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Desert Flower to open the 16th Oldenburg Filmfestival


[Translate to Englisch:] Liya Kebede and Timothy Spall


The opening film of the 16th International Oldenburg Filmfestival will be the impressive tale “Desert Flower” by director Sherry Hormann (“Father’s Day”). The film is based on the same titled bestseller by the international top-model Waris Dirie, who is leading the fight against female genital mutilation. Only a few days after its world premiere in Venice Sherry Hormann takes the movie to Oldenburg where its German premiere will feature in the Opening Night Gala at the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater on Wednesday September 16th. Hormann was instantly convinced to be making the film: “It is an incredible life journey, a story full of contradictions and paradoxes and Waris Dirie’s incredible ability and audacity to allow them all to be part of herself. If the story wasn’t true I would have believed to be reading a modern day fairytale.”

The story is about the discovery of shy immigrant Waris Dirie by a star photographer one day in a common London fast food joint. Sherry Hormann tells this tale in breathtakingly beautiful images and with a gentle touch. Liya Kebede is emotional and authentic as she portrays the proud but tender woman, who was mutilated as a nomad girl and crossed the desert on foot at the age of 13 to escape a forced marriage. The counterweight is Berlinale-winner and Golden Globe awardee Sally Hawkins (“Happy Go Lucky”) who plays her freaky sidekick giving support in even the hardest times. 

Picture: Liya Kebede und Timothy Spall