Monday, 14. Oktober 2019 / 18:00 h / Filmforum NRW / Register

Ceremony on the occasion of the Benelux Year NRW 2019

with subsequent German premiere of YOUNG AHMED

Funded by the Minister of Federal and European Affairs and International Affairs of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia


The Film Festival Cologne takes the Benelux Year NRW 2019, initiated by the State of North Rhine-Westfalia, as an opportunity to dedicate a comprehensive programme focus to Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and to honor the successful cooperation between the countries at a festive ceremony. Afterwards the film YOUNG AHMED, directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, celebrates its German premiere.


Host: Ute Soldierer, Cologne


_ 18.00-18.15 hrs, Welcome

Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister of Culture and Science, State of North Rhine-Westfalia, Düsseldorf


_ 18.15-18.45 hrs, Talk

Alexander Homann, Embassy Counselor and Representative of the German-speaking Community – East

Belgium, the Federation of Wallonia-Brussels and Wallonia

Ann Muller, Head of the Cultural Department, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Berlin

Peter Schuurman, Consul General of the Netherlands

Nic van der Marliere, Delegate General of the Flemish Government


_ 18.45-19.00 hrs, Scholarship Awarding

_ Work scholarship “Film” for the preparation of an artistic feature or documentary film

Ministry of Culture and Science, State of North Rhine-Westfalia


_ 19.00-19.30 hrs, Talk

_ The Potential of Filmmaking to Infuse Positive Social Change

Bero Beyer, Director, International Film Festival Rotterdam

Raimond Goebel, Geschäftsführender Vorstand, Film- und Medienverband NRW, Cologne

Richard Lutterbeck, Producer, TrickStudio Lutterbeck, Köln


_ 19.30-20.00 hrs, Get Together


_ 20.00 hrs, German premiere


Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne | Feature Film | Belgium, France 2019 | 84 minutes