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Highlights of the 2010: Independent Section


This year’s Independent Section includes twelve German and international productions. They all compete for the “German Independence Award – Audience Award”. The crazy and ironic PETE SMALLS IS DEAD takes a look deep into the black heart of an independent soul. Alexandre Rockwell brings his Hollywood star cast – Steve Buscemi, Peter Dinklage and Seymour Cassel – to this German premiere. Camera legend Phedon Papamichael turns to directing for the third time in ARCADIA LOST. He displays all of his cinematic talents by bringing a stunning visually pleasing tale to live. A carefree Nick Nolte sets out to explore Papamichael’s spiritual roots in Greece. Kate Connor, who attends the festival, is also looking for her roots in the gripping drama FORT MCCOY. With this film she reveals a little known piece of German history. Really alienating but fun to watch is the planned destruction of Earth in Amber Benson and Adam Busch’s DRONES. The quirky and creative office comedy brings a literally cosmic perspective to everyday problems. The duo is well known for their roles in the cult series “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer”. Paul Gordon’s comedy THE HAPPY POET meanwhile is a wonderfully contemporary film with a truly urgent message.