#Cannes2017: A new dawn on the horizon for German filmmaking?

11. May 2017

One year after TONI ERDMANN, Fatih Akin is representing Germany in the art of filmmaking at the Croisette with his latest production AUS DEM NICHTS.

Fatih Akin, Diane Kruger and Numan Açar

In 2008 it was Wim Wenders who competed with PALERMO SHOOTING for the Golden Palm in Cannes – he left empty-handed. That was the last German title seen in the competition line-up at Cannes until last year, when Maren Ade demonstrated with TONI ERDMANN to the international faculty of film critics that German filmmaking is very much alive and kicking, and that Germany is more than capable of creating ambitious world-class entertainment. Despite glowing reviews, the drama, telling the story of a loving yet quirky father and his stubborn, fiercely ambitious daughter, saw Germany, once again, leave sans prix.

This year, the tour de force AUS DEM NICHTS from former ZFF Masters speaker Fatih Akin may just succeed where others have failed. The drama, which revolves around an extremist and a woman who loses her family in a bomb blast, is also the first role in a German production for leading actress Diane Kruger. The film was shot almost exclusively in Hamburg, Akin’s hometown.

This is a return for Akin to the grand stage at Cannes, where he was last seen ten years ago with his drama ON THE OTHER PAGE, which scooped two awards (best screenplay, ecumenical jury prize). Whether the award goes to Germany or not, the sun is definitely rising on the German filmmaking horizon.

Related links

> AUS DEM NICHTS at the Festival de Cannes

> Portrait Fatih Akin (ZFF Masters 2014)