press releases

2019

  • Obituary

    Obituary

    Lübeck, 29.11.19 - The Nordic Film Days Lübeck mourn the death of the lawyer and author Dr. Hauke Lange-Fuchs, born in 1934. He was  one of the festival’s organisers for many years from 1971 to 2008. More

  • A successful 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck matches last year’s audience numbers

    A successful 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck matches last year’s audience numbers

    Lübeck, Nov. 4, 2019. Festival directors Linde Fröhlich (artistic director) and Florian Vollmers (festival manager) were upbeat as a successful 61st Nordische Filmtage come to close after six days yesterday. With 36,000 cinemagoers, the festival matched last year’s audience numbers for films from north and north-eastern Europe. “We are very pleased to have matched the numbers of our anniversary last year”, said Florian Vollmers, “We sold 1,000 more tickets, which gave a small boost to revenues, while industry visitors took greater advantage of our extensive side-bar programme”. The numerous visitors to the successful new event “Wissensglobus”, which was presented at the Fulldome cinema with the cooperation of Lübeck’s cultural affairs department, were not included in the festival’s statistics. “Last year, the holiday Reformation Day and the Saturday were clearly the strongest festival days and we’re happy that the Nordische Filmtage Lübeck once more proved its mettle as one of the most significant events on the city’s calendar”, added Vollmers. A total of 196 films were shown this year in 283 screenings (previous year: 331). More

  • Opening night of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck – Rousing German premiere of “Swoon” (Eld och Lågor)

    Opening night of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck – Rousing German premiere of “Swoon” (Eld och Lågor)

    Lübeck, Oct. 30, 2019. At yesterday’s opening of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck (Oct. 29 – Nov. 3, 2019), the invited guests left the cinema in an upbeat mood after the German premiere of the film “Swoon” (Eld och Lågor) and headed to the stylish first night reception in Lübeck cathedral. More

  • The Fulldome programme – Dive into mystical underwater worlds and the life of loveable animated sea dwellers

    The Fulldome programme – Dive into mystical underwater worlds and the life of loveable animated sea dwellers

    Lübeck, Oct. 29, 2019. “The Fulldome cinema of the Nordische Filmtage Lübeck has re-invented itself once again! With the larger mobile dome, at 15 metres in diameter, we will now be showing films over the entirety of Klingenberg square. The bigger, wraparound screen has improved quality of projection and sound to enthral audiences of up to 100 people. With this year’s motto for the Fulldome cinema programme, the dome will become a virtual (under)water world!”, says Ralph Heinsohn, curator of the 360° films / immersive media section. More

  • The short film programme - A variety of perspectives on the varying facets of life and living together … in 8 to 29 minutes

    The short film programme - A variety of perspectives on the varying facets of life and living together … in 8 to 29 minutes

    Lübeck, Oct. 29, 2019. The Nordic Shorts section of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck will screen 25 short films from northern and northeastern Europe in four programmes – “Nordic Combined”, “White Noise”, “Post-pubertal Malfunction”, and “I Want to Believe”. More

  • Strong partners and loyal supporters for the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck

    Strong partners and loyal supporters for the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck

    Lübeck, Oct. 28, 2019. Tomorrow marks the start of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, which will present 196 different films in 283 screening over six days. The NFL is the largest festival on the European continent devoted to films from the northern and Baltic countries, and northern Germany. “We would like to thank our strong partners and loyal supporters who have worked with us to make the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck possible”, says festival manager Florian Vollmers, “We have a broad base and work with a variety of fans of the festival, from international subsidy organisations, cultural foundations, and private donors, to with regional sponsors”. More

  • International Guests at 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck

    Every year numerous directors, actors and producers from Northern and North-Eastern Europe come to Lübeck to present their films at the Nordic Film Days and to talk to the audience. A list of this year's film screenings, where guests are present, is now available for download. More

  • The Specials at the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck display a range of stunning nature imagery and a focus on artists from Norway, the guest of honour at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair

    The Specials at the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck display a range of stunning nature imagery and a focus on artists from Norway, the guest of honour at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair

    Lübeck, Oct. 25, 2019. The Specials section of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck comprises nine feature films and three silent shorts, which will be shown with live music in a “Cine Concert”. The selection includes impressive nature films and interesting portraits, for instance of the life and work of Edvard Munch. More

  • The Filmforum at the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck – Stories of life and lively stories

    The Filmforum at the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck – Stories of life and lively stories

    Lübeck, Oct. 24, 2019. For more than 30 years now, the Filmforum has served as a platform for films from northern Germany at the Nordische Filmtage Lübeck. At this year’s 61st festival (Oct. 29 – Nov. 3, 2019), the section will present a total of 44 narrative, documentary, and short films. The selection includes some unusual documentaries and narratives from young, up-and-coming filmmakers, as well as new works by well-known directors to inspire audiences. Many of the films go in search of the past, tackle historical subjects, or family histories; but the range also encompasses a merry Christmas movie for the whole family. More

  • The Programme of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck – Big names and new discoveries in the Competition section

    The Programme of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck – Big names and new discoveries in the Competition section

    Lübeck, Oct. 17, 2019. Works by well-known directors and fascinating newcomers from the Scandinavian and Baltic countries will rendezvous at the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck. The full festival programme, competing for prizes with a total endowment of 52,500 euros, was presented today at a press conference at the Radisson Blu Senator Hotel in Lübeck by festival directors Linde Fröhlich (artistic director) and Florian Vollmers (festival manager), joined on the dais by the curators of the various festival sections. On the six days from Oct. 29 to Nov. 3, there will be 283 screenings of a total of 196 films, providing a detailed and compelling look at the current state of filmmaking in the north and northeast of Europe. More

  • The films in the Documentary section of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck cover many different facets of the political. From global political relationships, life stories shaped by political action, and new takes on masculinity

    The films in the Documentary section of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck cover many different facets of the political. From global political relationships, life stories shaped by political action, and new takes on masculinity

    Lübeck, Oct. 15, 2019. “The problems of a globalised world are manifold and often hard to interpret. The documentaries screening at the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck prove that filmmakers must follow varying leads, and choose specific points of view and unusual storytelling means to sensitise audiences to political interrelationships. This year that is particularly striking in the life stories that have been shaped by political events”, sums up NFL Artistic Director Linde Fröhlich. Of the 30 documentaries in the section, 17 will be in the running for the Documentary Film Prize awarded by the DGB Bezirk Nord trade union association (endowed as of this year with € 5,000). The stated aim of the award is to “encourage directors to grapple innovatively with changes in our society, and to engage on a social and political level”. More

  • Variety is the hallmark of the Children and Youth programme – Encounters between the digital world and nature, political subject matter, and prominent premieres

    Variety is the hallmark of the Children and Youth programme – Encounters between the digital world and nature, political subject matter, and prominent premieres

    Lübeck, Oct. 11, 2019. “The Children’s and Youth films at the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck display are marked by the topicality of their subject matter. Serious topics have been made into innovative and entertaining movies, both in the live-action and in the animated films for young people”, says Franziska Kremser-Klinkertz, the section curator. This year’s programme comprises a total of 37 films, 18 features and 19 short films. As in every year, the section includes numerous premieres, underscoring the NFL’s great significance as a forum for Nordic and Baltic films for the international children’s and youth film industry. More

  • The series section of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck offers up a wide spectrum of new Nordic TV shows including many premieres

    The series section of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck offers up a wide spectrum of new Nordic TV shows including many premieres

    Lübeck, Oct. 9, 2019. “The international productions play with formats – what seems like a crime series at first ends up being a comedy, mystery, or drama. The Nordic countries are and remain pioneers in developing new, and perfecting the old formats”, says Christian Modersbach, curator of the Series section at the NFL. More

  • Opening night – The 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck shows “Swoon”

    Opening night – The 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck shows “Swoon”

    On October 29, 2019, the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck will open with the German premiere of the Swedish film “Swoon” (orig: Eld och Lågor, 2019) directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein. With “Swoon”, the directors of “Midnight Sun” (2016) and co-authors of the internationally acclaimed series “Bron/Broen” (“The Bridge”) present a visually spectacular, romantic, and entertaining film with magical musical elements and surprising special effects. “Swoon” takes us back to 1940s Stockholm, telling a touching Romeo and Juliet story, based on real events, set in the milieu of a fun fair. The film features a brilliant cast headed by newcomers Frida Gustavsson and Albin Grenholm in the top roles. Additional roles are played by Pernilla August and Robert Gustafsson (of “The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared”). The directors and additional guests will attend the screening. The film was produced by Kristina Åberg (Atmo AB, Sweden), World sales are handled by TrustNordisk ApS. More

  • Retrospective: Undercover North/Northeast, Spies and Secret Agents in Scandinavian and Baltic Cinema 1913-2012 – Suspenseful films from the Baltic Rim  against a backdrop of contemporary history

    Retrospective: Undercover North/Northeast, Spies and Secret Agents in Scandinavian and Baltic Cinema 1913-2012 – Suspenseful films from the Baltic Rim against a backdrop of contemporary history

    September 17, 2019. The Retrospective of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck (Oct. 29 – Nov. 3, 2019), titled Undercover North/Northeast, Spies and Secret Agents in Scandinavian and Baltic Cinema, takes a look far into the past in a section comprising 17 films (15 features and two mid-length films). The section will screen films made between 1913 and 2012 in Denmark, Germany, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, as well as in what were the Soviet socialist republics of Latvia and Estonia, and Lithuania during the same era. And the spy capers are not confined to just thrillers – the films include dramas, melodramas, comedies, satire, and period films. Surprisingly, women have pride of place in many of the films, actively engaged in intelligence operations. More

  • WELCOME - Our new team members

    WELCOME - Our new team members

    A very warm "Willkommen, welcome, velkommen, tere tulemast, tervetuloa, velkomin, laipni lūdzam, sveiki atvykę, välkommen, wolkom, willkamen" to our new team members Lea, Clara, Hannah, Karen, Marietta, Karolina, David und Wim. More

  • 61. Nordische Filmtage Lübeck -  A Retrospective brimming with spy stories, Fulldome takes on a water motif, the Documentary Film Prize endowment goes up, and Lübeck hosts international projects for young people

    61. Nordische Filmtage Lübeck - A Retrospective brimming with spy stories, Fulldome takes on a water motif, the Documentary Film Prize endowment goes up, and Lübeck hosts international projects for young people

    Lübeck, Sept. 2, 2019. In a first press conference at the Radisson Blu Senator Hotel, the Nordische Filmtage Lübeck offered a look at the upcoming festival programme. Festival heads Linde Fröhlich (Artistic Director)and Florian Vollmers (Managing Director)took to the podium to introduce this year’s NFL, alongside Lübeck’s Culture Senator Kathrin Weiher, and festival curators Jörg Schöning (Retrospective) Franziska Kremser-Klinkertz (Children and Youth films) and Ralph Heinsohn (360° films/immersive media). Also on the dais were new members of the NFL team Lilli Hartwig (FilmForum curator) and Gabriele Gillner (head of marketing & sponsoring). More

  • Team news and first insights on Retrospective program 2019

    Team news and first insights on Retrospective program 2019

    Lili Hartwig is the new director of the Filmforum section of the Nordic Film Days Lübeck. The 37-year-old cultural studies graduate and festival curator is taking over from Doris Bandhold, who headed up the Filmforum for eight years, shepherding it to the position it now occupies. More

  • 61. Nordische Filmtage Lübeck: CALL FOR ENTRIES

    61. Nordische Filmtage Lübeck: CALL FOR ENTRIES

    Film submissions for the up-coming 61. Nordische Filmtage Lübeck (29.10.-3.11.2019) are possible from now till August 1st, 2019. More

  • Festival Clip of 60th Nordic Film Days Lübeck

    Festival Clip of 60th Nordic Film Days Lübeck

    Watch the festival clip of the 60th Nordic Film Days Lübeck: More

  • Press Release: The 60th Nordic Film Days Lübeck scores another hit

    Press Release: The 60th Nordic Film Days Lübeck scores another hit

    The 60th Nordic Film Days Lübeck drew to a close yesterday, with festival directors Linde Fröhlich (artistic director) and Florian Vollmers (managing director) expressing great pleasure at the results. The total number of visitors this year increased to 36,000, giving the festival another boost. More

  • The prize winners of the 60th Nordic Film Days Lübeck

    The prize winners of the 60th Nordic Film Days Lübeck

    The big winner at the Saturday awards gala of the 60th Nordic Film Days Lübeck, which end on Sunday, November 4, 2018, is the Icelandic feature “Woman at War” (Kona fer í stríd) by Benedikt Erlingsson. More

  • At Tuesday’s opening of the Nordische Filmtage Lübecks Lübeck (Oct. 30 – Nov. 4, 2018), moderator Mille Maria Dalsgaard from Denmark, making her first appearance at the festival, presented introduced to the Lübeck audience six members of the Estonian crew behind the opening night film “The Little Comrade” (Seltsimees laps). More

  • The prize winners of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck – With “A White, White Day” the NDR Film Prize once again goes to Iceland – Mika Kaurismäki takes the Audience Prize

    The prize winners of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck – With “A White, White Day” the NDR Film Prize once again goes to Iceland – Mika Kaurismäki takes the Audience Prize

    Lübeck, Nov. 2, 2019. The NDR Film Prize of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, endowed with € 12,500, goes to an Icelandic film. During the Prize Gala at Theater Lübeck, lead actor Ingvar E. Sigurðsson accepted the award on behalf of “A White, White Day” (“Hvítur, hvítur dagur”), directed by Hlynur Pálmason. The distributor Arsenal will release the film theatrically in German beginning February 13, 2020. The Friends of the Nordic Film Days Prize for Best Feature Debut, endowed with €7,500, goes to “Aurora” directed by Miia Tervo from Finland. The film’s star, Mimosa Willamo, was onstage to accept the award. The Audience Prize, endowed by the Lübecker Nachrichten newspaper with €5,000, also went to a film from Finland, director Mika Kaurismäki’s “Master Cheng” (“Mestari Cheng”). The award was accepted by lead actress Maija Tuokko. More