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Emden – Norderney pays tribute to Ulrich Mühe

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The 19th edition of the Emden – Norderney International Film Festival (June 4-11) kicks off today and opens with Eran Riklis’ German/French/Israeli co-production Lemon Tree [+see also:
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(Panorama Audience Award at the latest Berlin Film Festival), which will vie for the Bernhard Wicki Award and DGB Award. This feature replaces Clara by Emden-born director Helma Sanders-Brahms, which was originally chosen as the opening film but turned out to be unavailable at the last minute.

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The international selection includes Dana Nechushtan’s Dutch/Belgian co-production Dunya & Desie [+see also:
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, which is based on a television series; Erick Zonca’s French film Julia [+see also:
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, which screened in competition at Berlin; Nacho Vigalondo’s award-winning Spanish title Timecrimes; and Threes Anna’s Dutch/Irish/South African co-production The Bird Can't Fly (Special Jury Prize at Sofia Film Festival).

A section entitled "New British/Irish Cinema" will present nine recent titles, including Ken Loach’s It's A Free World [+see also:
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. Seven films starring Emma Thompson will be screened in homage to the English actress. There will also be special programmes devoted to recent German titles, film shorts and children’s films.

One of the highlights at this year’s festival is the tribute to actor Ulrich Mühe, who died just a year ago. Seven films will be screened, including the Oscar-winning The Lives of Others [+see also:
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, which crowned the actor’s career, and The Spider’s Web (1989) by Bernhard Wicki (who gives his name to the festival’s main award, worth €15,000).

Other films include Michael Haneke’s Funny Games and The Castle (both made in 1997), and Dani Levy’s successful comedy My Führer – The Truly Truest Truth about Adolf Hitler [+see also:
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, which was one of the last films to star Mühe.

On June 8, the festival will welcome the actor’s youngest son and wife, actress Susanne Lothar.

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(Translated from French)

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