Remembering the friendly collaboration with "France-Azur" company based in Cannes ( Jean-Jacques Logeais), the de Hadeln family welcomed the new year with a left over bottle of Piper-Heidsieck champaign sponsored for their last Berlinale in 2001. Happy New Year to all !
September 9 to 19, Toronto
"de Hadeln & Partners" attended the 35th Toronto International Film Festival from September 9 to 19 and were fascinated by the new "Lightbox" and the exhibition on the 100 best films, not without being nicely surprised by the choice of "The Passion of Joan of Arc" (1928) by Danish director Carl T. Dreyer as the best film ever.
August 5 to 8, 2010 – Locarno
Moritz and Erika de Hadeln attended the 63rd Locarno International Film Festival from August 5 to 8 as guest of its president, Marco Solari. This was the first event headed by Olivier Père who gave to the festival a refreshing uplift. It was also the occasion for us to meet with Luciano Barisone, the newly appointed head of the Nyon documentary festival.
July 4 to 9, 2010 - Karlovy Vary
“de Hadeln & Partners” was once more present as guest at the 45th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic. This festival remains a major film event for East European cinematographies, especially since the Moscow film festival, with which it once alternated, no longer fulfils this role.
June 24, 2010 - Gland
Getting into Swiss politics: In a secret ballot (46 favorable votes out of 66), Moritz de Hadeln has been elected 2nd Vice-President of the Town Council of Gland, the town of11'500 inhabitants where he lives since 1967.
June 20, 2010 - Zurich
The young “Cinexe AG” company from Zurich, specializing in V.O.D., has been authorized to state that they are presently negotiating with “de Hadeln & Partners” as advisor and editor for their film acquisitions. As video on demand, with the technical progress of computers and broadband is becoming a reality, many technologies and companies are beginning to appear on the web. Thus, “de Hadeln & Partners”, although favouring more traditional screening technologies, can not ignore these new channels of distribution. “Cinexe AG” furthermore is focusing foremost on European and quality films.
May 11 to 20, 2010 - Cannes
As guests of Jérôme Paillard's Market , “de Hadeln & Partners” was once more on the Croisette meeting old and new friends and business partners, not to mention the many screenings they attended. One feels somehow this year in Cannes the end of an era for traditional festivals, sign among others the departure of many established and respected film critics from their trade publications, the faster distribution pattern companies adopt and the invasion of digital products. In this changing landscape, Thierry Frémaux deserves our respect for attempting to guide his event towards new horizons and this year's “Palme d'Or” is probably a clue among many as to what the future could be.
Particularly moving for Moritz and Erika was the evening passed in company of Peggy Chiao and Xie Fei together with several of their film students, during the Taiwan reception at the Carlton Beach – a reception which was in contrast with the austere German reception a few days later at the same location...
April 15 to 21, 2010 - Nyon
The de Hadeln's attended several screenings of the “Visions du Réel” in Nyon (Switzerland) headed for the last time by Jean Perret. He will be replaced next year my Luciano Barisone, at present head of the “Festival dei Popoli” in Florence. It is to be hoped that the new president of the festival's board of directors, Claude Ruey - son of the former president of the festival when Moritz and Erika directed the event, will see to it that the roots of the event before the Perret era will again be recognized and duly mentioned.
March 27, 2010
Upon proposal from it's board of directors, le general assembly of the “Swiss Association of Screenwriters and Filmmakers (ARF/FDS)”, elected Moritz de Hadeln as one of its members. In fact his membership was only reinstalled as he already was a member of this association in the 60s and 70s until left wing filmmakers refused to grant him the honorary membership at the time when in Berlin, loyalties among participants were divided between the Gregor's International Forum and the main event under his responsibility. Moritz de Hadeln had directed several documentaries in the 60s and was linked to the early stage of the new Swiss cinema.
March 8, 2010
After extensive research, the biography of the art historian Baron Detlev von Hadeln (1888-1935), Moritz grand father was published on this site. It is the first time his extensive bibliography is made public. Nevertheless, this biography will remain for some time a work in progress.
February 11 to 20, 2010 - Berlin
As guests of Dieter Kosslick, we participated at the jubilee 60th International Berlin Film Festival. In spite of the freezing weather and iced streets and pavements, our visit remained the occasion to meet once again many friends and business partners. After last year's slow down, the market (EFM) seemed to pick up momentum as business was flourishing. But the festival left us puzzled as to where its orientation is leading. For details, go to our attached Chronicle only one click away.
January 22-30, 2010 - Bari
Moritz de Hadeln was invited as jury member at the Bari International Film Festival ( BIF&ST) dedicated to Italian cinema. This year's jury was presided by the German film-maker Margarethe von Trotta. For more information login to http://www.bifest.it/
January 1st, 2010
First day for this new site to be online. After weeks of intense work, this website received a total face-lifting and has been completed with news about the second company the de Hadelns cure, “de Hadeln & Cie, Fine Art Publishing”, a company originally created by Moritz' parents in Florence, Italy and transferred to Switzerland in 1978.
December 14, 2009 - Bari
Moritz de Hadeln was invited by the University of Bari (Italy), on the initiative of Felice Laudadio, to speak to his students about the different aspects involved in the organisation of an international film festival. He was introduced by Prof. Stefano Bronzini and by Oscar Iarussi, film critic and head of the Puglie Film Commission. Some 150 students took part in the meeting.
With the opening of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 and the forthcoming 60th Berlinale next February, Moritz de Hadeln has been submerged with requests for interviews as witness or actor of past events. It all started in Munich in July with the taping of some four hours of memories on the festival between 1979 and 2001, to provide material for a film being prepared for ARTE television .Then came the request from the critic and historian Peter Cowie, who has been charged by Dieter Kosslick to prepare a publication for the 60 years of the festival. Meanwhile, Moritz de Hadeln was asked for an interview with Radio France Internationalle, with the German Deutschlandfunk (DLF) Radio and participated in a one hour live broadcast with Patrick Ferla in his program “Presque Rien sur Presque Tout” on the first channel of Swiss Radio (RSR). Finally, Progress-Film, that cures the archives of the GDR feature film production, requested an extensive article on the history of relations between the East German Film authorities and the festival, between 1979 to 1990.
August 6 to 9, 2009 - Locarno
“de Hadeln & Partners” were present at the traditional Swiss event, the 62nd Locarno International Film Festival (August 5 to 15, 2009). Moritz de Hadeln was invited to give an extended interview on the festival's future and the state of Swiss cinema to the "Popolo e Libertà" newspaper.
July 12, 2009 - Munich
Moritz de Hadeln gave an interview to a team of “Zero fiction film GmbH” from Berlin, relating episodes of his 22 years as head of the Berlinale. This material is to be used in a film prepared for ARTE channel for the 60 years anniversary of the event. Part of the interview was made in the company of director Reinhard Hauff, talking of the events that surrounded the screening of his film “Stammheim” in 1986 as well as the difficult relations the event had with German filmmakers in the early eighties.
July 6 to 11, 2009 - Karlovy Vary
As guests, Moritz and Erika de Hadeln attended the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic. This was the opportunity to meet many old and new acquaintances, update their information on many issues and view films of great interest, some already presented in other festivals, others new. At each time they visited this event, they were impressed by its perfect organisation and the crowds attending each screening.
June 20 to 30, 2009 - Rabat
Moritz de Hadeln was invited to chair the international jury of the 15th “Rabat International Festival of Films d'Auteur”. The other members of the jury were Jawad Assadi (Irak), Tanvir Mokammel (Bangladesh), Layla Chaouni and Farid Belkahia (Morocco). Unanimously, the jury gave the award for the best film to the Russian director Yuri Mamin for his film “Don't think of the white monkeys”. Other prizes went to the Iraqi director Abbas Fadel for his film « The dawn of the World” and to the Swiss Ursula Meyer for her film “Home”. Unfortunately, the festival was rather disorganized and hardly visited by the local public. This regrettable situation was underlined by the jury in its statement, read on stage at the closing ceremony [jury statement].
May 16, 2009 - Cannes/Porto
After a meeting in Cannes, it was agreed that ”de Hadeln & Partners” advised “Realizar_impact_Marketing” in Porto (Portugal), to create a film event to take place in the Douro Valley where the Port wine is produced, a region cherished by film director Oliveira. The event, decentralized in several locations of the valley and called “Douro Film Harvest”, took place from September 9 to 11, 2009“. The film selection and programming, was cured by Salvato Telles de Menezes.
May 13 to 19, 2009 - Cannes
As usual, “de Hadeln & Partners” attended this years Cannes Film Festival and its "Marché du Film" where they took part in many meetings and attended screenings.
April 23 to 29, 2009 - Nyon
The documentary film festival “Visions du Réel” has celebrated this year its 15th birthday that coincides with the 40th birthday of the original event, the “International Documentary Film Festival”, founded by Erika and Moritz in 1969 and headed by them for 25 years. Both attended the event, now under the responsibility of film critic Jean Perret. On April 25th, during the official celebration evening, they both remembered in a speech the early years of adventure, paying tribute to those who strongly supported them.
March 14 to 21, 2009 - Fribourg
Without a continuous presence on the spot, Moritz and Erika visited several days this interesting Third World film event that year after year has succeeded in capturing the attention of specialists interested in offbeat cinematographies from South America, Asia and Africa. This year's event offered among others a strong Indian presence.
February 20 to 15, 2009 - Khanty-Mansiysk (Siberia)
Moritz de Hadeln was invited as jury member to this original event devoted to début films. He was accompanied by Erika. Temperatures never went above -20°C. During their stay, both admired the frozen nature of this rich autonomous region, one of the main producers of Russian oil and gas. Nevertheless, due to the economical situation, the event had to be shortened of one day at the last moment. The selection, cured by Andrey Plakhov was remarkably interesting even if it lacked any real discovery. The first prize was awarded to the Slovak film “Blind Loves” by Juraj Lehotsky, the second to the Argentine film “Lluvia (Rain)” by Paula Hernandez while the Russian film “Russia 88” by Pavel Bardin created quite a controversy in it's treatment of local neo-Nazi and hooligans and ended up by receiving a special jury award after heated discussions.
February 5 to 14, 2009 - Berlin
As guest of the event, “de Hadeln & Partners” attended again this giga-festival that Moritz headed from 1980 to 2001. It might be a matter of opinion, but over the last years the event seems to have grown out of all proportions losing the easiness it used to have in meeting participants.
January 21 to 23, 2009 - Solothurn
Moritz and Erika attended this traditional winter showcase devoted to Swiss cinema., its informative value could not be underestimated. Swiss cinema is crossing difficult times, not that talent is missing in the country, but due to structural reasons last but not least the frequent disagreements on the role of the federal government in distributing its subsidies. The country being linguistically divided and hardly disposing of a large audience to cover production costs, co-productions and European help remain an unavoidable key to survival.
October 31 to November 12, 2008 - Damascus
For the third time, Moritz and Erika were generously invited to attend the “Damascus International Film Festival”, after visiting it in 2003, and 2005. Undoubtedly, with the growing importance of Syria in the regional political arena, the festival is gaining in importance in spite of some organization problems still to be mastered. This was the theme of a one hour friendly meeting on November 9 with Mohamad Al-Ahmad and Rafat Charkas, respectively President and General Manager of the event, more so that the festival hopes to achieve FIAPF recognition. Other interesting get-together took place among other with Nabil Maleh, Joud Saïd, Samir Farid, and the talented sculptor Mustafa Ali. On the occasion of this year's festival, a Swiss film week was organized and inaugurated by Swiss ambassador Martin Aeschbacher in the presence of Nicolas Bideau, head of the Swiss federal film office.
August 6 to 11, 2008 - Locarno
de Hadeln & Partners will be present at the 61st Locarno International Film Festival, ready to meet friends, talk business...and screen films
June 28 to July 7, 2008 - Bucharest
Moritz de Hadeln has been invited to chair the International Jury of the 2nd Bucharest International Film Festival (Romania). On this occasion, it is to be reminded that Moritz mother, born Balaceanu - who made a remarkable career as a painter and a sculptor, was of Romanian origins and still has relatives in the country.