The young Berlin director Fred Keleman has been a prize-winner on no less than two occasions in the last few days: his film NIGHTFALL received the Main Prize in Gijón and the FIPRESCI Award for the best film of the parallel secton in Thessaloniki.
The festival in Spain's Gijón awarded the "Premio Prinicipado de Asturias" to NIGHTFALL. The film event, which was held this year for the 37th time (19-26.11.99) and is among the most interesting of its kind in Europe, is traditionally dedicated to innovative forms of cinematic expression that look at the world of young people.
Shortly beforehand, the jury of the international critics association FIPRESCI had named the work the best film in the parallel section at Thessaloniki "for offering a radical, palpable vision of our darkest emotions and for pushing the limits of cinematic language".
The Thessaloniki festival is known for its sophisticated programme which is mainly devoted to newcomer cinema. It was held for the 40th time this year (12-21.11.1999).
NIGHTFALL is Fred Kelemen's fourth feature-length film after KALYI-ZEIT DER FINSTERNIS, VERHAENGNIS/FATE and FROST. It tells the story of Leni and Anton who have been brought to the edge by unemployment and suspicion of their love. They set off on a journey through the night which brings them separately into contact with the fates of different people.
The film was produced by Mediopolis, Berlin, in co-production with WDR and Filmes do Tejo, Lisbon. World sals are being handled by Futura Film/Weltvertrieb im Filmverlag der Autoren.
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