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A German competition entry in Turin


- Sebastian Hilger’s mystery drama We Are the Tide is one of two German first features from the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg to have been selected at the important Italian festival

A German competition entry in Turin
We Are the Tide by Sebastian Hilger

Sebastian Hilger continues to make a name for himself with his graduation film from the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg : after its world premiere in Berlin and its international premiere in Busan, We Are the Tide [+see also:
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can now be seen in competition at the 34th Torino Film Festival (18 to 26 November). The film, produced by Anna Wendt Filmproduktion, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, Institute for Animation and Visual Effects, and Digital Postproduction, recounts an unexplained event which took place fifteen years ago, when the sea disappeared from Windholm's shore. Two young physicists from Berlin (leads Max Mauff and Gro Swantje Kohlhof) set off to get to the bottom of this scientific anomaly. However, they increasingly fall under the spell of the isolated village community.

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Another up-and-coming director from the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Sandra Wollner, is showing a film in Turin as an international premiere (after winning the “German Cinema New Talent Award” at the Hof International Film Festival). This title, The Impossible Picture, selected in the Waves sidebar, focuses on Vienna in the 1950s, especially on a childhood captured on 8mm: that of a 13-year-old named Johanna. Through fragments of her family’s story and secrets, we discover see a household full of women led by the grandmother, Maria Steinwendner, who organizes weekly cooking clubs. The problem is that they never get to cook...

The festival is also dedicating a Tribute to the essay filmmaker Harun Farocki. Farocki, artist, filmmaker, and colleague of Christian Petzold, left behind him over 90 films when he died in 2014, at the age of 70. He was regarded as one the most important figures in German documentary and experimental film and often worked at the interface between film and art. The Torino Film Festival is showing twelve of his works from the 1960s through to 2010.

A total of 31 German films and co-productions have been programmed in Turin. It is also worth mentioning that Oh Boy [+see also:
interview: Jan Ole Gerster
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’s director Jan Ole Gerster is part of this year’s edition of the AdaptLab, a residential workshop organised by the TorinoFilmLab for the development of adapted screenplays.

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