Crime, War and Hours of TherapyHamburg Film Festival 2018


Crime, War and Hours of TherapyHamburg Film Festival 2018

Eleven films funded by FFHSH are on the programme for the 26th Hamburg Film Festival, among them successful film festival participants, "Another day of Life" and "Sibel". The films will be shown alongside several industry events and film location tours.

Maria Köpf, Managing Director of Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein says, "The "fifth season" is about to begin for film fans in Northern Germany – it's finally time for the Hamburg Film Festival again! We are excited by the large number of stories that filmmakers from the north are showing on the big screen in Hamburg for the first time – from rebellious village girl Sibel, to lovestruck psychotherapist Max in 'What doesn't kill us', to reckless war reporter Kapuściński in animated film, 'Another day of Life'."


Four films with FFHSH funding are running in the FREIHAFEN section. These projects will thus be in the running for the "Hamburg producers prize for European cinema co-productions":

The Cannes-celebrated animated film Another Day of Life from Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow can be seen in Germany for the first time at the Hamburg Film Festival. Hamburg companies Wüste Film and Animationsfabrik are the minds behind the story of war reporter Ryszard Kapuściński.

After Locarno and Toronto, the thrilling emancipation story Sibel from Çağla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti is now coming to Hamburg. The film is coproduced by Riva Filmproduktion, who made the Oscar Shortlist 2018 with their drama, The Wound.

In The Purity of Vengance (Zentropa Hamburg), the fourth screen adaptation of the Jussi Adler-Olson crime stories, film stars Fares Fares and Nikolaj Lie Kaas once again slip into the roles of the Danish investigative duo. For this film, director Christoffer Boe spent more than 30 days filming in the north.

The melodrama In Love and War from Kasper Torsting (NordFilm/Tamtam Film) tackles the history of Denmark and Germany in the First World War. The film is the first production to come from the German/Danish development initiative between the Danish Film Institute and the FFHSH.

In the new film festival series GROSSE FREIHEIT, German films are competing for the first time for the €25,000 Hamburg Producers Prize for "German cinema production". Hamburg director Sandra Nettelbeck is in the running with her tragicomedy What doesn't kill us (Sommerhaus Filmproduktion), having impressed audiences at the Locarno Film Festival. August Zirner shines in the lead role as psychotherapist Max. Lola Randl's documentary film The Bees and the Birds (Detailfilm), on the other hand, is a portrait of city dwellers who strike out in unfamiliar terrain and try to survive off the land.

The HAMBURGER FILMSCHAU section presents vibrant and varied filmmaking from Hamburg. The following productions were funded by the FFHSH:

  • Land of my children by Darío Aguirre, Büchner Filmproduktion
  • Fourteen-and-a-half Collisions by Guido Weihermüller, Close Distance Productions

World cinema is shown under the heading KALEIDOSKOP and includes FFHSH production The School on Magic Mountain by Radek Wegrzyn (Detailfilm). In the TELEVISIONEN section, the FFHSH is represented by the new Tatort: Borowski and the Fortune of Others (Andreas Kleinert, NordFilm Kiel). And in the special programme HEIMATFILME, you can once again see Katja Benrath's short film and Oscar nominee Watu Wote: All of us.