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One more Braunschweig

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- Festival's 26th edition kicked off last night in the city in Lower Saxony

One more Braunschweig

Last night at the opening ceremony of the 26th Brunswick International Film Festival (in German, Braunschweig) held from November 6 to 11, German director André Erkau's Das Leben ist nichts für Feiglinge [+see also:
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(photo), a cinematic adaptation of the novel of the same name by Gernot Gricksch, told the story of a teenager with no mother who runs off to Denmark with a boy, followed by her inconsolable father, her grandmother, and a nurse.

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The international section includes 18 feature, including a BIFA favourite, Ben Wheatley's Tourists [+see also:
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, a film that was screened at the last Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, as well as Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths [+see also:
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, an Anglo-American co-production, Marco Tullio Giordana's Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy [+see also:
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, Daniele Ciprì's It Was the Son [+see also:
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, and Roan Johnson's The First on the List [+see also:
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from Italy, Polish filmmaker Greg Zglinski's Courage, Mike Magidson's Inuk [+see also:
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, a film co-produced by France and Greenland, Imanol Uribe's Orange Honey [+see also:
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, and Darragh Byrne's Parked [+see also:
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, a film co-produced by Finland and Ireland. The New German Cinema section is to screen ten films, including a co-production already screened at several international film festivals, Austrian director Ulrich Seidl's Paradise: Love [+see also:
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The festival, born as a civic movement for cinema opposed to commercial productions, remains globally non competitive, but the public is invited to hand out the Heinrich Award to its favourite among ten first and second European features, including Hanna Doose's Dust on our Hearts [+see also:
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(read more), the last film shot by "Hanekian" actress Susanne Lothar before her sudden death last July. The festival directed by Volker Kufahl has always highlighted European films, as shown each year by the Franco-German Young Jury Award and the Europa Award for a European actor. This year, the award created in 2007 (that has already been awarded to Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Huppert, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgård, and Hanna Schygulla) goes to Belgian actor Olivier Gourmet, to whom is also dedicated a retrospective of nine films.

Shorts and productions from the local art university are also part of the programme, and Florian Krautkrämer, a former student at the Brunswick establishment, is to be the object of a portrait presenting his decidedly experimental work orientated towards music, a theme that is the second great axis of the festival with the Leo Award for Best Soundtrack awarded to a short film.

Naturally, many parallel events with accompany the screenings, including a masterclass with Ludovic Bource, Oscar-winning composer for the original soundtrack of The Artist [+see also:
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and a discussion titled "Cinema of the future, the future of cinema".

(Translated from French)

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