We are thrilled, there is no other way to say it. Wednesday night an extraordinary 47th International Film Festival Wuerzburg came to an end. Until 12:00am there was still a lot of streaming, so that after seven days of the festival we could register about 5.500 views. This is a huge success for us considering that the streaming tickets were not tied to a specific number of viewers, so that people were also eagerly watching together and often several people responded to one call. We are particularly pleased with the touchingly high proportion of soli-tickets. Many thanks to all spectators for the accompanying praise and trust!
“We refused in advance to formulate even a rough goal. Nevertheless this exceeded all vague ideas,” said board member Christian Molik. Board colleague Thomas Schulz: “We also thank for the great feedback especially from our regular guests, many of whom streamed a film at home for the first time.” Likewise the entire festival team is happy that a large part of the guests voted for the films, so we can now also announce our competition results, which you can read in detail here. Their winning films are: “Winterreise” by Anders Østergaard and Erzsébet Rácz (feature film), “Was tun” by Michael Kranz (documentary) and “María” by Zoé Salicrup-Junco.
Our board trio on the winning films: “That the final film by Bruno Ganz would be well received was of course clear to us. But its core, the life of a Jewish musician in the Third Reich, his supposed privileges and the guilt he feels but cannot express also resonated with our audience,” is how Christian Molik explains the result in the feature film category. Thomas Schulz is particularly pleased that “Was tun” was so well rated among the documentaries, “since Michael Kranz is a young filmmaker educated at the HFF Munich. His film couldn’t be more personal as it’s about the remorse and powerlessness he feels as he goes on location to see for himself the conditions of forced prostitutes in Bangladesh.” Viviane Bogumil concludes on the short film winner “María”: “A really strong because highly sensitive short film by Puerto Rican Zoé Salicrup-Junco. It impressively shows that natural disasters like Hurricane María 2017 not only leave behind physical destruction but the consequences also become a psychological burden.”
The winners have already been informed. You can read their first reactions on our homepage. We would like to thank from the bottom of our hearts all the filmmakers who contributed to the great program, our enthusiastic audience and especially our team who once again managed a difficult festival with a lot of joy and (self-)understanding. Here’s to a joint 2022!