71st International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg

17.11.2022 to 27.11.2022
Mannheim and Heidelberg
Tagebuch einer Pariser Affäre

Eröffnungsfilm: Tagebuch einer Pariser Affäre (© Kinology)

On 17 November, the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg 2022 opened with the romantic comedy "Diary of a Fleeting Affair" by Emmanuel Mouret. The Ecumenical Jury will award its prize of € 2500 to a film in the competition section "On the Rise", in which the festival will show a total of 16 films. Other sections include "Pushing the Boundaries", a retrospective, a children's film festival and the section "Facing New Challenges", in which the festival presents new forms of moving image beyond narrative cinema. Master classes are given by cinematographer Benoît Debie and director Akice Winokur.

Link: Festival-Website


Valeria Is Getting Married
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What happens in this film, and why, unfolds in a swirling, brilliantly constructed, written and directed drama with moments of humour, as well. A chamber play at its best, where not only interests and emotions collide, but also countries. Might freedom be more important than a comfortable life gained through an arranged marriage? The director observes her characters with lucidity and tenderness, especially the sisterhood bonding two women who seek emancipation between two countries: Israel and Ukraine.


More about the festival

We often talk about Christians' attachment to cinema, as a path of faith, a crisp look to the world and a window open to an invisible kingdom. Today, I would like to reverse the discourse and evoke the fascination of filmmakers for the religious rituals, says Magali van Reeth in her greeting at the Ecumenical Reception in Mannheim 2022.