Magazine article Screen International

'Summers Downstairs' Wins at Oldenburg

Magazine article Screen International

'Summers Downstairs' Wins at Oldenburg

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The French-German co-production, handled internationally by ARRI Worldsales, premiered in the Berlinale's Perspektive Deutsches Kino sidebar in February, won Best Feature Film at the Achtung Berlin! festival in April, and was the opening film of Filmfest Schwerin in May.

There were double honours for Sommerlatte at the closing night gala on Sunday (Sep 20) when the nomination jury for the European Film Awards' European Discovery - PRIX FIPRESCI announced that Summers Downstairs had been chosen as one of five finalists.

The Seymour Cassel Award - in honour of one of Oldenburg's aficianados - was shared this year for the first time between two actors: actress Sarah Silverman for her performance in I Smile Back and former European Shooting Star Nikola Rako?evi? for his role in Travelator

The German Independence Award for the Best Short went to the Dutch filmmaker Martijn De Jong for Free.

Budget restrictions, however, meant that, for the second year running, the festival was not able to invite a jury to decide on the winner of the German Independence Award for Best German Film.

The 2015 edition was attended by such international guests as director George Armitage and actress Joanna Cassidy - who were the subjects of this year's retrospective and tribute, respectively - as well as Boman Modine (Merry Xmas), Whitney Able (Dark), Eliza Bennett (Haters), Claire Carré (Embers), Alex Holdridge and Linnea Sassen (Meet Me in Montenegro), and Nick Basile (Dark).

HAMBURG FETES DENEUVE

This year's Filmfest Hamburg (Oct 1-10) will play host to the legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve, who will attend the German premiere of Jaco van Dormael's latest film The Brand New Testament, which will also be the festival's opening film.

The grande dame of French cinema's presence at the Filmfest is an opportunity for festival director Albert Wiederspiel to present Deneuve with the prestigious Douglas Sirk Prize.

The honour has been awarded over the past 20 years to figures including Clint Eastwood and Jodie Foster to Kim Ki-Duk and David Cronenberg in recognition of their contributions to the art of film.

The festival will feature 172 films from 52 countries, including Stephan Rick's adaptation of Martin Suter's eponymous bestseller, Die dunkle Seite des Mondes, Scott Graham's atmospheric drama Iona, premiering this week at San Sebastian and Tomm Moore's Oscar-nominated Song Of The Sea. …

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