Lübeck, Nov. 3, 2014. Festival directors Linde Fröhlich (artistic director) and Christian Modersbach (managing director) expressed delight at the 56th Nordic Film Days Lübeck, which ended yesterday, in particularly the attendance figures. A total of 29,000 people filled cinemas over the course of five days, setting a new record for the festival mounted by the city of Lübeck. The public’s enthusiasm for films from Scandinavia, the Baltic States and Schleswig-Holstein/Hamburg continues to grow and was reflected in the extremely well attended NFL events.
Linde Fröhlich and Christian Modersbach said “we’re not looking to break records, but when they break themselves with audiences of 29,000, we consider that an exceedingly positive sign. This year’s festival offered visitors not only film and cinematic events, but above all, the welcoming atmosphere that makes Lübeck so special. We want to extend our thanks to our committed sponsors, as well as the filmmakers whose wonderful movies contribute to creating that atmosphere. Thank you!”
Audiences warmly embraced this year’s selection of films – at 172 productions a new record. Sold-out screening, interesting discussions and popular sidebar events created a spirited mood with audiences and guests. The special screenings of the silent classic “Erotikon”, with wonderfully imaginative musical accompaniment by the students of Lübeck’s Music Academy were as popular as a reading by bestselling author Håkan Nesser, the event acknowledging 25 years of Nordic-Baltic film cooperation and the shows by the bands “Prins Polo” (Iceland) and “Fuck Art, Let’s Dance!” from Hamburg. Altogether the 56th Nordic Film Days Lübeck mounted successful events with strong international participation.
Lübeck also welcomed 780 industry representatives and journalists, as well as 201 filmmakers to this year’s festival. The loyal, cinema-loving festival public was once again treated to numerous discussions and Q&As with festival guests.
Each year, the NFL awards eight prizes in different categories. This year, the NDR Film Prize, which carries the highest endowment at € 12,500, went to the Icelandic film “Life in a Fishbowl” (“Vonarstræti”) directed by Baldvin Z.
NDR and the Lübecker Nachrichten newspaper once again proved themselves to be strong media partners to the festival with their comprehensive and varied coverage of the NFL.
Save the date! The 57th Nordic Film Days Lübeck will be held from November 4 – 8, 2015.
Complete information on the 56th Nordic Film Days Lübeck, including a list of prize winners, can be found at www.filmtage.luebeck.de or on Facebook.com, twitter.com, instagram.com/nordicfilmdays