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Vergiss Meyn nicht: Moving premiere in Cologne

A sold-out cinema and deep conversations: On Wednesday, September 13, the German premiere of the documentary film "Lonely Oaks" took place at the Odeon Kino in Cologne.


Before the film, film sponsor Konstantin Wecker welcomed the audience with a video statement in which he described the film as "great and deeply touching". Following the film screening, moderator Sonja Hofmann welcomed the director trio Fabiana Fragale, Kilian Kuhlendahl and Jens Mühlhoff as well as producer Melanie Andernach (Made in Germany) on stage.

In the Q&A, the filmmakers talked about their grieving process and the nerve-wracking struggle to get the footage featured in the film. For a long time, the footage of their deceased fellow student Steffen Meyn was in the hands of the public prosecutor. Although this background could be the prelude to a thriller, "Lonely Oaks" addresses extremely real and red-hot issues that concern and preoccupy us all: About activism, collectivity and the responsibility of each individual - topics that take up too little space in public discourse, as the protagonist Alaska impressively described in the film discussion.

The mood in the cinema became emotional at the latest when Steffen's mother Elisabeth Meyn took the floor and thanked the film team explicitly. She praised the work of the directors as a tribute to her son and remembered Steffen as an open minded and committed person with a big heart for nature and all living beings.

On September 14, the director trio will continue to the Berlin premiere, followed by premieres in Munich, Hamburg and Freiburg. From September 20, the cinema tour begins throughout Germany.

„Lonely Oaks“ will be in cinemas on September 21st!


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