Fruitmarket Arts And Media is a multi award winning film production company based in Cologne, Germany. Since its foundation in 2004, Fruitmarket has produced numerous theatrical documentaries, series and transmedia projects with acclaimed directors like David Bernet, Uli Gaulke, Dan Gordon, Tonje Hessen Schei, Michael Madsen, Florian Opitz, Milo Rau, Yasemin Samdereli, Enrique Sánchez Lansch, Marcus Vetter and Arne Birkenstock.
Our productions have been awarded with numerous national film awards and were successful worlwide in box office, television, platforms and festivals like Berlinale, Venice, IFF Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, Sheffield, HotDocs, Locarno, IDFA, DokLeipzig, GZ Doc, Montreal, Yamagata and others. We cooproduce with broadcasters, platforms, financing-, distribution- and coproduction partners from all over the world, bring together strong international teams with experienced talents and develop new distribution and marketing strategies for documentaries.
Latest release has been “THE NEW GOSPEL” (Venice IFF, Locarno IFF, IDFA, Swiss Film Award) by Milo Rau. Currently we have two documentary series for stream and broadcast and five theatrical documentaries by award winning directors in production and post production.
THE NEW GOSPEL 2020
Genre: Documentary Feature, hybrid
Director: Milo Rau
Screenplay: Milo Rau
Cast: Yvan Sagnet, Papa Latyr Faye, Samuel Jacobs, Yussif Bamba, Jeremiah Akhere Ogbeide, Mbaye Ndaye, Kadir Alhaji Nasir, Ali Soumaila, Vito Castoro, Marie Antoinette Eyango, Anthony Nwachukwu, Mohammed Souleiman, Alexander Kwaku Marfo and many others and Marcello Fonte, Enrique Irazoqui, Maia Morgenstern with the Voice and the songs of Vinicio Capossela
What would Jesus preach in the 21st century? Who would his disciples be? And how would today’s bearers of secular and spiritual power respond to the return and provocations of the most influential prophet and social revolutionary in human history? With “THE NEW GOSPEL”, Milo Rau is staging a “Revolt of Dignity”. Led by political activist Yvan Sagnet, the movement is fighting for the rights of migrants who came to Europe across the Mediterranean to be enslaved on the tomato fields in southern Italy and to live in ghettos under inhumane conditions. The director and his team return to the origins of the gospel and stage it as a passion play of an entire civilization. In Matera, southern Italy, where the great Jesus films from Pasolini to Gibson were shot, an authentically political as well as theatrical and cinematic “New Gospel” emerges for the 21st century. A manifesto of solidarity with the poorest, a revolt for a more humane world.
Venice, Locarno, IDFA int. competition, Swiss Film Award Best Documentary, nomination German Documentary Award, nomination German Editing Award
TOGETHER FOREVER - DIE NACHT DER NACHTE / THE NIGHT OF ALL NIGHTS 2018
Genre: Documentary / Animation
Director: Yasemin Samdereli
Screenplay: Yasemin Samdereli / Nesrin Samdereli
Cast: Hildegard Rotthäuser as Self, Heinz Rotthäuser as Self, Kamala Nagarayya as Self, Hampana Nagarayya as Self, Shigeko Sugihara as Self, Isao Sugihara as Self, Norman MacArthur as Self, Bill Novak as Self
Four couples, each together for over 50 years, share their secrets for long-lasting love. A Japanese pair forced to marry, an Indian inter-caste love marriage, a prickly German union and a gay couple from the United States show how their partnerships have evolved over a lifetime. In a series of When Harry Met Sally–style interviews, the couples speak openly and honestly about sex, commitment, aging and what it means to be with the same person for over half a century; what brought them together and keeps them together; and the one thing all of the relationships have in common. Featuring claymation from award-winning animator Izabela Plucinska, director Yasemin Samdereli exhibits an uncanny ability to bring each couple's love and humour to the screen. She pieces together a delightfully satisfying portrait of romantic partnership, intimacy and affection seen through four different cultures and styles of expression.
Bavarian Film Award "Best Documentary" 2018
International Premiere - Hot Docs, Canada (2018)
EBS Int. Documentary Festival (EIDF), South Korea (2018)
Bergen IFF, Norway (2018)
Golden Kapok Competition Guangzhou IDFF, China (2019)
ReFrame, Canada (2019)
Fargo Film Festival, North Dakota, USA (2019)
Europe on Screen, Indonesia (2019)
Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Poland (2019)
Shanghai IFF, China (2019)
BELTRACCHI - THE ART OF FORGERY 2014
Director: Arne Birkenstock
Screenplay: Arne Birkenstock
Cast: Wolfgang Beltracchi Helene Beltracchi
A mesmerizing, thought-provoking yet surprisingly amusing documentary on the life and times of Wolfgang Beltracchi, who tricked the international art world for nearly 40 years by forging and selling paintings of early 20th-century masters. A larger-than-life personality who was responsible for the biggest art forgery scandal of the postwar era.
German Film Award Lola 2014 "Best Documentary"