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Germany’s Oldenburg Film Festival on Tuesday announced the first batch of titles for this year’s event, including a handful of world premieres. Among them are A Violent Man, a mixed martial arts-set drama from director Matthew Berkowitz and starring running back turned actor Thomas Q. Jones (Straight Outta Compton) and legendary UFC fighter Chuck Liddell.
Touched, the feature debut of acclaimed shorts director Karl R. Hearne (Song), will also have its world premiere at Oldenburg, as will Bernard & Huey, a dark comedy from Dan Mirvish featuring Saturday Night Live‘s David Koechner and actor-screenwriter Jim Rash; and Crowhurst, a biopic from Simon Rumley on the life of Donald Crowhurst, the British businessman and amateur sailor who died while competing in a single-handed, around-the-world yacht race. Rumley’s last feature, Fashionista, a thriller starring Amanda Fuller, will also screen at the fest, celebrating its German premiere.
Another true-life tale set to premiere at Oldenburg is Santiago Rizzo’s Quest. The film takes its inspiration from the director’s own life, namely Rizzo’s teacher and mentor Tim Moellering, who saved him from a life of crime. Gregory Kasyan stars as the boy, with Dash Mihok playing the teacher.
On the other side of the spectrum is Junk Head from Takahide Hori. The Japanese director wrote, directed, shot and edited the feature-length stop-motion sci-fi film, as well as built all the sets and voiced the entire film. Junk Head will have its European premiere at Oldenburg.
The remaining lineup will be unveiled in the coming weeks. The 2017 Oldenburg Film Festival is set to run Sept. 13-17.
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