2023 German Film Festival
The 2023 German film festival program has been revealed and female film makers are in the spotlight.
Key selections direct from the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival (The Berlinale) include a music-themed retrospective, a focus on female film makers and the family sidebar Kino for Kids.
The German Film Festival starts nationally from 2 May to 24 May in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Byron Bay.
Simone Baumann, managing director of German Films said, “We are very happy to continue our happy association with Palace for the German Film Festival 2023 and we hope that our Australian viewers will appreciate these great films.”
Opening the festival is the new film from Balloon director Michael ‘Bully’ Herbig, A Thousand Lines (Tausend Zeilen), an exciting drama based on true events.
Festival favourites Elyas M’Barek and Jonas Nay deliver star performances as journalists in a story based on the real-life 2018 fake news scandal, involving a disgraced Der Spiegel journalist.
Another festival highlight is The Teachers' Lounge, (Das Lehrerzimmer), starring European rising star Leonie Benesch (Babylon Berlin).
The tense drama centres on a dedicated, idealistic teacher who is pushed to the brink when she investigates a series of thefts at her new school.
Frauen Am Werk is a Focus on Female Directors and the talents of Germany and Switzerland’s women in film are showcased in 11incredible films, from dramas, to documentaries and comedies.
Sisi and I (Sisi & Ich) is the wild reinterpretation of the “Sisi” myth starring Sandra Hüller, while the stylish biopic Ingeborg Bachmann – Journey into the Desert (Ingeborg Bachmann – Reise in die Wüste), are both directed by women.
Check out In a Land That No Longer Exists (In einem Land, das es nicht mehr gibt), set in 1989 Berlin, based on director Aelrun Goette’s own experiences as a model in the German Democratic Republic during a pivotal time.
WWII drama Lost Transport is also inspired by true events and explores the unexpected friendship that emerges after a chance encounter between three very different women of diverse backgrounds.
Tickets are now on sale visit www.germanfilmfestival.com.au
In conjunction with the German Film Festival, A Wok on the Wild Side is happy to offer three double passes to any film during the festival.
Just name two festival films (in English or German) and email your answers to me by close of business on Monday, 1 May. Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org and the first three correct answers will receive a double pass each.