The FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS campaign enters its fourth edition this year and will once again focus on outstanding acting talents. Six of the most prominent German screen stars working today, Maria Dragus, Christian Friedel, Luise Heyer, Jonas Nay, Jördis Triebel and Fahri Yardim will represent the German film and television industry’s latest accomplishments and dynamic voices, through upcoming activities at the Berlinale, including a Panel event in association with Variety at the Drama Series Days. The FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS campaign celebrates current trends in the German entertainment industry, promoting German content to international audiences and fostering an awareness of modern German storytelling and styles.

The initiative launched in 2016 with six German actresses headlining the campaign – including the multi award-winning Sandra Hüller (TONI ERDMANN) and Paula Beer of the internationally acclaimed FRANTZ and the Golden Globe and Oscar®-nominated NEVER LOOK AWAY. In 2017, the second phase of the initiative launched during the Festival de Cannes and featured six of Germany’s most exciting actors, including established names such as Alexander Fehling (THREE PEAKS, HOMELAND) and Tom Schilling (WOMAN IN GOLD, OH BOY, NEVER LOOK AWAY), as well as new faces such as Louis Hofmann (DARK & the Oscar®-nominated LAND OF MINE). 2018 saw six award-winning German directors heading the campaign’s 3rd phase, all of whom have garnered a great deal of international recognition for their varied works to date: Emily Atef, whose feature film 3 DAYS IN QUIBERON was in Competition at the Berlinale 2018; Lars Kraume, whose THE SILENT REVOLUTION (featuring one of the 2017 ‘Faces’ Ronald Zehrfeld and this year’s ‘Face’ Jördis Triebel) screened as a Berlinale Special Gala at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival; Anca Miruna Lazarescu, whose latest feature HAPPINESS SUCKS opened the 2018 Hof Inter­national Film Festival; Burhan Qurbani, whose highly-anticipated BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ is already creating a lot of buzz; and David Wnendt, whose THE SUNLIT NIGHT premiered this year at Sundance.

This year’s actors and actresses will continue to celebrate trends in German filmmaking, as well as being representative of the current international appetite for German storytelling in internationally renowned series. They are undoubtedly at the heart of the industry’s most recent national and international successes, across both mediums.