This year FILMFEST HAMBURG shows 144 films from 56 countries in 12 sections. Among them are again a range of festival successes from Cannes, Locarno, Venice and Toronto.
FILMFEST HAMBURG will open with La Belle Époque (director: Nicolas Bedos; France), which premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival, just like the new films by Xavier Dolan (Matthias & Maxime; Canada) and Robert Eggers (The Lighthouse; USA, Canada). Céline Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire was awarded the prize for best screenplay in Cannes and can now be seen in Hamburg in the section »Voilà!«. In addition, the films awarded in the Un Certain Régard section with the prize for Best Direction (Beanpole; director: Kantemir Balagov; Russia) and Best Actress Chiara Mastroianni (On a Magical Night; director: Christophe Honoré; France) are shown in the Hanseatic city.
From Locarno, Pedro Costa's Vitalina Varela (Portugal), winner of the Golden Leopard Award and the Best Actress Award, comes to Hamburg, accompanied by 143 Sahara Street (Algeria), for which director Hassen Ferhani was awarded the Best Young Director Award in Switzerland.
A total of five films from this year's FILMFEST HAMBURG programme received awards in Venice. The prize for the best actor went to Luca Marinelli for his role in Martin Eden (director: Pietro Marcello; Italy) and the prize for the best young actor to Toby Wallace (Babyteeth; director: Shannon Murphy; Australia). In the Orrizonti series, the prize for the best film went to Atlantis (Ukraine) by Valentyn Vasyanovych, Sami Bouajila was awarded for his role in Bik Eneich – Un fils (director: Mehdi M. Barsaoui; Tunisia). Director Amjad Abu Alala received the award for Best Debut Film for You Will Die at Twenty (Sudan).
Currently showing in Toronto and in Hamburg in a few weeks are Cunningham (directed by Alla Kovgan; France, Germany, USA), about the legendary American choreographer, which will be shown in a 3D version, and Africa (Israel) by Oren Gerner, one of 29 debut films at FILMFEST HAMBURG, which shows how strong the upcoming generation is this year. The film is also part of the focus »Generation Gold«, which deals with age in film.
The closing film of FILMFEST HAMBURG is Sorry We Missed You (GB) by Ken Loach: An angry indictment of the social abysses of the service society. The distortions of global capitalism form another focus of this year's film festival that will be joined by the thematic block »Visions of Disappearance«.
The entire programme including MICHEL Kinder und Jugend Filmfest will be online from 2 p.m. today. Advance ticket sales begin on 18.09.2018. On 17.09.2018 the ticket office in the Levantehaus will open for the first time at our »Gelbe Stunde« from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.. As part of the »Film im Gespräch« event, Albert Wiedspiel will be presenting the festival on 18 September at 7 p.m. in the Abaton cinema and showing a surprise film from the current programme.