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Oldenburg’s four-day film fest kicks off

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Oldenburg’s four-day film fest kicks off

From today until September 18, Oldenburg, a university city and river port, will become, as every year, the most film-loving city in Lower Saxony. The 18th Oldenburg International Film Festival, which as always puts the emphasis on independent cinema, is showcasing a fine series of European titles that are modern both in their subject matter and their aesthetic choices.

Highlights among them include Austrian helmer Karl Markovics’s superb Breathing [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(Europa Cinemas Label at Cannes); the futuristic Dr. Ketel by Germany’s Linus de Paoli; Sergio Caballero’s Catalan experimental fantasy film Finisterrae [+see also:
interview: Sergio Caballero
film profile
]
(prize-winner at Rotterdam – see news); Swedish director Filip Tegstedt’s Marianne, starring Peter Stormare and alternating between social drama and horror film; the new Hungarian take on the Abel and Caine story: The Maiden Danced To Death by Endre Hules; Lawrence Tooley’s Berlin-set tale Headshots [+see also:
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; and Belgian director Koen Mortier’s disaster film 22nd of May [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
.

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One of this year’s homages is dedicated to German actor-photographer-director-producer Roger Fritz, looking at films directed by him in the 1960s.

At the end of the event, the audience will award the German Independence Award for Best International Film, while an international jury will pick the winner of the German Independence Award for Best German Film (awarded last year to Philip Koch’s gripping movie Picco [+see also:
film review
interview: Philip Koch
film profile
]
).

The festival line-up is rounded out by various parallel events, including parties, concerts and night-time screenings.

(Translated from French)

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