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German Film Festival lines up titles

The Goethe Institut presents the German Film Festival shortly in four centres.

Bornholmer Strasse

Bornholmer Strasse
Image: ARD UfaFiction, Nik Konietzy

Following the NZIFF, which offered Sebastian Schipper’s one-shot thriller Victoria, the German Film Festival will embark on its road-trip next month. 10 titles are named, including two documentaries, although not all titles will play in Dunedin.

Specifically German themes are explored in three of the films. Oliver Hirschbiegel’s drama 13 Minutes tells the story of Johann Elser, the man who almost killed Hitler in November 1939.

Offering a different take on the territory covered in Tony Forster’s Doc Edge-premiered An Accidental Berliner, Christian Schwochow’s Bornholmer Strasse looks at the experiences of a border guard on the night the Berlin Wall came down. Also Berlin-focused, Jörg A. Hoppe, Heiko Lange and Klaus Maeck’s doco B-Movie: Lust and Sound in West-Berlin recalls the 80s, when Berlin was the place to be for all manner of artists, especially musicians.

B-Movie: Lust & Sound in Berlin

B-Movie: Lust & Sound in Berlin
Image: DEF-Media

Of broader appeal are Thomas Heinemann’s family feature Lola on the Pea and Sylke Enders’ coming-of-age drama Schönefeld Boulevard and Christian Zübert’s right-to-die tear-jerker Tour de Force.

Crime is as popular as subject matter in Germany as elsewhere, presented here in Baran bo Odar’s cybercrime thriller Who Am I – No System is safe, Peter Thorwarth’s botched heist action comedy Not My Day and, offering some very black humour, Wolfgang Murnberger’s adaptation of Wolf Haas’ novel The Bone Man.

Not My Day trailer (with English subtitles)

Maurizius Staerkle-Drux’s documentary portrait of architect Gottfried Böhm, Concrete Love – The Böhm Family, completes the line-up.

All films will screen in their original language with English subtitles. The programme is now available for download.

The German Film Festival plays the Academy, Auckland, 8 – 13 September; NTSV, Wellington, 15 – 19 September; Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 26 – 27 September; and the new and very spiffy Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth 29 September – 4 October.

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