Study: There Is Significant Gender Disparity in German Film and Television

Maria Furtwängler, who initiated the study, in the film “The Weather Inside

Don’t let “Toni Erdmann’s” success fool you: Gender inequality persists in German movies and TV. Per The Hollywood Reporter, a recent study from University of Rostock concluded that “women are sharply under-represented in German media, whether in fiction or on the news, and older women are nearly invisible.” The study’s authors made this statement after evaluating 3,000 hours of German television from 2016 and 800 hours of German-language movies released since 2011.

Actress Maria Furtwängler (Isabelle Stever’s “The Weather Inside,” “Tatort”) requested the study, the first one focusing on gender representation to be conducted in Germany in over 20 years. Furtwängler believes that hard numbers are needed to fully grasp “the enormous power of television and film to transport gender image.” Before the University of Rostock’s research, Germany “lacked the concrete data to illustrate the gender gap,” THR adds.

The study found that 67 percent of main protagonists on German TV series are male. Men comprise 58 percent of film protagonists. “The biggest gender gap is in children’s television, where nearly three quarters (72 percent) of all on-air characters, real or fictional, are male, compared to just 28 percent female,” THR notes. “Even cartoons are mainly macho, with 87 percent of all talking animals animated by a male voice.”

Women fare best in daily soap operas, according to the research. Fifty-two percent of soaps’ main characters are female.

In addition to the overall gender gap, women over 30 are being erased on German screens. After actors reach their mid-30s, there is a sudden decrease in the amount of female characters available. “Men in their 40s are twice as likely to play a lead role in a German film or TV series than a woman of equivalent age,” THR reports. “Men 50 or older are three times as likely to be the star.”

Check out the University of Rostock study’s highlights below, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.

Researchers studied 3,000+ hours of German TV from 2016 and 800+ hours of German-language cinema from the previous six years, examining the number of women versus men onscreen and their roles. The study considered narrative TV series and feature films as well as news, current affairs coverage, and non-fictional programming.Men represent 67 percent of the main protagonists on TV (leads in TV series, news anchors, or game show presenters).Women comprise 33 percent of main TV protagonists.In film 58 percent of leads are male, compared to 42 percent female.Children’s TV features the widest gender gap. 72 percent of all on-air characters are male. 28 percent are female.Women comprise 52 percent of main characters on daily soaps and telenovelas. “[That’s the] only genre, on film or TV, where a true 50–50 gender balance was found.”Men in their 40s are twice as likely to lead a film or series than women in their 40s. Men in their 50s are three times as likely as their female counterparts to topline a project.

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Efp reveals Busan 2015 line-up

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Efp reveals Busan 2015 line-up
European Film Promotion (Efp) has unveiled the list of titles it will support at this year’s Busan International Film Festival (Oct 1-10) in South Korea.

It marks the 18th year that Efp has supported cultural exchange between European filmmakers and Korean audiences as well as helping European films find their way onto Asia’s screens.

Efp’s programme, Opening Doors, is backed by the Creative Europe – Media Programme of the European Union and participating Efp member organisations.

A total of 13 mostly young European film artists will travel to Busan with the support of Efp to present their titles at the Asian film showcase.

Several of the films have already been recognised this year on the film festival circuit.

Babai, the feature debut of Kosovo-born, Germany-based filmmaker Visar Morina won best director at Karlovy Vary in July. The film tells a father-and-son-story of unwanted economic migrants.

Adriano Valerio’s debut film, Banat, about
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Cannes: Efp names 20 Producers on the Move

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Denmark’s Katja Adomeit and Germany’s Ingmar Trost among upcoming European producers set to be showcased at Cannes.Scroll down for full list

European Film Promotion (Efp) has selected 20 emerging young European producers for the 16th edition of its Producers on the Move networking initiative, which will be held during the upcoming Cannes Film Festival from May 15-18.

The 2014 selection includes Danish producer Katja Adomeit, who produced and co-directed the hybrid film Not At Home with the Afghan director Shahrbanoo Sadat as well as co-producing Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure as a freelancer for the Copenhagen office of Philippe Bober’s The Coproduction Office.

Cologne-based Ingmar Trost of Sutor Kolonko has also been selected. His credits include Ilian Metev’s award-winniıng documentary Sofıa’s Last Ambulance, Latvian director Juris Kursietis’ Modrıs and Ingo Haeb’s The Chambermaid Lynn, and he has just completed production of his third feature, Isabelle Stever’s The Weather Inside.

Lithuania will be
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Crossroads, I Wake Up Dreaming, VHS and More

"Fifty years ago this July," begins Michael Fox in the Sf Weekly, "Bruce Baillie and Chick Strand set up a sheet in their backyard in the California town of Canyon to project avant-garde films. This low-key, lo-fi setup, fortified with red wine, became a weekly bastion for filmmakers as well as their associates, friends, and lovers. Baillie and Strand went on (separately) to make landmark experimental films while shepherding their small artistic and social scene into incarnations that continue to thrive today: San Francisco Cinematheque (exhibition) and Canyon Cinema (distribution). The second annual Crossroads Festival launches tonight with Radical Light: Cinematheque at 50, part of a program honoring the Bay Area’s broad, important, and entertaining history of avant-garde filmmaking."

"Opening night includes at least one city symphony (Timoleon Wilkins' Chinatown Sketch), a form expanded upon in several subsequent Crossroads shows," notes Max Goldberg in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. "Jeanne
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San Francisco International Film Festival: The Women

The San Francisco International Film Festival takes place April 21 - May 5. There are a bunch of women directed films on the docket. They are listed below. Ticket are on sale now here. Producer Christine Vachon will be giving a State of the Cinema talk on April 24. American Teacher, Vanessa Roth, USA The Arbor, Clio Barnard, England At Ellen’s Age, Pia Marais, Germany Attenberg, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greece The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, Marie Losier, USA Better This World, Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway, USA Blessed Events, Isabelle Stever, Germany Cinema Komunisto, Mila Turajlic,…
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BFI London Film Festival 2010 Full Line Up & Dates Announced

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The full line up for the 54th BFI London Film Festival was announced in the Odeon, Leicester Square this morning, with a number of highly anticipated films set to light up the capital this October.

The festival runs from the 13th to the 28th of October and will begin with Mark Romanek’s adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s haunting masterpiece Never Let Me Go, and will close with Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours which stars James Franco.

Announcing the roster were Artistic Director Sandra Hebron and the Director of the British Film Institute, Amanda Nevill.

HeyUGuys will be all over the festival this year, it looks like it will be one to remember.

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The 54Th BFI London Film Festival Programme Launch

London, Wednesday 8 September: The programme for the 54th BFI London Film Festival, launched today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, showcases an array of
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Tiff 2010: 104 films added to complete lineup

Wow, that's a lot of flicks. Everything from Peter Mullan's Neds to Benedek Fliegauf's Womb (that's right, it's a trailer!) to more Greek weirdness in Athena Tsangari's Attenberg. I wish I was going.

It's late so I'm not writing much of a post here.. Maybe I'll update tomorrow.

Full list after the break via Variety.

Contemporary World Cinema

(World preems)

* "Home for Christmas," Bent Hamer (Norway/Germany/Sweden)

* "Behind Blue Skies," Hannes Holm (Sweden)

* "Even The Rain," Iciar Bollain (Spain/France/Mexico)

* "The First Grader," Justin Chadwick (I.K.)

* "Neds," Peter Mullan (U.K./France/Italy)

* "White Irish Drinkers," John Gray (U.S.)

* "22nd of May," Koen Mortier (Belgium)

* "African United," Deb Gardner-Paterson (U.K.)

* "Blessed Events," Isabelle Stever (Germany)

* "The Edge," Alexey Uchitel (Russia)

* "Jucy," Louise Alston (Australia)

* "Lapland Odyssey," Dome Karukoski (Finland)

* "Late Autumn," Kim Teo-Yong (South Korea)

* "Matariki" Michael Bennet (New Zealand)

* "Tracker" Ian Sharp (U.
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The Complete 2010 Toronto International Film Festival Line-up

Rachel Weisz in The Whistleblower The Toronto International Film Festival has added even more films to their line-up today as the complete line-up was announced, which ended up causing the festival's server to crash, but I was lucky enough to get in and get out before missing out on the information.

First off, the festival's Mavericks line-up is quite interesting, which includes a series of guest presentations and this year will see Edward Norton interview Bruce Springsteen, NBA All-Star and native Canadian Steve Nash will present his hour-long film Into the Wind, Apichatpong Weerasethakul will talk with the audience as his Cannes Palm d'Or-winning film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives was just added to the Masters programme, Ken Loach and Paul Laverty will be interviewed by Michael Moore on politics and cinema and Philip Seymour Hoffman will have his own panel. Also on hand will be Bill Gates,
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Carancho, Bad Faith, 22Nd Of May And More Headline The Tiff 2010 Contemporary World Cinema Program!

The sophomore film from the director of Ex Drummer, Swedish thriller Bad Faith, Pablo Trapero's Carancho (my personal favorite film from Cannes 2010), Tsui Hark's Detective Dee, Tom Tykwer's Three and a host of others populate one of the more exciting lineups for the Tiff Contemporary World Cinema Program in recent years. Here's the complete lineup:

22nd of May Koen Mortier, Belgium World Premiere

The director of Ex-Drummer returns with an artful meditation on political violence. A security guard fails to prevent a horrific explosion in a shopping mall, then lives through the aftermath as a series of overlapping what-ifs.

Africa United Debs Gardner-Paterson, United Kingdom World Premiere

Africa United tells the extraordinary story of three Rwandan children and their bid to achieve their lifelong dream - to take part in the opening ceremony of the 2010 Football World Cup in Johannesburg.

Aftershock Feng Xiaogang, China North American Premiere
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Berlinale 09: More competition and Panorama titles

With the addition of the following 26 titles (14 of which have been invited), the competition section is almost completed. You'll notice the kid with wings flick Ricky by Francois Ozon that we reported on earlier. Also having it's world premier is Mitchell Lichtenstein's (Teeth) newest film Happy Tears which sounds nothing it's predecessor (a genre piece) as it's a family drama.

You can check out the list after the break.

Competition (some out)

Cheri UK

By Stephen Frears (The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons)

With Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Rupert Friend, Felicity Jones

World premiere

Darbareye Elly (About Elly) Iran

By Asghar Farhadi (Fireworks Wednesday)

With Golshifteh Farahani, Taraneh Alidousti, Mani Haghighi

World premiere

Deutschland 09 Germany - Out of Competition

Compilation film by Fatih Akin, Tom Tykwer, Wolfgang Becker, Sylke Enders, Dominik Graf, Romuald Karmakar, Nicolette Krebitz, Isabelle Stever, Hans Steinbichler, Hans Weingartner, Christoph Hochhäusler, Dani Levy and Angela Schanelec

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