In front of the cinema at Filmfest Hamburg
Outside at the Festival tent where we met Bjorn Ofelgsson, who will take Silent Snow to Iceland
After the screening
Jan van den Berg and Pipaluk Knudsen Ostermann
Jan with moderator Daniel Rummelhagen
Jan, Pipaluk and her brother Ivik outside the cinema
The German premiere this Sunday at the Film Festival in Hamburg went great. In eight permanent and several annually changing sections Filmfest Hamburg shows about 120 national and international feature and documentary films. The many facets of the program range from sophisticated arthouse films to innovative mainstream cinema. Academy Award winners such as Clint Eastwood and Michael Moore, arthouse filmmakers such as Jim Jarmusch and Peter Greenaway, Dogma-founder Lars von Trier and German directors such as Fatih Akin and Oliver Hirschbiegel represent the festival’s entire artistic plenitude.
We were delighted that Silent Snow was selected for the section of ‘Three Colors Green’ films. This section about the environment was successfully introduced in last year’s edition of the Festival and consists of ten documentaries that show the planet's most pressing issues – and solutions for them.
Special guests at the premiere were co-author and main cast member Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann’s brother Ivik and her sister Tupaarnaq, who came especially from Kopenhagen to see the film. They loved the film and were very proud of their –now quite famous- sister. Ivik told us he is making plans to show the film in his hometown Sisimiut, at one of the only three cinemas that Greenland has. The other two are in Nuuk and Illulissat. This is great news and means that the film will finally be shown to the inhabitants in Greenland.
After the screening, there was a lively Q&A on the ‘making of’ and goals Silent Snow with moderator Daniel Rummelhagen. Pipaluk gave a great speech as well, in which she stressed once more that people really could make a difference and that we have to join forces in the struggle against the silent poisoning of our planet.
Our film was then followed by ‘Myperestroika’, a strong and moving film by Robin Hessman who had faced the same problems with funding as we had initially. It had taken her even seven years to make the film but now with the help of many film festivals and Facebook she is finally able to show her film all over the world. Her story shows once more the importance of social media for documentary projects like ours.
In the festival tent we met Bjorn Ofeigsson, an Iceland producer who will bring a copy of Silent Snow to Iceland where they will show the film at an Amnesty Film Festival in November this year. Slowly but steadily, Silent Snow is coming to all parts of the world to create awareness on the problems around POP’s. If you would like to see where you can see Silent Snow, click here, or check this page to find out how you can organize a screening in your hometown.
Before we said goodbye to Tupaarnaq and Ivik, we spent some great hours on a crowded terrace in beautiful late summer Hamburg. Luckily, the weather forecast promised us that during the second screening this Wednesday the weather will be less good, so that even more people will come and see our film (19h at B-Movie, Brigittenstraße 5).
Goodbye for now and see you in Paris for the French version of Silent Snow on the great Parisscience Film Festival this Sunday! Screening starts at 19:30.