Opening of the 63rd Nordische Filmtage Lübeck

Press Release
November 3, 2021

The 63rd Nordische Filmtage Lübeck opened on November 3 at 7 pm in the CineStar Stadthalle cinema. Between now and November 7, more than 130 films will be shown at Lübeck venues, complemented by a Germany-wide streaming programme that went online yesterday on the festival’s VOD-Platform. NFL Artistic Director Thomas Hailer and Managing Director Susanne Kasimir greeted guests at the festive opening night gala, which was moderated by Stephan Szász.

 The presentation of the Nordische Filmtage’s honorary award to Danish actor Trine Dyrholm provided an opportunity to unveil the festival’s new award trophies to the public. Beginning this year, prize winners will be presented with an historical brick from the heart of Lübeck, a UNESCO world heritage site.

 Director Annette K. Olesen, whose film “Little Soldier” is being shown as part of this year’s Homage to Dyrholm, introduced the star with a speech – “Trine fills every workspace, whether it is in preparation or on set, shooting, with an almost impossible mix of lightness and deeply rooted seriousness. She notices everyone in the crew, she knows their names, she is a team player. I have more than once watched her fooling around, cracking jokes a few times, in the middle of the night in unbearable weather conditions, and nevertheless minutes later deliver a performance that made not just me, but everyone else, pause and feel that something very, very unique, solidly human, and powerful just happened, and we were lucky enough to be there.”

 The other ten prizes, endowed with a total of 58,000 euro, will be awarded at the November 6 prize gala at Theater Lübeck.

 Guests at the Nordische Filmtage Lübeck

 The opening night ceremonies were followed by a screening of  “Cop Secret” (“Leynilögga”, Iceland, 2021) directed by Hannes Þór Halldórsson. The director and co-writer Sverrir “Sveppi” Þór Sverrisson, alongside producer Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir, will also be at the repeat screenings of “Cop Secret” to discuss the film.

 More than 100 additional guests will attend the festival, including director Charlotte Sieling, whose film “Margrete – Queen of the North” will have its German premiere on Nov. 4 at 6:30 pm, with star Trine Dyrholm in attendance. Dyrholm will also be part of the discussions following the screenings of the Homage films “Little Soldier” (Nov. 4, 10:45, CineStar) and “A Soap” (Nov. 5, 10:15, CineStar). Norwegian director Bent Hamer will personally introduce his new film “The Middle Man” on Nov. 6 (2:30 pm, CineStar). In the Filmforum section for films from northern Germany, audiences can look forward to hearing from Natja Brunckhorst about her film “Mostly Minimalistic” (Nov. 4, 10:15, CineStar). And for the bio-pic “Tove”, about the creator of the Moomins, director Zaida Bergroth will be on hand alongside actor Alma Pöysti, who plays the title character. Meanwhile the “Sing a Song!” Retrospective, which brings Nordic and Baltic pop music and musicals back to the big screen, will welcome Sweden’s Siw Malmkvist to screenings of “Love in Copenhagen” (Nov. 5, 7:15 pm, CineStar), and “Cornelis” (Nov. 6, 1:15 pm, CineStar).

 The streaming platform for the 63rd Nordische Filmtage Lübeck

 A selection of festival films is available now for streaming within Germany on the Nordische Filmtage Lübeck’s VoD platform. Films and short film compilations can be accessed until November 7 at 11:59 pm. Once access has been purchased, the film is available for 48 hours. Tickets are 7 euro per film.


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