Just seven days remain before the 64th Nordische Filmtage Lübeck starts. The festival, showcasing Nordic and Baltic films as well as new work by Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg filmmakers, will open with the German premiere of the Danish documentary “Music for Black Pigeons” directed by Jørgen Leth and Andreas Koefoed.
More than 173 films will be shown in 212 public screenings at Lübeck venues during the Nordische Filmtage. And more than 70% of that line-up will be available for streaming by audiences all over Germany.
One highlight in the strict sense of the term starts before the NFL begins. Several scenes from the horror classic “Nosferatu” by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau were shot 100 years ago in Lübeck. One legendary shot is the close-up of Nosferatu at the window of Lübeck’s Salzspeicher warehouse. Beginning on October 28 and each day after that as soon as night falls, the Nordische Filmtage will mount an installation that makes one of the best-known scenes in film history palpable.
The festival will award a total of twelve jury and audience prizes, with a total endowment of
€ 63,000. That includes the new prize for best Nordic or Baltic short film and the unendowed honorary prize, which this year goes to Icelandic director Friðrik Þór Friðriksson. The honorary prize will be awarded at the opening night ceremony on November 2, while the rest of the awards will be presented on November 5 during the gala Prize Night at Theater Lübeck.
Audience numbers for the film screenings are expected to reach as many as 15,000, joined by 500 accredited industry guests and press, with more than 100 German and international attendees taking part, either live or online, in the Lübeck Meetings industry events.
Among the many international guests at the festival in addition to honorary prize laureate Friðrik Þór Friðriksson will be the opening night film’s directors, Jørgen Leth and Andreas Koefoed, the subject of their documentary, musician Jakob Bro, and the film’s producer, Emile Hertling Péronard. Annette K. Olesen, who last year gave the honorific speech for Trine Dyrholm, will be on hand again this year to present her newest feature at the festival.
Also expected to attend are some old friends and former prize-winners of the NFL, such as Icelandic director Baldvin Z., Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, and Norway’s Nils Gaup, who won the 2008 Audience Prize awarded by the Lübecker Nachrichten daily. Meanwhile, Pepe Danquart, Jan Georg Schütte, and Alice Dwyer will be in Lübeck to introduce their films premiering in the Filmforum section. The festival will also be showcasing some newer talents —Franciska Seifert Eliassen and Hallvar Witzø from Norway, and Denmark’s Katrine Brocks will be in Lübeck to present their debut films.
Applications for a press pass will be accepted until October 28. Accreditation entitles the holder entry to all Nordische Filmtage screenings free of charge. Click her to apply online:
Complete information about the 64 Nordische Filmtage Lübeck can be found at our website www.nordische-filmtage.de and on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube/nordicfilmdays.
We would like to thank our partners Finnlines, CineStar, Stadtwerke Lübeck, STAWAG, ATLANTIC Hotel Lübeck, Teschke & Collegen Versicherungsmakler, Moinsener, skanbo, Kaufmannschaft zu Lübeck, Hansebelt e.V., LYNET, avt plus media service, SG Medientechnik, as well as our media partners, broadcaster NDR and the Lübecker Nachrichten daily for their support.
Press contact Nordische Filmtage Lübeck
Dr. Kathrin Steinbrenner & Kristian Müller,
Tel: +49 (0)30 4737 2192