FILMFEST HAMBURG is once again presenting an international programme in this special year that reflects the current developments in world cinema, presents new discoveries, and brings films from the festivals in Cannes, Venice and Toronto to the Hanseatic city, thus contributing to a restart for cinema.
With 76 films in nine sections, this year FILMFEST HAMBURG presents a concentrated programme in the festival cinemas Abaton, CinemaxX Dammtor, Metropolis, Passage and Studio-Kino. All films in the programme will be shown in the theatres. In order to enable visitors to take part, the theatre seats for selected films, which are not available due to hygiene regulations, will be moved to the digital space. The concept has been coordinated with the theatre managers and, by reducing the number of video-on-demand tickets, ensures that it remains a sustainable model that preserves the ecosystem of distribution, festivals and cinema exploitation. On agreement with the licensors, 50 titles of the programme can be accessed on the STREAMFEST HAMBURG platform, developed in cooperation with festivalscope and shift72, from the respective premiere date until the end of the festival. Some films from the programme of the 17th dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg, which is hosted by FILMFEST HAMBURG this year, can also be seen in the theatres and via stream.
Last week the section "Orizzonti" was opened in Venice with the Greek film Apples. The debut film by Christos Nikou, former assistant director to Yorgos Lanthimos, was celebrated by critics at the Lido and tells of a strange pandemic that leads to memory loss.
Also coming to Hamburg is Quo Vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Žbanić, which will be shown earlier in the Venice Competition and at the Toronto Film Festival. The Bosnian director received the Golden Bear at the Berlinale for her debut film Grbavica and in her new film she tells the story of a family tragedy against the background of the massacre in Srebrenica.
The Polish film Sweat by Swedish director Magnus von Horn was part of the Official Selection of this year's Cannes Film Festival, which could not take place due to the pandemic. The film about an Instagram influencer who encounters the real world in the form of a stalker is celebrating its German premiere in the Hanseatic city.
Philippine filmmaker Lav Diaz was a guest in Hamburg last year and his work was highlighted in the format "Contemporary Cinema in Focus". His new film Genus Pan will also be screened at FILMFEST HAMBURG, as will the new works of some of the leading figures in world cinema, including City Hall by Frederick Wiseman, Kajillionaire by Miranda July, Dark Waters by Todd Haynes and Never Gonna Snow Again by Małgorzata Szumowska.
To ensure that the audience and guests of FILMFEST HAMBURG, despite contact restrictions, do not only come together in the cinema hall, there will be an alternative open-air meeting place this year. Located between Abaton, CinemaxX Dammtor and Grand Elysée Hotel, the outdoor area of the Turmbar on the Moorweide will be a central meeting place.