72nd Cannes Film FestivalThe North-German women of film on the Croisette

The most important film festival in the world is back again and North Germany is being represented on the Croisette by some top-class women filmmakers: Director Shahrbanoo Sadat and Lübeck producer Katja Adomeit are in the running in the "Quinzine de Réalisateurs" category with their drama 'The Orphanage', while Fatih Akins producer Nurhan Şekerci-Porst is sitting on the jury of the renowned "Un Certain Regard".

Helge Albers, Managing Director of Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein: "Congratulations to Shahrbanoo Sarat and the team from 'The Orphanage'! We are delighted that Lübeck's Katja Adomeit produced this extraordinary film. Our congratulations also go out to Nurhan Şekerci-Porst, who snapped up a coveted – and well-earned – seat on the jury in Cannes. And we mustn't forget Eva Blondiau, who is travelling to Cannes as 'Producer on the Move', as well as Stefan Gieren, whose production 'New Dawn Fades' will be shown in the Atelier of the Cinefondation. The far north is also represented in Cannes, with film students Michele Burakowski and Aljoscha Ramon Böhnert from Flensburg and their stop motion clay animation, 'Milchmänner', awarded a SHORT TIGER award, which took them all the way to Cannes. Congratulations!"

The teams and films at a glance:

Shahrbanoo Sadat's drama The Orphanage – produced by Lübeck's Katja Adomeit – is celebrating its world premiere in the "Quinzaine des Réalisateurs" The film team recorded in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein for around five days at the beginning of the year. Producer Katja Adomeit and her company Adomeit Film, with offices in Copenhagen and Lübeck, also co-produced Ruben Östlund's "The Square", which was awarded the Golden Palm in Cannes in 2017. Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein provided €80k to support "The Orphanage". Sadat's feature film "Wold and Sheep" already received funding from Filmwerkstatt Kiel and won the top prize in the Quinzaine in 2016.

Producer Nurhan Şekerci-Porst has been appointed to the jury of the series "Un Certain Regard" for the first time. The festival section takes a look at unusual films by as yet unknown filmmakers whose works will be shown. In 2017, the section's main prize went to the drama 'A Man of Integrity' by Mohammad Rasoulof.

European Film Promotion's "Producer on the Move" programme gives young film producers the opportunity to establish new international contacts for future projects during the Cannes Film Festival. This year, producer Eva Blondiau will participate in the renowned programme. Her company Color of May is based in Cologne and Hamburg.

The FFHSH in Cannes:
Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein will be exhibiting in the "German Pavilion" during the film festival. The German Pavilion is the joint stand of Focus Germany - the association of the eight largest German film subsidisers - and German Films. The pavilion is the meeting point and contact point for accredited visitors from the German and international film industry at the Cannes Film Festival.

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