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24th Brooklyn Film Festival with German contribution “Two is a magic number” (June 4-13)

24th Brooklyn Film Festival

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04.06.2021 - Article

The 24th Brooklyn Film Festival is an international, competitive festival that will showcase 147 features and shorts in person and virtually this year!

The Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF)'s 24th edition, “The Clearing”, will run from June 4-13. The 2021 edition will show in competition 147 features and shorts from 35 countries. The full lineup includes 13 narrative features, 9 documentary features, 39 narrative shorts, 23 documentary shorts, 25 animation and 21 experimental films.


Two is a Magic Number by Holger Borggrefe and Stefan Hering

Synopsis:

A day at the lake. Andrejs ex-girlfriend Nadia pays him a visit. Nadia and Andrej's former best mate Claudius are a couple now. Nadia's request for help confronts Andrej with a common dark secret.

The directors:

Stefan Hering - Stefan Hering (born 1975) and Holger Borggrefe (born 1966) learned their film director's craft at the same place: The Hamburg Media School, Holger 1994-1996, Stefan 2002-2004.

Since Stefan worked as a writer (e.x. TV-Series “Dahaom is Dahoam”, “Watzmann ermittelt”, TV-Movie “Leichtmatrosen”, Documentary “Paradies und Großbaustelle”) and director. He directed his first full length Feature Film “Abseitsfalle - Offside Trap”, premiering at the Hof-Filmfestival in 2012 (co-produced by SWR). “Two Is a Magic Number” is his second feature film.

Holger Borggrefe directed the Childrens-TV-Series “Wir Kinder vom Alstertal” for the NDR in 2001 and 2002. His first feature “Willkommen im Club - Welcome to the Club” premiered at the Max-Ophüls-Film-Festival at 2005. Holger worked as head of the department Film-Directing and Acting at the ifs - international film school köln (Cologne) from 2003-2011. Since 2012 he has been senior lecturer for Acting for film at the Theater Werkmünchen, an institution for further education of performing artists in Munich. Two Is a Magic Number“ is his second feature film.

Filmmakers' note
Stefan Hering: This is a story about a tragic love triangle with the atmosphere of German Angst. An independent feature like ours is impossible to make in the German Film Industry. So we had to trick the system. We used a training course of the employment office for jobless actors and film-staff to make this indie happen - and it worked out wonderfully.

Holger Borggrefe: I initiated the idea by putting my alter ego in a situation where he has already lost his legs. My co-writer Elena Jansen and me wanted our protagonist to suffer and fight false friends in this story about love, friendship and betrayal. Yet we were wondering how to undermine the clichés of a disabled protagonist. Our lead actor Philip Dechamps made a bold move and gave him the cool of a poker player who hides his wounds. Yet the wheelchair enabled us to tell this truthfully from the bottom of our hearts and the dark home of my Soul.


About the festival:

Over the course of the 10-day festival, BFF will present 37 film programs online, and a partial line up of 22 programs in-person, indoor at Windmill Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The online lineup will be available 24/7 for the entire 10 days, and the indoor event will feature three programs a day on weekends, and two on weekdays. Each program is two-hours long. To find out both the online and indoor schedule, check BFF’s website.

Along with the film screenings BFF will offer parallel events, such as pre-recorded filmmaker introductions and Q&A sessions on the festival website. Live interviews and get-togethers will be staged on Facebook and other social media.


Location & Time

June 4 - 13 2021

Virtually via the Brooklyn Film Festival website and in person at the Windmill Studios in Brooklyn, New York

For more information  please visit https://www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/

  and for tickets https://www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/passes

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