Freistadt "Der Neue Heimatfilm" Festival


"Der Neue Heimatfilm" is a very small festival in Freistadt, Austria. During five days at the end of August it shows about 25 films, both documentaries and feature films.
The festival is concerned with "Heimat" (home) as its main issue: loss of home, travelling, changing of the homeground, finding a new home, metaphorical and metaphysical homes.

Essentially, this event wants to be seen as counterpoint to the mainly urban cinema medium. Movies that can´t find bigger audiences in the everyday theatre buisness, because of their subject matter (rural live) and style. Originally there was an intention to free the term "Heimatfilm" from its cliché, what should have been achieved at least in our region. Every year 20 to 25 programs are offered (feature film, documentary film and short film). After an always returning emphasis on Swiss Cinema, the focal point has developed to Italian Cinema in the last years, with guests being in Freistadt, such as the famous directors Giuliano Montaldo, Florestano Vancini, Carlo Lizzani or the screenplay writer Niccola Badalucco.

Hungarian films at the festival

2020 - Genesis
2017 - 1945 - Best Feature Film (in competition) (winner)
2010 - Fluke
2008 - Delta (in competition)
2008 - Iska's Journey - Special Mention (in competition) (winner)
2006 - The Bird Saviour, Clouds and Wind
2006 - Before Dawn
2005 - After the Day Before
2005 - New Eldorado
2005 - Postsoldier
2005 - Little Apocrypha No.2
2005 - Little Apocrypha No.1
2005 - Who's the Cat?
2005 - Grenades
2002 - Chico
2001 - Werckmeister Harmonies
1998 - Romani Kris - Gypsy Law
1998 - The Witman Boys
1998 - Woyzeck

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