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Yella gets ball rolling at Ludwigshafen

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Yella gets ball rolling at Ludwigshafen

The 3rd Ludwigshafen German Film Festival (June 6-17), whose motto is “Is Cinema Art or Not?”, opens today with Christian Petzold’s Berlinale winner Yella [+see also:
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(Best Actress Silver Bear for Nina Hoss).

In keeping with the festival founders’ belief that it is quality one should strive for (which is not in fact incompatible with market success) rather than the reproduction of formulas aimed at pleasing mainstream audiences, the nine other films in competition besides Yella that are vying for the €50,000 Art of Film Awards are expected to pleasantly surprise film lovers.

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The titles include Margarethe von Trotta's I Am the Other Woman [+see also:
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, Vivere by Angelina Maccarone (Unveiled [+see also:
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) and a series of films selected at this year's Berlinale: Panorama entry Vacation [+see also:
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(see article) by Thomas Arslan (One Fine Day [+see also:
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, From Far Away), Sonja Heiss's Hotel Very Welcome (Dialogue en perspective Special Mention) and Ann Kristin ReyelsHounds [+see also:
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(FIPRESCI Prize).

The Lichtblicke category offers 16 recent titles, including a fine range of festival favourites, such as Michael Hofmann’s Eden, Iain Dilthey’s Prisoners, Alain Gsponer’s Life Actually [+see also:
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, Matthias Luthardt’s Pingpong [+see also:
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interview: Matthias Luthardt
interview: Sebastian Urzendowsky
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(see Focus), Christian Wagner’s Warchild [+see also:
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and Hans Steinbichler’s Winter Journey [+see also:
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. The programme will also feature a selection of children’s films and shorts.

The competition winner will be announced on June 17. Previous winners of the event include Robert Thalheim for Netto [+see also:
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in 2005 and Valeska Grisebach for Longing [+see also:
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.

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(Translated from French)

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