Cinema news: Helena Zengel is Hollywood offspring – culture

17. November 2020

The twelve-year-old German actress Helena Zengel (“Systemsprenger”) made it onto the annual “Actors to Watch” list of the US trade journal Variety made. The film magazine announced its selection of ten actors and actresses whose careers should be followed closely on Monday. Variety refers to Zengel’s appearance in “Systemsprenger” and to her upcoming US film debut alongside Tom Hanks in the western “Neues aus der Welt”.

Helena Zengel at the Berlinale 2019.

(Photo: dpa)

Hanks plays a message messenger in 1870 who meets ten-year-old Johanna (Zengel), who was raised by an indigenous people. Among the ten chosen is also the Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova (24), who plays Sacha Baron Cohen’s daughter in the “Borat” sequel, the Irish Paul Mescal (24, “Normal People”) and the US Starring Tiffany Boone (33, “Hunters”), Jayme Lawson (19, “Farewell Amor”) and Tom Pelphrey (38, “Ozark”). The group will be in a mid-December VarietyEdition presented. The trade journal has been directing attention to promising actors since 1998, who later became popular. These include Brie Larson, Lupita Nyong’o, Octavia Spencer, Mahershala Ali and Timothée Chalamet.

13. November 2020

On Friday, an alliance of the German cinema industry made an urgent appeal to the federal government to protect the industry against the consequences of the corona pandemic with a “cinema rescue package” in the long term. The request comes from the Main Association of German Film Theaters (HDF Kino), the companies Cinedom, Cinemaxx, Cinestar, Kinopolis, UCI and the United Service Union (ver.di).

According to the appeal, it is important to ensure that the funds promised for extraordinary economic aid reach all cinemas without exception – regardless of their size and number of employees. Otherwise, the renewed closings of all cinemas in Germany could result in a serious crisis for the entire industry.

The loss of earnings of all employees that occurred during the closure of the film theaters were largely compensated for by the cinema companies by increasing the short-time work allowance or a corresponding continued wage payment. In addition, the cinemas have made considerable investments in hygiene concepts in the past few months in order to be able to resume gaming operations. The renewed closure of the cinemas is now confronting companies with immense challenges, with unforeseeable consequences for the employees as well.

4. November 2020

The Munich Agreement of 1938 is seen in the history books as the epitome of cowardly indulgence towards Hitler’s war policy. Its main architect, British Prime Minister Arthur Neville Chamberlain, became a symbol of a misguided “appeasement”. In his semi-fictional bestseller “Munich” from 2017, the British author Robert Harris attempted to counter this image with a friendlier interpretation by Chamberlain. This is to become a Netflix film, with strong German participation.

The British Oscar winner Jeremey Irons (72, “The Affair of Sunny von B.”) will play Chamberlain, and the German filmmaker Christian Schwochow (42, “Paula”, “Deutschstunde”) will direct. The German-British cast also includes Sandra Hüller, Liv Lisa Fries from “Babylon Berlin”, Jannis Niewöhner, August Diehl, Martin Wuttke, George MacKay and Erin Doherty.

“Munich” introduces fictional characters from England and Germany who take part as diplomats in the negotiations between Hitler, Chamberlain, Benito Mussolini from Italy and Édouard Daladier from France. You will experience how the fate of Czechoslovakia is being negotiated, which is not even sitting at the table and has to accept the immediate cession of the Sudetenland to Germany. Everything to prevent Hitler from invading, which he then orders only six months later. The fictional diplomats already know more than will later be in the history books …

The film is to be shot in Germany and England and will appear on Netflix in 2021.

November 4, 2020: The German Film Award will be postponed to autumn 2021

Next year, the German Film Prize will not be awarded in spring, as usual, but on October 1st. The German Film Academy justifies the postponement with the effects of the pandemic. “The cinemas had to close again, film releases postponed and productions interrupted,” said Academy President Ulrich Matthes. The relocation should create more flexibility for distributors and producers “and of course we hope for advances in science,” said Matthes.

The German Film Prize is the most important national award in the industry. The approximately 2000 members of the German Film Academy vote on many winners. The prizes are endowed with a total of around three million euros, the money comes from the house of Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters (CDU). Film producer Nico Hofmann is to take over the artistic design of the next award. This year, the Lolas were awarded in a TV program – the gala that was actually planned in Berlin was canceled due to the corona virus. The drama “Systemsprenger” won eight awards, including the Golden Lola for the best feature film.


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