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Retrospective Ted Kotcheff


Oldenburg Film Festival honors Canadian filmmaker and producer Ted Kotcheff with a retrospective

[Translate to Englisch:] © 2002 Filmbild Fundus Herbert Klemens

The 80-years old Canadian director Ted Kotcheff is best known for his worldwide success of „First Blood“, though his body work consists of a diverse yet coherent creation spanning nearly six decades. He is an uncompromising chronicler of moral outsider stories.

Considered his finest film to date, ‘Wake in Fright’  was so controversial upon its 1971 release that the beginning of the ‘Australian Renaissance’ of the film industry has been attributed to Kotcheff’s film.

The Oldenburg retrospective presents „Wake in Fright“ and five other works by Kotcheff. The programming will include the comedy „The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz“ starring Richard Dreyfuss. For this film Kotcheff received the Golden Bear at the 1974 Berlinale, the first time such an award went to a Canadian director. His 1978 film „Who is killing the Great Chefs of Europe?“ was nominated for several Golden Globes and is considered a cult classic. „Life at the Top“ from 1965, his worldwide hit „First Blood“ from 1982, and „Joshua Then and Now“, a second collaboration with Mordecai Richler that was nominated for Cannes’ Golden Palm Award in 1985, round off the retrospective.

Ted Kotcheff will attend the festival from September 14th to 18th.