Cannes: Medienboard Chief Celebrates Festival Films ‘An,’ ‘Lamb’ with Filmmakers

Naomi Kawase (right), the director of the opening film in Un Certain Regard, 'An,' with actor Nagase Masatoshi and Medienboard’s Kirsten Niehuus

German film fund Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg hosted drinks Monday in the garden of Cannes’ Grand Hotel in honor of the fund’s two international co-productions in the festival’s Un Certain Regard section, Naomi Kawase’s opening film “An,” and Yared Zeleke’s Ethiopia-set “Lamb.” Kirsten Niehuus, Medienboard’s managing director of film funding, hosted the event, which was supported by Variety.

“Lamb” is the first feature from Zeleke, who was joined at the reception by the film’s German producer Johannes Rexin of Heimatfilm, and Kidist Siyum and Rediat Amare, who appear in the film. Kawase was joined by actor Nagase Masatoshi, who stars in the film and readers may remember from Jim Jarmusch’s much-loved “Mystery Train,” which played in competition in Cannes in 1989.

Kirsten Niehuus (center), Medienboard’s managing director of film funding, is seen with ‘Lamb’ producer Johannes Rexin (left) of Heimatfilm, the film’s director Yared Zeleke (right), and Kidist Siyum (center left) and Rediat Amare (center right), who appear in the pic.

Christoph Fisser, Carl Woebcken and Henning Molfenter of Studio Babelsberg

Stefan Arndt (X-Filme), Manuela Stehr (X-Verleih), Martin Kochendörfer (X-Verleih), and Martin Moszkowicz (Constantin Film)


Four German film funds — Medienboard, FFF Bayern, Filmstiftung NRW and MFG Stuttgart — together with the French CNC signed an agreement for the joint development of TV fiction series on Monday. The new German-French fund has a total of 200,000 Euros at its disposal. The maximum level of funding is set at 50,000 Euros per project. First call for projects is in summer 2015. (Photo: courtesy of CNC)

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