Starting 22 October 2019, the Hof International Film Festival 2019 will enter its 53rd round and present a selection of new, exciting and emotional films – feature films and documentaries as well as a series of short films – over a period of six days.
The 53rd Hof International Film Festival will open with BAUMBACHER SYNDROME by Gregory Kirchhoff starring Tobias Moretti and the two newcomers Lenz Moretti and Elit İşcan. Sensitively, with an unexpected arc of suspense staged in the breathtaking landscape of Spain, the director shows the portrait of a man who is confronted with the realization that he has missed out in his own life.
The internationally renowned late night show host Max Baumbacher (Tobias Moretti) wakes up one morning with an unusually deep, almost magical voice. The news about this unprecedented change spreads like wildfire and prompts him to hide from the public in his manager’s Spanish villa. When Max meets the young, crazy Fida (Elit İşcan) and his depressive son (Lenz Moretti) from a previous relationship unexpectedly visits him, Max has to face his past.
“Gregory Kirchhoff’s BAUMBACHER SYNDROME forces the escape from a cabinet of vanities. It is funny, sensitive and always surprising with a fantastic cast. I’m looking forward to a great prelude to six days of cinema experience together”. Thorsten Schaumann, Artistic Director of the Hof International Film Festival
BAUMBACHER SYNDROME is the third film by Gregory Kirchhoff, who received several awards for his debut film DUSKY PARADISE and was nominated for the Discovery Award at the Raindance Film Festival in London 2016. Gregory Kirchhoff was born in Hamburg in 1992. After several stays abroad in England and Spain, he returned to Germany to study film in Hamburg and since then has been producing films as a freelance writer and director.
The film is a production of KIMOTION PICTURES GMBH and KINESCOPE FILM GMBH, supported with funds from nordmedia – Film- und Mediengesellschaft Niedersachsen/Bremen mbH.