Apowerful word. Family is omnipresent – it cannot be explained only genetically or rationally. It is full of emotions, memories and can provide a home. But this feeling does not simply come through the term itself. Family is shaped, damaged and patched up by each individual. It offers protection and space for self-realization, defines boundaries and holds a mirror up to its members. The 54th Hof International Film Festival – Home of Films is pleased to be a family home for works about broken, healing and incipient interpersonal relationships.
A selection of the films:
COMING HOME AGAIN
Director: Wayne Wang (UK, South Korea 2019)
The young writer Chang-rae begins his day by caring for his mother who has with cancer and preparing a traditional Korean meal for the family, which he has learned from her. Soon, emotions and memories awaken that lead him back to key moments when he was confronted with his parents' expectations and plans, stood up for himself.
With Justin Chon, Jackie Chung, John Lie, Christina July Kim
DER MANN DER DIE WELT Aß / THE MAN WHO ATE THE WORLD
Director: Johannes Suhm (Germany 2020)
This man seems to have everything: a good job, his beloved wife and children, faithful friends. But he still feels trapped and destroys his relationships and everything he has.
A story about male hubris, repressed feelings, unconscious depression and the difficult struggle for success in a capitalist world that leaves little room for vulnerability.
With Johannes Suhm, Hannes Hellmann, Maja Schöne, Singer Konrad
DIE FARBE DES CHAMÄLEONS / THE COLOR OF A CHAMELEON
Director: Jürgen Klaubetz (Austria 2020)
Paul steals bags and dives into the lives of the stolen in search of happiness.
A victory of lightness and of letting go of non-functional life concepts, over anger, and grief over the suicide of the best friend.
With Artjom Gilz, Canan Samadi, Katrine Eichberger, Vinzenz Wagner
EATEN BY LIONS
Director: Jason Wingard (UK 2019)
The film tells the touching story of the two half-brothers Omar and Pete, who were raised by their grandmother after their parents were tragically killed by lions in a bizarre accident. When their beloved grandmother dies, they set out to find Omar's biological father – a funny and touching journey that will change their lives and help them find themselves...
With Antonio Aakeel, Jack Carroll, Asim Chaudhry, Johnny Vegas
ICH HÄTTE AM KRONLEUCHTER HÄNGEN BLEIBEN MÜSSEN / I SHOUL HAVE HELD ON TO THE CHANDELIER
Director: Diego Hauenstein (Germany 2020, Documentary)
Olli Hauenstein is a clown by profession – his whole life long. Now, in his old age, the work becomes more and more difficult, but he doesn't think about stopping or reducing his load. And his wife Ulrike has to follow suit. The film tells the story of a dwindling profession, of artistic self-realization and the sacrifices we make for ourselves and others.
Director: Matthias Ditscherlein (Germany 2020, Documentary)
The film accompanies "Kinomann" Helmut in his 60th Jubilee year. Each of his days is formed by the cinema. The film tells about the love and passion for what you do and what it does to your family. And about Helmut the Superman, whose power must never end, because after him there is no one else.
KÖNIG DER RABEN / KING OF RAVENS
Director: Piotr J. Lewandowski (Germany 2020)
Darko, a young survival artist, lives illegally in Germany. He tries to keep himself and his sick mother afloat in the urban jungle until he is at risk of losing himself in an amour fou with the mysterious Alina. What at first seemed to suit him very well soon becomes a problem: he falls in love with her. But Alina seems to enjoy the situation, and leaves it open for a long time as to whether she shares his feelings. The fragile dream shatters when past catches up with them.
With Malik Blumenthal, Antje Traue
Director: Pradip Kurbah (India 2019)
The Ïewduh market is one of the liveliest in Northeast India. Here, people from different communities and religions, work and live together. The film is about ordinary people and their everyday stories, about people who are not celebrated as heroes, but who nevertheless make each other's lives easier. In every market street there is a story yet to be told. Where in Ïewduh reason ends, cohesion begins.
With Albert Mawrie, Denver Pariat, Richard Kharpuri, Enshon Lamare
Director: Peter Heller (Germany, Italy 2020, Documentary)
A film about the culinary mission of the first Italian guest workers in Munich They came development workers: Today Munich has over 1000 Italian restaurants. The success story of three families – from waiter to millionaire. The invasion of the palate.
TAGEBUCH EINER BIENE / A BEE’S DIARY
Director: Dennis Wells (Germany 2020, Documentary)
The film tells the life of a single bee, consistently from its individual perspective – from the moment of its birth in the bee colony until its death. Narrator's voices and the visual language of a feature film are used – without becoming scientifically incorrect.
THE CARE OF OTHERS
Director: Mariano González (Argentina 2019)
Luisa works as a nanny and a reckless mistake by her friend Miguel brings Felipe, the child she cares for, to the emergency room. The situation is serious and the possible consequences are unimaginable. While the child's family spends their days in seclusion, Miguel seems to have no problems with the whole situation. Luisa, however, finds herself in a painful conflict.
With Sofía Gala, Mariano González, Jeremías Antún, Laura Paredes
Director: Daniele Luchetti (Italy 2020)
Naples, in the early 1980s. Aldo and Vanda go through a separation after he admits his affair. Their two small children are torn between their parents in a whirlwind of emotions. But the bonds that hold people together are inevitable, even without love. Now, 30 years later, Aldo and Vanda are still married.
With Alba Rohrwacher, Luigi Lo Cascio, Giovanni Mezzogiorno, Adriano Giannini