8, 16 and 35 are the magic numbers that have essentially shaped the development of film and cinema: They are the different widths of film material. Even if digital film techniques have now replaced analog film formats, old film materials are by no means trivial relics. The analog film takes us back to the beginnings of film history, recalling and documenting how cinema thrilled its audience for decades.

On the occasion of the 55th Hof International Film Festival, we will look back on film and festival history with five formative works. In the unique series |8|16|35I we are showing HoF Classics analog on film. This really only exists in the cinema!

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Wednesday, 10-27
Stranger than Paradise
Thursday, 10-28
Das Deutsche Kettensägen Massaker
Friday, 10-29
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Saturday, 10-30
E Nachtlang Füürland
Sunday, 10-31


A Nightmare on Elm-Street

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The character of Freddy Krueger was first brought to life at the world premiere of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET in 1984 at the cinema in Hof. „Horror in Hof“ was the headline and for the universe of Freddy Krueger a worldwide triumphal procession with eight further films.

The German Chainsaw Masscre

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After Christoph Schlingensief’s screening of his film TUNGUSKA - DIE KISTEN SIND DA was interrupted by a burning film reel in 1984, his film THE GERMAN CHAINSAW MASSCRE provided another unusual world premiere and cemented his reputation as an international artist.

Stranger than Paradise

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In 1982, a young filmmaker caused quite a stir at the festival with his 30-minute film STRANGER THAN PARADISE. He immediately found a producer in Hof for the feature-length version of the short film. Hof thus became the cradle of Jim Jarmusch’s career. Exactly two years later, he and his feature film STRANGER THAN PARADISE went directly from the Cannes Film Festival to the German premiere in Hof and then around the world.

E Nachtlang Füürland

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The Swiss film E NACHTLANG FÜÜRLAND by directors Clemens Klopfenstein and Remo Legnazzi not only convinced audiences. It also inspired the producers Karl Baumgartner and Reinhard Brundig, who founded the legendary Pandora Film Verleih in Hof with this film.


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Doris Dörrie worked as a guest host at the Hof International Film Festival. Then, in 1985 she celebrated her world premiere as a director with MEN.... The film enthusiasts, who had not previously been aware of her, stood on their cinema seats and cheered the comedy. And in one fell swoop, Doris Dörrie became Germany’s most successful director. Moreover, the film’s success also paved the way for the two actors Heiner Lauterbach and Uwe Ochsenknecht’s big breatkthrough.