FRENCH EXIT is the web presence of German filmmaker Matthias Luthardt.
Here you will find all information about his films, workshops and other projects.

September 2017

The documentary DIE GROSSE EVOLUTION / The Great Evolution (directed and produced by Matthias Luthardt, 2016) is now available as Video on Demand on Vimeo – follow this link!

June 2017

On Whit Monday, June 6th, the BR (Bavarian broadcasting) will show the documentary “24h Bavaria” “24h Bayern”, a real-time-documentary shot on June 6th in 2016, with 100 small crews. After “24h Jerusalem” and “24h Berlin”, I was again part of this adventure. My protagonist is Christian Pongartz, a drug squad officer working and living on the German-Czech-border.

March 2017

CINEKINO on Arte (German and French version):
Wednesday, 15.3.
21:45-22:10 CineKino Frankreich (directed by Laurent Heynemann)
22:10-22:40 CineKino Belgien (directed by Matthias Luthardt)
Wednesday, 22.3.
21:45-22:10 CineKino Deutschland (directed by Matthias Luthardt)
22:10-22:40 CineKino Italien (directed by Laurent Heynemann)
…and online available on Arte+7!

January 2017


Happy and healthy 2017 to all of you!
Matthias Luthardt is currently working on “CineKino”, a documentary series about European cinema (10 episodes, 26 minutes each), produced by ZeroOne, Berlin and Idéale Audience, Paris. Episode 1 is portraying German cinema, episode 2 Belgian cinema. On Arte in March 2017.

August 2016

DGE Vorderseite DVD Kopie
DVD release of the documentary The Great Evolution by Matthias Luthardt! Online available: here!

July 2016

July 22nd: German DVD release of our film WHITE SHADOW! German filmmaker Doris Dörrie is enthusiastic about it: “This film is awsome! Painful and, at the same time, full of beauty and big emotions.” More information: see Lighthouse Home Entertainment.

May 2016

Der Tag, an dem ich meinen toten Mann traf
The feature film Der Tag, an dem ich meinen toten Mann traf (directed by Matthias Luthardt, with Franziska Petri and Pasquale Aleardi) has been released on DVD, published by the label GOOD MOVIES! and from now on available in the stores (with English subtitles!). More information here.


CINÉKINO, a documentary about the intense relationship between German and French cinema (produced by zero one film Berlin / Idéale Audience Paris), will be shown on ARTE:
February 17th 9.35 pm (part 1)
February 24 th 10.15 pm (part 2)
More information here

October 2015

CinéKino french-exit
On the 13th of October, at 2.15 pm., the documentary “CinéKino” (part 1 and part 2) will premiere at the Festival Lumière in Lyon, France, attended by Matthias Luthardt, Laurent Heynemann, Jean Ollé-Laprune and Pierre-Olivier Bardet. More information (in French): here. In his blog Cinésium, Lionel Lacour writes: “For all the lovers of European cinema, German and French cinema, and for those who are still hesitating to imagine that culture is a natural bridge between the people – it is imperative to see this documentary (…)”

JULY 2015

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Sunday, 12th of July 2015, 2 pm: Filmscreening DIE GROSSE EVOLUTION (“The big Evolution”) at FSK Kreuzberg, attended by the film crew and protagonists, followed by a discussion between Fritz Schranz and German filmmaker Andres Veiel.