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Tribute to Roger Fritz and gala screening in the Lamberti Church


Further highlights of the 18th Oldenburg Film Festival line up

The German premiere of “The Way” by Emilio Estevez will be celebrated within a special gala screening in Oldenburg’s St. Lamberti Church. Martin Sheen, Deborah Kara Unger, Yorick van Wageningen and are the stars of Emilio Estevez’s touching father-son story. The film will be released in the spring of 2012 in Germany by Koch Media.

Director Koen Mortier takes a look at guilt and redemption in “22nd of May”. Belinda Chayko’s “Lou” is an homage to love and a courtship of memories amidst the decay of Alzheimer’s, starring the great John Hurt. Henry Barrial’s “Pig” is a mystery and a real tour de force: A man wakes bound in the desert with no recollection how and why he got there. Stefan Schaefer’s romantic “My Last Day Without You” stars Ken Duken in a film about a fateful meeting in New York. The film will be released later in 2011 by falcom Filmverleih. The horror anthology “Theatre Bizarre” is based on the genius idea that seven filmmakers agree to a similar concept, are given the same budget and complete artistic license for their part of this omnibus film. Among the directors are Richard Stanley, Buddy Giovinazzi, Tom Savini and Douglas Buck. Director K. Lorrel Manning’s “Happy New Year” is a candid telling of a wounded Afghanistan veteran, intensely portrayed by Michael Cuomo - one man’s story of “the war within” puts a face on the too often hidden reality of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

This years guest of honor and featured star of the tribute section will be German actor, photographer and director Roger Fritz, whose first film “Verstummte Stimmen” from 1962 was awarded the Bundesfilmpreis. Filmfest Oldenburg shows his first feature “Mädchen, Mädchen” and the 1969 “Mädchen mit Gewalt”. The tribute is accompanied by an exhibition of Fritz’ photographs within the time from 6th till 18th of September in Oldenburg’s Stadtmuseum.