German Film Festival 2022

Tue 24th May, 2022 – Wed 22nd June, 2022
Location: All cities
With more than 25 films showing over three and a half weeks, the German Film Festival shines a spotlight on the past and present of a European cinematic powerhouse.

Screening nationally around Australia across late May and June at Palace Cinemas, the 2022 German Film Festival is a three-week celebration of film featuring the best of Germany’s cinematic talent.

The opening night feature is A Stasi Comedy, director Leander Haussmann’s comical look at the dark days of East Germany. A modern-day anti-communist hero (David Kross) finds his past resurfacing along with a Stasi file that reveals his marriage wasn’t exactly the romance his wife believes.

Other highlights include The Last Execution, the true story of an East German spy who discovers getting out of the dark world of espionage is a lot harder than he thought – the film’s director Franziska Stünkel is a guest of the festival and will be appearing in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

There’s also Dear Thomas, a black-and-white biopic looking at the life of author and reluctant anti-communist Thomas Brasch, and festival centrepiece The Forger, the true story of Samson “Cioma” Schönhaus, a Jewish graphic artist who forged fake documents for hundreds of Jews hiding in World War II Berlin.

The always popular Kino for Kids programming strand is also back, featuring a strong line-up of child- and teen-friendly features (including the 80s teen romance The Wall Between Us) presented by the Goethe-Institut.

And to celebrate 50 years of the Goethe-Institut in Australia, 5 Films from 5 Decades will take audiences on a hand-picked journey from the 70s through to today with films The Tin Drum (70s), Solo Sunny (80s), Run Lola Run (90s), Good Bye, Lenin! (00s) and Victoria (10s).

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