Ahead of the launch of 2017’s Fokus: Films for Germany festival, the Goethe-Institut’s Cultural Programme Coordinator, Ann-Christine Simke, looks at some of the highlights coming to Scottish cinemas.
German cinema is not often picked up by UK distributors, meaning fascinating films by diverse filmmakers who are not afraid to explore both Germany’s past and present are often overlooked.
For the third time the Goethe-Institut Glasgow, Germany’s cultural institute which promotes the study of German abroad as well as international cultural exchange, and Edinburgh’s Filmhouse have teamed up to introduce an exciting glimpse into the multifaceted nature of filmmaking in Germany, coming to Scottish screens between November 2017 and January 2018.
Alongside Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness, Bo’ness, Glasgow and Ayr, we are thrilled to have added Shetland to the list of Scottish touring destinations for the festival.
The festival opens 23rd of November at Filmhouse in Edinburgh with Maria Schrader’s visually stunning film Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe, which follows the renowned writer Stefan Zweig during his years in exile.
Nominated for the Oscars and with an outstanding performance by Josef Hader, Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe depicts the search of a refugee for a better and safe place to live while becoming aware that his home might be lost forever.
This film sure is one highlight of the festival, both visually and for its storyline that draws fine connections to recent discourses while at the same time opening up unexpected perspectives. For our grand opening we will also be joined by film scholar Dr Holger Mohaupt and historian Dr Anselm Heinrich for a post-screening discussion.
With Fokus: Films from Germany we are offering a wide range of topics and styles present in German filmmaking in the hope of presenting surprising similarities and inspiring differences to our audiences in Scotland.
Our selected films include the prescient film The Culpable which won the Audience Choice Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival; the powerful drama Sanctuary with an award-winning central performance from a teenage Louis Hofman (who will also be starring in the first German Netflix series Dark, premiering 1st December 2017); the stirring House Without Roof, 2016 winner of the German Cinema New Talent Best Production Award; the refreshing Fukushima, mon Amour winner of two awards from Berlin 2016 Panorama section; Marija featuring an award-winning central performance by Margarita Breitkreiz; the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed film noir Phoenix; the redemptive Hördur designated for younger audiences; the powerful documentary Brother Jakob and a retrospective of some of the earliest work of the iconoclastic filmmaker Werner Herzog.
Ticket prices are subsidised and therefore offer a very affordable entry point to some of the best that German cinema can offer.
We do hope that wherever you are in Scotland you can join us in this celebration of German film.
Full listings and tickets are available on the Goethe-Institut website.