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Filmfest Hamburg 2014
26 September 2014
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Filmfest Hamburg 2014 started yesterday. The many facets of the program range from sophisticated arthouse films to innovative mainstream cinema with its 10 regular sections, the several anually changing sections and the special events.

This year, the festival is presenting 8 films put forward by their countries for the next foreign language Oscar. Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or 2014 winner Winter Sleep and Tomislav Mrsic’s Cowboys, are two of those 8 films, representing Turkey and Croatia. Another highlight of the festival will be the German premiere of Hamburg-based Fatih Akin’s latest, The Cut. German-Turkish director will be honoured by Emir Kusturica with the Douglas Sirk Award for his work.

“Out of the 110 feature films being screened, only 15 already have German distribution. Our audience appreciates this and takes the opportunity to see films at our festival which they usually wouldn’t get to see.” said festival director Albert Wiederspiel. This year, Greece goes to Hamburg with four multi-travelled and awarded feature films: Xenia by Panos H. Koutras, A Blast by Syllas Tzoumerkas, Miss Violence by Alexandros Avranas and Yorgos TsemberopoulosThe Enemy Within. “All of the films from Greece deal with the impact that the financial crisis is having on the life of individuals,” adds Wiederspiel. 

In 2014 Filmfest Hamburg is introducing the 50,000 Euro Hamburg Producers Award, given to German-European cinematic productions as well as to German television films. The award money is shared between these two sections. The Hamburg Cinema Producers Award will be awarded to the films in the Free Harbour section - featuring a total of twelve German-European co-productions. The German co-producer of the winning film will receive 25,000 Euro, while the European co-producer will receive Color Grading worth around 15,000 Euro.

Balkan films and co-productions participating:

Free Harbour section
A Blast by Syllas Tzoumerkas, Greece/Germany/Netherlands 2014 

Monument To Michael Jackson by Darko Lungulov, Serbia/F.Y.R.O.M./Germany/Croatia 2014 

Sivas by Kaan Mujdeci, Germany, Turkey 2014 

Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey/Germany/France 2014 

Caleidoscope section

Singing Women by Reha Erdem, Turkey 2013 

The Cut by Fatih Akin, Germany/France/Poland/Turkey/Canada/Russia/Italy 2014 

Xenia by Panos H. Koutras, Greece, France, Belgium 2014 

Eurovisuell section
Cowboys by Tomislav Mrsic, Croatia 2013

See Filmfest Hamburg full program here.

  A Blast
  Singing Women
  The Enemy Within
  Monument to Michael Jackson
  Miss Violence
  Winter Sleep
  The Cut
  Yorgos Tsemberopoulos
  Darko Lungulov
  Emir Kusturica
  Syllas Tzoumerkas
  Panos H. Koutras
  Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  Reha Erdem
  Fatih Akin
  Tomislav Mrsic
  Alexandros Avranas
  Kaan Mujdeci
  Filmfest Hamburg Special 2014 Trailer
  Filmfest Hamburg on Twitter
  Filmfest Hamburg on Facebook
  Filmfest Hamburg Special 2014 Events
  Filmfest Hamburg Official website
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