WENN FLIEGEN TRÄUMEN: Statement of the director Katharina Wackernagel

PARIS YOU GOT ME: Statement of the director Julie Boehm and the producers Ann-Kathrin Boberg and Aleksandra Todorovic

Anca Miruna Lăzărescu: Director’s statement on the opening film of the 52nd Hof International Film Festival HAPPINESS SUCKS

Thorsten Schaumann, festival-director, about the opening of the 52nd Hof International Film Festival

HAPPINESS SUCKS will open the 52nd Hof International Film Festival.

The 52nd Hof International Film Festival will kick off on 23 October 2018 with the Walker + Worm production HAPPINESS SUCKS by Anca Miruna Lăzărescu. With great sensitivity, the director has succeeded in telling the story of two sisters who master their own fates. A film which will make you laugh and cry.

Stefan Gabriel is a lifeguard, a dedicated father and always makes an effort to think positively in life. While he’s trying to give something back to society and is active as a companion for the terminally ill, his two daughters, the 12-year-old Jessica and 15-year-old Sabrina, are having to deal with their own problems. Jessica is often mistaken for a boy and struggles with all of her little quirks. She would love to change places with her pretty sister Sabrina, who, despite her illness, seems to have a handle on life. The more Sabrina’s health worsens, the worse Jessica’s quirks become. They need a plan – and fast. In an old book, they come stumble upon a special ritual which they think will be their salvation. But they need to find a boy who is willing to sleep with Sabrina. They don’t have much time and Jessica does everything in her powers to set the life-saving plan in motion, no matter how crazy it seems.

With Martin Wuttke as the father and Ella Frey and Emilia Bernsdorf as his daughters, the film is wonderfully casted. Christian Friedel, Tina Ruland, Stefan Grossmann and Sophie Rois can be seen in further roles.

“Anca Miruna Lăzărescu plots a family story with all of its ups and downs as a hymn to life. HAPPINESS SUCKS is a wonderfully emotional film.” Thorsten Schaumann, artistic director of the Hof International Film Festival

HAPPINESS SUCKS is the second feature film of the German-Romanian director and graduate of the University of Television and Film Munich Anca Miruna Lăzărescu after her highly-acclaimed first feature THAT TRIP WITH DAD (2016) and the award-winning short SILENT RIVER (2011). The film is a Walker + Worm production (producers: Tobias Walker and Philipp Worm) in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel and was supported by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Nordmedia, the German Federal Film Fund and the Kuratorium junger deutscher Film. The screenplay was written by Silvia Wolken (VACUUM), with Christian Stangassinger behind the camera. Concorde Filmverleih will release the film in Germany in 2019.

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52nd Hof International Film Festival – Short Film Program

We are very pleased to announce an extensive short film program once again at the 52nd Hof International Film Festival and to present, for the first time, a cooperation with


Europe is experiencing strong social and political changes. How do young filmmakers from all over Europe reflect on them and what is their idea of the future of European cinema? As part of a new cooperation with the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) and EFP (European Film Promotion), the Hof International Film Festival has invited young filmmakers to present the German premieres of their short films selected for this year’s edition of EFP FUTURE FRAMES. Recommended by EFP and selected by the artistic team of KVIFF EFP FUTURE FRAMES highlights new European cinema and the promising young directing talent behind it since 2015 at KVIFF, a renowned hub for young cinema and one of the key international festivals.

The EFP FUTURE FRAMES films screening at the Hof International Film Festival this year are:

by Hleb Papou (Italy)

by Michal Ďuriš (Slovakia)

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by Dawid Ullgren (Sweden)

by David Gurgulia (Georgia)

by Judita Gamulin (Croatia)

by Lora Mure-Ravaud (Switzerland)

The complete short film program – 52 films selected by Martin Scheuring to mark the 52nd edition of the festival – will present a broad spectrum of works by young filmmakers from all over the world, with films from Australia, France, Italy, Iran, Croatia, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Great Britain and Austria. A compact overview of short films from Germany and Switzerland will be presented in the two kurzGeschichten screenings, the short film series which was initiated last year.

EFP (European Film Promotion) is a unique network of 38 European promotion agencies from throughout Europe representing their national films and talent. Under the EFP flag, these member organisations come together to jointly promote the diversity and spirit of European cinema and talent at key international film festivals and markets, in particular outside of Europe. EFP is financially supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and by its member organisations.

The Hamburg-based office is backed by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and the Ministry of Culture of the City of Hamburg. For more information please visit » www.efp-online.com.

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) is the largest film festival in the Czech Republic and the most prestigious such festival in Central and Eastern Europe. It is one of the oldest A-list film festivals (i.e., non-specialized festivals with a competition for feature-length fiction films), a category it shares with the festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian, Moscow, Montreal, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Among filmmakers, buyers, distributors, sales agents, and journalists, KVIFF is considered the most important event in all of Central and Eastern Europe.

Every year, the festival presents some 200 films from around the world, and regularly hosts famous and important filmmakers. The Karlovy Vary festival is intended for both film professionals and the general public, and offers visitors a carefully designed programme, excellent facilities and a broad range of other services. For more information please visit » www.kviff.com.

22documentary films will be in this year’s program at the 52nd Hof International Film Festival. The focus is on humanity, in all of its facets – as an emotional, vulnerable individual and as a political, self-important resident of a planet whose rapid social and ecological developments are questioned. They deal with questions of how one can follow one’s own dreams into old age and what these dreams are made of. These observations are made within the intimate framework of the family structure as well as in a comprehensive, global context.

We would like to present a selection of the documentary films in the program:

by Britta Schoening
Helene (19) lives in solidarity with 400 refugees in the occupied Hotel City Plaza in Athens. Ingrid (23) is a follower of the right-wing Identities movement in Vienna which propagates against mass immigration and Islamization. Aicha (18) is a Muslim Poetry Slammer in the club “i.Slam” and broaches everyday discrimination in her texts. All three women are searching for identity and belonging and find it in respectively different extremes.

by Emmanuelle Antille
In the footsteps of cult singer Karen Dalton, the film takes us on a frantic and mesmerizing road trip across the USA. In search of one of the 60’s most astonishing voices, who enjoyed short-lived success in the New York scene and was admired by such colleagues as Bob Dylan, but remained unknown to the general public, until now.

by Alain de Halleux
If Taro Yamamoto can suddenly wake up to the situation, so can others too! Taro was an actor and well known for his appearances in television talk shows. He led an easy life – until the day in March 2011 when the tsunami woke him up and changed the world. With 666,000 votes, he was elected as a senator, but it became clear to him that nothing was being done for the victims of Fukushima, so he wrote a letter to the Emperor. A huge scandal! This is forbidden in Japan!

by Nicolas Philibert
Every year, thousands of students in France begin training in nursing care. The film accompanies the ups and downs of such an education in which often very young people are confronted at an early age with human fragility, suffering, disease, and the weaknesses of body and soul.

by Martin Baer and Claus Wischmann
Since the beginning of time, mankind has been using images to create a picture of the world around us. Today, we take more photographs than ever before. Two billion images are uploaded onto the Internet every day. By the year 2020, over 45 million cameras will be documenting our lives and the world. How do we deal with it when the world and our own portrayal become one?

by Nino Jacusso
Three players in the free market take on ethical responsibility for their actions and the following generations: they engage in sustainable production. The film charts the careers of successful entrepreneurs at various stages, who operate locally, nationally and internationally and manage to combine both the market and morality.

by Lennart Brede
The film is a contemporary document and allows us to participate in the creative process and careers of the protagonists who work in the fields of art, music, film and fashion design, from the early 1990s to the present day in the two megacities Berlin and New York City. Everything revolves around the figurative question of beauty, revealing the fundamental values of truth, love and simplicity as the three constants in the search for beauty.

by Tilo Mahn
In the Alaskan wilderness, Mike and Nate Turner want to realize their dream. Far away from civilization, in the isolation and vastness of the north, father and son try to live a self-sufficient life with their families, in tune with nature, as trappers and hunters. The river is their only path to civilization: with the hydroplane or by boat, days away from the next city.

by Francesco Zippel
The film offers an introspective insight into the life and artistic journey of William Friedkin, an extraordinary and offbeat director of cult films such as THE FRENCH CONNECTION, THE EXORCIST, SORCERER, CRUISING, TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. and KILLER JOE. Thanks to an ‘all-star’ cast of friends and collaborators (including, among others, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Willem Dafoe, Wes Anderson, Matthew McConaughey, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Shannon and Juno Temple), we discover what it means to be an artist.

by Lisa Bühl
In the late 1970s, Lisa Bühl’s uncle Horst followed his heart and moved from a small suburb of Dortmund to New York City. A young, gay man with no money, no job and very little command of the English language, but with a strong will. A will to make a new life for himself in an unknown world, where he hoped to feel independent and carefree.

by Laetitia Carton
This is the story of a dance event. One of the biggest there is. Every summer, more than 2000 people come together from all over Europe to a little town in France. Seven days and eight nights long, they dance, nonstop – losing all feeling for time, they defy their own fatigue and bodies. Everyone spinning, laughing, whirling around, howling and singing. And life pulsates.

by Ece Ger
This documentary is a journey back to the lifetime of Jim Haynes, an extraordinary 83-year-old man. Haynes embodied the spirit of the 60s. This journey becomes also a physical one when he takes a train from the city of Paris, where he lives, to London and Edinburgh.

by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist
In November 2016, the soccer club of the small Brazilian town of Chapecó is on its way to the greatest highlight in the club’s history, the finals of the Copa Sudamericana. But there is a tragic accident during the flight to Colombia – just eight miles from the airport, with the team, the coaching staff, the manager and journalists on board, the plane crashes. Only six people survive.

by Matthias Wilfert
Jenny lives with her father in a little house in Lower Bavaria. Her contract as a cattle prod at the slaughterhouse has just been terminated, and with it, her dreams of foreign countries and a driver’s license. “Home is the place where I don’t have to explain myself.” But Jenny’s world looks different. She has to explain herself everyday. Everyday she has to fight for herself and a place to call home.

by Douglas Wolfsperger
In 2017 in the city of Constance on Lake Constance, Europe’s largest chain of drugstores opened the city’s fifth branch store in what used to be the former “Scala Film Palace”. The filmmaker becomes witness to the final rebellion of a dying art house cinema. Inner cities and cultural concepts change – in Constance and everywhere else. But who decides how and for whom?

by Constantin Hatz
The regulars’ table is a place for passions, desires, fears and political discourse. A place where you can spend your free time and a place that offers people space for the imagination of their own happiness. Whether in a clubhouse, a hunting lodge or a living room, deep passions dwell at these meeting places and intense connections develop between the people who come together there.

by Peter Volkart
The ingenious inventor Edwin Land made the impossible possible in 1947: the instant image. The bold camera beguiled generations of artists and photographers to photographic escapades and unpredictable adventures. Today, with the demise of analog photography, the instant image is experiencing a renaissance and quenching our desire for that unique, real moment.

by Uli Gaulke
Hidden away, at the end of Mulholland Drive, north of Los Angeles, lies the Motion Picture & Television Fund, the retirement home of the US film industry. The spry seniors – former filmmakers like actors, directors, screenwriters, editors, cinematographers, sound technicians, lighting technicians, and make-up artists – were once the backbone of the American show business. In their own little studio, they still hold on to their passion and continue to shoot short films and remain creative. The film accompanies them during all stages and recounts their dreams and hopes, far away from the limelight.

by Christine Jezior
What remains at the end of one’s life which has been dedicated to music? When the epochs of one’s own virtuoso violin music belong to the past? When one’s one fingers no longer make it possible to play the beloved instrument? The film accompanies the artist Ida Haendel during a phase of life which is often avoided in many biographies: namely, old age.

by Niko Apel
The Muslims aren’t doing anything about the increasing radicalization of their fellow believers? Sure they are. Mustapha Lamjahdi from Frankfurt and Ron Weber from Berlin are putting up a fight. Every single day they fight against the radicalization process in schools and mosque communities. The film offers insight into the inner-Islamic discussion to which the German society remains sealed off from.

by Fritz Ofner and Eva Hausberger
It’s infallible, reliable and state-of-the-art: the Glock pistol. The film recounts the rapid ascent of the Austrian handgun to become a worldwide bestseller and cult object. The investigative journey takes the directors to the USA, into the world of gangster rap with its Glock-riddled lyrics, to Iraq and into the supposedly intact world of the picturesque Lake Wörthersee.

by Agnese Grieco and Lucia Chiarla
Behind every name there is a person. Upon arriving in a foreign country, what is it that one wants to share about oneself? How and what can you say about yourself? For six months, the directors spoke with a group of unaccompanied, underage refugees in a theater about the topic of identity, developing and discussing improvisations.

People who work their way through the conventions of society, fail, but always manage to bounce back, tender and tragic stories about first love, as well as the challenges of confrontation with family and friends: these are just some of the aspects and themes of the German feature films at the 52nd Hof International Film Festival. There will be new German directing talents to discover who have cast their films with such notable actors as Katja Riemann, Peter Lohmeyer, Eva Löbau, and Florian Bartholomäi.

Here is an extended outlook on the German feature films:

by Florian Schmitz
Summer. In an old station wagon, Erik is traveling all around Germany. His goal is an appearance at a remote art festival. After a meticulously prepared performance, Erik finally lets himself just drift and meets the young couple Chiara and Peter. In the heat of the night, Erik falls in love and joins them.
With Christoph Bertram, Lilli Meinhardt, Marcus Abdel-Messih and many others

by Gregor Erler
Berlin. The last unrenovated building in a posh neighborhood is being vacated. All the long-term tenants have moved out, except for Dietmar, who refuses to leave his beloved home where he has lived for the last 40 years. His son Tobias tries to persuade him to accept his fate and move into low cost housing. The situation escalates.
With Wolfgang Packhäuser, Matthias Ziesing, Pegah Ferydoni and many others

by Eike Weinreich and Alexej Hermann
After the family patriarch passes away, his children meet in their hometown Windhausen to organize their father’s funeral with their brother and split up the inheritance: an old dilapidated building which houses an abandoned pub in a village so desolate that the only thing you can really do is to flee.
With Jürgen Sarkiss, Anja Schweitzer, Inge Mathes, Michael Gitter, Manfred Keinert and many others

by Henning Beckhoff
In a small town on the edge of the Ruhr Valley, a young farmer’s son is looking for his place in the world – torn between the city and the country, between his best friend and his older brother, between the present and tradition.
With Jerome Hirthammer, Henning Flüsloh, Peter Lohmeyer, Anna Böttcher and many others

by Julia von Heinz
A man and a teenager are driving through the night. Are they a couple? Father and daughter? When suddenly the laptop in their car is stolen, the man chases the young thief who ends up in a ditch with his moped.
With Eva Löbau, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Meira Durand, Steffi Kühnert and many others

by Marcus Richardt
Kristin cannot understand why her son has locked himself into his room for the past two years. All of her attempts to get through to him have failed. Life in their three-room apartment has turned into a spooky parallel existence, the routine of which is disrupted when Kristin unexpectedly loses her job.
With Katja Riemann, Nils Rovira-Munoz, David Wurawa, Jasmin Tabatabai, Elisa Schlott and many others

by Max Gleschinski
Every Sunday when they were kids, Martin and Eric would go to the reservoir lake together and, even as kids, they both fell in love with the same girl: Frenni. Today, 20 years later, Martin and Frenni live in a peaceful little house on his parent’s farm. They don’t have any contact to Eric anymore, until he’s standing at their front door one day.
With Florian Bartholomäi, Bernhard Conrad, Maike Johanna Reuter and many others

by Isa Micklitza
Oskar is a sensitive Physics student. Based on a formula he developed himself, he has calculated that he will remain alone his whole life. Just as he is about to jump off a bridge, a bartender named Frieda, who is making off with the bar’s revenue from that night, saves him.
With Anja Thiemann, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Herman van Ulzen and many others

by Lilli Tautfest
In a solitary house in Italy, the 40-year-old Kamilla lives with her mother Gudrun. Surrounded by vineyards and forests, Kamilla farms the land and takes care of the farm – and looks after Gudrun, who uses wheelchair. Gudrun critically observes Kamilla’s every move. Then the fugitive Rocco appears.
With Katrin Bühring, Grischa Huber, Peter Marton

by Kanwal Sethi
Tara is a widowed mother and runs a small restaurant, Amar is one of her customers. A chance phone call between the two soon becomes a daily ritual. After their many telephone conversations and despite all societal conventions, they start seeing each other. A love story in Mumbai.
With Shefaki Shah, Neeraj Kabi and many others

by Yilmaz Arslan
The summer of 1980: after years of separation, 12-year-old Oktay reunites with his parents who are living in Germany. He didn’t spend his childhood with them, but rather with his grandmother in Turkey. The belated family reunion is under tension. Oktay doesn’t like his new life, he cannot seem to find a connection to his parents, nor to this country which is supposed to be his new home.
With Roland Kagan Sommer, Katharina Thalbach, Taies Farzan, Hilmi Sözer and many others

by Lisa Ossowski, Julia Rabe, Yann Labry, Vincent Lenk
The cousins Wanda and Dora go to their grandfather’s old country estate with Dora’s boyfriend Anton and his buddy Lukas. But instead of just enjoying a relaxed weekend, a Game of Realities about love, friendship and fear ensues. Three independent narrations, which together form a greater whole.
With Mira Benser, Ali Aykar, Heiner Kock, Nina-Mercedés Rühl

With over 20 films, the international program this year at the 52nd Hof International Film Festival is as strong as ever. The films comes from 15 countries all over the world, including the USA, Great Britain, Israel, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Hungary, Brazil, South Africa and Turkey. In addition to films from renowned directors like Oscar®-winner László Nemes with SUNSET, who found great regard at the film festival in Venice, or Mia Hansen-Løve with MAYA and Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi with LES ESTIVANTS, there are many debut films and promising talents to discover. There is a contextual focus on the search for new ways of life, the coping with trauma and on interpersonal relationships within the family circle as well as with individual fellow human beings.

We would like to present a selection of the films of the international program:

by Barnaby Southcombe, GB
Two mismatched lovers arrive at the British seaside town of Scarborough, seeking an escape from the constraints of real life.
With Jodhi May, Jessica Barden, Jordan Bolger and many others

by Lewis Eizykman, F
How could the disappearance of an ordinary cat lead to the biggest financial crisis of all times? This pseudo-documentary film goes in search of answers and depicts our society in the age of social media.
With Éric Chantelauze, Flavien Dareau, Jocelyne Vignon and many others

by Jahmil X. T. Qubeka, ZAF/D
The film follows the myth of the legendary black revolutionary leader John Kepe who lived in the mid-20th century in South Africa, at a time when Apartheid was already casting its shadow.
With Ezra Mabengeza, Peter Kurth, Kandyse McClure and many others

by Peter Brunner, USA/A
Norman, the only survivor of a horrible fire, tries to build a new life for his little family and leave the feelings of guilt behind him. But the past catches up with him.
With Caleb Landry Jones, Eléonore Hendricks, Christos Haas and many others

by Beatriz Seigner, BRA/F/COL
A mother flees with her children from the Colombian armed conflict to an island in the middle of Amazonia. But then her missing husband reappears. A mysterious secret shrouds the island.
With Marleyda Soto, Enrique Diaz, Maria P. Tabares Pena, Adolfo Savilvino and many others

by Marielle Heller, USA
After decades spent composing respectful profiles of successful women, Lee Israel finds herself out of step with emerging trends. Her finances have taken a nosedive. Lee begins selling stolen and forged correspondence of dead writers and actors. The film is based on a true story which came to light in 1993.
With Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone and many others

by Haifaa al-Mansour, GB/IRA/LUX
Mary is young, rebellious and prepared to conquer all constraints and conventions of her times. Fate leads the 16-year-old in 1814 to the famous romantic poet Percy Shelley, from whose shadow she escapes with her novel Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus.
With Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Tom Sturridge and many others.

by Mia Hansen-Løve, F/D
Gabriel, a war correspondent in the Middle East, is released after being taken hostage. In an attempt to overcome his post-traumatic stress disorder, he travels to India to visit his godfather, and falls in love with his godfather’s daughter Maya. But his past continues to haunt him.
With Roman Kolinka, Aarshi Banerjee, Alex Descas and many others

by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, F/I
Anna spends a few days with her daughter at a spacious estate on the French Riviera with her family. But behind the presumably good mood, there are secrets, expectations and fears, which each person has to come to terms with on their own.
With Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Pierre Arditi, Valeria Golino, Noémie Lvovsky and many others

by Nina Kusturica, A
After her husband leaves her, Larisa has to find her own way in her call shop, a place where the whole world comes together to make phone calls and wire money back home, and in the process, their life stories are revealed to Larisa.
With Nahoko Fort-Nishigami, Sikavi Agbogbe, Simonida Sellmovic and many others

by Mikhaël Hers, F
The 24-year-old David lives for the moment and makes ends meet with various little jobs. But his peaceful life comes to a screeching halt when his sister suddenly dies and leaves him to take care of his seven-year-old niece Amanda.
With Vincent Lacoste, Isaure Multrier, Stacy Martin, Greta Scacchi and many others

by László Nemes, Hun/F
Budapest, 1913. The young Iris comes to Budapest to work in the former hat shop of her deceased parents. But she doesn’t get the job. By coincidence she discovers that she has a brother and instead of leaving the city, she goes in search of her past.
With Juli Jakab, Vlad Ivanov, Evelin Dobos and any others

by Julie Bertuccelli, F
On a beautiful summer’s day, Madame Claire wakes up in a small French village – convinced that today is her last day on earth.
With Catherine Deneuve, Alice Taglioni, Chiara Mastroianni, Samir Guesmi and many others

by Houchang Allahyari, A
A stately home in the Viennese suburbs. The spacious garden seems fossilized, as if time has stood still. Just like the family that lives in this house. But then a mysterious guest appears one day.
With Mehmet Soezer, Roya Mousavi, Doina Weber, Gregor Bloeb and many others

by Flo Convey, A
Coach Steve, an ageing thumb wrestling trainer, is once again allowed to participate in a tournament after having being banned. As promising as his new protégé Klaus and his well-planned training sessions are, his eternal rival and adversary King Gustl and his protégé Cyborg brutally destroy all their hopes.
With Markus Giefing, Alexander Linhardt, Peter White and many others

by Jonathan Jäggi, CH
Peter lives a slick urban life and organizes parties, until tinnitus unleashes self-destructive impulses and he must face his physical and mental limitations.
With Tobias Bienz, Sandra Zellweger, Joel Singh and many others

by James Marsh, GB
Retirement is for pensioners, at least that’s the way Brian Reader sees it. His old friends are in prison, his wife is six feet under, and the former thief has little more to do than complain about his eventless daily life. He’s itching to prove, just one more time, that he’s still got it.
With Michael Caine, Tom Courtenay, Jim Broadbent and many others

by Thomas Imbach, CH
The love Lena feels for her brother Noah is more than sisterly love. To distract herself, she encourages Noah’s friend Enis. But the impossible love becomes an obsession.
With Zsofia Koros, Francis Meier, Milan Peschel, Bettina Stucky and many others

by Michal Aviad, ISR
Orna has to be the main breadwinner for her family because her husband struggles to keep his new restaurant afloat. While her boss appreciates and supports her, he also makes inappropriate advances…
With Liron Ben Shlush, Menasse Noy, Oshri Cohen and many others

by Ben Zuckert, USA
Saxophonist Noah Wise plays shows wherever he can in New York. As his quartet struggles to find success, he takes a job teaching elementary concert band. Along the way, he meets Rachel Byrd, a singer-songwriter.
With Mat Vairo, Raffaella Meloni, Kevin Kilner, Meg Gibson and many others

Once again this year, the German films at the 52nd Hof International Film Festival will be presenting a variety of subjects, formal experiments and unconventional interpretations. The reflection on family, one’s sense of home, and friendship plays a central role. But also the question of social development, the positioning of the individual within the community and vice versa, and the expectations of society on the individual are just some of the topics dealt with in the films. There are stories about the desire for love, growing up, the question of what ‘home’ means, small town and big city life, and the search for traces of the past. Family, relationships, and coexistence seem to be of central significance for the filmmakers of this year’s festival edition.

In addition to the already announced opening film HAPPINESS SUCKS by Anca Miruna Lăzărescu, we would like to present a first selection of the feature films:

by David Nawrath
60-year-old Walter is a furniture remover for forced evictions. He is the most loyal worker his boss has in his company, until the day he is confronted with the situation that his previously unknown son is one of the occupants who refuses to move out.
With Rainer Bock, Albrecht Schuch, Thorsten Merten, Uwe Preuss.

by Bünyamin Musullu
For Niko, social rules are foreign. He lets himself drift aimlessly in everyday life and always rubs people the wrong way, not because he’s breaking the rules, but simply because he doesn’t follow them. He is constantly searching and wants to experience something new, no matter what it is.
With Bardo Böhlefeld, Ronja Herberich, Friederike Friedrichs

by Petra Lüschow
West Germany in the 80s: the 60s and all of its ideals of awakening and freedom have finally arrived in the provinces when a left-wing, liberal-minded teacher comes to Ursula’s school and she falls head over heels in love with him.
With Anna Hornstein, Florian Stetter, Christina Grosse, Thorsten Merten,

by Nadine Keil
Helena is hopelessly in love with Kai, her twin sister Mia’s boyfriend. When Mia brings her affair Finn with them on their sister’s holiday, Helena thinks she just may have a chance. How convenient that scientists have scattered hormone traps in the woods nearby, which set the dynamics in motion.
With Maria and Klara Wördemann, Aaron Arens, Michael Kranz

by Til Obladen and Kida Ramadan
Kanun is the Albanian customary law from pre-Roman times which decrees that the oldest man in the family has the say in cases of marriage and criminal law. Can Agim evade conviction from this law?
With Kida Ramadan, Blerim Destanni, Frederick Lau

by Joachim Schroeder and Tobias Streck
Pristina 1999. Anna works for the aid organization OSCE and is proud of her contribution to democratic change in the Balkan states. But she has to come to terms with the fact that not all of her colleagues think the same way as she does. Can she really rely on the Plaka, the soldier of fortune?
With Karin Hanczewski, Carlo Ljubek, Tommy Sowards, Sigi Zimmerschied

by Philipp Hirsch
“Our world has hit rock bottom, all the wrong people are on the trigger!” That’s the way Glocke sees it, at least for the time being. He tries his hand at being an activist, but all he really wants to do is impress a girl.
With Matti Schmidt-Schaller, Milena Tscharntke, Tom Gronau

by Luzie Loose
The friends Elisa and Anthea, both 15, develop a game in which they record everything they do with their cell phones. What starts out as a funny game soon develops a destructive dynamic.
With Stephanie Amarell, Lisa Vicari, Alexandra Finder, Jürg Plüss

by Veit Helmer
Nurlan the train driver steers his train, day in and day out, through the densely populated suburbs of Bakus, where the tracks are so close to the houses that Nurlan seems to literally drive right through their living rooms and gardens. One day a blue lace bra gets caught on his engine and Nurlan goes in search of its owner.
With Predrag ‘Miki’ Manojlovic, Denis Lavant, Paz Vega

by Katharina Wackernagel
A psychotherapist and her half-sister are on their way to Norway in a red fire truck, followed by bunch of stranded characters, clouded by a mix of vodka and a few random flies, who start dreaming …
With Thelma Buabeng, Nina Weniger, Johannes Klaußner

by Esther Bialas
For the summer holidays, 14-year-old Hanna returns to her hometown, a secluded place behind a marsh. The local villagers confront her with mistrust, strange things are happening.
With Valerie Stoll, Milena Tscharntke, Godehard Giese

52. Internationale Hofer Filmtage - Retrospektive BARBET SCHROEDER

The retrospective of the 52nd Hof International Film Festival is dedicated to the doyen of French cinema Barbet Schroeder. His companions were Claude Chabrol, Jaques Rivette and François Truffaut, but above all, it was with Eric Rohmer that he had a lifelong friendship and partnership. In 1962 they founded the – to this day still active – production, distribution and sales company Les Films du Losange, which produced not only their own films, but also those of other directors.

“I am particularly pleased that we are dedicating this year’s retrospective to this internationally renowned director and will be screening a selection of Barbet Schroeder’s extensive body of work at the festival. It is a great honor that he will be presenting his films in person in Hof.” Thorsten Schaumann, artistic director

Barbet Schroeder began his career as the producer of Eric Rohmer’s films. In 1969 he directed his first feature film, MORE, and became internationally known with the film REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, which dealt with the supposed murder of Sunny von Bülow by her husband Claus von Bülow. Leading actor Jeremy Irons won the Oscar® as best leading actor in 1991 for his role in the film. Barbet Schroeder’s international breakthrough came the following year with the psycho-thriller SINGLE WHITE FEMALE with Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh in the leading roles.

Schroeder‘s oeuvre includes an impressive, manifold body of work. From the very beginning, he has been continuously working as a producer, screenwriter, and sometimes even as an actor in such films as QUEEN MARGOT by his fellow countryman Patrice Chéreau, in MARS ATTACKS! by Tim Burton, and DARJEELING LIMITED by Wes Anderson. Even in his early days, Schroeder made documentary films, whether about the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin (Hof 1974), the author Charles Bukowski, or the controversial French lawyer Jacques Vergès who he portrayed in the highly-acclaimed film TERROR’S ADVOCATE. Just last year, the Hof International Film Festival screened his film THE VENERABLE W. about an influential monk in Myanmar who spawns everyday racism like Islamophobia, hate speeches, violence and destruction. Whereas Myanmar is a country in which 90% of the population is Buddhist, followers of a religion which invokes peace, tolerance and non-violence.

The comprehensive retrospective includes the films:

General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait
1974, documentary

1975, feature, with Bulle Ogier and Gerard Depardieu

The Charles Bukowski Tapes
1982-84, (50 x 4 minute videos)

1987, feature, with Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway

Reversal of Fortune
1990, feature, with Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons and Ron Silver

Single White Female
1990, feature, with Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh

Before and After
1995, feature, with Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson

Our Lady of the Assassins
2000, feature, with German Jaramillo

Mad Men “The Grown Ups”
2009, TV series, 3rd season, episode 12, with Jon Hamm

2014, feature, with Marte Keller and Max Riemelt

The Venerable W.
2016, documentary

That was a stimulating discussion ZWISCHEN SOMMER UND HERBST (BETWEEN SUMMER AND AUTUMN) in the Central Cinema in Hof. The director Daniel Manns recounted the experiences of a not so successful crowd funding campaign for his film, talked about the surprising change in casting for the leading actresses and how the production still managed to get everything ready for the world premiere at the Hof International Film Festival:

“It is a great pleasure for me to be able to present ZWISCHEN SOMMER UND HERBST after almost one year once again to an audience. The film was released this summer in cinemas and is now available on DVD, and it all began with the premiere in Hof. It was so nice at the festival that I’d like to come back every year – with or without a film!” Daniel Manns

And with that, we already have our first official guest at the Home of Films. On Tuesday, 23 October 2018, the 52nd Hof International Film Festival will get underway.