COLOGNE — The 50th Intl. Short Film Festival at Oberhausen will be opened Wednesday by German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.
The world’s oldest short pic fest is also arguably the largest, with a record 5,000 pics or so submitted this year.
Helmers Sonke Wortmann, Wim Wenders, Romuald Karmakar and Finland’s Eija-Liisa Ahtila will host retrospectives from the six-day fest’s abundant back catalog. These include first steps by Roman Polanski, Alain Resnais, Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese and George Lucas premiered at Oberhausen.