Distant LightsEpisodic film examining life on the German-Polish border. Pic weaves together five separate stories that look at the clash of cultures and social divides between the two countries. A contender in this year’s Berlin Intl. Film Festival, pic was helmed by Hans-Christian Schmid, who directed “Crazy,” 2000’s most successful German film. Sales: Bavaria Film Intl. Goodbye Lenin! “Goodbye, Lenin!,” directed by Wolfgang Becker and starring Daniel Bruehl, Katrin Sass and Chulpan Khamatova, competed at this year’s Berlin Intl. Film Festival. Pic centers on a devout East German socialist mother whose family does everything it can to keep her from finding out East Germany no longer exists after she awakens from a decade-long coma. Pic is Becker’s first film since 1997’s German Film Award-winning “Life Is All You Get.” Sales: Bavaria Film Intl. Shattered Glass Last year’s Bavarian Film Award winning pic, from director Chris Kraus and starring Juergen Vogel, Margit Carstensen, Nadja Uhl. Film follows a cynical young man suffering from bone cancer forced to confront his estranged mother who might be able to save his life. Adapted by the first-time director from his own novel, film has won critical praise for its emotional rawness and subtle humor. Sales: Beta Cinema
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