From 21 to 25 September 2022, the Favourites Film Festival will take place for the 11th time in Berlin. The City Kino Wedding will once again show current, international films that have already won an audience award at festivals in Germany and abroad.
The 11th Favourites Film Festival Berlin opens in one week. At the opening on 21 September at 7:30 pm, director Samuel Theis will travel to present the German premiere of his largely autobiographical film Petite Nature / Softie. The film celebrated its premiere at the Semain de la Critic at the Cannes Festival, where Theis already received the Camera d'Or for his debut film Party Girl together with his co-directors Claire Burger and Marie Amachoukeli in 2014 and caused a sensation. At the time, Theis told the story of his mother, who even at 60 doesn't want to let go of her bachelorette life as an animator. Petite Nature is now about Theis' own story. The film tells of 10-year-old Johnny, who tries to escape the rough neighbourhood of a social settlement in eastern France. Theis, who is known in France primarily as an actor, once again shot primarily with amateur actors and has discovered an impressive talent with stunning charm in the young Alioscha Reinert for the role of Johnny.
In Olga, too, the eponymous title character is not a professional actress. In his debut, director Elie Grappe cleverly combines his first two short films into an exciting feature-length film in which a young gymnast from Ukraine in a Swiss training camp experiences the protests on the Euromaidan via social media and the reports of her friends and mother. Elie Grappe will present his film on Thursday 22 September at 19:15.
The animated documentary Flugt / Flee reconstructs the flight of Amin, who came to Denmark from Afghanistan as an unaccompanied refugee child in the 1990s. In order to protect Amin and his family, not only have all the names been replaced by pseudonyms, but the style of the animated documentary also serves this goal. Art director Jess Nicholls is responsible for the visual design. The British/Australian now lives in Copenhagen, where she also studied animation. In a talk following the screening on Friday 23 September, Nicholls will talk about her working methods.
L'horizont / Horizon is the fifth film in the Favourites Film Festival programme in which cinematographer Elin Kirschfink is responsible for the image design. Kirschfink was born in a small village in the German-speaking part of Belgium. Today she commutes between Brussels and Paris and shoots a lot abroad - including the winner of the 10th Favourites Film Festival Berlin Camille in the Central African Republic, 200 Meters in Palestine and Hope in Algeria. She will give an insight into her work after the screening of L'horizont on Saturday 24 September at 18:00.
"We are very pleased to be able to welcome guests to the festival in person again this year. It was important to us to focus on other - female-occupied - trades in addition to directing and we are looking forward to the conversations with the filmmakers and the audience," comment festival directors Anna Jurzik and Paula Syniawa.
- The festival will be held with reduced seating to maintain the minimum distance.
- Admission is granted to vaccinated, negatively tested and recovered persons.