The flame has accompanied Sehsüchte for many years, not only as a logo, but also as a leitmotif. Every film starts with an idea, a spark which is lit and flooded with light, cast by a projector onto the screen. For fifty years Sehsüchte has given this creative fire a home. Every year the festival is re-formed under a different motto that shapes each new edition of Sehsüchte.
This year’s motto is ignite and returns to the festival’s original leitmotif. The Sehsüchte flame has burned bright for fifty years but was almost extinguished by the Corona pandemic which dimmed cultural lights across the globe. Nevertheless, we are optimistic about the future and calling on the flame to be reignited, to spark debates and bring films back into the spotlight.