Film is like life after editing the boring parts
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 come out with 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.