German Films and Regent Street Cinema presented FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN TALENT: THE GERMAN FILM WEEKEND to the public in London for the second time from 20-22 September 2019. The film program was curated by film critic Anna Smith, who is also known for her popular podcast GIRLS ON FILM.

There were screenings of six German films, while the talents Maria Dragus, Christian Friedel and Jonas Nay from the current FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS campaign were in London to present their films and serial formats to the audience. And there were animated discussions during the Q&As after the screenings of LOST ONES (with Maria Dragus) and HAPPINESS SUCKS (with Christian Friedel) as well as the first two episodes of the mini-series THE MASTER BUTCHER (with Jonas Nay). Anca Miruna Lazarescu (from the 2018 FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS campaign) was the fourth talent in the group. As the director of HAPPINESS SUCKS, she enthusiastically answered questions from the audience along with Christian Friedel during the Q&A session after the film.

A panel discussion between the German talents and two British colleagues followed the GERMAN FILM WEEKEND on Monday, 23 September as an event co-hosted with the Raindance Film Festival. The industry event, titled TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN, was moderated by Danny Leigh of The Guardian/BFI. The well-attended event focused on the filmmakers’ creative approach to their film and series projects, language barriers and, of course, the influence of technical developments on storytelling. Maria Dragus, Christian Friedel and Anca Miruna Lazarescu had a lively exchange with Nathaniel Martello-White (COLLATERAL) and Percelle Ascott (THE INNOCENTS).

Jonas Nay & Anna Smith (© Andreas Grieger)