The 15th German Film Festival in Australia, and the 2016 program is out! A major cultural event organised by the Goethe-Institut and German Films, the festival takes place from 15 to 30 November 2016 at Palace Cinemas in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. Thirty six films inclusive of features, docos and a kid's program is on the menu to devour, and amongst that, 25 Australian premieres. Click on the relevant states below to get your tickets.
This year doesn't disappoint with its guest list and special events. One of Germany's most promising up-and-coming talents, Jella Haase will feature trice at the festival, appearing in '4 Kings, 'Heidi', and 'Looping'. Her leading role in '4 Kings' led her to be selected as Germany's European Shooting Star at the 2016 Berlinale. An award-winning feature debut from Theresa von Eltz, '4 Kings' is about four emotionally troubled teenagers from Hamburg, who spend Christmas in a psychiatric emergency unit. Jella will grace our shores at the Q&A Sessions in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Another special guest is actor Clemens Schick who is fast becoming an international star after appearing in Casino Royale (2006) and Point Break (2015). He's also in '4 Kings', and will be attending Q&A Sessions in Sydney and Melbourne as well .
Panel discussions after the screening of the documentary 'Dirty Games' can be expected in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Bonia Mersiades, former head of corporate affairs with Football Federation Australia is set to shock. She will share her behind the scenes experiences as one of the first to publicly raise concerns about the sporting industry. She'll be joined by a variety of sports journalists, athletes and academics for this hot discussion.
Entertainment in the form of DJ MzRizk will be at the 'Goodbye Berlin' Opening Night After Party in Melbourne. She'll be churning up a mix of hip hop, soul and funk tunes that's bound to guarantee a vibrant memorable party feeling. Sydney's Closing Night 'Varieté' event on the other hand will be a circus of comedy, music and magic, with Mic Conway. Idiosyncratic songs that'll make your jaw drop, toes tap and sides split will be performed by Mic and his partner in crime Sean 'T-Bone' Curtis.
Melbourne's Closing Night film Varieté will have multi-genre band '8 Foot Flex' spitting out undertones of gypsy, ska and funk, in a whimsical mix of sea shanties, hip-hop and the blues, at its event. This eccentric dance music ought to leave you eager for more.
Melbourne and Sydney will host the famed Swiss Soiree with a range of delectable specialities to please the palate, along with a screening of the classic 'Heidi'. There's also a special 'Rainer Werner Fassbinder' night in Sydney and Melbourne, paying tribute to one of the most controversial and obsessive filmmakers in German History. He's become a key figure in the New German Cinema and an International legend.
Melbourne and Sydney win out again with a Club Night event after the film 'As We Were Dreaming', which will be followed by the much-celebrated horror-meets-clubbing spectacle Der Nachtmahr.
The Punk 'N' Politics event features a rare gem, as not a lot comes out of Myanmar. The documentary 'My Buddha Is Punk, looks at a group of young idealists in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, who combine punk and Buddhist philosophies in the most astonishing ways.
Opening the Festival is the latest feature film by multiple-award-winning director Fatih Akin. Go on a road trip through provincial Germany with 'Goodbye Berlin'. Two unlikely friends, a stolen car and nothing less than the whole world to discover, this is a road trip into adulthood. Tschick is a teenager from a poor district of Berlin, born to Russian immigrants, while emotionally neglected Maik is from an upper middle class family. This film is based on the late author Wolfgang Hernsdorf's best-selling coming of age story, Tschick. One of Germany's biggest literary successes, it's also been published in Australia under the title 'Why we took the car'.
The closing night film Varieté (1925) is a new restoration of the classic 1925 silent drama, firstly presented at the Berlinale 2015. Directed and written by Golden Globe winner Ewald Andre Dupont, the film has been updated with a new soundtrack by British musical trio The Tiger Lillies to tell the story of trapeze artist Boss Huller, played by first-ever Oscar recipient Emil Jannings. You'll find that these two films are but a teaser of what's to come when you look through the Festival's full program.
Don't forget to vote for your favourite film and be a part of the online competition. You could be in the running for a fabulous prize. If you live in Sydney and would like to be a part of the volunteering team, shoot them an email at arts2@Sydney.goethe.org along with your current CV, available dates during the festival and your T Shirt size.