Female Filmmakers Surge Forward in Germany, But Still Face Obstacles

Four feature films by German filmmakers screened at the Toronto Film Festival, and three of them were directed by women – Angela Schanelec’s “I Was at Home, But…,” winner of the Berlinale’s best director prize, Ina Weisse’s “The Audition,” and Katrin Gebbe’s “Pelican Blood,” the latter two both starring Nina Hoss.

Germany’s Oscar entry this year, “System Crasher,” also has a female helmer.“It’s a good time for female filmmakers… at least in Germany,” says Nora Fingscheidt, the director of “System Crasher,” which won a Silver Bear at Berlin.

After the festival she received 35 scripts to consider, and is now working on a major project, as yet under wraps, for a global studio.

The film’s child star, Helena Zengel, has just been cast to play opposite Tom Hanks in Paul Greengrass’ “News of the World.”Fingscheidt says that being a woman – at least in

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