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


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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.


Theatrical release of WHITE SHADOW in German cinemas on Nov.6th 2014! You can find more informations on the website of our distributors Temperclayfilm. The kick-off will take place on Nov.6th in Munich, at 8 pm at Museum Lichtspiele, presented by German film director Doris Dörrie, attended by Noaz Deshe and our distributors Michael Hehl and Thomas Künstle.


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On Friday, October 31st at 8 pm, at Hackesche Höfe Kino, we will celebrate the Berlin-Premiere of our film WHITE SHADOW, attended by writer-director Noaz Deshe and parts of the film crew.
The official theatrical release in German cinemas will be on November 6th 2014. For more information, have a look at the website of the German distributors temperclayfilm.


After a 2-weeks-film workshop with teenagers from Theodor-Heuss-school at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin, Matthias Luthardt is running another film workshop for young students in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, in cooperation with filmmakers Sophie Narr and Ralph Etter. The general theme will be: Desire – Dream – Illusion.


White Shadow at ZIFF 2014

June 20th and 22nd: Home Screening of WHITE SHADOW at Zanzibar International Film Festival.
June 24th: Screening at Goethe-Institut in Dar es Salaam. More information: here.

The German Premiere of WHITE SHADOW will be hosted by Filmfest München,
in the section CineVision.

Screening dates:
Tuesday, July 1st 2014, 8 pm, Münchner Freiheit 1
Wednesday, July 2nd 2014, 5.30 pm, Münchner Freiheit 1
Thursday, July 3rd 2014, 10.30 pm, Münchner Freiheit 3

APRIL 2014

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On April 12th, don´t miss the realtime-documentary “24h Jerusalem” on ARTE and BR, produced by zero one.
In April 2013, 70 mini-teams from Israel, Palestina and Germany participated in portraying a day and a night in Jerusalem. Among them: Matthias Luthardt (direction and camera work) who followed the Swiss Aaron Beck and Frenchman Aaron Guez on their voluntary mission in a mobile rescue unit.

More information: see

MARCH 2014


Film producer Karl Baumgartner alias Baumi died on March 18th at his home in Frankfurt. He was 65. I met him after the screening of “Pingpong” at Rome Film Festival in 2006, and we agreed that we would like to work with each other. His childlike curiosity, humility and unaffectedness impressed me a lot. Baumi was constantly en route, and yet I rarely had the feeling at our meetings that he was in a hurry. Maybe it was because he often chose restaurants as a meeting point, in order to combine work with pleasure. Baumi was a man who trusted in his gut feeling and struggled for the European arthouse cinema until the very end. Well, I have seen him in a hurry twice: on the soccer field in Berlin-Mitte, when he once joined our training in the writer´s team as a guest player – and in Cannes in 2012, shortly before the premiere of Vinterberg’s “The hunt”, when Baumi rushed to the hotel in order to lend me his bow tie. Because without a bow tie they wouldn´t have let me into the Festival Palace… I miss you, Baumi!


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WHITE SHADOW goes SUNDANCE (World Cinema Dramatic Competition)
– more information here.


Friday, January 17, 2:45pm
Egyptian, Park City

Saturday, January 18, 11:30pm
Prospector, Park City

Sunday, January 19, Noon
Broadway 6, Salt Lake City

Thursday, January 23, 2:15pm
Library, Park City

Friday, January 24, 9:00pm
Holiday Village Cinema 2, Park City


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And now this wonderful news is official: WHITE SHADOW has been selected for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival (16.-26.1.2014)!


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In cooperation with the Academy of Arts in Berlin, Matthias Luthardt is running a film workshop with students from Bitterfeld-Wolfen, from September 16th to 20th.
The result will be a short film that is reviving the local cinema which has been shut down a few years ago. More information (in German) here.