GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL
This year’s German Film Festival runs in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide between 22 May and 10 June. Check here for specific dates in your city. It’s one of the many festivals of national cinema screening during the year and according to Palace Films’ Antonio Zeccola it promises, “to showcase the diversity of Germany’s creative film industry.” In partnership with German Films and the Goethe Institute, the program of 26 features, hot off the screens of Germany and many international film festivals, includes dramas, comedies, thrillers, period films, road movies, family films, a documentary and a collection of six shorts. A number of titles are the work of the next generation of German filmmakers, shown for the first time in this territory.
The festival opens with Lars Kraume’s The Silent Revolution, a Cold War-era drama that was honoured with a Special Gala screening at the Berlin Film Festival in February. The closing night climax is a screening of the digitally restored modern-day classic, Wim Wender’s Wings Of Desire. It’s hard to believe that this story of two angels wandering around West Berlin is now 30 years old. There is also a Special Event screening of Barbara Albert’s German/Austrian co-pro Mademoiselle Paradis, a sumptuous period piece about a gifted, blind pianist attempting to regain her sight.
Another special event is Bora Dagtekin’s comic trilogy, Fack Ju Göhte, Fack Ju Göhte 2 and Fack Ju Göhte 3, one of Germany’s most successful recent franchises and a hit with younger filmgoers. English language speakers can get a sense of the humour of this politically incorrect trio just by saying the title out loud!
Other films to look out for are Four Hands, a tale of paranoia and obsession focussing on two sisters who witnessed a terrible crime when they were young, Gutland, an eerie story about something sinister going on in a picturesque rural town, In Times Of Fading Light, which features Bruno Ganz (also in Wings Of Desire) as an aging hard-line Communist celebrating his birthday on the eve of East Germany’s collapse, and Paula, about a highly talented artist and feminist that topped the German box office in 2017. The lone documentary in the Festival is When Paul Came Over The Sea, a film that covers the friendship between filmmaker Jakob Preuss and an immigrant from Cameroon, Paul Nkamani, who Jacob met in Morocco. When Paul arrives in Germany Jakob has to face some difficult decisions.
Kino for Kids is a special sidebar in conjunction with the Goethe Institute. It’s the perfect way to introduce children to the German language and it’s comprised of six delightful films, including a new version of the old Disney classic The Parent Trap called Lotte & Luise: Twins On Board.
So, there’s a lot to choose from and some hard choices to be made because the standard is high, so get picking. Full details of the film titles, screening times and ticket prices can be found here: German Film Festival 2018.