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‘Subject 101’ Review: A Murky but Topical Dystopian Thriller

A Syrian refugee tries to get a fresh start in Hamburg but instead finds himself forced into a ghastly experiment in this film premiering at the Oldenburg Film Festival.

‘Murmur’ Review: An Unscary Horror Film for TikTok Attention Spans

Mark Polish directs an augmented-reality slasher pic for the influencer generation.

5 Oldenburg Film Festival Discoveries

For almost 30 years, the Oldenburg Film Festival has been championing a very specific flavor of fiercely independent cinema. Equally inspired by the New Hollywood genre films of the 1970s and the bootstraps indie cinema of the 1990s, Oldenburg has carved out a niche unlike any of the major international festivals. Instead of playing the […]

‘The Black Guelph’ Review: A Bleakly Compelling Irish Drama of Abuse and Repercussions

Childhood trauma casts a long shadow in John Connors' drama, premiering at the Oldenburg Film Festival.

‘The City’ Review: A Stylish But Empty Tokyo Noir

Japanese ad director Katsuki Kuroyanagi offers a microbudget debut set in the Tokyo underworld, premiering at the Oldenburg Film Festival.

Oldenburg Festival Primer: 5 Can’t-Miss Movies

As the Oldenburg Film Festival kicks off its 29th year, Germany’s leading indie film fest still prides itself on its ability to discover overlooked gems that fit in the Oldenburg sweet spot between arthouse and genre cinema. For the 2022 event, The Hollywood Reporter has picked out five Oldenburg world premieres that look likely to […]

Oldenburg Festival Unveils Lineup, Opening Night Film

The Oldenburg Film Festival, Germany’s leading fest for independent cinema, has announced its 2022 lineup. The 29th Oldenburg Festival will kick off Sept. 14 with The Ordinaries, the first feature from German director Sophie Linnenbaum. The meta tragicomedy stars Fine Sendel as Paula, a simple Supporting Character in a repressive three class-society where there are […]

Father-Son Directors Peter and John Hyams Get Joint Retrospective at Oldenburg Film Festival

The Oldenburg Film Festival, Germany’s leading indie film fest, will honor father and son genre filmmakers Peter and John Hymas, with a joint retrospective. Father Peter Hymas is best known for his cult films of the 1970s and 80s, including the conspiracy drama Capricorn One (1977), about a plot to fake a space mission to […]

Mark Polish’s ‘Murmur’ to Premiere at Oldenburg Film Festival

Murmur, the new horror movie from indie filmmaker Mark Polish, will have its world premiere at the Oldenburg Film Festival, the fall event known as “Germany’s Sundance.” Polish is best known as one half, with brother Michael, of the writing/directing team The Polish brothers, whose credits include Sundance hit Twin Falls, Idaho (1999), Jackpot (2001), […]

Why Oldenburg Is the Most Indie of All Independent Film Festivals

Plenty of film festivals celebrate independent movies, but few live the indie ethos like the Oldenburg festival. Every year, the northern German event faces the same challenges — attracting stars, finding locations, drawing media attention — as most indie productions. And like independent films, Oldenburg is always chronically short of funds. But every year, in […]

‘Anchorage’ Wins 2021 Oldenburg Film Festival

Anchorage, Scott Monahan’s dark drama about two brothers who take off on an ill-advised drug-running mission to Alaska, has won the 2021 Oldenburg International Film Festival, taking the German Independence Award for best film. Anchorage screenwriter Dakota Loesch, who stars alongside Monahan in the indie drama, took Oldenburg’s best actor honor, the Seymour Cassel Award. […]

‘Mad God’: Film Review | Oldenburg 2021

Special-effects pioneer Phil Tippett delivers a stop-motion labor of love he began back in the '80s.