Filmkunstfest MV
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APRIL 30th to MAY 5th, 2019 in SCHWERIN 

The 29th FILMKUNSTFEST MV (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Festival of Cinematic Arts) is just around the corner. Until February, our expert festival-programme team was winnowing the variety of films that had been submitted to enter one of the four competitions (feature film, children's and youth film, documentary feature and short film) whilst attending several film festivals to keep an eye out for oustanding motion pictures that might enter one of the festival's film sections. Our public-relations team is screening the creative ideas of the festival's ad agency OKAPI whilst preparing press releases and newsletters as well as making loads of phone calls, and Festival Director Volker Kufahl is the one who's holding the reins. He's been forging out plans, discussing umpteen festival-related topics, watching hundreds of films and pulling all the strings so that the FILMKUNSTFEST MV in Schwerin, the state capital of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, may welcome its guests to the most tradition-steeped and visited film festival in Eastern Germany as scheduled on April 30th, 2019.

2019 Honorary Award Recipient: Katharina Thalbach 

Ever since in late January it was dead certain who is going to receive this year's honorary award, press and public alike have been bitten with enthusiasm: one of the most distinctive and versatile faces of German cinema and one of the most successful and popular German film, TV and stage actresses, Katharina Thalbach, is going to receive the FILMKUNSTFEST MV's 2019 honorary award "The Golden Ox" from the hands of Minister-President of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Manuela Schwesig in the Großes Haus at the Mecklenburg State Theatre on May 4th, 2019.

"With this award, we are going to honour Katharina Thalbach as one of the most admirable actresses of complex roles for having rendered outstanding services to the German film culture. She breathes life into both her leading and her supporting roles with unparalleled vividness. Strength and vulnerability are an integral part of her acting performance. Katharina Thalbach is an artist who may look back on an impressive film, TV and stage career in both the GDR and Germany," Festival Director Volker Kufahl explains his decision for this year's honouree.

2019 guest country: Ireland

The festival management has also decided which guest country is going to enrich this year's FILMKUNSTFEST MV: Ireland. 

"The history of Ireland is rich in tragic occurrences. Poverty and famine, British rulership and feudalistic structures, religious conflicts and rigid Catholicism, emigration, civil war, the conflict in Northern Ireland, depression and financial crisis, tax haven for the largest multicorporate enterprises in the world and most currently the Brexit that is threatening to re-open old sores," Festival Director Volker Kufahl declares. 

Along with the surely inevitable reflection on the current political situation in Ireland at the time of the FILMKUNSTFEST MV, taking place only a few weeks after the scheduled soft or perhaps hard Brexit, the festival is going to visualise this picturesque north European country by showcasing a selection of its diverse films including the latest feature films, documentary features and short films as well as a high-class accompanying festival programme focusing on literature, photography and music from and about Ireland.