63rd Nordic Film Days Luebeck

03.11.2021 to 07.11.2021

The INTERFILM Jury's Church Film Award in Lübeck 2021 was won by the Finnish-French-German co-production "The Gravedigger's Wife" by Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, whose film also won the NDR Feature Film Award. The INTERFILM jury awarded a Commendation to "The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic" by Teemu Nikki, which also received the Baltic Film Award.

The 63rd Nordic Film Days opened on 3 November 2021 with the Icelandic action comedy "Cop Secret" by Hannes Thor Halldórsson. The festival screened  over 130 feature films, documentaries and short films in eight sections. Over 100 films were streamed across Germany at the same time.

The retrospective was dedicated to pop music and pop musicals in Nordic and Baltic cinema, the homage to actress Trine Dyrholm. The INTERFILM jury judges the films in the Feature Film Competition and awards the INTERFILM Church Film Prize, which is endowed with 5,000 € by the Evangelical Lutheran Church District of Lübeck-Lauenburg.

Link: Festival website


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The Gravedigger’s Wife is the most heartfelt and beautiful film which keeps you warm long after screening. It has excellent visual work and sound design in addition to superb acting, which makes this film hard to forget. The story leads us into a very poor Somalian family, where Khadar Ayderus Ahmed explores true human values in such a way that is understandable universally and doesn’t leave audiences indifferent. We see ourselves in the story about love, friendship and hope. It shows a great respect for human dignity and opens up for discussions about how we see and treat each other as human beings.    

The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic
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In a unique way the film allows the viewer to begin to understand handicapped people’s view on the world. It’s a masterfully executed project, which deserves a large audience, because it’s a stepping stone towards greater empathy. The film features one of the strongest lead characters. Petri Poikolainen, having the same disease as his character, portrays Jaakko with dignity and humor.