10.02.2009 - Emily Atef, Andreas Dresen, Jörg Taszman, Wim Wenders
When it comes to portraying life upfront, with all its dreams, disappointments, daily struggles and sudden surprises until the very last moment, German cinema features diverse filmmakers who have their own strong personal styles specific to their films. An influential figure in New German Cinema in the 1970s, legendary filmmaker Wim Wenders’ cache of award-
winning and critically acclaimed films include The American Friend (1978), Paris, Texas (1984), Wings of Desire (1987), Buena Vista Social Club (1999) and Don’t Come Knocking (2005).
His new film, Palermo Shooting, enjoyed its world premiere in the official competition of the Festival de Cannes 2008. One of the most impressive directors of contemporary German cinema, Andreas Dresen has been a writer and director for film and television since the early 1990s. He gained international renown in 1998 for Night Shapes, which won, amongst others, the Berlinale Silver Bear. His other award-winning films include Grill Point (2002 Berlinale Silver Bear) and Summer in Berlin (2005) and the recent feature Cloud 9, which won the Heart Throb Jury Prize at the Festival de Cannes 2008.
French-Iranian filmmaker born in Berlin, Emily Atef’s first feature length film Molly’s Way (2005) received the Jury’s Special Award and was screened in the "International Critic’s Week" of the Festival de Cannes 2008. She is currently in pre-production for her third film Kill Me. Representing three different generations of German cinema, these exemplary filmmakers join forces to throw light on how cinema is a splendid way of capturing dreams, allowing visions to become an integral part of life and making small dreams and great expectations come true on the big screen.