X FILME Creative pool


Company Profile


When producer Stefan Arndt and directors Wolfgang Becker, Dani Levy and Tom Tykwer got together in 1994 in order to found their mutual production company X Filme Creative Pool, the thought behind it was that in pooling their resources, they could be stronger, and could create a platform for diversity ideas. They modelled themselves on «United Artists» with the aim of producing challenging (audience) films - or as «Variety» called them: «smart movies people want to see.»

These films have been awarded numerous prizes and have scored considerable success in cinemas and foreign sales, which proves the merit in the idea of producing German films which are both challenging and accessible for an international audience. Lately, Michael Haneke’s AMOUR (winning the ACADEMY AWARD for best foreign language film and receiving FOUR ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS, as well as numerous additional awards including the PALME D’OR and the GOLDEN GLOBE) and THE WHITE RIBBON, met this claim (winning the PALME D’OR in Cannes, the GOLDEN GLOBE as well as GERMAN and EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS), and so does the X Filme production CLOUD ATLAS. Directed by Tom Tykwer and Lana & Andy Wachowski, this production (being the most expensive independently financed European production) proves that there is no need to go to Hollywood in order to produce remarkable international feature films.

X Verleih distribution company was founded in 2000, taking care of marketing and distribution – in cinemas, on DVD or VoD, always striving to find new and unusual ways and cooperations. X Filme are made from the same mould – from conception to production to distribution.

X Filme and X Verleih are currently made up of more than 40 people, who continually work in friendly dispute towards creating a label for good films. A label which doesn’t represent one individual film but which creates a reliable and recognisable name (particularly for normal audiences) from all its films – international co-productions, major German feature films or high-quality TV productions.

Company Highlights



Format:           TV series
Director:         Tom Tykwer, Henk Handloegten, Achim von Borries
Screenplay:     Tom Tykwer, Henk Handloegten, Achim von Borries

Cast:                Volker Bruch, Liv Lisa Fries, Peter Kurth

Berlin in the Roaring Twenties: It is a metropolis for those with talent and ambition, for those in a hustle. It is BABYLON BERLIN. But beneath the glittering surface, the impoverished masses strive for a better life. It is a time of organized crime and political extremism. The old militaristic elites have not yet abdicated, while an even more dreadful monster starts flexing its muscles.
Gereon, a Cologne police officer, is new to the vice squad at the Red Fort, Berlin’s monumental police headquarters. Though calm and sincere at first sight, he carries a haunting burden.
The squad is headed by Bruno Wolter, a loyal and caring colleague, whose hidden agenda becomes a serious threat.
Caught between these two men is Charlotte, a bright young woman struggling to improve her family’s miserable living conditions and is leading a double life.
When a freight train from the young Soviet Union arrives, it draws attention from many corners: to some, its treasure is the key to political power, to others it secures a life in freedom and wealth, but first and foremost it is a deadly trap to everyone trying to approach it.

9 German Television Awards
European Film Awards for Best European Achievement in Fiction Series 2019

FRANTZ  2016

Format:           Drama

Director:         Francois Ozon

Screenplay:     Francois Ozon, Philippe Piazzo

Cast:                Pierre Niney, Paula Beer

In a small German town after World War I, Anna mourns daily at the grave of her fiancé Frantz, killed in battle in France. One day a young Frenchman, Adrien, also lays flowers at the grave. His presence so soon after the German defeat enflames passions.

In Competition at Venice Intl FF 2016
Paula Beer received Marcello Mastroianni Award (Best Young Actress) at Venice Intl FF 2016
César Award 2017 for Best Cinematography (Pascal Marti) etc.



AMOUR  2012

Format:           Drama

Director:         Michael Haneke

Screenplay:     Michael Haneke

Cast:                Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert

Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested.

Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 2013
Palme d’or at Cannes Film Festival 2012 etc.



Format:           Action / Drama / Mystery

Director:         Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, Tom Tykwer

Screenplay:     Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, Tom Tykwer

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

5 German Film Awards 2013

2017 - HAPPY END



2016 - JUNCTION 48


2014 - A hologram for the king

2013 - The dark valley


2012 - Cloud atlas

2012 - Amour

2010 - Three

2009 - The White Ribbon

2007 - My führer

2004 - Agnes & his brother

2004 - Soundless

2004 - Love in thoughts

2003 - Good bye lenin!

2002 - Heaven

2000 - The princess and the warrior

1999 - Absolute giganten

1998 - Lola rennt

1997 - Wintersleeper

1997 - Life is all you get

1995 - Stille nachtein fest der liebe