A look at the development of literary film adaptation
5th Festival of German Cinema

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Discussion “A look at the development of literary film adaptation“

Whether Marvel Comics, Jane Austen novels or classical theatre, the adaptation of literary works and stage plays has become an integral part of modern cinema. Literature serves as a template for the development of the next cinema hit. But how closely do directors and actors follow the original texts? To what extent are novelists or theatrical directors also involved in the production process? And literature fans always ask themselves: how much of the original text is left in the original cinema version? Contemporary literary film is still subject to such reproaches and others like them, but has also established itself as an independent genre. This year, the film programme of the 5th Festival of German Film features a particularly large number of literary and theatre adaptations. Three of our guests oriented themselves on texts as models for their films. With Matti Geschonneck, director of the film In Times of Fading Light (after the montage novel of the same name by Eugen Ruge), Lars Kraume, director of the film The Verdict (after the play of the same name by Ferdinand von Schirach) and Frederick Lau, leading actor of the feature film MY BROTHER SIMPLE (after the play of the same name by Marie-Aude Murail) we plan to discuss their experiences.

Matti Geschonneck © Daniela Incoronato Matti Geschonneck, born in Potsdam on May 8, 1952, is the son of well-known Brechtian and DEFA actor Erwin Geschonneck. He studied directing at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow. Moving to West Germany in 1978, he started gathering initial practical experiences working as a directorial assistant for many years.
In the early nineties, Geschonneck made his cinematic directorial debut with the surreal mystery drama "MOEBIUS". After that, he dedicated himself to the small screen for 18 years and would direct many, often multi award-winning features. His thriller “ANGST HAT EINE KALTE HAND” received the Special Prize for Directing of the Deutsche Akademie für Darstellende Künste. He is a two-time winner of the Deutscher Fernsehpreis (German Television Award), most recently in 2013 for “DAS ENDE EINER NACHT”. He received the Student Jury Award at the Television Film Festival in Baden-Baden in 2015 as well as the Goldene Kamera Award in 2016 for his production “EIN GROSSER AUFBRUCH”.

Lars Kraume © players Lars Kraume was born on February 24, 1973 in Chieri, Italy, and he grew up in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. After graduating from school, he first worked as an assistant to various photographers. In 1992 he shot his first short film, "3:21," and handed in this film with his application to the film and television school Deutsche Film- and Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB). In 2001 he made his feature film debut with “VIKTOR VOGEL”. In 2005 the semi-documentary feature film “KEINE LIEDER ÜBER LIEBE” celebrated its premiere in the Panorama program at the Berlinale in 2005. Kraume's next feature film "Guten Morgen, Herr Grothe" in 2007 won the German Television Award for Best Director and the Grimme Award. Also in 2007, he co-founded the production company Badlands Film, which produced his next feature film “DIE KOMMENDEN TAGE” in 2010. In 2012, Kraume left Badlands Film to concentrate more on his work as a writer. Two years later, he directed and wrote the script of two thrillers based on novels by Wolfgang Schorlau: "Dengler – Die letzte Flucht" (2014) and "Dengler – Am zwölften Tag" (2015). His feature film “THE PEOPLE VS FRITZ BAUER” (2015) won numerous Awards, amongst them the Audience Award for Best Picture at the Locarno International Film Festival and six awards at the German Film Awards 2016.

Frederick Lau © Nadja Klier Frederick Lau was born in Berlin in 1989 and has established himself in recent years as one of the most outstanding actors of his generation. He had his first lead in a feature film in Andreas Kleinert’s “Head Under Water” (Freischwimmer, 2007), followed by the major success with “The Wave” (Die Welle, 2008).  He received the German Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Undine Award as Best Young Character Actor for his role as Tim in Dennis Gansel’s school drama. After a Bavarian Television Award for “Neue Vahr Süd” (2011), Lau’s talent was recognized with another German Film Award for Sebastion Schipper’s “Victoria” (2015).



04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Goethe-Institut China (GI)
In German and Chinese with simultaneous translation
Hosted by Xu Feng, Professor at the Department of Film & TV Art, Central Academy of Drama
Free Admission