The traditionally strong German-Turkish film relations will be intensified this year with an impressive German presence in Turkey. After a kick-off at the Istanbul International Film Festival at the beginning of April, which included a brunch organized by German Films and the Goethe-Institut for the Turkish and international film industries, a selection of German films will be presented in Istanbul (7-17 April), Ankara (28 April-9 May) and Eskisehir (6-14 May) and later this year in Izmir and Dyiarbakir. In the run-up to the tour, the 21st Film Festival Turkey Germany took place in Nuremberg from 4-13 March. Four German and five Turkish films in the competition presented the latest works from well-known and debut directors. Under the chairmanship of the Turkish director Derviş Zaim, the jury honored Peter Kurth as Best Actor for his performance in A HEAVY HEART (by Thomas Stuber) and awarded the Jury’s Special Prize to Dito Tsintsadze for his GOD OF HAPPINESS. The Turkish film TOZ BEZI (DUST RAG) won Best Film. The festival program also included Christian Zübert’s ONE BREATH, which was then screened at the Istanbul International Film Festival.

Michael Aue, Mariette Rissenbeek, Derviş Zaim, Felicitas Kleiner, Miraz Bezar (photo © Deutsch-türkisches Filmfestival Nürnberg)