The LICHTER Filmfest has long been one of the most renowned festivals in Germany. This is partly due to the excellent selection of films and the national and international guests from the film industry who come to Frankfurt for the film festival. The thematically coordinated supporting programme and also the venues give the LICHTER Filmfest new, exciting impulses year after year. This year, too, the organizers have come up with some special features. This starts with the new festival centre, which will move into the Zoo Gesellschaftshaus this year. This will revive a piece of Frankfurt's cinema history.
For about 100 years ago, the first Frankfurt cultural film stage opened in the Zoo-Gesellschaftshaus. Forty years later, the long-time zoo director and Oscar®-winning animal filmmaker Bernhard Grzimek continued this cinema tradition with the "Zoo-Lichtspiele". The LICHTER Film Festival will now revive the venue. In addition to international films on the main theme of chaos, highlights of regional filmmaking and a series featuring selected highlights of the German film landscape, the festival will host the Zukunft Deutscher Film (Future of German Film) congress in the temporary "Zoo-Lichtspiele".
Something truly unique awaits festival-goers in the Naxoshalle. Here, a project will be implemented that, thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign, can become reality: The world's first bumper car cinema! 175 fans supported the project with 3894 euros. The Aventis Foundation and the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain are now rounding up the donation sum to 20,000 euros. The initial spark for the bumper car cinema came from LICHTER festival deputy director Johanna Süß: "We were looking for a creative and unusual festival attraction that shows how much fun can be had in chaotic confusion." The bumper car will be surrounded by screens showing experimental films and visuals. "You have to think of it a bit like an experimental space installation," Süß said.
For the first time this year, LICHTER will also show films at Harmonie Kino and filmklubb in Offenbach. Other festival cinemas include the Mal Seh´n Kino, the Deutsches Filmmuseum and the Naxoshalle, which will host the Virtual Reality Storytelling competition for the second time.
The LICHTER Film Festival 2018 takes place from 03 - 08 April 2018
Highlights of the regional and international film programme
Rosa von Praunheim's documentary film Männerfreundschaften completes the regional feature film competition. The film about the passionate correspondence between the poets of Weimar Classicism celebrates its world premiere at LICHTER. A total of nine feature-length films and 27 short films from Hesse and Rhine-Main are competing for the coveted White Bembel.
In the international film program, four more films have been determined. LICHTER is pleased to show the new film by cult director Guy Maddin. The Green Fog was showered with praise at this year's Berlinale. The homage to Hitchcock's "Vertigo" was entirely assembled from other films set in San Francisco. The festival will also screen the documentary Devil´s Freedom (directed by Everardo González) about the Mexican drug war and two German premieres - the mystery thriller Dhogs by Andrés Goteira and the anarcho-comedy The Goose by Mike Maryniuk.
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