Program Announcement

Stockfish Film Festival is proud to announce more guests and films at the festival this year!

ULRIKE_HAAGE_credit_Thomas_NitzUlrike Haage, the German composer, pianist, producer for radio plays and a sound artist will be a guest at Stockfish Film Festival this year, as she wrote the music for the newest Doris Dörrie’s film Fukushima, mon amour, which will be screened during the festival. In 2003 Ulrike became the first and up to then the youngest woman to win the German Jazz Award (Albert-Mangelsdorff-Preis) for her outstanding and versatile life work to date, especially for her musical projects at the interface of pop, art and avant-garde. She has also won many other awards, especially for her film music composing. Ulrike will play a concert on Wednesday March 1st at 9 pm at The Green Room, Lækjargata, where she will perform excerps from the music in the film and some new material. There’s free entry to the concert and everyone is welcome.

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The Slovenian director Damjan Kozole will also be a guest at the festival and be present for a Q&A screening of his film Nightlife for which he was awarded for best direction at Karlovy Vary last year.

 

 

 

The Swedish film A Serious Game in which the Icelandic actor Sverrir Guðnason plays a leading role in will also be screened during the festival. Sverrir was a guest at the first Stockfish Film Festival in 2015. Then the festival screened the film Blow Fly Park (Flugparken) for which Sverrir won the Swedish Guldbagge-award. Among other films screened at the festival are the Estonian films Mother and Pretenders. Mother was the was Estonia‘s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards this year and won the Best Estonian Film award at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival last year. Pretenders had its premiere at the New Directors sidebar at the San Sebastian Film Festival, but this is the first Estonian film to be shown in competition at the festival.

SHORT DESCRIPTIONS
Fukushima, mon amour // Grüse aus Fukushima
Director: Doris Dörrie
GERMANY 2016
GRÜSSE AUS FUKUSHIMA
Marie and Satomi; one is young and German, the other old and Japanese, one is a clown and the other is a geisha. Both are stuck in the banned zone in Fukushima.
The film‘s international title is Fukushima, mon amour – a nod to Alain Resnais‘ seminal 1959 film, Hiroshima mon amour.

Trailer
Further information: imdb and Variety review


Nightlife // Nocno zivljenje
Director: Damjan Kozole
SLOVENIA 2016
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Umdeildur lögfræðingur finnst liggjandi á gangstéttinni við fjölfarna götu í Ljubljana. Hann er rétt svo með meðvitund, liggur í blóðpolli og er þakinn bitförum eftir hunda.
The film is loosely based on real events, but a similar event occurred in Ljubljana in the winter of 2010.

Damjan Kozole won the Best Director prize at last year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for this film.

Trailer
Further information: imdb and Variety review


A Serious Game // Den allvarsamma leken
Director: Pernilla August
SWEDEN 2016
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A story of two lovers who don‘t seem meant for each other in 1912 Sweden. Arvid and Lydia meet when they are young and fall in love, yet both end up marrying for money – and will both regret it. When they meet again six years later, both will be forced to answer difficult questions.

Trailer
Further information: imdb


Mother // Ema
Director: Kadri Kõusaar
ESTONIA 2016
MOTHER
A darkly comic crime mystery set in small-town Estonia. Elsa is the mother and full time caretaker of Lauri, a teacher who has been in a coma since being shot under mysterious circumstances. Lauri receives various visitors, and the circumstances behind the shooting then slowly start coming to light through the confessionals of those visitors.

This was Estonia‘s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards this year. The film won the Best Estonian Film award at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival last year.

Trailer
Further information:  imdb and Hollywood Reporter review


Pretenders // Teesklejad
Director: Vallo Toomla
ESTONIA 2016
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Anna and Juhan are having troubles in their relationship and feel unable to move on with their lives. They take time off at their friends’ fancy summer house and once there, are forced to offer shelter to another couple caught in the storm. The couple assumes that the house belongs to Anna and Juhan and they do nothing to correct the mistake. Instead, they seize their new roles and start taking their mutual bitterness out on the strangers in this psychological drama about the truths and illusions of a relationship.

The film had its premiere at the New Directors sidebar at the San Sebastian Film Festival, but this is the first Estonian film to be shown in competition at the festival.

Trailer
Further information: imdb and Variety review

Previously announced guests and films include Alain Guiraudie and his films Stranger by the Lake, Staying Vertical and King of Escape, the director Benedict Andrews and his film UNA along with the films The King’s choice and The other side of hope.