For ten days, the Luxembourg City Film Festival - a festival for the general public, with a growing reputation - will be offering a selection of nearly sixty films that have never been shown and have an original theme, style or origin. The festival also provides an excellent showcase for national production: no fewer than thirteen national (co-)productions are to be shown.
The programme attracts an annual audience of about 18,000, a quarter being children attending showings as part of the 'selection for young audiences' programme which this year includes no fewer than 22 films for under-15-year-olds.
A new feature this year is the 'Magic Mirrors' chalet at the foot of the Gëlle Fra on the Place de la Constitution, right in the city centre. This is where discussions, literary meetings and workshops will be taking place.
A cinematographic fireworksThe films presented are divided into a number of categories:
- The official competition: There are ten films in the official competition, including the Luxembourgish co-production 'Sunset Song'.
- The documentary competition: This category has been incredibly popular in recent years. Eight original films will be shown.
- The official selection: the festival also presents a special selection of unusual films, including 'Goodnight Mommy' which won two awards at the Gérardmer International Fantasy Film Festival.
- The Made in / with Luxembourg series: a selection of fiction films, documentaries and short films made in the Grand Duchy or co-produced by Luxembourgish companies.
- The Young Audience series: the Young Audience series offers children and young people between the ages of 3 and 18 films and cinematographic workshops specifically suited to the three age groups (3-5 years/5-12 years/12-18 years).
- 50 Days in the Desert, a documentary which draws an intimate portrait, week after week, of the evolution of a film director's creative process on a film set;
- Aus den Aen (Long Lost), a short film about two half-brothers who meet for the very first time;
- Casting a Woman, a short film about the casting process of young actresses;
- Colonia, a feature film about a German couple caught in the revolutionary upheaval of 1970s Chili;
- Eldorado, a documentary which follows 4 Portugese-speaking new generation immigrants in Luxembourg;
- Everything was as always (Et wor alles wéi ëmmer); a short film about a mysterious disappearance in Luxembourg;
- Foreign Affairs, a documentary about Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg's Minister of Foreign Affairs;
- La Supplication, a documentary which gives those a voice who were directly impacted by the Chernobyl disaster in 1986;
- Le Chant des Hommes, a feature film about a group of migrants;
- Mammal, a feature film about a dramatic relationship between a divorcee and a homeless adolescent in Ireland;
- Peter and Wendy, a new interpretation of the classic novel 'Peter Pan';
- Quenottes (Pearlies), a fantastic short film which will leave you afraid of white mice;
- Summer Leaves, a short film about an old farmer who has a hard time accepting the sale of his farm;
- Sunset Song, a feature film about the emancipation struggle of a young woman in rural Scotland at the beginning of the 20th century;
- Tout est calme, a short film about lies and family in rural society.
The jury for the official competition
Once again the organisers have been able to come up with a high-profile international jury, chaired by Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai. The other members of the jury will be directors Alexander Nanau, Sebastian Sorg, Gerardo Chijona and Vincent Ravalec, actress Dinara Droukarova, cinema operator Antoine Compagnone, and film critic Michel Demopoulos.
The festival's films are shown in cinema theatres throughout Luxembourg City: Ciné Utopia, Utopolis, Luxembourg City Cinémathèque, Crazy cinématographe in the court of the Capucine Theatre, le National Audiovisual Centre in Dudelange, the exhibition spaces at the Cercle Cité and the Rotondes, as well as the festival's headquarters on the Place de la Constitution. The latter also hosts a 'Full Virtual Reality Corner' which features several unpublished works which can be experienced in 360°.
The Luxembourg City Film Festival, jointly supported by the Ministry of Culture and the City of Luxembourg, is the official festival of the country. Every year it features content of undeniable artistic quality, as well as many exclusive films. The festival runs over 10 days. It showcases a broad outlook over international contemporary art through a selection of dramas and documentaries (in 2015, for example, it hosted the official opening of 'Taxi Tehran' by J. Panahi), of special sessions, domestic productions and a cycle for a young audience. Since becoming a competition in 2012, it has been rewarding the best international cinematographic creations in the categories fiction (10,000€), documentary (5,000€) and young audience (2,000€).
(article written by the editorial team of the portal www.luxembourg.lu, with Luxembourg City Film Festival)