Filmfest
#FFHH17
5.10. - 14.10.2017
Hamburg

A Celebration of Life
05.09.2017

The 25th FILMFEST HAMBURG opens on 05/10/2017 with the film Lucky by John Caroll Lynch in the presence of the director himself. Further programme highlights include Suburbicon by George Clooney, Angels Wear White by Vivan Qu and Looking for Oum Kulthum by Shirin Neshat. These three films celebrated their world premieres at this year’s Venice International Film Festival.

»Lucky is an extremely intimate and humorous film about the biggest of all topics – saying farewell. I fell in love with this film« – says festival director Albert Wiederspiel. The main role is played by Harry Dean Stanton, a superb character actor who has excelled in countless movies (A Fistful of Dollars; Paris, Texas; Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks) and TV series (Gunsmoke, Two and a half Men) and who is also on top form in Lucky. The story is about 90 year-old lone wolf Lucky, who lives in isolation in the Arizona desert and realises, after a fall, that he has inevitably reached the end of his life. With Lucky, actor John Caroll Lynch (Fargo, Volcano, Face/Off) makes his debut as a director. The film celebrated its world premiere at the SXSW-Festival in Austin, Texas, and featured in the Locarno Festival. Lucky will be released in cinemas here by Alamode Film on 08/03/2018.

Suburbicon is George Clooney’s newest film as a director for which he also wrote the screenplay, along with the Coen Brothers and Grant Heslov. After a break-in at his house that ends tragically, Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) is trying to save what can be saved. At the same time, a furious mob turns against a coloured family. Suburbicon takes a look behind the scenes of a 1950s suburb and shows what happens when the American dream goes down the drain. The film celebrated its world premiere in competition at the Venice International Film Festival, was then shown at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be shown in Hamburg in the »Transatlantic« section. Suburbicon will be released in German cinemas on 09/11/2017 (Concorde Movie Lounge).

Angels Wear White (»Asia Express« section) tells the story of twelve-year-old Wen. In a holiday resort on the south coast of China she becomes the victim of a crime, observed by Mia, a hotel receptionist who keeps the crime a secret because she is frightened of the authorities. In her neo-noir drama, Chinese director Vivian Qu focuses on the perspectives of the complex female characters and provides a revealing glimpse at patriarchal structures.

In her movie Looking for Oum Kulthum, US-based Iranian artist Shirin Neshat takes a closer look at Egyptian singer Oum Kulthum who is celebrated as the »Maria Callas of the Orients«. In the film the Iranian artist Mitra, played by Hamburg actress Neda Rahmanian, is fulfilling her dream by making a film about her idol Oum Kulthum. The filming is not going well: Not only does Mitra’s son disappear but the filmmaker has to struggle against opposition and the myth of the singer turns out to be an almost insurmountable wall. This German-Austrian-Italian coproduction celebrated its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and is on the programme at the Toronto International Film Festival. FILMFEST HAMBURG is showing Looking for Oum Kulthum in the »Freihafen« section. Its German cinema release is on 29/03/2018 (NFP).