FESTIVAL: FILM | NEU 2017

Film|Neu 2017 – New Films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland
November 2 – 5, 2017

The festival Film|Neu is Washington’s leading festival for new films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 2017 marks the 25th edition of the festival and as every year it showcases a rich variety of themes and genres of new German-language cinema. The opening film, “The Young Karl Marx”, brings history to life with a retelling of Marx's early years. More recent history – the fall of the Wall - plays a role in “In Times of Fading Light”, starring Bruno Ganz. “The Divine Order”, Switzerland’s nomination for the Academy Awards, wraps up the festival.

The ACFDC presents a selection of films at this year's festival Film|Neu. “Night of a 1000 Hours” (Virgil Widrich) is set in a historic mansion of the Ullich family in Vienna, where their deceased ancestors suddenly appear and usher in a series of unforeseen events.   “Hanna’s Sleeping Dogs” (Andreas Gruber) tells the story of young girl growing up in the provincial Austrian town, who learns her family‘s secret from her grandmother . “Exomoon” (Gudrun Krebitz), “MeTube2: August Sings Carmina Burana” (Daniel Moshel), “Seas of Pearls” (Katrina Daschner) and “Vintage Print” (Siegfried A. Fruhauf) are screened in the category "New Short Films".

AUSTRIA’S CONTRIBUTION
November 4, 2017 | 2:00 pm: New Short Films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland
Germany |
 “Berlin Metanoia” (Erik Schmitt), “The Exchange” (Kai Maria Steinkühler), “Out of Frame” (Sophie Linnenbaum)
Austria | “Exomoon” (Gudrun Krebitz), “MeTube2: August Sings Carmina Burana” (Daniel Moshel), “Seas of Pearls” (Katrina Daschner) and “Vintage Print” (Siegfried A. Fruhauf)
Switzerland | “Bon Voyage” (Marc Reymond Wilkins), “The Bridge over the River” (Jadwiga Kowalska)

November 4, 2017 | 9:00 pm: Night of a 1000 Hours
How did the Ullrich family really make their fortune? In this horror movie with a truly dark sense of humor, dead ancestors decide to make a family reunion more complicated than it already is. Over the course of one night with a murder, an affair, and a game of false identities, a closely guarded family secret is revealed. 
This is Virgil Widrich’s (b. 1967, Salzburg) second feature film as writer and director. A spooky yet charming and mischievous family affair in which even death doesn’t mean the end.
A pre-film reception with Austrian wines and treats takes place between 8:30 – 9:00 pm before the screening “Night of a 1000 Hours”.

November 5, 2017 | 12:00 pm: Hanna’s Sleeping Dogs
You shouldn’t wake sleeping dogs. And there’s a reason for that, as 9-year-old Johanna soon discovers. A drama based on a semi-autobiographical novel describing how a young girl embraces her newly found heritage and identity. Award-winning director Andreas Gruber (b. 1954, Wels) adapted this feature film from the novel by Elisabeth Escher. A carefully constructed house of lies crumbles at first – and eventually collapses completely.

When: Thursday, November 2 – Sunday, November 5, 2017
Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 2:00 p (New Short Films) & 9:00 pm (Night of a 1000 Hours)
Sunday, November 5, 2017 | 12:00 pm (Hanna’s Sleeping Dogs)

Where: Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW | Washington DC 20004 (Metro Center)
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at Landmark’s E Street Cinema’S box office or online.