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Hamburg Film Festival

Hamburg, Germany

September 27 to October 6, 2012

What’s It All About?

The Hamburg Film Festival began its journey in 1992 and will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The festival will be showcasing almost 140 national and international feature and documentary films as world, European or German premieres. There are also numerous social events along with the screenings. The festival also includes workshops, readings and panel-discussions.

Watch Out For!

Opening Film:

Valley Of Saints

The first feature-length film by director Musa Syeed will open the festival in the presence of Hamburg’s Mayor Olaf Scholz. It is an extraordinary, multi-layered portrait of his (Syeed) home country against the backdrop of global, political and social unrest.

This year, the festival will also be showcasing Romanian director Cristian Mungiu’s drama Beyond The Hills. At Cannes 2012, the film won the award for Best Screenplay as well as awards for Best Actress for both Cristina Flutur and Cosima Stratan.

After 2010, this year too the fest will be screening a film by Xavier Dolan. The young director from Québec has become internationally renowned for his wild, fast-paced and colourful visual language. His new film Laurence Anyways features in the Voilà! section.

Australian director Cate Shortland will be presenting her long-awaited second feature film Lore, which highlights the story of a 15-year-old Nazi girl who crosses the border after World War II in search of her grandparents.

Renowned filmmaker Fatih Akin will be showing his new film Müll im Garten Eden (Polluting Paradise) fresh from Cannes. The film will be screened in the well-established environmental film section Drei Farben Grün.

Other screenings


Gigantics (Absolute Giganten)

Soul Kitchen

Sections at Filmfest Hamburg

• Agenda 12

• Three Colors Green

• Northern Lights

• Voilá

• Vitrina

• Asia Express

• Eurovisuell

• Québec Deluxe


• 16:9

• Michel Kinder und Jugend Filmfest


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