Görlitz has won the title of "Best European Film Location of the Decade” of the European Film Commission Network (EuFCN). The award is part of the 10th Anniversary celebration of Filming Europe, the Association of European Film Commissions, which aims at celebrating the diversity and multifaceted nature of European locations.
Görlitz has been awarded as a film location for "Grand Budapest Hotel". It was in 2013, when Görlitz’s unique shooting locations piqued the interest of US director Wes Anderson. He spent 40 days in Görlitz shooting his award-winning masterpiece “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, which starred Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, and Bill Murray in the leading roles. The main place of action was an art-nouveau department store from 1913, which was transformed into the film’s eponymous hotel. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was the opening film for the 2014 Berlinale. It scooped up four Oscars®, including the one for Best Production Design.
“The award is the crowning glory for our City and all contributing to the good reputation of Görlitz as Film Location. For us, this now is a huge incentive to be a high quality location for future productions, too”, so Mr Siegfried Deinege, Mayor of Görlitz. “Thank you to all Görliwood-Fans voting so numerously”, adds Mrs Andrea Behr, Managing Director of the City Marketing company Europastadt GörlitzZgorzelec GmbH. “We all cordially invite you to the Film City Görlitz!”
Görlitz never ceases to excite with a lot of charm and a romantic atmosphere. Even well-known Hollywood producers rave about the authentic and diverse scenery of the town and its unique architecture. Görlitz remained almost undestroyed during the Second World War and with its 4000 or so historical buildings spanning 500 years it provides a periodic atmosphere and a lot of inspiration for many filmmakers.
Görlitz was used as film location for the first time in the 1950’s for the film “Der Ochse von Kulm”. Since then, about 100 productions were filmed here often with several days of filming during one year. And this is how the former insider tip turned into a popular film location with a diversely changeable face. New York, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Paris, Heidelberg – Görlitz has represented all these cities in films.
For the lavish film version of Jules Verne's "Around the world in 80 days", with Jackie Chan, whole streets and the "Landskron"-Brewery changed into the harbour of New York. In 2008, the story of bestselling author Bernhard Schlink, "The reader" was produced in Görlitz. Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes were playing the main roles. Finally Kate Winslet won the popular Oscar® for it. Quentin Tarantino chose the region for his highly observed production "Inglourious Basterds" which also was awarded with more than one Oscar® and in summer of 2009, artificial snow felt down and covered the Untermarkt-square. At the Gründerzeit quarter they filmed "The tower" by Uwe Tellkamp in 2011. Shortly after that the first 3D-Movie in Görlitz was made: Detlev Bucks' "Measuring the World". In winter 2012/13, Wes Anderson chose the Art-Nouveau Department store in the middle of the town and the formal city hall as the favourite film locations for "The Grand Budapest Hotel", a big Hollywood-production. At this time, the City welcomed famous Hollywood stars like Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.
Two new two movies of the crime series are filmed in 2017. Commissars Viola Delbrück and Burkhard Schulz are solving new cases. It is one of a few productions where Görlitz acts as Görlitz. Both movies will probably be shown on TV in 2018.
DAS SCHWEIGENDE KLASSENZIMMER (2018)
A drama where students are coming into conflict with the DDR regime, because they are having a minute´s silence in commemoration of the victims from the Hungarian national uprising in Budapest in 1965. It is based on the novel by Dietrich Garstka, who had written down this actually happened story. Production year 2017
THE CAPTAIN (2018)
In 1945, a young deserteur is fleeing from his persecutors. He finds a captain´s uniform and finds other followers who he leads as their captain. The movie can be seen in cinemas from 1st of March 2018.
DER ZAUBERLEHRLING (2017)
A fairy tale inspired by Goethes ballad. World premiere on 23rd of November 2017 in Görlitz.
PAPA MOLL (2017)
„Papa Moll“ is the dad of three children. He owns a chocolate factory and together they are having a lot of funny adventures. Production year 2017
WERK OHNE AUTOR (2017)
Because his art is being abused by the Nazi and DDR regimes, the young artist Kurt Barnert is personalizing his work strongly.
BYE BYE GERMANY (2017)
German-Belgian-Luxembourgian co-production by director Sam Gabarski. Main Characters played by Moritz Bleibtreu and Antje Traue. World premiere during the Berlinale 2017, movie start April 2017.
THE YOUNG KARL MARX (2017)
Big historical production by director Raoul Peck about the encounter of Marx and Engels. They want to change the world and to overcome the old society.
In this ARD detective story, the two detectives have to deal with a young German-Polish couple leaving death, fear and destruction behind on their escape between Görlitz, Zittau and Zgorzelec. Starring Yvonne Catterfeld, Götz Schubert and others
ALONE IN BERLIN (2016)
World War drama based upon the famous novel by Hans Fallada. During the Second World War, married couple Otto and Anna Quangel distribute postcards and flyers calling for resistance against the National Socialists. Starring Emma Thompson, Brandon Gleeson, Daniel Brühl and others
German-French drama after World War by Francois Ozon about the encounter of a German woman with a mysterious French man.
KÄTHE KRUSE (2015)
Elaborate film biography for ARD about the dollmaker Käthe Kruse. Starring Friederike Becht, Fritz Karl and others
MONUMENTS MEN (2014)
German-American film about a special unit to protect art during the Second World War. Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman and others
THE BOOK THIEF (2014)
Literature adaptation based on the novel by Markus Zusak. During the Second World War, foster child Liesel finds a new family and survives the war. Starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Heike Makatsch and others
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014)
Tragic comedy by cult director Wes Anderson. The film is set between the two World Wars in the fictitious Republic of Zubrowka. At its centre is the famous Grand Budapest Hotel and its protagonists concierge Gustave and his lobby boy Zero. Awarded with four Oscars. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray and others
DIE LETZTE INSTANZ (2014)
ZDF production of the crime novel by Elisabeth Hermann. Lawyer Vernau investigates a murder, which will take him to Görlitz. Starring Jan Josef Liefers, Gudrun Ritter, Udo Samel and others
ZUM GEBURTSTAG (2013)
First film shot by the French director Denis Dercourt in Germany. The film is about a pact between two men, which is to be honoured after 30 years. Starring Mark Waschke, Sylvester Groth, Marie Bäumer and others
DER TURM (THE TOWER) (2012)
Two-part television production for ARD based upon a novel by Uwe Tellkamp. It tells the story of an educated middle-class family in Dresden between 1982 and 1989. Starring Jan Josef Liefers, Claudia Michelsen, Götz Schubert and others
DIE VERMESSUNG DER WELT (MEASURING THE WORLD) (2012)
German-Austrian 3D film adaptation of the novel with the same title by Daniel Kehlmann about the two geniuses Carl Friedrich Gauß and Alexander von Humboldt, who set out to explore the world at the beginning of the 19th century. Starring Florian David Fitz, Albrecht Schuch, Katharina Thalbach and others
Sophisticated Australian-German co-production based upon the novel „The dark room” by Rachel Seiffert. At the end of the Second World War, Lore goes on a journey with her siblings and will break with her beliefs at the end of it. Starring Saskia Rosendahl, Kai Malina, Eva-Maria Hagen and others
NICHT MIT MIR LIEBLING (2011)
A funny romantic comedy about the struggle of the sexes by Thomas Nennstiel, produced for ARD. Starring Ursula Karven, Hans-Werner Meyer and others
A dramatic love story by Philipp Stölzl. The film tells the story about the summer of 1772 when young Goethe fell in love with Charlotte Buff. Starring Alexander Fehling, Miriam Stein, Moritz Bleibtreu and others
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (2009)
Film by Quentin Tarantino. The story is set in the Second World War. This is the fictitious story about the Inglorious Basterds. Awarded with an Oscar. Starring Christoph Waltz, Daniel Brühl, Brad Pitt and others
THE READER (2009)
Film adaptation of the novel by Bernhard Schlink about the unusual relationship between a 15-year old student and a woman 20 years older than him. Awarded with an Oscar. Starring Kate Winslet, David Kross, Ralph Fiennes and others
IN 80 DAYS AROUND THE WORLD (2004)
Action comedy based on Jule Verne’s novel “Around the world in 80 days” with the crazy adventurers Phileas Fogg and Passpartout. Starring Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Owen Wilson and others
2007: Giganten - Einstein - Superstar der Wissenschaft
2006: Karol Wojtyla - Geheimnisse eines Papstes
2003: Die Frau des Architekten
1998: Wege in die Nacht
1997: Das 7. Jahr - Ansichten zur Lage der Nation
1994: Bruder Lustig, Polizeiruf 110
1993: Grange Hill
1985: Ernst Thälmann
1985: Flug des Falken
1980: Gevatter Tod
1977: Über sieben Brücken musst du gehen
1969: Jeder stirbt für sich allein
1962: An französischen Kaminen
1961: Der Tod hat ein Gesicht
1954: Der Ochse von Kulm
Ralph Fiennes, Actor, „The Grand Budapest Hotel“ (2013) and„ The Reader“ (2008)
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