Magazine article Variety

Pandora's Box Opens Pan-Euro Treasures

Magazine article Variety

Pandora's Box Opens Pan-Euro Treasures

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German shingle finds success with an international slate and co-productions

As the arthouse market is struggling with declining audiences, Germany's Pandora Film continues to achieve success in both production and distribution with an eclectic lineup.

The Cologne-based company's shareholders - producers Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel, Reinhard Brundig and Raimond Goebel - attribute their strong performance in part to their close working relationships with filmmakers. Pandora's recent co-productions include Claire Denis' upcoming science-fiction drama "High Life," starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche; Marcelo Martinessi's award-winning Paraguayan drama "The Heiresses"; and Ulrich Koehler's German feature "In My Room," which premieres in Cannes' Un Certain Regard.

Steffen and Friedel spoke with Variety about the company's latest productions, the current industry climate and the company's inner workings.

Where is Pandora Film today, both as a producerdistributor in Germany and as a key partner for international filmmakers?

STEFFEN: With our distribution colleagues we have been reacting to the increasingly difficult German arthouse market. Results of this collaboration are successful German movies like "Paula" by Christian Schwochow last year, with 350,000 admissions, and established longtime [Pandora Film] companions like Aki Kaurismäki with his recent film "The Other Side of Hope."

We also want to continue to discover and support emerging talent around the world, like this year's Berlinale winner "The Heiresses" or Michael Koch's upcoming second feature film "A Piece of Sky," a Swiss-German co-production.

What's behind your successful, long-lasting relationships with filmmakers?

STEFFEN: In the best case we try to have an overall strategy for their career. With Christian Schwochow we were already working on his on his new movie, "Je suis Karl," during the release of "Paula. …

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