COLOGNE — This year’s Hof Film Festival, which wrapped Sunday, contrasted Germany’s blooming mainstream comedies and thrillers of the Nineties with a return to the more introspective mood of the “Autorenfilm” of the Seventies.
Some 27,000 people attended the 80 productions screened over four days at the 35th edition. Contributions included debuts of the road movie “Weg!” (Gone!) by Babelsberg academy student Michael Baumann, and “Jeans” by Berlin helmer Nicolette Krebitz.
The Eastman Kodak award for newcomers was given to Sven Taddicken for “Mein Bruder der Vampir” (My Brother, the Vampire).
Director Hans-Christian Schmid (“Crazy,” “23”) was honored with the city of Hof’s film award for his commitment to supporting new talent.
Schmid debuted in Hof in 1995 with his “Nach 5 im Urwald” (Jungle After Hours), which introduced “Run Lola, Run” star Franka Potente to German auds. Previous award winners include Tom Tykwer, Wim Wenders and Doris Doerrie.
Ever since it started in the late Sixties, the fest has provided a platform for directors rejected by, or themselves rejecting established festivals.