19. Januar 2009

Munich, 17 January 2009. JOHN RABE, the new film by Oscar winner Florian Gallenberger, has received two prestigious Bavarian Film Awards. The producers Jan Mojto (EOS Entertainment), Mischa Hofmann (Hofmann & Voges) and Benjamin Herrmann (Majestic Filmproduktion) obtained the Best Film Award, and Ulrich Tukur (THE LIVES OF OTHERS) was honoured with the award as Best Actor for his lead role as John Rabe. JOHN RABE will be celebrating its international premiere at this year's Berlin Film Festival, where it is being screened out of competition as a gala-presentation in the "Berlinale Specials" section.


In his film Oscar award-winner Florian Gallenberger (QUIERO SER [I WANT TO BE...]) relates the true story of a German Siemens manager in the then Chinese capital of Nanking who in 1937 saved about 250,000 civilians from being slaughtered by Japanese soldiers during the Sino-Japanese War. The film is based on the diaries of the "Schindler of China" (New York Times), who to this day is revered as a saint in China, but was practically forgotten in Germany. Starring alongside Ulrich Tukur are Steve Buscemi (FARGO, ARMAGEDDON), Anne Consigny (THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY), Chinese shooting star Zhang Jingchu (RUSH HOUR 3), Japan's Akira Emoto (SHALL WE DANCE) and Daniel Bruehl (INGLORIOUS BASTERDS, GOOD BYE, LENIN!). Beta Cinema is handling world sales.