Magazine article Screen International

Ophüls Prize Film Festival to Include Nine World Premieres in Competitions

Magazine article Screen International

Ophüls Prize Film Festival to Include Nine World Premieres in Competitions

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Weingartner's Hut In The Woods will open festival in Saarbrucken.

World premieres of nine new German films have been selected for the feaure film and documentary competition sections of this year's Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival (January 16-22, 2012) in Saarbrücken which will be opened with Hans Weingartner's latest film Hut In The Woods [pictured].

The world premieres include Anika Wangard's drama Crashkurs set against the backdrop of the current financial crisis; Felix Stienz's road movie Puppe, Icke & Der Dicke; Sarah Judith Mettke's Transpapa about a young teenager's discovery that her absent father is now living as a woman; Mareike Wegener's artist portrait Mark Lombardi - Kunst und Konspiration; and Regine Dura's documentary Weisses Blut (White Blood) tracing the lives of two Germans who were brought to Cape Town in 1948 as orphans to give a boost to the "Aryan" minority in South Africa; and Sobo Swobodnik's Der Papst ist kein Jeansboy about the Austrian "phenomenon" Hermes Phettberg.

Artistic director Philipp Bräuer's selection for the two competitions is also set to feature such films as Jan Zabeil's The River Was Once A Man, Linus de Paoli's Dr Ketel, Uta Arning's Snowchild, Markus Schleinzer's Michael and Matthias Bittner's Not In My Backyard which were seen at festivals in San Sebastian, Zurich, Moscow, Cannes and Locarno, respectively. …

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