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Instances  2016 Oldenburg International Film Festival

Impressions of the 20th oldenburg international film festival


Situated in Northwest Germany, the Oldenburg International Film Festival covers since 1994 the international movie scene in all of its aspects. This open minded approach leads to an inspiring mix of great premieres, surprising discoveries and original independent productions. Off beat innovation and ideas against the grain are the trademarks of the festival.

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Among the guests of honor were Alex Cox, Frank Oz, James B. Harris, Tim Hunter, Belgian cult director Harry Kümel, Jim McBride, Philippe de Broca, Andrzej Żuławski, Ken Russell and Jerry Schatzberg who have all attended the festival for the retrospectives of their work. Icíar Bollaín, Seymour Cassel, Asia Argento, Stacy Cochran, Richard Stanley, Ben Gazzara, Larry Clark, Tim Blake Nelson as well as Luke and Andrew Wilson have attended the festival for tributes in their honor.

Internationally acclaimed films, such as Takeshi Kitano’s Kids Return, Kevin Spacey’s Albino Alligator, Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight, David Cronenberg’s Spider, Larry Clark’s Ken Park, Luke and Andrew Wilson’s The Wendell Baker Story, and The Fountain by Darren Aronofsky or indie hits like Larry Fessenden’s Habit, Cory McAbee’s The American Astronaut, Michael Polish’s Northfork, Paul Provenza’s The Aristocrats, Susan Buice and Arin Crumley’s Four Eyed Monsters or The Guatemalan Handshake by Todd Rohal, received their celebrated German premiere in Oldenburg.

Day 2 at the oldenburg international film festival


Tributes and Retrospectives

Tributes (by year)
  • 1994: Nancy Savoca
  • 1995: Katt Shea
  • 1996: (none)
  • 1997: Icíar Bollaín
  • 1989: Seymour Cassel
  • 1999: Asia Argento
  • 2000: Stacy Cochran
  • 2001: Ben Gazzara, Richard Stanley
  • 2002: Édouard Niermans
  • 2003: Larry Clark
  • 2004: Tim Blake Nelson
  • 2005: Luke Wilson and Andrew Wilson
  • 2006: Peter Fleischmann
  • 2007: Stacy Keach
  • 2008: Marius Müller-Westernhagen, Michael Wadleigh
  • 2009: Scott McGehee, David Siegel
  • 2010: Timothy Bottoms
  • 2011: Roger Fritz
  • 2012: (none)
  • 2013: Bobcat Goldthwait
  • 2014: (none)
  • 2015: Joanna Cassidy
  • 2016: Nicolas Cage, Amanda Plummer
  • Retrospectives
  • 1994: Alex Cox
  • 1995: Frank Oz
  • 1996: James B. Harris
  • 1997: Tim Hunter
  • 1998: Roberto Faenza
  • 1999: Harry Kümel
  • 2000: William Wellman Jr.
  • 2001: Jim McBride
  • 2002: Bernard Rose
  • 2003: Philippe de Broca
  • 2004: Andrzej Żuławski
  • 2005: Ken Russell
  • 2006: Jerry Schatzberg
  • 2007: Abel Ferrara
  • 2008: James Toback
  • 2009: Bruno Barreto
  • 2010: Radley Metzger
  • 2011: Ted Kotcheff
  • 2012: Phedon Papamichael
  • 2013: Mania Akbari
  • 2014: Philippe Mora
  • 2015: George Armitage
  • 2016: Christophe Honoré
  • German Independence Award: Audience Award

  • 1998: Richard Schenkman — Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five — USA, 1998
  • 1999: Noah Stern — The Invisibles — USA, 1999
  • 2001: Buket Alakuş — Anam — Germany, 2001
  • 2002: Scott Thomas — Anacardium (Deranged) — USA, 2001
  • 2003: Michael Polish — Northfork — USA, 2003
  • 2004: Dennis Iliadis — Hardcore — Greece, 2003
  • 2005: Marcos Siega — Pretty Persuasion — USA, 2005
  • 2006: Scott Dacko — The Insurgents — USA, 2006
  • 2007: Jan Hinrik Drevs — Underdogs — Germany, 2006/2007
  • 2008: Emily Atef — The Stranger in Me (Das Fremde in mir) — Germany, 2008
  • 2009: Judi Krant — Made in China — USA, 2009
  • 2010: Paul Gordon — The Happy Poet — USA 2010
  • 2011: K. Lorrel Manning — Happy New Year — USA, 2011
  • 2012: Jan-Ole Gerster — Oh Boy — Germany, 2012
  • 2013: David Perrault — Our Heroes Died Tonight (Nos heros sont morts ce soir) — France, 2013
  • 2014: Michal Samir — Hany — Czech Republic, 2014
  • 2015: Tom Sommerlatte — Summers Downstairs (Im Sommer wohnt er unten) — Germany/France, 2015
  • 2016: Emre Konuk — The Apprentice (Çirak) — Turkey, 2016
  • German Independence Award: Best German Film

    The Best German Film award is juried by an international panel of five—filmmakers, actors, artists, writers, producers—of which at least three members come from other countries than Germany. The films are shown in original version with English subtitles. Jury members have been, e.g., in 2011: Matteo Lovadina, Radley Metzger, Ildi Toth Davy, Soopum Sohn, and Matthew Modine. The 2012 festival saw an all-woman jury, consisting of Tamar Simon Hoffs, Gabrielle Miller, Lana Morgan, Debbie Rochon, and Mira Sorvino.

  • 2004: Andreas Struck — Sugar Orange — Germany, 2004
  • 2005: Catharina Deus — About a Girl (Die Boxerin) — Germany, 2005
  • 2006: Birgit Grosskopf — Princess (Prinzessin) — Germany, 2006
  • 2007: Jakob Moritz Erwa — All the Invisible Things (Heile Welt) — Austria, 2006
  • 2008: Emily Atef — The Stranger in Me (Das Fremde in mir) — Germany, 2008
  • 2009: Thomas Sieben — Distance — Germany, 2009
  • 2010: Philip Koch — Picco — Germany, 2010
  • 2011: Linus de Paoli — Dr. Ketel — Germany, 2010
  • 2012: Jan-Ole Gerster — Oh Boy — Germany, 2012
  • 2013: Tom Lass — Kaptn Oskar — Germany, 2013
  • 2014 + 2015 (not awarded because of budget cuts)
  • German Independence Award: Best Short Film

  • 2007: Marcos Valin, David Alonso — Atención al cliente (Customer Service) — Spain, 2007
  • 2008: Liz Adams — Side Effect — USA, 2008
  • 2009: Hassan Said — Mute — USA, 2009 (Best foreign-language short film)
  • 2009: Tom Bewilogua — SCISSU — Germany, 2009 (Best German-language short film)
  • 2010: Jeremy Bradley, Reuben Sack — Salvation Insurance — USA, 2010
  • 2011: Markus Engel — Der letzte Gast (The Last Guest) — Austria, 2011
  • 2012: Meghna Gupta, Gigi Berardi — Unravel — United Kingdom / India, 2012
  • 2013: Patrick Baumeister — Preis — Germany, 2013
  • 2014: Kevin Meul — Cadet — Belgium, 2014
  • 2015: Martijn de Jong — Free — Netherlands, 2014
  • 2016: Ruken Tekes — The Circle (Hevêrk) — Turkey, 2016
  • German Independence Honorary Award

  • 2013: Mania Akbari, Bobcat Goldthwait
  • 2015: George Armitage, Joanna Cassidy
  • 2016: Nicolas Cage, Christophe Honoré, Amanda Plummer
  • Otto Sprenger Award

  • 2007: Ben Reding, Dominik Reding — For The Unknown Dog (Für den unbekannten Hund) — Germany, 2005
  • 2008: Emily Atef — The Stranger in Me (Das Fremde in mir) — Germany, 2008
  • Seymour Cassel Award: Outstanding Performance

    This actor’s prize is awarded for performances in films nominated for the Best German Film award.

  • 2012: Tom Schilling for his role as Niko Fischer in Oh Boy (Germany 2012)
  • 2013: Martina Schöne-Radunski for her role as Alex in Kaptn Oskar (Germany 2013)
  • 2014: Victoria Schulz for her role as Ruby in Von jetzt an kein zurück (Germany 2014)
  • 2015: Sarah Silverman for her role as Laney in I Smile Back (USA 2015)
  • 2015: Nikola Rakočević for his role as Slav in Travelator (Serbia 2014)
  • 2016: Noémie Merlant for her role as Claire in Twisting Fate (À tous les vents du ciel) (France 2016)
  • 2016: André M. Hennicke for his role as Udo in Strawberry Bubblegums (Germany 2016)
  • Quotes

    Because of the festival programme and its focus on independent filmmaking, press and industry professionals have dubbed the festival the “European/German Sundance”.

  • “One of the most offbeat festivals in Europe.” (Variety 2009)
  • “Now in its 16th edition, Oldenburg proves that, justifying its reputation as Germany’s premiere indie fest by putting innovative filmmaking ahead of boxoffice glamour, while still filtering out the dregs of the low-budget scene.” (The Hollywood Reporter 2009)
  • “Oldenburg: The German Sundance (…) has become a must in the festival circuit.” (Cannes Market News)
  • “The German Sundance” (Screen International)
  • References

    Oldenburg International Film Festival Wikipedia


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