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Hamburg is 20 years old, little Michel is ten

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- Hamburg is celebrating a double anniversary at the moment, as its Filmfest is 20 years old this year and the youth film festival attached to it, the Michel Festival, is ten

Hamburg is 20 years old, little Michel is ten

The Hamburg Filmfest is currently celebrating its 20th birthday (from September 27 to October 6), as well as the tenth anniversary of the Michel Youth Film Festival attached to it.

The Hamburg event, directed since 2003 by Albert Wiederspiel, is as usual screening about 150 films in 12 sections. International section Agenda 12 is to screen 36 recent films from 22 countries, including Cristian Mungiu’s Cannes double-laureate Beyond the Hills [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Cosmina Stratan
interview: Cristian Mungiu
interview: Cristian Mungiu
interview: Cristian Mungiu
film profile
]
, Gabriela Pichler’s Swedish film Eat Sleep Die [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: China Ahlander
interview: Gabriela Pichler
interview: Nermina Lukac
film profile
]
(interview) that won at the International Critics’ Week at the last Venice Film Festival, Lore [+see also:
trailer
interview: Saskia Rosendahl
film profile
]
, a German-English-Australian co-production by Cate Shortland about the journey of the children of Nazis across a Germany ravaged by war, Latvian title People Out There [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Aik Karapetian, The Bambi Effect by Norwegian director Øystein Stene, in which two young strangers meet online for the same gruesome reasons, decide to film their last day on Earth, but they discover that they haven’t imagined the project quite in the same way, the electro-futuristic Italian film The Legend of Kaspar Hauser [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Davide Manuli, with Vincent Gallo, Branko Schmidt’s cynical Croatian title about a wormy doctor Vegetarian Cannibal [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, and two Polish films: Marcin Krzyształowicz’s Manhunt and Jan Jakub Kolski’s To Kill a Beaver [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
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In the traditional Voilà! section are 12 French-language titles, including Belgian director Joachim Lafosse’s Cannes nominee Our Children [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Joachim Lafosse
film profile
]
and Carine Tardieu’s The Dandelions [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, while Vitrina is to focus on Spanish and Portuguese-language films with 14 titles, including Portuguese film director João Canijo’s Blood of my Blood [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
. Northern Lights will include six features from Northern Europe, including German director Matthias Glasner’s Berlinale candidate Mercy [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Matthias Glasner
film profile
]
, a film that was shot during the polar night in the Norwegian town closest to the North Pole. As for Eurovisuell, it is to offer the public the chance to vote on five European blockbusters, like Dutch filmmaker Antoinette Beumer’s Jackie [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
and Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis’s Hvidsten Gruppen [+see also:
trailer
interview: Anne Grethe Bjarup Riis
film profile
]
about the Danish resistance during the war.

There will also be a section dedicated to cinema and its interaction with other arts, this year dance, and a section that, since 2010, has been dedicated to the environment, "Three Colours: Green", which includes 14 fiction films and documentaries.

Finally, the Michel Youth Film Festival, celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, is to screen 11 films targeting a younger audience in collaboration with the Frankfurt Lucas Film Festival. Among these are Boudewijn Koole’s Kauwboy [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by and Lourens Blok’s Stay!, both Dutch productions, German director Hermine Huntgeburth’s The Adventures of Huck Finn, Clara and the Secret of the Bears, a German-Swiss co-production by Tobias Ineichen, and Niko 2 [+see also:
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, a German-Finnish animation film by Kari Juusonen and Jørgen Lerdam.

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(Translated from French)

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