Making a welcome return to Palace Cinemas on May 21, the German Film Festival is about to treat cinema-lovers with the latest and greatest in Deutsch cinema. Once again presented in collaboration with German Films, the always popular festival showcases crowd-pleasing favourites, critical hits, the works of auteurs as well as the brightest new talent from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
The opening night’s historical drama Balloon by renown comedian Michael ‘Bully’ Herbig is a spectacular and thrilling true story set in 1979 of two ordinary families who escape from East to West Germany in a homemade hot air balloon. Another highlight is 100 Things, a mad comedy which sees two childhood friends (Florian David Fitz and Matthias Schweighöfer – below) make an impulsive and impossible vow to rid themselves of all possessions for 100 days.
The bold a psychological thriller by Swiss director Simon Jaquemet The Innocent also screens fresh from competition at the San Sebastián and Toronto Film Festivals, while in another critical hit from Austria, Valerie Pachner delivers a standout performance as a workaholic torn between the corporate world and her family in writer-director Marie Kreutzer’s pertinent psychological thriller-meets-drama, The Ground Beneath My Feet (below).
All up there’s plenty for everyone, and as an added bonus for younger movie buffs, the festival also features substantial sidebar for children and young teens called Kino for Kids.
For more information, please visit www.germanfilmfestival.com.au
Sydney dates are May 21 to June 9 at Palace Norton Street and Chauvel Cinema. Head to the website for the Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Byron Bay dates and venues, where you’ll find plenty more about this year’s line-up. And you can book tickets there too.
Win double passes
Thanks to Palace Cinemas, we have 10 double in-season passes to give away. All you have to do is head to the German Film Festival website and name one film that interests you, then tell us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with German Film Festival in the subject line. Winners will receive a pass valid for any film and session (except opening, closing and special events)* We’ll mail it out, so do include a postal address. Competition closes midday Friday May 17.
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