"Black, square, and funny are not contradictions." That was my motto for the opening film of the 55th Hof International Film Festival THE BLACK SQUARE, which received the German Cinema New Talent Award as well as the Hof Critics Award. Peter Meister's debut features Bernhard Schütz, Jacob Matschenz and Sandra Hüller in leading roles and opens in theaters on Thursday, 25 November 2022:
The art thieves Vincent and Nils are close to their goal: In their cabin on a cruise ship lies the 60 million dollar painting "The Black Square", which they are supposed to deliver to their client on board. But suddenly they have to appear as Elvis and David Bowie doubles on the ship's show stage and the painting disappears. This is the start of a turbulent hunt for the painting.
Peter Meister’s THE BLACK SQUARE is a "very funny heist movie" (Süddeutsche Zeitung) which always picks up its audience at the right moment. This is what we really love about going to the movies!
And there are even more films out now: In Mario Sixtus' first feature-length debut HYPERLAND (55th Hof International Film Festival) everyone has a "carma count" which defines their social status. Everything depends on this classification: job, apartment, social environment. No wonder that most people try to pimp their reputation with tricks and paid specialists. A sci-fi thriller with a frightening connection to reality, available in the ZDF-Mediathek until 5 February 2022.
And Willi Kubica's beautiful new world is just as intense: END-80 (54th Hof International Film Festival). In the middle of the 21st century: In an outdated and rocked-out republic, Karl, an civil servant, has to take care of his 78-year-old father, who can no longer make ends meet on his own, both in terms of health and financially. At the same time, age limitations are introduced, meaning forced euthanasia upon reaching the age of 80. The TV premiere 29 November 2021 at midnight. END-80 is also in the ZDF-Mediathek until 6 May 2022.
And finally, one last request: For all you watching films at home, please stay loyal to the cinema and go at least once a week, especially in these challenging times!