Celebrating the 11th German Film Festival in New Zealand 2019

05.08.2019 - Article
11th German Film Festival in New Zealand
11th German Film Festival in New Zealand© Goethe-Institut New Zealand

Six movies, six cities and three countries - from the 22nd of August to the 15th of September, film lovers can see the newest movies from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In cooperation with the embassies of these three nations, the Goethe-Institut, which is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, will present a selection of German-language films in New Plymouth (22-25 Aug), Dunedin (24-26 Aug), Nelson (30 Aug), Christchurch (30 Aug – 1 Sept), Wellington (4-8 Sept) and Auckland (12-15 Sept).

The festival opens on the 22nd of August at 6:30pm in New Plymouth with the movie All About Me by Caroline Link which portrays the childhood of the German comedy superstar Hape Kerkeling, who as a child had a talent for making others laugh. The comedy-drama shows how the nine-year-old Hans-Peter deals with his depressed mother and other challenges that emerge in the boy’s life.

Renowned German director Andreas Dresen is represented in the festival line-up with his film GUNDERMANN, a film that focuses on the life of the German singer-songwriter Gerhard Gunderman who lived a double life as a Stasi spy in former East Germany. The film has recently won six awards at the German Film Awards 2019.

In the family movie ROCCA CHANGES THE WORLD, Katja Benrath tells the story of the 11-year-old Rocca, who lives alone with her squirrel while her dad is watching over her from outer space. Rocca is fearless and stands up for justice, proving that even a child has the power to change the world.

The Austrian documentary THE BORDER FENCE gives an insight into the situation in the spring of 2016, when the Austrian government decided to build a fence and reintroduce border controls. Director Nikolaus Geyrhalter observed the land and the people around the Brenner Pass for two years and captured encounters and opinions.

SWIMMING  is the debut film of director Luzie Loose and tells the story of Anthea and Elisa, two girls, whose friendship gives them orientation and stability in life until they develop a dangerous game.

The Swiss history film THE REFORMER. ZWINGLI – A LIFE’S PORTRAIT won the prize for the best feature film at The Montreal International History Film Festival 2019 and gives exciting insights into the life of Huldrych Zwingli, the man who was the main proponent of the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland.

Festival entry is free and seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


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