland”), Burhan Qurbani (“Berlin Alexanderplatz”) and Jonas Nay (“Deutschland 83, 86 & 89”) in its first five years, Face to Face with German Films – Last Year’s Filmmakers campaign has broadened its reach to include various disciplines to showcase the diversity of talent at through this collaborative profession.
This year, Face to Face with German Films – The Filmmakers pursues this goal, representing a cross section of the many creative faces of German cinema and focusing on personalities with very different biographies, artistic approaches, influences and perspectives.
Simone Baumann, Managing Director of German Films, said: “We are delighted to honor these seven talented filmmakers as ambassadors for our Face to Face 2022 campaign. personal. They represent the drive to innovate, be inclusive and push boundaries that is apparent in film and television in Germany.
Aspiring documentary filmmaker and writer Sarah Noa Bozenhardt examined socio-political issues of femininity in her work and found inspiration in the relationships and experiences she had as a child in her second homeland of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her credits include “Medanit” and “Heimfahrt”, and her first feature documentary “Among Us Women” had its world premiere at DOK Leipzig in October 2021, where it received a special mention in the international competition.
Actor, producer and screenwriter Sara Fazilat has been on the rise since being selected for the Berlinale Talents program in 2017. Her credits include ‘The Fox’, ‘Check Check’, ‘The Heist’ and ‘Louise’, the Cannes selection ‘Revolvo’ and ‘Jiyan’ . “Nico,” a film about how a racist attack changes the life of a young woman that Fazilat produced, starred in and helped write, screened at the Shanghai International Film Festival and the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco, between others, and earned her several awards, including the Max Ophüls Award (Best Young Actress). We can then see her in Ali Abbasi’s latest film, winner of a Certain Regard at Cannes, “Holy Spider”.
Actor and director jerry hoffman got her breakout role in Burhan Qurbani’s “Shahada.” In addition to his film and television work, he has performed extensively on stage, including as a member of the ensemble at the Maxim Gorky Theater Berlin. Her credits include lead roles in ‘Heil’, ‘Abikalypse’ and ‘Needle Park Baby’. As a director, his short films “Mall” and “90%” have screened at festivals and won international awards, and “I Am”, an arthouse sci-fi thriller, qualified for the 2022 Oscars and screened at the Max Ophüls Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. He can next be seen in the Netflix series “A Submarine Story”.
movie editor Julia Kovalenko was born in Russia and moved to Germany as a child. In addition to several award-winning short films such as “The Fantastic Love of Beeboy & Flowergirl” by Clemens Roth and “I Am” by Jerry Hoffmann, she has worked on numerous television productions and feature films. She collaborated with editor Stephan Bechinger on “System Crasher,” Germany’s entry for the 92nd Academy Awards and winner of the German Film Award for Best Editing. His next project is “Dark Satellites”, a collaboration with editor Kaya Inan and director Thomas Stuber which is scheduled for theatrical release in Germany in 2022.
Screenwriter and Director Matthias Luthardt captured international attention with his debut “Pingpong,” a coming-of-age drama, which had its world premiere at Critics’ Week in Cannes. Several feature films and documentaries followed, including “Memory”, “Cinékino” and “Autumn 1929 – Shadows Above Babylon”. His latest directorial effort is the Franco-German World War I co-production “The Fox,” starring Luise Aschenbrenner, Christa Théret and Leonard Kunz.
Filmmaker and director Zamarin Wahdat was born in Kabul and grew up in Hamburg. As a student, she was scouted by director Carol Dysinger and invited to work as a visual designer and translator on “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”, which won the Oscar for best short documentary in 2020. Shortly after, Wahdat made her directorial debut, “Bambirak”, a short film about the daily racism experienced by people with an immigrant background in Germany, which won the award for best international short film at the Sundance Film Festival in 2021. She is currently working on a feature film. – feature film adaptation of “Bambirak” in addition to other short film projects and a documentary on activist Sarah Mardini.
Actor and performer Anne ZanderThe credits of include the series “Tatort – Borowski Und Der Fluch Der Weißen Möwe”, the feature film “Fenster Blau” and the short film “Office“. As a deaf person, Zander still experiences intersectionality in her everyday life and therefore is committed to improving diversity and inclusion in the German film and media industries. This year, Zander can be seen in two major productions: she plays her first leading role in the ZDF TV series “Du Sollst Hören”, alongside Claudia Michelsen and Kai Wiesinger, and in the Netflix Original film “For Jojo”, directed by Barbara. Otto.
The selected talent and Baumann will meet members of the international media at the Berlin Film Festival next month.