As the Oldenburg Film Festival opens its 29th year, Germany’s premier independent film festival still prides itself on its ability to uncover overlooked gems befitting Oldenburg’s sweet spot between art cinema and art. genre cinema.
For the 2022 event, The Hollywood Reporter picked out five world premieres in Oldenburg that look set to make the North German city crown.
Black Guelph by John Conners
Life on Average street of Dublin. The film debut of actor/screenwriter/documentary John Connors draws inspiration from real life, including the systematic sexual abuse of generations of Irish Travelers, for the crime story , love and struggle on the margins of this society. Featuring Graham Earley’s demonstration of stardom potential as Canto, a small-time drug dealer determined to overcome a cycle of trauma and neglect to prove himself a worthy family man. .
Check out the movie’s teaser below.
City by Katsuki Kuroyanagi
This ultra low budget debut – Kuroyanagi spent $6,500 filming City more than seven years – is a punk symphony about Tokyo’s Shibuya crime district, combining crime classics, including a killer on the run from the mob, with postmodern electronic music and tweaks The quick fix promises to breathe new life into the Asian new noir .
Watch the trailer for City here.
Junk Space Berlin by Juri Padel
David Cronenberg joins the club in this low-key sci-fi from German director Juri Padel. When a rift between dimensions splits Berlin in two and her friend Billie disappears in the middle, Marion and hacktivist Blue attempt to rescue her, only to find the closer they are to them, the less they cling to reality. .
Watch the trailer for Junk Space Berlin here.
Whisper by Mark Polish
This new tech horror from Twin Falls, Idaho and Jackpot Actor/screenwriter Mark Polish follows social media stars as guinea pigs for “Murmur,” a new app that breaks the line between reality and fantasy. When influencers venture into the woods to test new technology, they are drawn to the darkest corners of their own imaginations. The daughter of Poland, Logan Poland, of Apple TV + ‘s Mosquito Coaststars.
Watch the trailer for Whisper here.
Theme 101 by Tom Bewilogua
A paranoid thriller in the spirit of the classic John Frankenheimer Manchurian candidate, this German-language film from director Tom Bewilogua imagines the nightmare scenario for a homeless immigrant living in a government-funded housing project who is looking for a fresh start with a multinational temporary employment agency. But they have other plans for him….
The Oldenburg International Film Festival 2022 runs from September 14 to 18.