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Leipzig, 19. February 2020

Berlinale 2020 Features 15 MDM-Funded Films

Tomorrow will be the kick-off of the 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. This year’s festival line-up includes 15 films realized with funding by Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM).

The internationally co-produced film "DAU.Natasha" by Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Jekaterina Oertel is set to premiere at the festival’s competition. The film forms part of Ilya Khrzhanovskiy’s ambitious Project "DAU", which tells stories inspired by the life of brilliant Soviet physicist and Nobel prize winner Lev Landau and comprises films, TV series, installation art, concerts, theater performances, and lecture programs. 

An additional spin-off of the MDM-funded "DAU" series of works, "DAU. Degeneration" by Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Ilya Permyakov is screening in the Berlinale Special section. In the Panorama section, the drama film "Father" ("Otac") by Serbian director Srdan Golubovic will be having its premiere. Golubovic has previously presented his films "Klopka" and "Circles" in Berlin. 

Another section, the "Lola at Berlinale", is featuring films nominated for this year’s German Film Prize, including the following films, which received funding from MDM: "Ich war noch niemals in New York" (directed by Philipp Stölzl), "Lara" (directed by Jan-Ole Gerster), "Narcissus and Goldmund" (directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky), "Sealed Lips" (directed by Bernd Böhlich), "The Audition" (directed by Ina Weisse), "Aquarela" (directed by Victor Kossakovsky), "Dark Eden" (directed by Jasmin Herold and Michael David Beamish), "Heimat is a Space in Time" (directed by Thomas Heise), "Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful" (directed by Gero von Boehm), "Fritzi: A Revolutionary Tale" (directed by Ralf Kukula and Matthias Bruhn), "Invisible Sue" (directed by Markus Dietrich), and "TKKG" (directed by Robert Thalheim).

Claas Danielsen, CEO of Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM), comments: "To once again see so many MDM-funded, distinguished works of art featured at the most important German film festival fills me with great pleasure. Ranging from brave and poignant films from Eastern Europe, impressive German films, unique documentaries, to original children’s films, the productions once more demonstrate the MDM’s broad approach to funding. Let me say congratulations to all those involved and best wishes for success and spellbound audiences at the Berlin Film Festival!"

As in previous years, MDM is the chief partner of the Berlinale’s Co-Production Market and will be happy to take questions and comments at the Focus Germany booth of the European Film Market.