HEMMA is in Official Selection at Peace & Love Film Festival, Dalarna Sweden, 22-26 June 2014.
HEMMA takes part in New Perspectives at the International Film Festival in Edinburgh 18th – 29th of June 2014!
Established in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new international film talent.
Ladies and gentlemen … The winner of the Grand Prix this year’s Febiofest is.. a Swedish-Icelandic film Home (Hemma)! Its director Maximilian Hult will receive the Grand Prix at the Closing Ceremony today (28th of March 2014) along with € 5,000 as a reward. Another € 5,000 will be given to promote the distribution of the film.
The prize will be handed to the Director by the honorary chairman of this year’s jury, Oscar-winning costume designer, Mr. Theodor Pištěk.
The jury praised the deeply human story, great acting and humor of the film. Among the views of jury evaluation, appeared these comments:
“Superbly rendered the characters that are very different and yet the director then connects them as a cure for loneliness.”
“Precise and metered work with conventions. The romantic comedy, which was sensitive and funny as the main heroine.”
“Great civilian performances and quirky humor.”
“Living film with an emphasis on the love between people and understanding the differences between people.”
HEMMA takes part in New Europe Competition at the XXI International Film Festival Prague 20-28. March 2014.
International Film Festival Prague – FEBIOFEST was founded in 1993 and has grown during the past years into one of the largest film festivals in the Czech Republic, which nevertheless still maintains its original profile as an audience-friendly festival.
The festival is oriented to full length films, bringing to Czech audiences the best of the last year, distribution premieres, retrospectives and tributes. It also discovers new territories and unknown filmmakers, and features special sections dedicated to gay and lesbian cinema, children’s films (FEBIOFEST JUNIOR), and even experimental films.
In recent years, FEBIOFEST has hosted renowned directors and actors such as Nanni Moretti, Claude Lelouch, Peter Weir, Olivier Assayas Roman Polanski, Volker Schloendorff, Isztvan Szabo, Tsai Ming-Liang, Tom Tykwer, Hal Hartley, Andrey Konchalovski, Armin Mueller Stahl, Nikita Michalkov, Carlos Saura and Claudia Cardinale.
Hemma (Home) has been selected for Tridens Competition at PÖFF, Black Nights Film Festival, Tallinn 15th Nov – 1st Dec 2013.
Tridens Baltic competition is a programme covering debut films from the entire Baltic and Nordic region. This year there are 12 films from 11 countries competing.
About the Festival
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is a unique event combining a feature film festival with the sub-festivals of animated films, student films and children/youth films. The festival aims to present Estonian audiences a comprehensive selection of world cinema in all its diversity, providing a friendly atmosphere for interaction between the audience and filmmakers from all around the world.
Hemma combines all the strengths of Scandinavian comedies. It is subtle, quirky, funny, and moving. It has a very good cast, and is a surprisingly strong showing for a first-time writer/director (Maximilian Hult).
The male and female lead characters are played with exactly the right kind of subtlety. But as is often the case with comedies, the supporting characters are essential for the humour – although “supporting” may be a misleading term here, as the two characters in question have probably more screen time and more lines than the two protagonists. Veteran actress Anita Wall delivers a superb performance as the grandmother. And Erik Lundqvist gives an outstanding debut for a boy his age. The performance of these two alone would be enough reason to go an see this film.
Hemma opened the International filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg on Oct. 31st. The film has been very positively received by media and really enthusiastic audiences at the sold out screenings in the festival cinemas in Mannheim and Heidelberg. A short quote from Schwarzwaelder-Bote.de: “Eine Perle ist der schwedisch-isländische Film “Home”…”
Director Maximilian Hult’s feature debut, has been selected to open the 32nd Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival. HEMMA (Home) is also one of 17 films in International Competition. The Festival opens on the 31st of Oct 2013.
Mannheim-Heidelberg Festival profile:
“The International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg has a long tradition of introducing film artists of the future and their aesthetic language to the world. The festival offers an inspiring environment for talented new filmmakers and showcases heretofore unknown talents each year who are all driven by their increased awareness, a strong personal vision and a powerful ambition.”