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OH BOY wins big at Oldenburg Film Festival


The festival started on Wednesday with the grand premier of Jan Ole Gerster‘s OH BOY at the EWE Arena Oldenburg. More than 1000 in the audience were excited by the festive opening and cheered the wonderful melancholic comedy with Tom Schilling. How good the festival‘s decision was to make this film it‘s opening, became evident this Sunday when the jury and the audience selected the film as winner of the main awards:

The German Independence Award - Best German Film went to OH BOY by Jan Ole Gerster

All films in the competition had themes of searching for human contact and unspoken truths. The films deal with generational conflicts and show people who are desperate to find a way forward in their lives. OH BOY not only captured these themes masterfully but also entertained and touched the audience on a very universal level.

Tom Schilling received the Seymour Cassel German Independence Award for his performance as Niko Fischer in OH BOY.

The German Independence Award - EWE Audience Award also went to Jan Ole Gerster‘s OH BOY.

The German Independence Award - Best Short Film went to UNRAVEL by Meghna Gupta.

Without going for the easy clichés, director Meghna Gupta shows the reality of Indian factory workers who recycle western clothes as part of globalization. The film is touching without becoming sentimental and showed a nice sense of humor.

Closing Night film and the crowning finale of the festival was the world premiere of LOST ANGELES the latest directorial work by Hollywood star cinematographer Phedon Papamichael.

Other film highlights this year were the moving premier of Peter Næss‘ INTO THE WHITE with David Kross and Florian Lukas, the comedy TIM SANDER GOES TO HOLLYWOOD with Matthias Schweighöfer. The best audience reactions were given to Jan Cvitkovi?‘s ARCHEO, Joseph Rezwin‘s GAZZARA and Matthew Lillard‘s FAT KID RULES THE WORLD.

The this year’s star guests this year were Mira Sorvino, Deborah Kara Unger, David Kross, Tom Schilling, Florian Lukas, Butch Walker, Nancy Savoca, Debbie Rochon, Gabrielle Miller, Lana Morgan,Marc Hosemann, Anatole Taubmann, Thekla Carola Wied, Jean-Claude Brisseau, Christopher Coppola, RP Kahl, Birgit Stein, Tim Sander, Jakob Diehl, Anja Plaschg, Buddy Giovinazzo, or Dan Mirvish.