Introduction to the Oldenburg Festival: 5 films not to be missed


As the Oldenburg Film Festival enters its 29th year, Germany’s largest independent film festival still prides itself on its ability to uncover unsung gems that fit into Oldenburg’s sweet spot between art and genre cinema.

For the 2022 event, The News84Media has selected five Oldenburg world premieres likely to ignite the northern German city.

The Black Guelf by John Conners

‘The Black Guelph’

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Life on the average streets from Dublin. Actor/screenwriter/documentary maker John Connors’ feature-length narrative debut draws inspiration from real life, including the systematic sexual abuse by clerics of generations of Irish travellers, for this tale of crime, love and struggle on the margins of society. Featuring a potentially star-studded performance from Graham Earley as Canto, a petty drug dealer determined to break the cycle of trauma and neglect to prove himself a worthy family man.

Check out the teaser for the film below.

The city by Katsuki Kuroyanagi

‘The city’

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This very low-budget debut film – Kuroyanagi spent $6,500 on the set The city over seven years – is a punk symphony about Tokyo’s criminal district of Shibuya, combining classic crime tropes, including a hitman fleeing the mob, with a postmodern electronic soundtrack and fast-paced editing that promises to give a new breath to Asian neo-noir. .

Check out the trailer for The city here.

Junk Space Berlin by Juri Padel

“Berlin of Junk Space”

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David Cronenberg goes clubbing in this low-fi sci-fi from German director Juri Padel. When an interdimensional rift splits Berlin in two and her friend Billie disappears in between, Marion and hacktivist Blue attempt to save her, only to find that the closer they get, the less grip they have on reality.

Check out the trailer for Junk Space Berlin here.

Murmur by Mark Polish


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This new techno-horror from Twin Falls, Idaho and Jackpot Actor and screenwriter Mark Polish follows social media stars who become guinea pigs for “Murmur,” a new app that breaks the boundaries between reality and fantasy. When influencers venture into the woods to test out new technology, they’re drawn into the darkest recesses of their own imaginations. Polish’s daughter, Logan Polish, from Apple TV+ The Mosquito Coaststars.

Check out the trailer for Murmur here.

Subject 101 by Tom Bewilogua

‘Topic 101’

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A paranoid thriller in the spirit of John Frankenheimer’s classic The Manchu Candidate, this German feature from director Tom Bewilogua imagines a nightmare scenario for a homeless migrant living in a government-funded housing project who seeks a fresh start with a multinational temp agency. But they have different plans for him….

The 2022 Oldenburg International Film Festival runs from September 14-18.


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