Events

ANDRES VEIEL AND CLAUDIA LENSSEN. A SPECIAL TALK

A special discussion between the prominent film critic Claudia Lenssen and the famous documentary filmmaker Andres Veiel will take place at the Open Air Library on the 18th of September at the 18:30h. Entrance will be free. The special talk is part of the Andres Veiel’s  Retrospective.

A WORKSHOP WITH ANDRES VEIEL

IN COLLABORATION WITH THE GOETHE – INSTITUT BULGARIA

The prominent German documentary film director Andres Veiel will be a special guest to RIFE’s first edition. Thanks to our partnership with Goethe Institutes in Sofia, Тhessaloniki and Istanbul, Babelsberg Film University “Konrad Wolf” and NATFA “Krustio Sarafov”, Andres Veiel will do a workshop for German, Bulgarian, Greek and Turkish students. The students will have the opportunity to watch a selection of Veiel’s most significant films together with him. In a special lecture he will provide comments and analyses of his own cinematic approach and professional experience. In an open discussion with students, he will talk on different topics regarding documentary filmmaking. The event will be available for online streaming and translations will be provided for Bulgarian speaks.

ANDRES VEIEL

Andres Veiel (born 16 October 1959) is a German film and theater director and  writer. Veil is a member of the European Film Academy, the German Film Academy (Deutsche Filmakademie) and the Academy of Arts, Berlin. He lectures at various film schools and universities, including the “dffb” (German Film and Television Academy Berlin), the Free University of Berlin, the University of Zurich, the University of Michigan and is regularly being invited by the Goethe-Institute to worldwide lectures, such as in Johannesburg, New Delhi, Calcutta, Osaka, Cairo, Tunis, Sofia and Smolyan.

Filmography

  • 1992 Winternachtstraum (Winter Night’s Dream), documentary, 82 minutes: premiered at the Duisburger Filmwoche,
  • 1993 Balagan, documentary, 90 minutes: won in 1993 the Findling Award than was screened at the 1994 Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) and awarded with the Peace Film Award, the Camera Award and the German Film Award in silver.
  • 1996 Die Überlebenden (The Survivors), documentary, 90 minutes
  • 2001 Black Box BRD, documentary, 101 minutes: won numerous awards, among others the European Film Award, the German Film Award and the Santa Barbara Film Festival Insight Award.Veiel’s next released work returned to the field of theater.
  • 2004 Die Spielwütigen (Addicted to Acting), documentary, 108 minutes: premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2004
  • 2006 Der Kick (The Kick), documentary, 82 minutes: performed at theaters in Basel (Switzerland) and Berlin and was invited to the major German Theater Festival, the Berlin Theater Festival (Theatertreffen der Berliner Festspiele ) in May 2006. To date, the play has been performed by more than 60 theaters and has been translated into nine languages.
  • 2011 Wer wenn nicht wir (If Not Us, Who?), feature film, 124 minutes: premiered in the competition of the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011, where it was awarded with the Alfred Bauer Prize. It received various awards, including the 2011 German Film Award in Bronze the Hessian Film Award for Best Feature Film and for Best Actress, as well as Best Film Silver Award, Best Male Lead at the 2011 European Film Festival in Seville and the Best International Film Award at the 10th Pune International Film Festival in 2012. In 2012
  • 2017 Beuys

SPECIAL ROMA FILM SELECTION

IN COLLABORATION WITH THE GOETHE-INSTITUT BULGARIA

RIFE’s first edition will host a special international documentary film program curated by Radmila Mladenova, a Bulgarian film expert and scholar based in Germany. Тhe short, medium, and long length documentary films (some of which created by Roma filmmakers) are focused on different topics connected with the history and modern life of the Roma groups around the world. The rich and powerful international program highlights the variety of difficulties that the Roma people have faced during the past decades: being pursued, brutalized, killed, stigmatized, marginalized, offended, and ignored. The films are also presenting many positive examples of successful social integration and professional growth through appealing personal stories.