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Link launches U.K.-German event

Seven-day festival promotes co-productions

LONDON — Writer/director Caroline Link’s “A Year Ago in Winter” opened the 11th edition of the U.K.’s Festival of German Films Thursday. Fest celebrates Teuton film and aims to forge stronger ties between the U.K. and German film industries.

Introducing the pic and officially opening the seven-day fest, German ambassador Georg Boomgaarden called for more U.K.-German co-productions and more screenings of German pics in Blighty.

Tireless fest organizer Iris Ordonez highlighted the success of German pics “The Lives of Others” and “The Baader-Meinhof Complex” before echoing Boomgaarden’s appeal for more collaboration between the nations.

An industry event to foster more co-productions takes place Monday as part of the fest. More than 100 producers are skedded to attend the U.K. Film Council backed mass meet.

Link’s somber drama, her eagerly anticipated follow-up to foreign-language Oscar-winning “Nowhere in Africa,” played well to a packed house of Brits and Teuton bizzers at the Curzon Soho. After screening, attendees moved on to a reception at old school Soho institution Kettners.

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