Two German films will be showing next January within the framework of the renowned OBSESSION, Peter Sehr's story of a young woman musician who loves two men, yet is neither able nor willing to decide between them. Already presented in competition at San Sebastian.
<AA TARGET="TOP" HREF="">DIE SALZMÄNNER VON TIBET</AA>, a Swiss-German coproduction by Ulrike Koch, who portrays the rhythm of life and the rites of Tibetan nomadic salt merchants in this documentary.
Both films will be shown out of competition in the World Cinema sidebar as the festival's Competition section is reserved for films which have been majority-produced in the USA.
The festival itself has been running since 1984 and has its origins in an initiative of the Sundance Institute which was founded in 1981 by Robert Redford together with some colleagues and friends to promote artistic expression in American cinema. The festival is considered an important platform for independent filmmakers and producers; its programme is followed with great interest by American distributors and journalism.