american independents
Our oldest and most established section features both Hollywood stars and newcomers. In the German premiere of HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES by John Cameron Mitchell (celebrated director of the cult hit HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH) moviegoers can marvel at Nicole Kidman as a punk queen and Elle Fanning as an alien. Yes, punk meets aliens here! In LUCKY, the directorial debut of actor John Caroll Lynch (familiar from FARGO among others), Harry Dean Stanton (in his last and best performance) becomes aware of impermanence. This wonderful film also features Tom Skerritt and David Lynch in his first major movie role. In Natalia Leite’s thriller M.F.A. Francesca Eastwood (Clint’s daughter!) plays a college student who makes short work of campus rapists. And in the documentary MANSFIELD 66/67, which is celebrating its German premiere at exground filmfest, directors Todd Hughes and P. David Ebersole attempt to gain insight into the real reason the Hollywood star died at the young age of 34. In video artist Kongonada’s directorial debut COLUMBUS, Michel Forbes (THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART TWO) plays the drug addicted mother of Casey, who really only wants one thing: to get away from the town of the title, the architectural Mecca of the American Midwest. In Travis Mathews’ DISCREET, a film director is confronted with his own past, in the middle of the redneck inhabited no man’s land where Trump’s voters come from no less. A total of six exceptional productions await audiences here – from the wild musical comedy HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES to the laconic LUCKY, from the revenge thriller M.F.A. to the abuse drama DISCREET, from the visual masterpiece COLUMBUS all the way to the documentary MANSFIELD 66/67 –including two German premieres and two debut films.







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