Yesterday evening, startingwitha bangfrom France: Catherine Deneuve! Shecame to theopening film, theGerman Premiere ofJacovanDormaelswork “The brand new Testament“. Acrazystory aboutGodwho livesinBrusselsandacts as amonster. If he’sin a bad moodit’s raining. When his daughteris fed up from hisevilspirits, shehacks intothe computerof her fatherandsentmessages withthe personaldate of death to every person. That leads tothepure chaos, a funnymixed up story. Deneuveplaysina side role.Traditionally,she received the DouglasSirk Award* before thedemonstration. Thisaward is presentedinHamburgsince 1995tohonorpersonalitieswho wrotefilm culture through their performance. For about50yearsDeneuveslips intonew rolesinover 100movies. AfterJodie Foster, Isabelle HuppertandTilda Swinton,Catherine Deneuvegets thepricenowas thefourth Lady.
The distinctive actress is still gorgeous even with 71 years. Smiling, she accepted the award and brought the audience and festival director, Albert Walterspiel, into enthusiasm: “Not a star at the French, even European Filmhimmel shines as strong as the star Catherine Deneuve. It radiates not only across countries but also across generations. This was followed by the eulogy of the actor David Bennent (The Tin Drum) with declaration of love and genuflection. It was very romantic …
Until October 10th, the Hamburg Film Festival shows 172 contributions from 52 countries. 90,000 euros will be awarded. Around 50 000 visitors are expected in the 6 Hamburgian cinemas: CinemaxX Dammtor, Passage, Abaton, Metropolis, Studio Cinema, B-movie on 12 screens and 3 cinemas of the metropolitan area: Uelzen, Harsefeld and Lugwigslust.
* The award is named after the Hamburgian director Hans Detlef Sierck (1897-1987), who made a big career as Douglas Sirk in Hollywood.