• 56th Nordic Film Days Lübeck drew a record 29,000 people into cinemas. Enthusiastic audiences chose between 172 films and an exciting array of sidebar events

    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. More

  • 56th Nordic Film Days Lübeck – “Life in a Fishbowl” takes the NDR Film Prize, while the audience prize goes to “HelloHello”

    Lübeck, Nov. 1, 2014. The big winner at the 56th Nordic Film Days Lübeck was the film “Life in a Fishbowl” (“Vonarstræti”) directed by Iceland’s Baldvin Z. On behalf of the director, the film’s lead actor, a beaming Thorsteinn Bachmann, accepted the NDR Film Prize, which comes with an endowment of € 12,500. Three films from Finland also emerged from the awards gala as winners, joining films from Norway and Sweden in taking home one of the eight prizes. More

  • 56 Nordic Film Days Lübeck opens with a hefty 1001 GRAMS

    Lübeck, Oct. 30, 2014. The 56th Nordic Film Days, which opened yesterday with a showing of 1001 GRAMS, had a surprise waiting for Norwegian star director Bent Hamer after the screening. Linde Fröhlich (artistic director) and Christian Modersbach (managing director) presented the director with a specially created silver marzipan weight under a glass bell jar to symbolise his newest film. The sweet treat was custom made by Lübeck marzipan company MEST. More

  • Prominent film industry talents on the NDR Film Prize and Children’s and Youth Film Prize juries include Victoria Trauttmansdorff, Niklas Osterloh, Anton Spieker and Bernd Sahling

    Lübeck, Oct. 29, 2014. Since 1990, the Nordic Film Days Lübeck NDR Film Prize, endowed with € 12,500, has been awarded to a feature in competition distinguished by “artistic excellence”. The jury for this year’s 56th festival (Oct. 29 – Nov. 2) comprises leading filmmaking talents from both sides of the camera. Diana Schulte-Kellinghaus, commissioning editor for the narrative division of NDR television and previous deputy managing director of the children’s channel Kinderkanal, is joined on the jury by actress Victoria Trauttmansdorff (who can be seen in the NFL Filmforum in “Patong Girl” and onstage as the “General” in “Platonow” at Hamburg’s Thalia Theater). More

  • The Specials section includes previews of films coming soon to cinemas

    Lübeck, Oct. 24, 2014. The films of the “Specials” series are especially close to the heart of the 56th Nordic Film Days Lübeck (Oct. 29 – Nov. 2). The section previews Nordic films that are soon to be released in German cinemas, such as Mikkel Nørgaard’s “The Absent One”, the second time the director has filmed a Jussi Adler-Olsen thriller, Hans Petter Moland’s black comedy “In Order of Disappearance” or Liv Ullmann’s film version of August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie”. More

  • The documentary section is marked by stories of history and youth

    Lübeck, Oct. 23, 2014. The documentary programme of the 56th Nordic Film Days Lübeck comprises 27 films (with four running under 30 minutes) and focuses on Baltic issues. There are films that commemorate the “singing revolution” that led to the restored independence of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, which also serve as a reminder that 25 years ago, the NFL was the first festival to integrate films from the Baltic States into its programme, launching Nordic-Baltic cultural cooperation. The documentaries deal with the legacy of World War II, as in “Cenotaph” or the phenomenon of socialism (“The Gold Spinners”). They trace “The Path to Baltic Freedom” or the effects of “Capitalism at Crossroad Street”, while “Pelican in the Desert” and “PMR in The State of Limbo” give us a look at less well-known European regions. More

  • The competition programme is marked by stories of new beginnings and change as the NFL hosts numerous guests and German premieres

    Lübeck, Oct. 21, 2014. The 18 films of the diverse main segment of the 56th Nordic Film Days Lübeck are shaped by stories of change and new beginnings. The films will compete for three different prizes, while 16 of the features will be in the running for the Baltic Film Prize, awarded each year to an “exceptional feature from the Nordic countries”. The festival’s main competition features eight German and two international premieres. More

  • Complete programme schedule and festival planner online from Oct. 18, 2014 – Festival magazine appears Oct. 19 – Advance ticket sales begin Oct. 25

    Lübeck, Oct. 17, 2014 – beginning Saturday Oct. 18, the full programme of the 56th Nordic Film Days will be available on the festival website. At, click on “programme” for a full list of all films and screening dates for the 172 movies showing this year in Lübeck. Users can also set up an individual day planner for the festival. The entire programme is also in the catalogue for the Nordic Film Days Lübeck More

  • Scandinavian film series on NDR television with broadcast premieres – lively comedies and ice-cold thrillers from up north

    Lübeck, Oct. 16, 2014. Once again this year, broadcaster NDR is pairing up with the Nordic Film Days Lübeck (NFL) by airing its “Scandinavian film series”, a selection of 11 films from the Nordic region to be shown on the TV channel on nine days. This year marks the 56th year of the NFL festival, which runs from Oct. 29 through Nov. 2. Some of the films that NDR will broadcast were discovered at NFL screenings. NDR will be airing the German television premiere of two films that won prizes in previous festivals. More

  • “Absolute reason died last night at eleven o’clock” – the Retrospective of the 56th NFL highlights Scandinavian drawing room comedies

    Lübeck, Oct. 9, 2014. This year’s Retrospective section of the 56th Nordic Film Days Lübeck (Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 2014) showcases Scandinavian drawing room comedies from 1917 to 2007 as testimony to the liberating power of laughter. The retrospective kicks off with early silent films by Mauritz Stiller, the man who discovered Greta Garbo – “Thomas Graal’s Best Film” (1917), which will open the Retrospective on Oct. 29, 2014 at 7:45 pm in a screening accompanied by Werner Loll on piano, and the elegant screwball comedy “Erotikon” (1920), for which students of Lübeck’s music college will provide new musical accompaniment. More

  • The Film Forum programme: The prime of life – first-time cooperation with Sennheiser/CinemaConnect

    Lübeck, Oct. 10, 2014. The Film Forum programme of the 56th Nordic Film Days Lübeck (Oct. 29 – Nov. 2) will present a selection of the most interesting films produced last year in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. This year, the section is not dedicated to a single theme, but rather is more of a survey festival series, in which almost 40 percent of the films were directed by women. What distinguishes the films is a very authentic narrative style. They are everyday stories – tragic and comic, told with emotional depth and great sensitivity. More

  • The Children’s and Youth section – kisses and creepy-crawlies

    Lübeck, Oct. 13, 2014. Thrills and gooseflesh mark this year’s children’s and youth section of the 56th Nordic Film Days Lübeck (Oct. 29 – Nov. 2). A variety of adventure and detective films will provide drama for young audiences, including “The Boy with the Golden Pants”, “The Detectives” or the fantasy films “Danny’s Doomsday” and “Ragnarok”. And, of course, if it’s bestselling crime writer Håkan Nesser, whose story “And Piccadilly Circus is not in Kumla” is showing in a film version, you can be sure murder is involved. The author himself will be in Lübeck as a special guest – both to introduce the film and in a reading from the book. More

  • 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 173 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. More

  • The 56 Nordic Film Days Lübeck open with the German premier of Bent Hamer’s 1001 Grams

    Lübeck, Sept. 17, 2014. The 56 Nordic Film Days Lübeck will open on October 29, 2014 with 1001 Grams, a “weighty” yet charming and delicately comedic film by leading Norwegian director Bent Hamer (“Kitchen Stories”, “O’Horten”). The film, which Norway recently put forth as a possible Oscar nominee for best foreign language film, will have its German premier at the festival, with the film’s director and actors in on hand to celebrate. More

  • 56th NORDIC FILM DAYS LÜBECK: Retrospective showcases Scandinavian humour – special series focuses on Finnish / Baltic films – new partners and this year’s sponsors – financing in place

    Lübeck, August 26, 2014. The highlights and programme sections for the 56th Nordic Film Days Lübeck (NFL) were introduced to the press today by the festival directors Linde Fröhlich (artistic director) and Christian Modersbach (festival manager), appearing alongside Lübeck’s cultural affairs senator Annette Borns, and Jörg Schöning, curator and director of the retrospective section. The NFL is mounted by the Hanseatic City of Lübeck. This year’s festival runs from October 29 to November 2, 2014. More

  • 56. Nordic Film Days Lübeck: Call for Entries / Filmsubmissions

    Lübeck, April 7th, 2014. Film submissions for the up-coming 56. Nordic Film Days Lübeck (29.10. – 02.11.2014) are now possible till August 1st, 2014.

    Please use our entry form in english (pdf) for Scandinavian and Baltic films, available for download on our festival website: More

  • 55. Nordic Film Days Lübeck concludes with 27,900 guests, avid cineastes and an enthusiastic audience

    Lübeck, 04.11.13 – After the 55. Nordic Film Days Lübeck came to their end yesterday, its two directors Christian Modersbach (Festival Management) and Linde Fröhlich (Artistic Direction) struck a positive balance. The total audience numbers of 27,900 have reached a new high level for the festival and mirror the audience enthusiasm for films from Scandinavia, the Baltic States and Schleswig-Holstein/Hamburg. More

  • 55th Nordic Film Days Lübeck: NDR Film Prize goes ex aequo to “Northwest” from Denmark and “I Am Yours” from Norway

    Lübeck, 2 Nov. 2013 – Films from Sweden, Norway and Denmark as well as Estonia were the big prize-winners at the 55th Nordic Film Days Lübeck. At the gala awards ceremony in Theater Lübeck a total of eight prizes were given to nine winning films. The NDR Film Prize, endowed with 12,500 Euros goes this year ex aequo to two films: “I Am Yours” (Jeg er din) by Norwegian director Iram Haq, which has already been nominated as Norway’s candidate for the Academy Awards, and “Northwest” (Nordvest) by Danish filmmaker Michael Noer. More

  • 55. Nordic Film Days Lübeck: opening event at an Iceland tölt

    Lübeck, 31.10.13 – Last night’s opening of the 55. Nordic Film Days Lübeck, considered the most important showcase for new films from Scandinavia and the Baltic States, featured director Benedikt Erlingsson cheerfully presenting his film OF HORSES AND MEN to the Lübeck audience. He was accompanied by his Icelandic stars Charlotte Bøving and Ingvar E. Sigurdsson, cameraman Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson and the producers Fridrik Thór Fridrikssson (Hrossabrestur, Iceland) and Christoph Thoke (Mogador Film, Germany). More