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Film off! ...for the European Film Festival of Generations

07.10.2016 | 09:14 Clock | Culture
Film off! ...for the European Film Festival of Generations

(kus) The "European Film Festival of Generations" is going into its seventh round and will show films about aging for young and old from Monday, October 10, to Friday, October 14. The Frankfurt Health Department and the Competence Centre for Ageing at the University of Heidelberg have put together documentaries, feature films and short films from a total of seven countries. All films will be shown at the CineStar Metropolis at the Eschenheimer Turm.

Head of Health Stefan Majer will open the festival on Monday, October 10, at 6:30 pm at the CineStar Metropolis, Eschenheimer Anlage 40. Starting at 6 p.m., there will be a reception in the Hollywood Bar of the CineStar Metropolis, where Frank Oswald from the Frankfurt Forum for Interdisciplinary Research on Ageing at Goethe University will be on hand to talk about healthy and successful ageing in Frankfurt. At 7 p.m., the festival's round of films will begin with the Swedish feature film "A Man Called Ove".

A colourful programme for young and old

On Tuesday, 11 October, at 10.30 a.m., new images of ageing can be seen in award-winning short films from the national competition "Deutscher Generationenfilmpreis". The 72-year-old director Helga Goedecke will also be a guest and present her short film "Schöne Aussichten". The European dimension of the festival looks at the fascinating working and living environment of a Polish care migrant with "Family Business", at the commitment of a French teacher with "The Pupils of Madame Anne" and at the highly active daily routine in a Romanian old people's home with "Work Makes Life Sweet, Laziness Strengthens the Limbs".

The festival aims to bring old and young together in the cinema and into conversation with each other. These films in particular stand for this:

"Sputnik Moment" as a political plea for a new, different way of growing older and "Wir spielen, damit wir nichts vergessen!" about a joint art project of dementia patients and young people in Oberursel. Both films can be seen together in a special screening with free admission on Thursday, October 13, at 10:30 am. Otherwise, the admission price per film is 6.50 euros and includes coffee and cake at the afternoon screenings. After the screenings, there is always the opportunity to discuss directors, actors as well as experts from the field of ageing research.

"With the European Film Festival of Generations, our aim is to present new, inspiring images of ageing, also from other countries, and to show directly here on site how wonderful a visit to the cinema can be for old and young together", says Head of Health Stefan Majer. In 2013, the "European Film Festival of Generations" was awarded the German Ageing Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for this concern and the successful combination of culture, aging, cinema, and health. In the meantime, the idea has found imitators and fellow participants in more than 90 locations throughout Germany and in Holland and Great Britain.

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