Icelandic Romantic Comedy 'Our Own Oslo' to Open Mannheim-Heidelberg Festival

The German fest for first time filmmakers celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

COLOGNE, Germany – Our Own Oslo, a romantic comedy from Icelandic director Reynir Lyngdal, will open the 60th Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival, arguably Europe’s premiere fest for first-time filmmakers.

Other debutants screening at the festival’s 2011 edition include Ireland’s Darragh Byrne with Parked, a drama starring Colm Meaney; Chinese Take Away from Argentine first-timer Sebastian Borensztein and The Salesman from Quebecois filmmaker Sebastian Pilote.

The Mannheim-Heidelberg fest prides itself on being able to pick the auteur talents of tomorrow. The many directors “discovered” at the event over the years include Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jim Jarmusch, Atom Egoyan and Lars von Trier.

The 60th Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival runs Nov. 10-20.

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