The programme consists of four Bulgarian productions (or films with Bulgarian participation in them) and eight international, exclusively European productions: The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner, a joint production from Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia; Volver from Spain; Gegen die Wand
from Germany; Zift from Bulgaria, Goodbye Lenin from Germany; Palermo Shooting from Germany, Italy and France; When I Grow Up, I'll be a Kangaroo, from Serbia, Sansa from France and Spain, Georgi and the Butterflies from Bulgaria, Billy Elliot from the UK, Seamstresses from Bulgaria and, finally, the Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain from France and Germany.
"It s extraordinarily difficult to measure art in any way," said Akin, 34, whose 2003 film "Gegen die Wand
" (Head-On) also drew international accolades.
Akin, born in Hamburg to Turkish parentage, became the first German filmmaker to capture the Golden Bear in two decades with Gegen die Wand
(Head On), his dramatic and timely portrait of love and cultural collision.
Though the Akin works do not include his most recent, the movies being screened do reflect something of his versatility -- from his 2000 comic road move "Im Juli" to the brilliantly abrasive "Gegen die Wand
" (2004) to his musical documentary "Crossing the Bridge" (2005).
His next feature film, "Head On" (Gegen Die Wand
), was received with great success on the international festival circuit, taking the Golden Bear in Berlin, and the Best Film and Audience Award at the European Film Awards.