Highlights of Film Festival Cologne 2019

See tomorrow’s important films and shows today!

From October 10th to 17th 2019 the Film Festival Cologne once again presented the global trends and standout works of audiovisual storytelling. As usual, the festival sections reliably curated current highlights and pioneering productions. Additionally, the theme-based Sessions as well as the Artist Talks shone a light on the interdisciplinary cooperation of film-making, societal development and technical possibilities. And once again we welcomed many high-profile guests from all over the world, who would personally present their work.

Premieres of international highlights from cinema and TV:

_PARASITE by Bong Joon-ho
celebrated triple Oscar winner: A family of grifters infiltrate an upper-class household.

_EUPHORIA by Sam Levinson
KIDS for the millennial generation – one of this year’s most celebrated and controversial US series

_PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE by Celine Sciamma
exquisite feminist period drama starring Adéle Haenel, which won, among others, the best screenplay award in Cannes

_SXSW-NIGHT: BOOKSMART by Olivia Wilde
surprising and intelligent high school comedy from a female perspective, presented in cooperation with Filmlounge and SXSW

_THE SOUVENIR by Joanna Hogg
unusual relationship drama wit Tilda Swinton’s daughter, which has just been voted to be among the 100 best movies of the new millennium by the Guardian

_ONE CHILD NATION by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang
Sundance’s Jury Prize winner about the catastrophic consequences of China’s One Child Policy – awarded with the phoenix Prize at the Film Festival Cologne

_LAND DES HONIGS by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov
Double Oscar nominated documentary about a beekeeper in the Macedonain mountains

High-profile guests and visionaries from all over the world presented their standout works at the  Film Festival Cologne: 

_Hideo Kojima
introduced his seminal computer game DEATH STRANDING and was awarded the Cologne Creative Award

_Nicolas Winding Refn
presented his own streaming platform byNWR and was awarded the Film Prize Cologne

_Abel Ferrara
presented the German premiere of his latest film TOMMASO and was awarded the Hollywood Reporter Award

_Nanfu Wang
presented the critical documentary ONE CHILD NATION and was awarded the phoenix Prize

_August Diehl
recipient of the International Actors Award and had his very personal Artist Talk

_Mario Adorf
presented two new films in Cologne with ALTE BANDE and ES HÄTTE SCHLIMMER KOMMEN KÖNNEN

_Marius Müller Westernhagen
presented the world premiere of the musical documentary DAS PFEFFERMINZ-EXPERIMENT

Industry greats present festive screenings of their latest season premieres:

_CELEBRATE INSPECTOR BARNABY / MIDSOMER MURDERS
Festive event celebrating twenty seasons of MIDSOMER MURDERS and screening the first episode of the 21st season with the cast and crew attending

_WILSBERG – INS GESICHT GESCHRIEBEN by Dominic Müller
the most popular private detective goes to Bielefeld – and gets into trouble with the local police

_DIE TOTEN VOM BODENSEE – MEERJUNGFRAU by Michael Schneider
Nora Waldstätten and Matthias Koeberlin investigate this cult crime show’s latest case

Quality industry discourse at the Sessions and Artist Talks:

_the future of the moving picture with the visionaries of storytelling at the FUTURE DAY – PERSPECTIVES OF VISUAL CULTURES

_creators and producers from Germany and Africa present strategies, current projects and best practice cases at the GLOBAL DAY – STORYTELLING AS A DEVELOPMENT TOOL

_authors, producers and broadcasters discussed the European series market’s trends, talked about script development and chances for international cooperation at the EUROPEAN SERIES DAY

_the market platform EUROPEAN WORK IN PROGRESS COLOGNE presents international film projects in the finishing stages to a high-profile international industry audience

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The 30th Film Festival Cologne take splace from October 1st to October 8th. Early Bird festival passes and industry registrations are available soon.