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    Retrospective: German Films 70 Year Anniversary

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    Retrospective: German Films 70 Year Anniversary

    Retrospective: German Films 70 Year Anniversary

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    Retrospective: German Films 70 Year Anniversary

    German cinema has made a lasting impact on the international stage in various ways and in 2024, German Films is celebrating 70 years of German cinema abroad. To recognise this milestone, a diverse selection of feature films and documentaries have been chosen, including Oscar®- winning productions, acclaimed festival films, and rarely screened gems, that have all garnered significant attention for their transformative impact on German cinema.

    Retrospective

    Jacob the Liar

    Jakob der Lügner

    Critically acclaimed, highly influential and the only East German film to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, this 4K restoration of Jacob the Liar explores the power of hope amid despair. In this tragicomic drama, set in a Jewish ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland, Jacob Heym spreads hope to fellow residents with fictional news.

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    Retrospective

    Serengeti Shall Not Die

    Serengeti darf nicht sterben

    Winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1960, Serengeti Shall Not Die is a pioneering work in wildlife documentary filmmaking and remains a vital call for environmental and wildlife protection. Directed by father and son team Bernhard and Michael Grzimek, it vividly portrays Tanzania's Serengeti ecosystem, featuring the annual wildlife migration.

    Retrospective

    The Marriage of Maria Braun

    Die Ehe der Maria Braun

    Directed by renowned filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, this drama follows Maria's life in post-WWII Germany as she navigates love, loss, and societal changes. Fassbinder's film, a part of the BRD Trilogy, is a poignant exploration of Germany's post-war reconstruction, marked by powerful performances and Fassbinder's distinctive style.

    Retrospective

    Toni Erdmann

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    Boasting a standout performance by Sandra Hüller, Toni Erdmann explores the dysfunctional relationship between divorced music teacher Winfried and his corporate daughter Ines. Featuring a delightful blend of cringe comedy and German cinematic brilliance, the film remains an audience favourite since its acclaimed 2016 release, when it catapulted Sandra Hüller to international stardom.

    Retrospective

    Trace of Stones

    Spur der Steine

    A significant piece of East German film, the story revolves around the challenges faced by a group of construction workers as they attempt to create a new socialist society. Initially well-received, Trace of Stones was banned due to political reasons and not officially released until after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

    Retrospective

    Yesterday Girl

    Abschied von gestern - (Anita G.)

    Inspired by filmmaker Alexander Kluge's own short story, Yesterday Girl follows Anita G., a 22-year-old Jewish woman from the GDR, navigating the challenges of an inhospitable West Germany. It garnered widespread acclaim at the 1966 Venice Film Festival and is considered a seminal work in New German Cinema.

    Festival Highlights

    Festival Highlights

    Opening Night

    From Hilde, With Love

    In Liebe, Eure Hilde

    A young woman is drawn into the anti-Nazi resistance movement during World War II in this compelling historical drama and remarkable true story from multi award-winning director Andreas Dresen, starring an extraordinary Liv Lisa Fries.

    Australian Permiere

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    Centrepiece

    Foreign Language

    Langue Étrangère

    Two teenage pen pals in Leipzig and Strasbourg forge a friendship through letters and language exchange in this cross cultural coming-of-age drama direct from the Berlin International Film Festival.

    Australian Premiere

    Closing Night

    Treasure

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    Direct from the 2024 Berlinale, this touching drama starring Lena Dunham and Stephen Fry follows a music journalist and her Polish father, a Holocaust survivor, who set out on a tour of their family homeland.

    Australian Premiere

    Beyond Borders

    Beyond Borders

    Andrea Gets a Divorce

    Andrea lässt sich scheiden

    A rural policewoman who wants a divorce and to become a detective inspector in the city faces unforeseen challenges in this nuanced tragicomedy starring Birgit Minichmayr and set in a small Austrian town.

    Australian Premiere

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    Lubo

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    Centred around the superb performance of Franz Rogowski, this historical drama focuses on a Swiss street performer who seeks justice upon losing his family due to a campaign to re-educate Yenish children on the cusp of WWII.

    Australian Premiere

    New German Cinema

    New German Cinema

    Blind at Heart

    Die Mittagsfrau

    Adapted from Julia Franck's acclaimed bestselling novel, this historical drama set in 1920s and 30s Germany is a touching portrait of a young woman struggling with her identity.

    Australian Premiere

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    Dark Satellites

    Die stillen Trabanten

    Featuring an all-star cast, including Nastassja Kinski and Albrecht Schuch, this moving ensemble drama set in nighttime Leipzig tells three stories about the impossibility of love in poetic vignettes.

    Australian Premiere

    Every You Every Me

    Alle die Du bist

    What if the person you love most suddenly becomes a stranger in your eyes? Factory worker Nadine seeks to revive her seven-year relationship in this social realist drama direct from the 2024 Berlinale.

    Australian Premiere

    Not a Word

    Kein Wort

    On a barren island in the cold of winter, a mother and son are forced to face each other and confront years of silence and misunderstandings in this atmospheric drama starring Maren Eggert.

    Australian Premiere

    Opening Night

    From Hilde, With Love

    In Liebe, Eure Hilde

    A young woman is drawn into the anti-Nazi resistance movement during World War II in this compelling historical drama and remarkable true story from multi award-winning director Andreas Dresen, starring an extraordinary Liv Lisa Fries.

    Australian Permiere

    One for the Road

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    Festival favourite Frederick Lau delivers an outstanding performance in this deeply touching and distinctly authentic story set between Berlin’s famous bars and sober therapy rooms.

    Australian Premiere

    Scorched Earth

    Verbrannte Erde

    Twelve years after he fled, a career criminal returns to Berlin in search of work in this slick crime thriller starring Mišel Matičević and Alexander Fehling, direct from the 2024 Berlin International Film Festival.

    Australian Premiere

    Closing Night

    Treasure

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    Direct from the 2024 Berlinale, this touching drama starring Lena Dunham and Stephen Fry follows a music journalist and her Polish father, a Holocaust survivor, who set out on a tour of their family homeland.

    Australian Premiere

    Retrospective

    Werner Herzog - Radical Dreamer

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    Documentary filmmaker Thomas von Steinaecker’s compelling work is a profile of Werner Herzog’s extraordinary life and work. Herzog’s eclectic filmography is examined through clips of his works and interviews with collaborators and admirers including Chloe Zhao, Wim Wenders, Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson.

    Retrospective: Films of Werner Herzog

    Burden of Dreams: The Films of Werner Herzog

    Retrospective: Films of Werner Herzog

    Burden of Dreams: The Films of Werner Herzog

    Regarded as a pioneer of New German Cinema, this selection explores the creative vision of the enigmatic, maverick filmmaker Werner Herzog. Known for his unique blend of historical events merged with fiction, his works are marked by intense visuals and an exploration of human nature that delves into extreme environments, using cinema to capture the sublime and existential.

    Retrospective

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

    Herzog’s 1972 existential odyssey follows a doomed 16th Century Spanish expedition searching for El Dorado in the Amazon. Led by the power-hungry Don Lope de Aguirre (played by Klaus Kinski), the journey becomes a descent into madness. The film, renowned for its cinematography, explores obsession, power, and human nature.

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    Retrospective

    Fitzcarraldo

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    In a career best performance Klaus Kinski plays Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, who is on an audacious quest to haul a steamship over a Peruvian mountain. Set against the backdrop of the lush, challenging Amazon jungle, the film’s notorious production mirrors the story’s themes of ambition, obsession, and the human spirit's confrontation with nature.

    Retrospective

    Heart of Glass

    Herz aus Glas

    In this enigmatic and experimental piece of cinema, Herzog directed a cast who were reportedly hypnotised in order to deliver surreal performances, alongside mesmerizing visuals and a haunting score. Renowned for its dreamlike narrative, this drama unfolds in a Bavarian village facing the loss of a precious glassmaking secret, exploring themes of collective madness and cultural fragility.

    Retrospective

    Nosferatu the Vampyre

    Nosferatu - Phantom der Nacht

    Starring Klaus Kinski as Count Dracula, this haunting homage to the classic vampire tale follows Jonathan Harker’s perilous journey to Transylvania. Herzog's atmospheric visuals and Kinski's chilling performance combine to create a captivating and emotionally resonant adaptation of the iconic story.

    Retrospective

    The Enigma of Kasper Hauser

    Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle

    Marking the 50th anniversary of this fascinating true story, Herzog’s film follows the story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man raised in isolation. Upon entering society, he grapples with language, human connections, and societal norms. The film, featuring Bruno S.'s compelling performance, explores the complexities of identity and the human condition.

    Retrospective

    Werner Herzog - Radical Dreamer

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    Documentary filmmaker Thomas von Steinaecker’s compelling work is a profile of Werner Herzog’s extraordinary life and work. Herzog’s eclectic filmography is examined through clips of his works and interviews with collaborators and admirers including Chloe Zhao, Wim Wenders, Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson.

    Kino For Kids

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    Kino For Kids

    Kino For Kids

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    Kino For Kids

    Kino For Kids

    Lassie - A New Adventure

    Lassie - ein neues Abenteuer

    In this unforgettable experience for all dog lovers big and small, famous Collie dog Lassie investigates the mysterious disappearances of several pedigree dogs, with the help of best friend Flo and new companions Henri, Kleo and little Pippa, a Jack Russell Terrier.

    Australian Premiere

    Kino For Kids

    Mission: School Of Fun

    Die unlangweiligste Schule der Welt – Auf Klassenfahrt

    Boredom at school? Not here, as the school day becomes a cinematic adventure in this imaginative tale following action fan nine-year-old Max, adapted from Sabrina J. Kirschner’s bestselling children’s book series.

    Australian Premiere

    Kino For Kids

    Skatergirls - Get Up

    Get Up

    A skateboarding group of four teen girls faces unexpected challenges that put their friendship to the test when they enter a skating competition in the summer after graduating high school in this feel-good family film.

    Australian Premiere

    Kino For Kids

    The Flying Classroom

    Das fliegende Klassenzimmer

    A big-screen adaptation of Erich Kästner’s best-selling children’s and young adult's book, THE FLYING CLASSROOM is a thrilling and entertaining adventure featuring an outstanding cast of up-and-coming talent.

    Australian Premiere

    Direct From Berlinale

    Direct From Berlinale

    Andrea Gets a Divorce

    Andrea lässt sich scheiden

    A rural policewoman who wants a divorce and to become a detective inspector in the city faces unforeseen challenges in this nuanced tragicomedy starring Birgit Minichmayr and set in a small Austrian town.

    Australian Premiere

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    Every You Every Me

    Alle die Du bist

    What if the person you love most suddenly becomes a stranger in your eyes? Factory worker Nadine seeks to revive her seven-year relationship in this social realist drama direct from the 2024 Berlinale.

    Australian Premiere

    Opening Night

    From Hilde, With Love

    In Liebe, Eure Hilde

    A young woman is drawn into the anti-Nazi resistance movement during World War II in this compelling historical drama and remarkable true story from multi award-winning director Andreas Dresen, starring an extraordinary Liv Lisa Fries.

    Australian Permiere

    Scorched Earth

    Verbrannte Erde

    Twelve years after he fled, a career criminal returns to Berlin in search of work in this slick crime thriller starring Mišel Matičević and Alexander Fehling, direct from the 2024 Berlin International Film Festival.

    Australian Premiere

    Closing Night

    Treasure

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    Direct from the 2024 Berlinale, this touching drama starring Lena Dunham and Stephen Fry follows a music journalist and her Polish father, a Holocaust survivor, who set out on a tour of their family homeland.

    Australian Premiere

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