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The International Film Festival has moved quite a bit over the last couple of years, but it looks like the festival has finally found a place to settle down and exhale. We are honored and excited that this year’s festival will take place in the Zellerau on the grounds of the old Bürgerbräu brewery. The former brewery is the new home to Central, Würzburg’s only arthouse cinema and our festival headquarters. The cinema is nestled in one of the brewery’s beautiful Wilhelminian style buildings characteristic of the late 1900s. During this time, companies began rethinking the purpose of industrial architecture, using it, for the first time ever, to reflect strength and economic stability through beautiful, church-like structures. Not only is the architecture of the cinema unique, but the three carefully constructed theaters with their state-of-the-art technology make for an unforgettable experience.
Granted, it was difficult to say goodbye to Central’s old home and our venue of years past, the former Mozart Gymnasium, but we are looking forward to the future! The festival heads have been working night and day to organize permits and get things in gear for this year’s event. Not only is the venue an architectural gem with generous space for a festival lounge and our caterers from Wünschwerk, but Central’s new location is very easy to reach. Both the no. 2 and 4 trolley lines have a "Bürgerbräu" stop (formerly "Mainaustraße"). If you feel like some fresh air, Central is a direct shot from the city center and can be reached by foot in less than an hour.
The Filminitiative Würzburg is looking forward to this year’s festival and seeing all of our treasured patrons again! We are thrilled that the filmmaker, Edgar Reitz, has agreed to come. The 84-year-old, known for his film series entitled "Heimat", has been in the film industry since 1953. He was one of the protagonists of the "New German Film" (Neuer Deutscher Film) in the early 1960s. We have organized a retrospective to honor Reitz, "Dedication to the Moment - Homage to the Filmmaker Edgar Reitz" (Hingabe an den Augenblick – eine Hommage an den Filmemacher Edgar Reitz”), that features a selection of his early short and long films. Edgar Reitz will be available for a panel discussion.
The following films will be screened in the retrospective:
„Die Kinder“ und „Mahlzeiten“
„Kommunikation – Technik der Verständigung“ und „Die Reise nach Wien“
„Geschwindigkeit – Kino 1“ und „Die Stunde Null“
„Heimat-Fragmente: Die Frauen“
For information and photos please see www.edgar-reitz.de
In addition, the actor Mathieu Carrière, an internationally renowned German film star, will also be attending this year’s festival. Carrière began his acting career when he was a child and has starred in numerous international productions, for example "Die Spaziergängering von Sans-Souci" (The Strollers of Sans Souci) with Romy Schneider and Michel Piccoli. Mathieu Carrière will present several of his early films in Würzburg.
The short film program is particularly extensive this year; we have organized four very distinctive film blocks dedicated to specific themes. There are also four Academy Award Winners nestled in this year’s program: Invention of Trust (Alex Schaad), Am Ender der Wald (Felix Ahrens), Ayny (Ahmad Saleh) and, last not least Stutterer (Ben Cleary). We are honored that the three winners of the Student Oscars, Alex Schaad, Felix Ahrens and Ahmad Saleh, will be at the festival from Friday until Sunday.
We also have an extensive selection of current, highly-acclaimed feature-length French and Scandinavian films. Lastly, the success of the silent film with live music by Werner Küspert last year encouraged us to include not one, but two silent film events this year: one on Sunday morning and the other on Saturday night.
Festival passes with discounted admission to either five (30 euros) or ten films (50 euros) are also available this year. Single tickets cost 7 euros and can be purchased from January 26th until the end of the festival.