“Specials” Section with Political History and Stories Set in the Icy Cold as well as “100 Years of Estonian Film”

Lübeck, 23.10.12 – This year’s “Specials” section at the 54. Nordic Film Days Lübeck (31.10. – 04.11.12) centres on the topic of “history”, mostly in a political context. The directors Claus Oppermann and Gerald Grote have edited amateur film recordings from the East and the West to form an impressive journey through time in UP TO THE BORDER – THE PEOPLE’S PERSPECTIVE ON THE BERLIN WALL. The fall of the Wall is also the topic of Georg Maas’ Film TWO LIVES. It recounts a life drama set between Norway and Germany, between a Nazi past and Stasi suspicions – starring Juliane Köhler and Liv Ullman. Two further Nordic-German co-productions are set in the time of World War II: In INTO THE WHITE, Petter Næss recounts the true story of an encounter of German and British pilots in a remote cabin in the Norwegian mountains (cast includes jury member Florian Lukas and David Kross). In AN ENEMY TO DIE FOR by Peter Dalle, the outbreak of World War II takes an international expedition in Spitsbergen by surprise. The cast includes the German actor Axel Prahl and actress Jeannette Hain. The impressive French-Greenlandic co-production INUK by Mike Magidson accompanies the young Inuk on a voyage to his roots in the vast icescapes of northern Greenland. The film was shot on location. This year’s opening film at the 54. Nordic Film days Lübeck is the original documentary film KON-TIKI by Thor Heyerdahl and Olle Nordemar from 1950, which also presents an extraordinary expedition. The two scientists documented their experiences on a scientific expedition aboard a raft made of balsa wood, travelling from Peru to Polynesia - the black and white film winning them Norway’s first “Oscar” sixty years ago.

An event within the “100 years of Estonian Film” series on 30. October 2012 provides a prelude to the 54. Nordic Film Days Lübeck, which begin one day later: Tristan Priimägi of the Estonian Film Foundation in Tallinn is giving a lecture at 19.30 o’clock on “100 years of Estonian film – The discovery of a film culture", venue: Die Gemeinnützige, Königstr. 5, Lübeck, free entrance. The event takes place in cooperation with Nordic Film Days Lübeck and “Gesellschaft zur Beförderung gemeinnütziger Tätigkeit”. The festival programme includes three feature films from three eras of Estonian film history, beginning with WAVES OF PASSION by Wladimir Gaidarow. The film is an early German-Estonian silent film production from 1930, which had long since been considered lost in Germany, and will be presented on 1. November 2012, with musical accompaniment by “Troubaduo”. SMILE AT LAST by Leida Laius and Arvo Iho, a socio-critical youth drama in Soviet times, was shown at the 1987 Berlinale, and AUTUMN BALL, a black comedy by Veiko Ounpuu (2007), which introduces the inhabitants of a high-rise housing estate, was recently voted “Best Estonian Film” of all times by Estonian film critics and journalists.

The complete programme of the 54. Nordic Film Days Lübeck and filmstills are available for download now online at: www.filmtage.luebeck.de

Silke Lehmann
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