Inspired by ‘Poor Things’ and ‘The Zone of Interest,’ Edward Berger Wants to Bring Film4 Model to Germany

Remarking on the sterling success of Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Poor Things” in Venice and of Jonathan Glazer’s “The Zone of Interest” in Cannes, “All Quiet on the Western Front” director Edward Berger has noticed a trend – and he hopes to apply that recognition back to the German industry.“Film4 came and took [filmmakers like Jonathan Glazer,] Yorgos Lanthimos and Steve McQueen and gave them the opportunity, fostering them and sheltering them and [helping] them make their movies — and look where they are now,” said Berger at a Venice Film Festival panel.

(See the interview with Variety critic Guy Lodge here).

“And I think there’s an opportunity for us in Germany to build something like that with limited public funds, to learn from the English model and to support young filmmakers.”Backed by the U.K.’s Channel Four Television Company, Film4 does indeed play in a major role in the British industry, supporting 10 – 12 films…

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