The Festival of German Films in Madrid continued its successful run into 2015 and – with an additional day this year – was even able to increase the remarkable admission figures of last year’s edition. Over 6,000 spectators – almost 1,500 more than in 2014 — came to the Cine Palafox from 9 to 14 June 2015 to dis­cover new German cinema. The press reaction was considerable, including extensive reports in the two biggest daily newspapers of El Pais and El Mundo. For the first time, a four-week online festival then followed from 15 June in collaboration with the Spanish VoD platform filmin. Yet another new theatrical release was announced for a German film in the important Spanish market: WHO AM I — NO SYSTEM IS SAFE by Baran bo Odar was not only shown at the festival, but was also discovered during the selection period and bought for Spanish cinemas by the jury member Luis Gisbert from the distributor Abordar Casa de Películas. This year’s edition of the festival also featured a special presentation of the restored classic THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI by Robert Wiene. In collaboration with Bertelsmann, the screening was transformed into a very special event thanks to the live musical accompaniment by the well-known DJ Raphaël Marionneau, which attracted a large young audience with over 700 admissions alone.

Christian Wagner, Mariette Rissenbeek, Lilith Stangenberg, Maike Schantz, Christoph Hochhäusler (photo © Alberto Nevado)