First review: 57th Hof International Film Festival 2023

    Inspiring films, full cinemas and enthusiastic audiences

    On the last day of the 57th Hof International Film Festival, a first positive balance can already be drawn in the afternoon. With about 16,000 tickets sold, on-site attendance increased by a good 17% compared to last year, thus continuing the upward trend since the end of the Corona pandemic this year. Under the motto "Cinema: the only addiction worth having", 154 films were shown in the program, including 90 feature-length films and 60 short films from a wide range of genres and from more than 20 countries in total. The event was held in 10 cinemas.

    A total of almost 800 guests - filmmakers, producers, distributors, industry experts and journalists - were accredited.

    Among the numerous guests we were able to welcome to the 57th International Hof Film Festival were, in addition to director and actress Maria Schrader, to whom the retrospective was dedicated, the actors Hassan Akkouch, Robert Gwisdek, Corinna Harfouch, Hannah Herzsprung, Philipp Hochmair, Dietrich Hollinderbäumer, Julia Jentsch, Samuel Koch, from Switzerland Lázló I. Kish, Denis Levant from France, Florian Lukas, Maximilian Mundt, Adele Neuhauser, Nina Petri and Albrecht Schuch as well as the moderator and producer Sandra Maischberger, the directors Veit Helmer, the Austrians Günter Schwaiger and Ludwig Wüst or Connie Walther and many others from Germany and abroad.

    The German premiere of the new format HoFXR with Florian Siebert's project AUFWIND was a complete success. The audience queued up to secure slots for the 25-minute performances.

    The 57th Hof International Film Festival is still going on digitally. Many films can be seen via Video On Demand until 5 November 2023.

    Published on: October 29, 2023