When the final film of the 51st Hof International Film Festival rolls this evening, the new artistic director Thorsten Schaumann can look back on six successful festival days which complement the past years.

“The last six days have been crazy. The cinemas were full and the audiences enthusiastic. We had great conversations, and not only following the screenings. I was so happy to have so many guests come to the festival and am grateful for their trust in me. The HoF PLUS program came over very well and the expectations soared from event to event. And here I would like to particularly mention the phenomenal success of our midnight screenings for short films, ‘shortStories’. I am so very happy that this new concept was so well received.” Thorsten Schaumann

With some 30,000 occupied seats in the cinemas and around 12,000 tickets sold, the 51st Hof International Film Festival is in a top position. Packed cinemas, the well-attended framework program HoF PLUS, numerous guests – filmmakers, producers, distributors, commissioning editors and the press, not to mention the awards, parties, sausages and soccer.

Director’s statement

Award winner’s statement

Director’s statement

SPIO President’s statement

Club talk with the director Axel Ranisch and his commissioners Lisa Bitter & Annalena Schmidt

Sunday | 11:15 | Club

Moderation: Moritz Holfelder

Judas. His name stands for betrayal: His story is one of guilt without pardon. He is the only enemy for whom there is no love, the most hated, the most persecuted and demonized: Judas, Jesus’ disciple who betrayed God’s son with his kiss and delivered him unto the cross.

Ben Becker takes on this role. He subjects himself to the anathema of a 2000 year old curse and defends Judas with a text by Walter Jens, after which nothing is as it seems.

In 2016, Ben Becker had the idea of recording ICH, JUDAS in order to present and bring understanding of “his” Judas to a wider audience. Ben Becker was able to convince two renowned production companies with his project, Apollo-Film and Rekord Film, and with the German-Turkish director Serdar Dogan, he found the ideal companion for the realization of his film idea.

The special screening of ICH, JUDAS:
151 | Sun. | 11:00 | Central

Recording from the Berlin Cathedral on 18 March 2017
Direction & enactment: Ben Becker
Film direction: Serdar Dogan
Color | 87 min | D | 2017
Stereo | German original version

More and more people are disappearing in Germany. Behind these mysterious missing persons cases are not wolf attacks, but vampires, vampires with their origins in the Middle Ages. MONTRAK, once a burgrave, is damned to a vampire existence by a ring transformed by Lucifer. When he is hunted down, he has no other alternative than to let himself be killed so that the vampire myth may be forgotten.

However, MONTRAK’s subjects secretly create a new master vampire who is to plunge the country into chaos with his troops. But a small group of people stand in his way …

The special screening of MONTRAK:
152 | Sun. | 13:00 | Central

Director: Stefan Schwenk
Feature film | D | 2017
122 min | Dolby 5.1

Award winner’s statement

Award winner’s statement

City mayor’s statement

Award winner’s statement