The 2019 German Film Festival showcases the best new German cinema across all genres with a curated selection of 31 films. Presented by Palace in collaboration with German Films, the programme will screen across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Canberra, Perth and Adelaide from 21 May.
Opening the festival nationally is BALLOON (Ballon) by Michael ‘Bully’ Herbig. A spectacular and thrilling true story of two ordinary families who escape from East to West Germany in a homemade hot air balloon. Starring Karoline Schuch, David Kross, Friedrich Mücke and Alicia von Rittberg the story of the 1979 flight from the GDR
is perfectly timed for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the wall.
Appropriately enough, this year, the German Embassy co-presents three films as a commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall – these include: ADAM & EVELYN, an offbeat love story based on the popular novel by Ingo Schultz about a tailor and a waitress set against the backdrop of a disintegrating 1989 East Germany; by multi award-winning director Andreas Dresen comes GUNDERMANN, a moving and endearing portrait of the beloved East German folk singer and writer Gerhard “Gundi” Gundermann; and SEALED LIPS (Und der Zukunft zugewandt), starring Alexandra Maria Lara, as an ex-prisoner of a Russian Soviet labour camp who is forced to remain silent about her experiences in order to retain her freedom.
Screening a total of 31 films, there really is something for everyone at the 2019 German Film Festival, and you have a chance to win a double pass for a session at the fest by simply telling us which film you would like to see, and why. Email your entry to [email protected], and don’t forget to include your address. Most creative entries win!
For the full programme, head to the official website https://germanfilmfestival.com.au/.