Oct 02 2014

Student filmmakers in the spotlight

Published by at 01:18 under Misc. Luxembourg

SOURCE: http://www.wort.lu

(CS) The US embassy to Luxembourg on Tuesday evening made dreams come true, when they helped a group of student filmmakers bring their WW2 drama Purple Heart Hill to the big screen.

Written and directed by Lycée Classique Diekirch student Félix Streicher, the film took around two years to complete, with the team growing from just eight friends to a group of over 20 students involved in telling the story of Captain Embert Fossum and the Battle of the Bulge as it played out in the north Luxembourg town of Bettendorf.

“I thought it was a great idea for us to promote the film,” said ambassador Robert Mandell, speaking to wort.lu/en at the screening at Ciné Utopia on Tuesday evening. “I’m delighted to be able to help these kids and show what they’ve done.”

The efforts of the students for Mandell are a “great testament to the relationship the United States has with Luxembourg and the appreciation Luxembourg shows for the United States,” he said, adding that he has been overwhelmed by the way in which the Grand Duchy continues to remember and honour the American soldiers who fought in liberation of the country.

Purple Heart Hill, he added, is a sign of a younger generation keeping this memory alive, as the witnesses of the war slowly disappear.

Inspired by WW2 dramas such as Band of Brothers, the film follows a company of US soldiers, as they arrive in Bettendorf, go on reconnaissance patrols, spend downtime in the little north Luxembourg village and, ultimately, fight in the Battle of the Bulge.

“The effort was worth it”

The title of the film refers to the Purple Heart – the oldest US military award, given to troops wounded or killed in service.

Félix Streicher and his team were more than proud to see their work at a real cinema, as they told wort.lu/en in January that they did not know yet if or when the film would ever be screened.

“Thank you for allowing us to live this experience here,” Félix said at the reception on Tuesday, adding that as the project grew they were tempted to give it up, because it was becoming too big to manage as a hobby in their free time.

Describing making the film as “a time of learning and great experiences, but also suffering and sometimes frustration,” Félix said that the team “kept on fighting,” with the evening showing that “the effort was worth it.”

The 50-minute feature met with applause and praise, with the audience impressed by the skills of the amateur filmmakers, who shot the film in English, which none of them speak as a native language.

“I think these young people did a great job. They’re creative and talented, and I was really impressed,” the ambassador said after the screening.

The success might motivate the team to go ahead with a second movie, for which there already is an idea. However, now in their final year, filmmaking will have to take a back seat, while the teens study to finish school.

Maybe we will be hearing more from them in the future, with one audience member suggesting they should apply to film school with their big debut.

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SOURCE: http://www.wort.lu

(CS) The US embassy to Luxembourg on Tuesday evening made dreams come true, when they helped a group of student filmmakers bring their WW2 drama Purple Heart Hill to the big screen.

Written and directed by Lycée Classique Diekirch student Félix Streicher, the film took around two years to complete, with the team growing from just eight friends to a group of over 20 students involved in telling the story of Captain Embert Fossum and the Battle of the Bulge as it played out in the north Luxembourg town of Bettendorf.

“I thought it was a great idea for us to promote the film,” said ambassador Robert Mandell, speaking to wort.lu/en at the screening at Ciné Utopia on Tuesday evening. “I’m delighted to be able to help these kids and show what they’ve done.”

The efforts of the students for Mandell are a “great testament to the relationship the United States has with Luxembourg and the appreciation Luxembourg shows for the United States,” he said, adding that he has been overwhelmed by the way in which the Grand Duchy continues to remember and honour the American soldiers who fought in liberation of the country.

Purple Heart Hill, he added, is a sign of a younger generation keeping this memory alive, as the witnesses of the war slowly disappear.

Inspired by WW2 dramas such as Band of Brothers, the film follows a company of US soldiers, as they arrive in Bettendorf, go on reconnaissance patrols, spend downtime in the little north Luxembourg village and, ultimately, fight in the Battle of the Bulge.

“The effort was worth it”

The title of the film refers to the Purple Heart – the oldest US military award, given to troops wounded or killed in service.

Félix Streicher and his team were more than proud to see their work at a real cinema, as they told wort.lu/en in January that they did not know yet if or when the film would ever be screened.

“Thank you for allowing us to live this experience here,” Félix said at the reception on Tuesday, adding that as the project grew they were tempted to give it up, because it was becoming too big to manage as a hobby in their free time.

Describing making the film as “a time of learning and great experiences, but also suffering and sometimes frustration,” Félix said that the team “kept on fighting,” with the evening showing that “the effort was worth it.”

The 50-minute feature met with applause and praise, with the audience impressed by the skills of the amateur filmmakers, who shot the film in English, which none of them speak as a native language.

“I think these young people did a great job. They’re creative and talented, and I was really impressed,” the ambassador said after the screening.

The success might motivate the team to go ahead with a second movie, for which there already is an idea. However, now in their final year, filmmaking will have to take a back seat, while the teens study to finish school.

Maybe we will be hearing more from them in the future, with one audience member suggesting they should apply to film school with their big debut.

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