56th Nordic Film Days Lübeck will screen 172 films – main competition section showcases young people in flux – STAWAG joins sponsor roster

Lübeck, Oct. 7, 2014. The full programme of the 56th Nordic Film Days Lübeck (NFL) festival (Oct. 29 – Nov. 2) was presented at a press conference today. The festival’s artistic director, Linde Fröhlich and festival manager Christian Modersbach were joined at the podium by curators of the various sections to introduce the 172 films to be screened during the five day festival. The NFL is presented by the city of Lübeck and is the only film festival in Europe dedicated entirely to films from the north and northeast of the continent. An extensive sidebar programme complements the screenings, with concerts, readings, industry gatherings and international panel discussions.  

This year the festival opens on October 29 at 7:00 pm with the German premiere of “1001 Grams”, Norway’s submission for the best foreign language film Oscar. Renowned Norwegian director Bent Hamer (“Kitchen Stories”, “O’Horten”) will be in Lübeck to personally introduce his film about a scientist who is forced to re-calibrate her inner life. Also on hand will be Pandora Film distribution, which is releasing “1001 Grams” Germany-wide on December 18, 2014.

The festival leadership was particularly pleased to announce a new principle sponsor joining this year’s NFL – STAWAG Stadtwerke Aachen AG (Aachen public utilities). Before the announcement, STAWAG CEO Dr. Christian Becker spoke with great enthusiasm about the arrangement, “the Nordic Film Days are a highlight of Lübeck’s cultural life. Lübeck residents, cineastes and filmmakers all meet at the NFL. So we are extremely pleased to be sponsors of this fantastic event for the first time this year. As a partner of Lübeck’s public utilities, we too are eager to contribute to the charm of Lübeck and we are fully committed to this”.

A prominent guest at this year’s NFL will be Roy Andersson, winner of this year’s Golden Lion at the Venice film festival. His winning film, “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” will have its German premiere in the main competition in Lübeck and the retrospective will run an homage to the Swedish director. The festival will also welcome director Ruben Östlund to the main section with his Cannes success “Force Majeure”. Among the other features in the main competition are “Itsi Bitsi” (dir: Ole Christian Madsen), “Beatles” by Peter Flinth, “Boy Upside Down” directed by Juha Lehtola and “They Have Escaped” by Finnish director J. P. Valkeapää. Those directors will all be in Lübeck to introduce their films, which focus on young characters who are each at a turning point in their lives.

Among the other celebrated guests and jury members in Lübeck will be German actors Victoria Trauttmansdorff, Angela Winkler, Henny Reents, Helene Grass, Marleen Lohse, Devid Striesow, Hinnerk Schönemann and Mario Adorf.

The NFL screening venues are the CineStar Filmpalast Stadthalle, along with the Kolosseum and Kino Koki and a total of eight prizes will be awarded at the film prize gala on November 1.

Press stills of the films of the 56th Nordic Film Days Lübeck are available now for download on the press page at www.filmtage.luebeck.de. The complete programme schedule and additional details of the films and sidebar events will be posted on the festival homepage starting on October 18, 2014. Advance ticket sales begin on October 25 at 3:00 pm at the CineStar Filmpalast Stadthalle and online at the festival website and at www.cinestar.de.

In addition to the film screenings, the NFL announces regular special events at www.filmtage.luebeck.de and the latest news and highlights at facebook.com/nordicfilmdays as well as via tweets at twitter.com/nordicfilmdays.

Press contact:

Silke Lehmann
Director of Public Relations
Nordic Film Days Lübeck
Schildstr. 12, 23539 Lübeck, Germany
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