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The German Film Festival Is Back!

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Despite the adverse effect Covid-19 has had on film industries worldwide it’s a promising sign that the German Film Festival has managed to curate a programme of 26 high-quality films.

For lovers of comedic cinema, It’s Just a Phase Honey is the perfect film for a fun night out. It’s a wildly enjoyable comedy that centres on a middle-aged couple whose marriage has come to a standstill. They attempt to replicate their younger years by dating and partying, but is this the indirect solution to reignite their love and passion for each other?

For an emotional family drama, My Son delivers. After a teenager has a skating accident the relationship with his mother is compromised. While she tries to protect her son, he tells her that life is full of detours. A life-affirming and relatable film.

The Forger is a WWII Jewish Holocaust-themed film about a young Jewish man who has a talent for forging documents. He forges passports for Jewish people to escape deportation. Based on a true story this film highlights the optimism and resilience of a young man during dark times and how his perseverance saved many people from probable death.

Kino For Kids is a program that screens family-friendly films at the festival. One of the highlights is School Of Magical Animals, a delightful CGI animation and live-action film that deals with a new girl who attends a very unusual school where the students receive magical animals as school buddies.

The program 5 Films From 5 Decades presents 5 German films that took the world by storm. The Tin Drum from the 1970s is a highlight. This is the bizarre story of a three-year-old who is determined to remain a child. Run Lola Run released in the 1990s is also worth revisiting on the big screen. It’s the riveting story of a young woman’s race against time – she has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks!

The overseas guest who will be attending the festival this year is award-winning director Franziska Stunkel. She will be presenting her latest film The Last Execution and participating in Q&As after the screenings.

Whether it’s a hilarious comedy, a daunting drama or a past cinematic hit revisited on the big screen, there’s something for everyone at this year’s German Film Festival.

May 24 – Jun 19. Palace Norton St, Palace Central & Chauvel Cinema. $23 (full) – $19 (Conc). Tickets & Info: https://germanfilmfestival.com.au

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