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Three German Films Become Critical and Box-Office Successes in the U.S.

Three German Films Become Critical and Box-Office Successes in the U.S.

Three German productions have achieved great success following their debuts in U.S. cinemas in the past few weeks. This outburst of interested by both audiences the press points the quality of the stories and the craft showcased in current German cinema.

Phoenix” by by Christian Petzold (Schramm Film Koerner & Weber) was instantly loved by the press and audience following its world premiere during the Toronto
International Film Festival in 2014. The Vertigo drama with Nina Hoss and Ronald Zehrfeld in the leads has also been a remarkable success at the U.S. box
office. To date, it has posted over $ 3.1 million box-office takings. Since being released by Sundance Selects on July 24, 2015, the number of prints has continuously increased and the film has now been shown in a total of 165 cinemas. The film has also had a good run in France, for example, where it was seen by over 170,000 moviegoers. 

READ MORE: Christian Petzold’s ‘Phoenix’ is a Deeply Moving Film About Survivors Rebuilding Their Lives

Germany’s Oscar entry in the the Best Foreign Language Film category, “Labyrinth of Lies,” (Claussen + Wöbke + Putz Filmproduktion, naked eye filmproduction) opened stateside on September 30 after becoming a big success in French cinemas with
around 340,000 admissions. The film by Giulio Ricciarelli, which centers on the historical background of the Auschwitz trials, has now earned around
$192,000 at the box office. It was initially launched by Sony Pictures Classics in three cinemas and is currently playing on 36
screens. Other cinemas will follow in the coming weeks. Take a look at our interview with director Giulio Ricciarelli, and the star of the film Alexander Fehling HERE.

READ MORE: Dir. Giulio Ricciarelli and Star Alexander Fehling on the Historical Relevance of ‘Labyrinth of Lies’ and Germany’s Open Wound

Lastly, “Victoria” (MonkeyBoy, deutschfilm, RadicalMedia) was released in the U.S. by Adopt Films on October 9. The one-shot thriller
about a breathless night in Berlin had been one of the major festival buzz titles on its world premiere at the 2015 Berlinale and subsequently picked up
five German Film Awards. The film also left a deep impression on critics and audiences at its North American premiere during the Toronto International Film
Festival and ahead of its U.S. theatrical release.”Victoria” was awarded the prize for the Best International Film at the San Diego Film Festival at the end of September. Schipper’s film initially opened in three
cinemas and expanded to 26 cinemas om 16 October; others will follow.

READ MORE: German Currents Festival of German Film in L.A.

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