At today’s press conference for the 64th Nordische Filmtage Lübeck at the Haus der Kaufmannschaft, festival directors Susanne Kasimir (festival management) and Thomas Hailer (artistic director) joined the city-state’s senator of culture and education Monika Frank and the curators of the individual sections on the podium to present the full programme for the festival that turns Lübeck into the European hub for Nordic and Baltic films from November 2 to 6.
The programme is available online at www.nordische-filmtage.de
173 films will be shown in 212 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.
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 and Baltic short film and the unendowed honorary prize, which this year will go to Icelandic director Friðrik Þór Friðriksson. With the exception of the honorary prizes, which will be given at the opening of the festival on November 2, the awards will be presented at the final gala on November 6 at the Theater Lübeck.
“Our audiences can once again look forward to a strong showing by the Baltic and Nordic countries across all the festival sections. The line-up features a compelling diversity of forms and genres, and is a clear invitation to return to cinemas and enjoy the communal experience on the big screen”, says Thomas Hailer, artistic director of the NFL.
Festival manager Susanne Kasimir adds, “we extend our warmest thanks to our old and new patrons and sponsors, some of whom have expanded their support this year. Nothing now stands in the way of unadulterated movie enjoyment. Working with our service companies, we are doing everything to ensure the safety of the public. With careful changes to festival procedures this year, we can ensure smooth operations at all the venues”.
The film programme is divided into nine sections, comprising films, episodic television, and immersive works from north and northeast Europe. The Feature Film Competition will present 14 films, and the Documentary section 18, four of which are being shown out of competition. Nordic Shorts will showcase 32 shorts in five compiled blocks, while the Filmforum section will present 36 productions from Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg, encompassing 23 narrative features, 14 documentaries, and one TV series. For audiences as young as four, the Children’s and Youth Film section has 29 films for viewing both in the regular programme and in additional school class screenings. The Series section, curated this year for the first time by renowned film journalist and festival maven Wendy Mitchell, is presenting eight new productions. The Nordische Filmtage will show 16 360° film and art works in the newest section, Immersion 360°, in the Infinity Dome at Klingenberg Square, a mobile Fulldome with an exterior diameter of almost 20 meters.
Titled “cross and queer”, the 14 northern lights in this year’s Retrospective, made between 1921 and 1981, weave tales of cross-dressing and gender identity. The honorary award to Friðrik Þór Friðriksson goes hand in hand with the Homage, which will screen five of his most important films. In addition to the public screenings, the Nordische Filmtage mounts a host of side-bar events for industry professionals. The Lübeck Meetings series provides an industry forum for German and international attendees.
The 64th Nordische Filmtage Lübeck will open on November 2 at 7pm with the Danish documentary “Music for Black Pigeons” by Jørgen Leth and Andreas Koefoed. The festival screening will be the film’s German premiere.
Advance ticket sales begin on Saturday, October 29 at 3:00 p.m. at the CineStar Filmpalast Stadthalle cinema, online at the festival website and at www.cinestar.de. Streaming will be possible from November 2 at 7 pm until the end of the festival.
Film stills for the festival films will be available by writing to email@example.com and successively in the download section of the website. Details of the films and the complete screening schedule are now available on the festival homepage www.nordische-filmtage.de. Additional information and news can be found on Facebook and Instagram.
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