Karl May Co.
January 16, 2022
February 25 marks Karl May's 180th birthday. A perfect date to schedule one or the other event at this point in time. Actually. Because at the end of the current week, two such appointments had to be postponed. Each for an indefinite period. The premier of the new cinema film "The Young Chief Winnetou" has been removed from the calendar for the time being, the Karl May House in Hohenstein-Ernstthal cannot yet be reopened with the inauguration of the new depot building.
After the responsible marketing agency confirmed the previous premier date of February 24, 2022 for "The Young Chief Winnetou" on Thursday afternoon, the industry platform "Blickpunkt Film" reported the postponement a few hours later: "The Omicron wave is claiming more and more victims in the cinema schedule - another major German film is giving up its planned date at the end of February.
'The Young Chief Winnetou' won't be in cinemas at the end of February.” Although no reasons were given, the author assumes “that the most recent change of dates can be directly attributed to the Omicron wave (and the political reactions to it)”.
The agency, which has not yet received a new premier date, was probably told by the uncertainty about the number of visitors allowed and the threat of quarantine. The film's producers and director had hoped until the end that it would hit theaters as planned.
At the beginning of next month, museum director André Neubert and the scientific advisory board want to determine how Karl May's upcoming birthday should now be celebrated in Hohenstein-Ernstthal. The opening of the extension is no longer an issue. The tense situation in the construction industry is cited as the main reason for the delay. The building itself is nearing completion, but the design is not. "Our goal is for the opening to work out in the spring," Mayor Lars Kluge was quoted as saying in the "Freie Presse" on Friday, who also pointed out that February 25, 2022 was "never an officially announced date" for the opening.