»IFFMH presents« goes into the next round

Three exciting events will sweeten your waiting time

Part of our identity as a festival, as you know, is discovering new talent. We would like to present the discoveries we make to you beyond the festival period with »IFFMH presents«. And it is precisely this series of events that is now going into the next round. After the numerous summer events, we will now show you three of our award-winning films from last year in October.

›Ma nuit‹ and ›The Sleeping Negro‹ at the Heidelberg Cinema Night on 2 October

Especially great: With ›My Nigh‹' by Antoinette Boulat and ›The Sleeping Negro‹ by Skinner Myers we are represented at the 1st Heidelberg Cinema Night on 2 October. The Heidelberg Cinema Night unites Heidelberg's cinemas and offers a programme specially put together for this day until the early hours of the morning. Heidelberg's cinema landscape is just as diverse as the people of Heidelberg themselves. We look forward to this opportunity to meet and exchange ideas about film and cinema with you. ›Ma nuit‹ will be shown at 8:30 pm in the Karlstorkino, followed by ›The Sleeping Negro‹ at 10 pm in the Gloria/Gloriette. Our festival director Sascha Keilholz will introduce both events.

Antoinette Boulat's romantic drama is somnambulistic, immediate and playful like the Nouvelle Vague. France's star caster Boulat follows 18-year-old Marion (played by the outstanding Lou Lampros), who is thrown into emotional chaos after an encounter with a man. It is a film that brings a breath of fresh air to French cinema and a plea for a self-determined life. Ma nuit' was awarded our Ecumenical Prize.

In ›The Sleeping Negro‹, a young African-American falls into an existential crisis within 24 hours. In his feature film debut, Myers follows a long tradition of the US indie film scene and effortlessly combines essay film and dialogue-rich chamber play. In 2021, ›The Sleeping Negro‹ was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize of the International Film Critics at the IFFMH.

›The First Fallen‹ at QZM on 11 and 12 October

Diversity is an important concern for us. Accordingly, we are happy to present our last year's audience favourite ›The First Fallen‹ by the Brazilian Rodrigo de Oliveira on 11 and 12 October at QZM, the queer centre in Mannheim. The film about the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic in Brazil foregrounds an important piece of history, focusing not on the disease but on the protagonists* who continue to shape their own lives and remain true to themselves. Programme Director Frédéric Jaeger will host this moving film.

So feel free to drop by. We look forward to seeing you - and our events are the best way to bridge the not-so-long wait until the festival in November.