Opening night of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck – Rousing German premiere of “Swoon” (Eld och Lågor)

Lübeck, Oct. 30, 2019. At yesterday’s opening of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck (Oct. 29 – Nov. 3, 2019), the invited guests left the cinema in an upbeat mood after the German premiere of the film “Swoon” (Eld och Lågor) and headed to the stylish first night reception in Lübeck cathedral. 

Danish moderator Mille Maria Dalsgaard (soon to be seen as a detective in Tatort: Borowski und das Haus am Meer) launched the festive opening, taking the stage before the screening to welcome the Swedish team behind the film, including directors Måns Marlind and Björn Stein (“Underworld Awakening”), lead actor Albin Grenholm, and producer Kristina Åberg (Atmo AB). Capelight pictures holds the German distribution rights to “Swoon”. 

“With our sparkling opening night film from Sweden, which the audience clearly loved, we mark a successful launch of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck”, says Linde Fröhlich, the festival’s artistic director. Festival manager Florian Vollmers also expressed his pleasure with the start of the NFL, saying, “By opening day, 20,000 tickets for Nordische Filmtage Lübeck screenings had already been sold, so advance sales are booming. Some of the screenings are already sold out, but there are still tickets available for many other films”. 

The Nordic Film Days Lübeck, presented by the city of Lübeck, represent the largest festival on the European continent devoted to films from Europe’s north and northeast, with a special eye to current filmmaking in northern Germany. 

The festival juries were also introduced and among those present were the actresses Julia Hartmann (“Suddenly it was Love”) and Lea Zoë Voss (“Druck”), as well as producer Sebastian Weyland (Heimathafen Film). 

Invited guests thronged the red carpet in front of the CineStar Filmpalast Stadthalle, as well as Lübeck cathedral. They included Dr Oliver Grundei, representing the Schleswig-Holstein ministry of education, science and culture, Estonian cultural attaché Merit Kopli, Lübeck’s mayor Jan Lindenau, lord mayor Gabriele Schopenhauer, and the city’s senator for culture, education, and schools, Kathrin Weiher. This, the 61st edition of the Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, from Oct. 29 to Nov. 3, 2019 will show 196 films in 283 screenings, including exciting dramas with impressive camerawork, colourful nature documentaries, touching films for children and young adults, a Retrospective teeming with secret agents, sophisticated shorts, exciting TV series, and innovative 360° films shown in a mobile Fulldome cinema. The festival is rounded out by an extensive side-bar programme of readings, workshops, silent film concerts and much more. 

Many of the filmmakers and actors will be in Lübeck to present their work to enthusiastic audiences and answer questions. Among them will be directors Mika Kaurismäki, Marius Holst, André Erkau and Grimur Håkonarson, Filmmakers Martina Fluck and Elsa Kvamme, and actors Kim Riedle, Ingvar E. Sigurdsson und Katharina Schüttler. The festival juries will award a total of nine prizes, with the winners announced at the Prize Gala on November 2 at Theater Lübeck.   

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Festival directors Linde Fröhlich and Florian Vollmers with the crew of the opening night film “Swoon” – caption text: Linde Fröhlich, Måns Marlind, Albin Grenholm, Kristina Åberg, Björn Stein, Florian Vollmers


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