Paula van der Oest's Zus & Zo, the opening film of this year's Filmfest Stuttgart Ludwigsburg (July 10-15, 2003), Lukas Moodysson's Lilya 4-ever, Karim Dridi's Rage and Sandra Goldbacher's Me Without You are among 14 films from 14 European countries competing for around Euros 70,000 in prize money.
The international jury of producer-distributor Karl Baumgartner, producer Helmut Grasser, actresses Nina Hoger and Leslie Malton, and director Andrej Nekrasov will select the winners in the categories "Best Direction/Best Production", Distribution Prize, and Best Newcomer Actor/Actress from the following line-up:
Aro Tolbukhin - In The Mind Of A Killer - Agusti Villaronga, Lydia Zimmermann,
Isaac P. Racine
Hard Goodbyes: My Father - Penny Panayotopoulou
HOP - Dominique Standaert
Lilya 4-ever - Lukas Moodysson
Me And Morrison - Lenka Hellstedt
Me Without You - Sandra Goldbacher
Occident - Cristian Mungiu
Pleasant Days - Kornel Mundroczo
Rage - Karim Dridi
Silence, The Stigmatized - Michal Rosa
Some Secrets - Alice Nellis
Tycoon - Pavel Lounguine
Utopia Blues - Stefan Haupt
Zus & Zo - Paula van der Oest.
In addition, this year's Filmfest will feature an 11-title showcase of new British cinema with screenings of such films as Golden Bear winner In This World by Michael Winterbottom, Black Coffee by Wilma Smith, Sunday by Charles McDougall and Out Of Control by Dominic Savage.