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Audi Festival of German Films 2011

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Want more European fare after this year's The Alliance Franšaise French Film Festival and Windows On Europe Film Festival? Well, you won't have to wait too long - the Audi Festival of German Films which is celebrating it's tenth jubilee in 2011, will be opening in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth this April - here are the dates and participating venues;

SYDNEY: 6 - 18 April - Chauvel Cinema, Palace Norton Street
MELBOURNE: 7 - 18 April - Palace Cinema Como, Kino Cinemas
BRISBANE: 7 - 12 April - Palace Centro Cinema
ADELAIDE: 13 - 18 April - Palace Nova Eastend Cinema
PERTH: 14 - 18 April - Cinema Paradiso

The film festival will be presenting a great film program and also will have a range of special guests, including celebrated German director Wim Wenders, who will be participating in a Q&A session after the screening of his latest feature - Pina, a 3D art film, at the Sydney Opera House.

Other guests participating in various events in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney include German actor Burghart Klau▀ner, who has appeared in Goodbye Lenin! (2003), The Edukators (2004), The Reader (2008) and The White Ribbon (2009), film writer Hans-Georg Rodek and Andreas Rothbauer, Head of Theatrical Sales and International Acquisition at Beta Cinema.

The events include Q&A sessions following screenings of titles such as Tiger-Team (Sydney and Brisbane), The Day I Was Not Born (Melbourne and Brisbane), Goethe! (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane), Vincent Wants to Sea (Melbourne) and Colours in the Dark (Melbourne and Sydney), The Weissensee Saga (Sydney) and The Radical Gardener (Sydney and Melbourne). See the Sydney events here, the Melbourne events here and the Brisbane events here.

This year there are 37 feature films and 13 short films on offer, some of the highlights include 'retro' titles such as the award winning and popular comedy Go for Zucker!, from 2004, the 2001 drama feature Berlin is in Germany and the drama/romance Emma's Bliss, from 2006.

Titles from 2010 include The City Below, Almanya, The Day of the Cat and The Weissensee Saga.

The full film program, which differs from city to city can be viewed at the Audi Festival of German Films website.

In all, the festival has a wonderful line-up celebrating contemporary German cinema, which has become internationally celebrated by critics and audiences alike, due to award-winning features such as Run Lola Run, directed by Tom Tykwer, Good Bye Lenin! directed by Wolfgang Becker, The Lives of Others, directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and Downfall directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel - which has become a modern Youtube sensation;

Besides the feature films, there are also a range of documentaries screening, such as Bikini Revolution, The Devil's Kickers, Keep Surfing and The Radical Gardener.

If you are interested in the latest on German Cinema or the upcoming festival, keep up to date with the Goethe-Institut Australia Blog, as well as Facebook.

On a sidenote, the German Film Awards (Deutscher Filmpreis, also known as the Lolas) will be held on April 8, 2011 and much of the line-up of the Audi Festival of German Films features titles which are up for some of the major awards, such as Best Film (Almanya, Goethe! and Vincent Wants to Sea), Best Director (Florian Cossen for The Day I Was Not Born and Wim Wenders for Pina), Best Actress (Bernadette Heerwagen for The Days to Come) and Best Actor (Florian David Fitz for Vincent Wants to Sea). You can view the full nominations for the 2011 event here.

All in all this is a pretty fantastic line-up for the tenth anniversary of the Audi Festival of German Films and with major special events, featuring the likes of Wim Wenders and Burghart Klau▀ner, as well as a diverse film program combining some popular favorites, alongside acclaimed new releases, European film lovers are certainly spoilt for choice!
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Why? A great film program celebrating a decade of German Cinema
When: April 6-18, 2011
Where: Selected Cinemas Nationwide
Cost: Check with participating cinemas
I'd love to go, will have to see if I can wangle it.
By Tracy Jenner-Lawson - senior reviewer
Monday, 14th of March @ 07:56 pm
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