In 2011 the Audi Festival of German Films will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a spectacular programme of contemporary and classic German films throughout April.
A national event, the Festival has continued to grow in popularity since its first outing in 2002 and in 2010 attracted more than 26,000 attendees – a testimony to Germany’s place at the forefront of international cinema.
The 2011 programme will be divided into three sections; GERMAN CURRENTS, featuring the best of contemporary German cinema, RADICAL DOCS – an eclectic selection of documentaries, and RETRO 2001-2011, which will showcase some of Germany’s most acclaimed movies of the last decade, many of which have never before screened in Australia.
“It’s looking good,” said Klaus Krischok, director of the Festival and Goethe–Institut Australia. “the selection is testimony to a wide array of of exceptional talent which continue to make cinema a relevant and entertaining art form.”
The Festival will open in Adelaide on April 13 with GOETHE! – a sumptuous costume drama in the style of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, starring Alexander Fehling (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS).
Additional 2011 Festival highlights include:
JULIA’S DISAPPEARANCE (Director: Christoph Schaub)
An entertaining and sophisticated meditation on getting old, feeling young and everything in between, starring Corinna Harfouch and Bruno Ganz.
NAGNA PARBAT (Director: Joseph Vilsmaier)
Based on a true story and a thrilling real–life adventure, this mountain drama takes you to the top of the Himalayas and into the abyss of human guilt.
SINGLE BY CONTRACT (Director: Mark Rothermund)
A fresh and funny romantic comedy with positive girl–power messages and a clutch of toe–tapping tunes – when an unsuspecting girl falls in love with megastar.
THE DAY I WAS NOT BORN (Director: Florian Cossen)
A compelling combination of personal and political histories set in Germany and Argentina:
Who am I? This remains the most fundamental question of all.
THE POLL DIARIES (Director: Chris Kraus)
A deeply moving drama and fascinating history lesson, set on the Baltic coast pre WWI: The world changes – but is the old guard willing to change in it?
THE WEISSENSEE SAGA – A BERLIN LOVE STORY (Director: Friedemann Fromm)
Romeo and Juliet behind the Wall face unexpected challenges in this family battle of two opposing political creeds.
VINCENT WANTS TO SEA (Director: Ralf Huettner)
A lively and entertaining adventure in which three damaged souls face up to themselves and overcome the psychoses of the seemingly normal world.
Proud sponsors of the 2011 Audi Festival of German Fillms include AUDI Australia, along with Lufthansa, Schwarzkopf, Fresenius Medical Care, Bayer Health Care, World Movies, SBS and DB Schenker.
The Festival will screen in Adelaide exclusively at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas April 13 – 18.
Programmes are available at the cinema and online at: www.goethe.de/australia