We are very happy to announce that Philipp Klinger‘s feature film debut “Dark Dreamers” (German title: “Albträumer“), which was released by UCM.ONE on the label Artkeim² on August 12, was honored with the Goethe-Institut‘s Children’s and Youth Film Award ” at the Chemnitz Youth Film Festival Schlingel.

The film, with a great cast including Sarah Mahita and Béla Gabor Lenz in the leading roles, convinced the jury with its special courage in dealing with an often taboo subject.

From the jury’s statement:

“The Children’s and Youth Film Award of the Goethe-Institut goes to a film that touched the jury with its special courage – the courage to find a cinematic form for a topic that is still difficult to talk about, not only in Germany. In strong and sometimes daring images, the director tells the story of how a family deals with the loss of their brother and son. The repression and numbing of the pain puts the family to a great test. Only the burgeoning doubt and the young protagonist’s questions about responsibility show a way out of the speechlessness. 

The convincing screenplay creates a continuous build-up of tension. The intense acting of all actors and actresses, but especially of the two young protagonists, gets under the skin, it is authentic, moving and shows a very deep examination of the topics of self-harm, mental suffering and suicidal thoughts. In its relevance, this feature-length debut addresses both a young and an adult audience.”

The 26th International Film Festival for Children and Young Audiences Schlingel took place this year from October 09 to 16. Since 1996, the festival has been attracting young and old cineastes from Chemnitz and the surrounding area to the cinema with unusual and brand new films – this year 17,000 visitors attended. In addition to the film program, the festival also focuses on film and media education for kindergartens, schools and after-school programs. Accredited trade visitors can find out about the latest trends and issues relating to children’s and youth film in seminars and forums.

Dark Dreamers | Trailer (German with English subtitles) ᴴᴰ

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