press releases

2020

  • The Documentary section is a varied programme of films that look at interesting characters, retrace paths of happiness or loss, and document creativity and culinary traditions.

    The Documentary section is a varied programme of films that look at interesting characters, retrace paths of happiness or loss, and document creativity and culinary traditions.

    Lübeck, Oct. 31, 2020. The documentary film programme of the 62nd Nordic Film Days Lübeck, which will be available in Germany for streaming from Nov. 4-8, 2020, provides enthralling glimpses into the various realities of interesting and fascinating personalities, and includes 16 German premieres, one European premiere, and seven international premieres. “The nice thing about the documentary film line-up is that it shows us that there are other problems in the world besides the corona virus – and that people don’t shy away from tackling them. The films document the labyrinthine paths to happiness, and the surprising awareness that can result from following them. And it underscores the important role that different kinds of artists play in society”, says Artistic Director Linde Fröhlich. More

  • 62nd Nordic Film Days Lübeck will be a strictly online festival – more than 140 films from northern Europe, the Baltic Rim, and northern Germany will be available for streaming anywhere in Germany

    62nd Nordic Film Days Lübeck will be a strictly online festival – more than 140 films from northern Europe, the Baltic Rim, and northern Germany will be available for streaming anywhere in Germany

    Lübeck, Oct. 28, 2020. Due to the ongoing upward trend in new covid 19 infections in Lübeck, the 62nd NFL will not be a hybrid festival as originally planned. The concept had long been to mount the festival live in cinemas and other venues, while also providing a streaming option for some films and events. The city-state imposed stricter guidelines on Monday Oct. 26 after the number of covid cases in Lübeck rose to 102 over the weekend. More

  • A multi-facetted Children and Youth Films programme – youth cultures, family spirit, and tender animation films

    A multi-facetted Children and Youth Films programme – youth cultures, family spirit, and tender animation films

    Lübeck, Oct. 26, 2020. The line-up for the Children and Youth Films section of the 62nd Nordische Filmtage Lübeck (Nov. 4-8, 2020) is a coat of many colours.

    “This year’s Children and Youth films cover a broad range of subject matter. Whether it’s sport, music, faith and spirituality, or life as part of a clique, the various facets of young people’s culture are all represented in this section”, says Franziska Kremser-Klinkertz, the section curator. More

  • The Filmforum – strong young talents, political subject matter and exciting directorial debuts

    The Filmforum – strong young talents, political subject matter and exciting directorial debuts

    Lübeck, Oct. 22, 2020. The Filmforum section of the 62nd Nordic Film Days Lübeck (Nov. 4 – 8, 2020) will present 39 films from northern Germany. “This year’s programme is a winning line-up of feature debuts, an unusual range of subject matter, and strong young talent”, says Lili Hartwig, the section curator, “Each of the films finds its own cinematic languages and has an individual signature”. More

  • The festival programme – new perspectives and evocative subject matter meet young talent and well-known directors

    The festival programme – new perspectives and evocative subject matter meet young talent and well-known directors

    Lübeck, Oct. 20, 2020. On the dais alongside Lübeck Mayor Jan Lindenau and the curators of the festival sections, the festival directors Linde Fröhlich (Artistic Director) and Susanne Kasimir (Festival Manager) presented the entire programme for the hybrid 62nd NFL at today’s press conference in the Radisson Blu Senator Hotel Lübeck. More

  • The short film programme at the 62nd Nordic Film Days Lübeck – disconcerting reality – critical short films by young and experienced filmmakers about the balance of power, patriarchy, and marginalisation

    The short film programme at the 62nd Nordic Film Days Lübeck – disconcerting reality – critical short films by young and experienced filmmakers about the balance of power, patriarchy, and marginalisation

    Lübeck, Oct. 19, 2020. The Nordic Shorts section of the 62nd Nordic Film Days Lübeck will present 24 short films from northern and northeast Europe, divided into four programmes – “Men’s Night Out”, “Europe, A Brief Exposé”, “Inventory of the Human Condition”, and “Alienation”, including 15 films that will celebrate their German premiere in Lübeck and two European premieres. More

  • This years festival presents TV series showcasing complex family relationships, gripping political drama, and enthralling entertainment

    This years festival presents TV series showcasing complex family relationships, gripping political drama, and enthralling entertainment

    Lübeck, Oct. 05, 2020. The Danish series “Cry Wolf” (DK, 2019), created by Maja Jul and Pernille Fischer Christensen will see its German premiere at the 62nd Nordic Film Days Lübeck (Nov. 4-8, 2020). The episodic drama begins with a school essay in which 14-year-old Holly describes her stepfather’s violent abuse, triggering a bruising family crisis. Dedicated social worker Lars, played by Bjarne Henriksen (“The Hunt”, “Trapped”), believes Holly is telling the truth and puts her and her seven-year-old brother Theo into foster care. But over time, Lars’ self-assurance begins to waver. More

  •  “The Good Traitor” to open the 62nd Nordische Filmtage Lübeck

    “The Good Traitor” to open the 62nd Nordische Filmtage Lübeck

    Lübeck, Oct. 2, 2020. The 62nd Nordische Filmtage Lübeck (Nov. 4-8, 2020) is proud to open this year’s festival with the German premiere of “The Good Traitor” (“Vores mand i Amerika”), directed by Christina Rosendahl, on November 4, 2020 at 7pm. Inspired by true events, the film is the story of Henrik Kauffmann, who was the Danish ambassador to the USA at the start of World War II, and who fought for the freedom and independence of Denmark after the Nazis occupied the country. A political rebel and man of the world, Kauffmann is masterfully embodied in the film by Ulrich Thomsen (“The Celebration”, “The World is not Enough”, “The International”). Boasting exquisite camerawork, “The Good Traitor” also looks at Kauffmann’s personal life before his tragic death in 1963. More

  • Nordische Filmtage Lübeck: Recruitment committee presents Thomas Hailer as new artistic director - management team is now complete

    Nordische Filmtage Lübeck: Recruitment committee presents Thomas Hailer as new artistic director - management team is now complete

    Lübeck, Oct. 2, 2020. Following the upcoming retirement of artistic director, Linde Fröhlich, by the end of the year a new director of the Nordische Filmtage Lübeck has been searched from the end of June and an intensive recruitment process with two calls for applications was conducted. The procedure was carried out by a recruitment committee of Mayor Jan Lindenau, Senator for Culture Kathrin Weiher and the Chairman of the Kulturausschuss, Detlev Stolzenberg, and, in an advisory vote, Christine Berg, the Chairman of the Board of the German Film Theater Association. The recruitment committee voted for Thomas Hailer as the new artistic director of the Nordische Filmtage Lübeck. More

  • Film selection for the Retrospective at the Nordische Filmtage Lübeck is complete – “Fishermen’s Films – Fishing in Nordic and Baltic Cinema 1912-2019”

    Film selection for the Retrospective at the Nordische Filmtage Lübeck is complete – “Fishermen’s Films – Fishing in Nordic and Baltic Cinema 1912-2019”

    Sept 21, 2020. The 62nd Nordische Filmtage Lübeck (Nov. 4 – 08, 2020) will dedicate this year’s Retrospective to “Fishermen’s Films – Fishing in Nordic and Baltic Cinema”. Curator Jörg Schöning focussed this year’s selection on narrative and documentary films made between 1912 and 2019 that shine a spotlight on a profession that is part idyll, part commercial venture. More

  • 62. Nordische Filmtage Lübeck – hybrid festival in 2020, new Youth Jury Prize, Retrospective “Fishermen’s Films”

    62. Nordische Filmtage Lübeck – hybrid festival in 2020, new Youth Jury Prize, Retrospective “Fishermen’s Films”

    Lübeck, Aug. 25, 2020. At today’s summer press announcement for the Nordische Filmtage Lübeck in the city’s Radisson Blu Senator Hotel, the NFL provided initial information about what this year’s festival will look like in these unusual times. Kathrin Weiher, Lübeck’s culture Senator, Linde Fröhlich (artistic director), Susanne Kasimir (festival manager), and the curator of the Retrospective, Jörg Schöning, took a look at what’s new this year and the upcoming festival line-up. The 62nd festival, from November 4 – 8, 2020, will be a hybrid of live and online. More

  • Call For Entries / Film submissions: 62. Nordische Filmtage Lübeck

    Call For Entries / Film submissions: 62. Nordische Filmtage Lübeck

    Film submissions for the up-coming 62. Nordische Filmtage Lübeck (04. - 08.11.2020) are possible from now till August 1st, 2020.

    All Nordic and Baltic films (for sections: narrative films, documentary films, children- and youth films, drama series and short films) as well as films for our Filmforum – the platform for North German films related to the regions of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg – can be submitted online. The deadline for entries is August 1st, 2020. More

  • Obituary

    Obituary

    Lübeck, 31.03.20 - Nordische Filmtage Lübeck are mourning the death of their founder and long-time artistic director Rolf Hiller, who died at the age of 92. More

  • 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 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