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Lommel, Afghan pix set for Hofer

Fest lines up German helmer retrospective

COLOGNE — A retrospective for oddball helmer Ulli Lommel and the first postwar Afghan feature will be highlighted at the Hofer Filmtage festival, which kicks off Wednesday.

Hollywood-based Lommel will present the premiere of his latest pic, “Zodiac Killers.”

The five-day fest, held in the small Bavarian city of Hof since 1967, is a talent pool for domestic filmmakers with sidebars for international indies.

“The difference between Hofer and other festivals is that we make unknown filmmakers known, rather than try to attract stars,” said event topper Heinz Badewitz.

Newbie directors who’ve received kudos include Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run”) and Sonke Wortmann (“The Miracle of Bern”).

Fest’s national selection includes new pics from Veit Helmer and Markus Heltschl. Frosh director Michael Schorr’s “Schultze Gets the Blues,” which drew a special jury award at the Venice fest, will unspool.

International selections include Robert Altman’s “The Company”; David Mackenzie’s “Young Adam”; “Osama,” by Afghan helmer Siddiq Barmak; and Alina Teodorescu’s “Paraiso,” a docu about Guantanamo’s music scene.

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