WENN FLIEGEN TRÄUMEN: Statement of the director Katharina Wackernagel
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
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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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
EFP FUTURE FRAMES – NEW FILMMAKERS TO FOLLOW
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:
» IL LEGINARIO / THE LEGIONNAIRE
by Hleb Papou (Italy)
» WARM COMEDY ABOUT MADNESS, DEPRESSION AND UNFULFILLED DREAMS
by Michal Ďuriš (Slovakia)
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.
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
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.