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Oldenburg 2022: ‘The Black Guelph’ Wins Best Film

The Black Guelph, a powerful, if bleak, look at the plight of the Irish Travellers, Ireland’s indigenous ethnic population, and the legacy of generations of neglect and abuse by the Irish state and Catholic Church, has won the German Independence Award for best film at the 2022 Oldenburg International Film Festival, Germany’s leading indie film […]

Why Somtow Sucharitkul Brought the ‘Tar’ Thai Orchestra Back to Oldenburg

Last year, it was just a lark. For its 2021 event, Oldenburg Film Festival invited Somtow Sucharitkul, one of Thailand’s most acclaimed classical composers and conductors, to the world premiere of The Maestro, a Thai horror film starring Somtow as a murderous conductor. “Some would call it typecasting,” jokes Somtow, who also wrote the film’s […]

Oldenburg: John Connors on How Making ‘The Black Guelph’ Saved His Life

Irish Travellers, Ireland’s indigenous ethnic population, are rarely shown in movies. When they are — think Brad Pitt as the incomprehensible bare-knuckled boxer in Guy Ritchie’s Snatch (2000) — the depiction, says Travellers filmmaker John Connors, is “superficial and patronizing… fucking terrible and insulting to be honest.” At the same time, the Travellers community remains […]

Oldenburg: Father-Son Filmmakers Peter and John Hyams on the Family Business of Genre Filmmaking and a Shared Desire to “Blow S*** Up”

“I have a mantra,” says director Peter Hyams. “It was something me and my camera operator, Steve Campanelli had: each morning before we went to shoot we’d put our arms around each other, like football players, and say four things: 1. Go bigger or go home. 2. If it can’t be fixed with a hammer, […]

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. […]

‘What Happened to the Wolf?’ Director Na Gyi on His Life in Hiding From the Myanmar Junta

Burmese director Na Gyi will not be attending the Oldenburg Film Festival for the world premiere of his new film What Happened to the Wolf? Neither will Paing Phyo Thu, who stars in the film and is Na Gyi’s real-life partner. The reason: both remain in hiding in their country, on the run from the […]

‘Anchorage’: Film Review | Oldenburg 2021

Brothers go on a drug-fueled road trip in Scott Monahan’s two-hander.