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

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.

MARCH 2015

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11.3.2015 – Official release in French cinemas: WHITE SHADOW , attended by
Hamisi Bazili (Alias) and James Gayo (Cosmos), Noaz Deshe and Matthias Luthardt. Wonderful reviews (in French): Le Monde ; more reviews here
The French release will be followed by the release in Great Britain in March, the 19th 2015.


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First days of shooting CINÉKINO, a documentary series about the history of German-French cinema (produced by Zero One Film, Berlin / Idéale Audience, Paris – on behalf of Arte France)
Photo on the left: Shooting at Studio Babelsberg
Sound: Konrad Hülsmann; Camera assistant: Marie Zahir;
DOP: Sophie Maintigneux; Directed by (off-screen): Matthias Luthardt.


Heureuse Année 2015
On behalf of Zero One Film and their French partner Idéale Audience, Matthias Luthardt currently works on the documentary series CINÉKINO about the history of German and French cinema and their mutual relationship (for Arte France), in co-direction with Laurent Heynemann and close cooperation with film historians Rainer Rother (Deutsche Kinemathek) and Jean Ollé-Laprune. More information will follow soon.