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World premiere for ifs film »O Chale« at the Munich Film Festival

Final film nominated four times for the New German Cinema Award

World premiere in Munich! The ifs graduation film »O Chale« celebrates its world premiere at the Munich Film Festival (28 June - 7 July) in the "New German Cinema" section. In this hybrid docu-fiction, four friends live through the hurdles of growing up on the hectic streets of the Ghanaian capital Accra: their lives are characterised by uncertain plans for the future, complicated father-son relationships, traditional gender roles and the fear of losing their innocent childhood. The basketball court becomes the ideal place to playfully escape from everyday life.
The film was funded by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.

»O Chale« has been nominated in all four categories for the New German Cinema Award: ifs alumnus Jan Hendrik Lübbers has been nominated twice in the categories Best Screenplay (endowed with 10,000 euros) and Best Director (endowed with 30. 000), ifs alumnus Julius Nerlich for Best Producer (endowed with 20,000 euros) and Barnabas Kwaku Tinkorang, Atika Jumaih Bashiru, Raphael Kpakpo Allotey and Garvin Ahialey in the category Best Acting Performance (endowed with 10,000 euros). They are thus among the talents from 14 films competing for the award.

The prize money totalling 70,000 euros is donated by the three partners DZ Bank AG, Bavaria Film and Bayerischer Rundfunk. In addition to the prize money, the Best Screenplay category includes a mentoring programme for the next screenplay and project development by Bavaria Fiction - possibly with the option of a share of the development costs.  
The jury consisting of Mariko Minoguchi (director and screenwriter), Denis Moschitto (actor and director) and Florian Koerner von Gustorf (film producer) will decide on the New German Cinema 2024 Award. The award ceremony will take place on the evening of 5 July.

Congratulations to the whole team! We keep our fingers crossed!

Director / Concept: Jan Hendrik Lübbers
Producer: Julius Nerlich
DoP: Jonas Thibaut
Editing & sound design: Hannes Gabelmann


Trailer ifs graduation film »O Chale«