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Oldenburg Film Festival

26th Oldenburg Int'l Film Festival Sept. 11-15, 2019

Rated among the top 5 Film Festivals worldwide for Independent Films by American film critic Chris Gore in his esteemed 'Ultimate Film Festival Guide', and ranked »Top 25 Coolest Festivals in the World« by MovieMaker, Oldenburg has fostered its success with a strong commitment to innovative and independent filmmaking.

Labelled ‘the European Sundance’ by Variety, Hollywood Reporter, and Screen International, amongst others, Oldenburg has evolved while preserving its intimate atmosphere and founding purpose: to celebrate and support the diverse voices and visions of independent filmmakers, to honor the creativity of the artists upon which the Festival depends, and to create a unique experience and inspiring meeting place for filmmakers, audiences, and media professionals.

The only festival in the world to play films in jail and invite festival guests with inmates.



Jan-Ole Gerster opens Oldenburg International Film Festival for the second time, with Corinna Harfouch starring as »Lara«

Jan-Ole Gerster‘s breakout debut »A Coffee in Berlin« was the Opening Night film of the Oldenburg International Film Festival in 2012 – garnering him his first Best Film Award as it swept all awards, including Tom Schilling for Best Actor. He returns with his follow-up »Lara«, which will open this year’s festival. It’s been seven years since the atmospheric, black-and-white indie film »A Coffee in Berlin« created quite ...

The Oldenburg International Film Festival honors Burkhard Driest with a Tribute

The Oldenburg International Film Festival honors author, filmmaker and actor Burkhard Driest and is looking forward to an exceptional artist whose body of work was comprised of cinematic twists and turns Burkhard Driest is a hedonistic jack-of-all-trades: »One can study law during the day, but at night go over to the other side to learn all about it, too. One does not have to limit oneself to the ex-istence of a dour juror.« May 1965, at the age of 26, he ro...

Bella Thorne joins line-up, as First Features & Bold Cinema Dominate the 26th Edition of the Oldenburg Fest

  The actress, director, and LGBTQ activist will present the World Premiere of her latest directorial work, as two new Awards are added to honor Independent filmmakers     World Premiere by Bella Thorne The 21-year-old filmmaker made her screen debut at age six, and has since risen to global stardom. Attending Oldenburg to present the world premiere of her latest directorial work,“Him &Her”– a short film exploring the dynamics of dominance –s...

Interview - "Is That You?" director Rudy Riverón Sánchez, Gabriela Ramos and Jorge Enrique Caballero

(Rudy Riverón Sánchez, Gabriela Ramos and Tania Gomez on day 2 of the festival, photo courtesy of Christian Scholz / Oldenburg Filmfest) By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Cuban culture is often portrayed as exotic and vibrant, filled with lively music and sun-kissed faces. If you were to walk into a screening of "Is That You?" (¿Eres tú, papá?) expecting a happy-go-lucky experience you'd be sorely mistaken. Cuba has finally become the...

Don't Tell Me You Can't Sing - international premiere of Sabine Timoteo's debut film

(Still from "Don't Tell Me You Can't Sing". Courtesy of Filmfest Oldenburg) By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Sabine Timoteo is a well-known actress in her native Switzerland. She also co-wrote the Philip Gröning film "Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot" (My Brother's Name is Robert and He is an Idiot), which premiered in competition at Berlinale this year. This time she wears the director's hat for an avant-garde film that starts ou...

Review of Petrus Cariry's poetic film The Boat (O Barco) - European premiere

  Still from "The Boat" (Photo courtesy of Filmfest Oldenburg) By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   "Almost nothing comes through the sea and almost nothing leaves." These lines begin Petrus Cariry's exquisite film "The Boat" (O Barco). Set in a far-flung fishing community in Brazil, the ferocious waves speak before any images even grace the screen. So begins this curious fable. Ana (Samya De Lavor), a mysterious woman washes ashore shortly bef...

King of Beasts world premiere - An interview with documentary filmmaker Tomer Almagor

(Photo courtesy of Christian Scholz / Filmfest Oldenburg)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER    ...

Interview with Torsten Neumann about the last 25 years as Oldenburg festival director

By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   There was a long wait, but I finally got a chance to sit down with Oldenburg Film Festival director Torsten Neumann to discuss the 25th year of this very special film festival, what one of the director's described as "punk rock" or a "punch to the face", but in a good way. It was such a treat to sit down and discuss films with someone whose passion about films oozes from his pores.     Torsten Neumann pre...

VIDEO - Torsten Neumann is Dr No - from FECTRE (Film Festival Executive Comedy Thriller Revenge and Exploitation)

  FROM OLDENBURG WITH LOVE - 25. Internationales Filmfest Oldenburg 2018 from Filmfest Oldenburg on Vimeo.   The super trailer for Oldenburg has been Produced & Directed by Torsten Neumann and Deborah Kara Unger ...

Award winners of the 25th Oldenburg International Film Festival and Closing Statement

      The 25th edition started with several premieres: on Wednesday the opening gala for the first time took place in the congress center. With the European premiere of Sarik Andreasyan‘s  “Unforgiven”, it was also the first time that a film from outside of Germany opened the festival. Numerous stars on the red carpet being cheered by hundreds off and also provided a great kickoff.   Not blockbusters or mainstream productions, but ambitious and ...

VIDEO - A Tribute to Piers Handling

The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival is Piers Handling’s 37th as a key member of the TIFF team — and his 25th at the helm. It is also his last: Piers will retire this fall, turning his expertise to future projects following one final TIFF Cinematheque series, The Great War on Film, which marks the centenary of the WWI Armistice. Piers joined the Festival as a programmer in 1982, and later served as Artistic Director for seven years before becoming Director & CEO in 1994...

AMBIANCE - The Oldenburg Festival Photo Gallery

Well deserved rest for the team after a stunning 25th anniversary edition of the festival. more pictures ...

VIDEO - Oldenburg Tributes to Bruce Robinson and Keith Carradine

The Festival Gala at the 25th Oldenburg International Film Festival: Presenting the Awards to the Tribute and Retrospective Honorees Keith Carradine and Bruce Robinson; followed by the screening of Tomer Almagor's documentary "King of Beasts". Tributes to Bruce Robinson and Keith Carradine ...

Party at the Railway Station

Torsten Neumann does it all...even being the DJ for the party on Saturday after the Tribute Awards. ...

VIDEO - Visit to JVA Oldenburg Jail with festival guests

This festival is the only festival in the world to play films in jail and invite festival guests to watch a film with inmates. ...

VIDEO - Interview / no Interview with Keith Carradine in Oldenbburg

The bubblegum machine gets the chance to have a chat with Keith Carradine in the Festival TV #nointerview by SCHWARZSEHER. The actor has be honoured with a star on the Oldenburg Walk of Fame and with a tribute for his formidable screen presence in films such as "Nashville" (Robert Altmann), "Pretty Baby" (Louis Malle) and the series "Dexter".   ...

"Unforgiven" Opening Film at Oldenburg: An Interview with the Filmmakers

    By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   In cooperation with Nordwest Zeitung this article also appeared on their website: http://,2,2016854326.html   "Unforgiven", the new film from Armenian-Russian director Sarik Andreasyan was the the opening film of Oldenburg International Film Festival this year. We had a packed house for this aff...

Der Henker world premieres in Oldenburg's Jail - JVA

Director : Michael Kreindl  Cast : Neda Rahmanian, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Kasem Hoxha, Juergen Maurer, Amelie Kiefer  Neda Rahmanian takes security check at the entrance of the JVA jail The icepick had been rammed deeply into Mladen Ribar’s heart. Tied to it is a short but direct message: corrupt pig! An apt description of the unethical building officer Mladen. But it would fit others of his kind equally. The land is diseased with corruption, fraud and cover-ups. Someo...

Breaking News: Oldenburg Festival guests in Jail!

The only festival in the world where guests get to see films with inmates. It s in themiddle of the city, yet is called The Alcatraz of the North (300 inmates in high security, including some of the toughest criminals in Germany) A truly rare and positive experience.  Could not have imagined sharing drinks and canapes with prisoners, wardens and festival guests... Interesting to observe the way we look humans who are very different from us. (one way or another) A convenient transport...

Keith Carradine enjoying his star in Oldenburg

Keith Carradine unveiled his star on the OLB Walk of Fame. (the 12th star) ...

The team of Cuban film "Is That You?" at their world premiere

Eres tu, Papa? ' director (Rudy Riveron Sancherz at center) is so proud of his cast! It was beautifully shot by the most famous Cuban cinematographer Raul Perez Ureta (at age 84!). Gabriela Ramos makes an impressive and lasting impression as the young protagonist Lili whose relationship with her parents is beyond complex. Jorge Enrique Caballero's portrayal of the quiet and unassuming Carlos is also imposing. The debut film is an intense psychological horror, which shoul...

Audi elite and high-class sponsor at Oldenburg International Film Festival

  Festival honoree Keith Carradine with Festival founder Thorsten Neumann and Audi chief unveiling the new Audi 6 Avant at the Oldenburger Castle reception. ...


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