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FESTIVALS Germany

Hamburg focuses on friendship and Europe

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The 14th Hamburg Film Festival (October 5-12) opened last Thursday with the screening of the comedy Ein Freund von mir (lit. "A Friend of Mine"), the second feature by actor Sebastian Schipper, starring Daniel Brühl and Jürgen Vogel.

This year, Hamburg is presenting 100 international features, 19 documentaries and a selection of shorts from 30 different countries in diverse sections that include Agenda 06 (a panorama of world cinema), Vitrina (this year's focus is on Spanish and Portuguese-language films), Voilà (a section of French-language films) and Deluxe (a retrospective on Finnish cinema).

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Among the much-awaited films is Son of Man by Mark Dornford-May (Golden Bear at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival for U-Carmen), a British co-production by Film and Music Entertainment - F&ME (see interview).

Other features include Summer 04 [+see also:
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by Stefan Krohmer (a Ö Filmproduktion co-production with SWR, BR Bayerischer Rundfunk, WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk and ARTE, which screened at Cannes’ Directors' Fortnight earlier this year) and The House is Burning, the debut feature by Holger Ernst, produced by Wim Wenders (also at Cannes this year, out of competition).

The programme is available on the festival website.

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(Translated from French)

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