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Filmfest Hamburg to grant its prestigious award to Catherine Deneuve

This year's winner of the renowned Douglas Sirk Prize is the grande dame of French cinema, Catherine Deneuve. Award ceremony tonight

None other than the grande dame of French cinema, Catherine Deneuve, is expected to attend the opening of this year’s FILMFEST HAMBURG. On the occasion of the German premiere of the new film “Le Tout Nouveau Testament” by the Belgian director Jaco van Dormael, she will be honoured with the renowned Douglas Sirk Prize.

Crystal Statue for the 71-Year Old Actress

Since 1995, the most prestigious prize at Filmfest Hamburg has been awarded for services to film culture and the industry. Past laureates include Clint Eastwood, Stephan Frears, Jodie Foster, Wong Kar-wai, Aki Kaurismäki, Isabelle Huppert, François Ozon, David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Julian Schnabel, Andreas Dresen and Peter Rommel, Kim Ki-duk and Tilda Swinton. Last year’s winner was Fatih Akin. This year, Catherine Deneuve will receive the crystal statuette, created by Hamburg designer Georg Plum.

For more than 50 years, no other actress has characterised French cinema as much as “la Deneuve“. The multiple award-winning diva worked in the 1960 with legendary figures like Roman Polanski, Luis Buñuel and François Truffaut. The list of directors she has worked with reads like a Who’s Who of cinema. Her breakthrough came when she was just 21 years old with the musical film “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg” (1964, Jacques Demy).

World Premiere of “Paradise” to Close the Festival

The crowning conclusion to the 23rd FILMFEST HAMBURG will be the world premiere of the Iranian- German co-production “Paradise” by Sina Ataeian Dena (screenplay and direction), a courageous debut feature by a man who began professional life as a physicist, before turning to animated films. Paradise was produced by Amir Hamz, who lives in Berlin. The film tells the story of the young teacher Hanieh, who is forced against her better nature to educate her pupils with military discipline and a restrictive interpretation of Islam. The film was made without official approval and allows insights into the daily life of the Islamic Republic. With poetic realism and dry wit, it portrays the patriarchy of Iranian society. Together with Amir Hamz and the actress Dorna Dibaj, Sina Ataeian Dena will present his film at the closing gala of the 23rd FILMFEST HAMBURG on 10th October

The 23rd FILMFEST HAMBURG will run from 1-10 October 2015 in the Abaton, CinemaxX Dammtor, Metropolis, Passage, Studio and B-Movie cinemas. The MICHEL Children’s and Youth Film Festival at the Abaton cinema will take place from 2-10 October 2015.

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