2014 Audi Festival Of German Films

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Mar 082014

For the event’s 13th annual season, Festival Director, Dr. Arpad Sölter and his international jury of movie experts have selected over 50 award-winning and critically lauded features, shorts and documentaries that showcase Germany’s multi-layered, vibrant and ever-evolving culture. This year’s programme includes extraordinary dramas, thrillers, comedies, romances, westerns, historical epics, coming-of-age tales and horror-movies, most of which will be screening as Australian premieres. There’s also a selection of films for the young and the young-at-heart that the whole family will relish, as well as designated school sessions and numerous special events in addition to the Festival’s screenings.

Launching the Festival in Sydney and Melbourne will be Banklady, an action crime-drama starring celebrated German actress Nadeshda Brennicke, who will be the Festival’s guest-of-honour at the Gala Opening Night events in both cities.  Based on a true story, Banklady brings to life the escapades of Gisela Werler, West Germany’s first female bank robber who made the transition from shy worker to notorious felon during her heyday in the 1960s.


Screening highlights of the 2014 Festival include:

EXIT MARRAKECH (Screening in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane)
Academy Award winning director Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa) returns with an exploration of culture and personal discovery set in Morocco. A celebrated theatre director and his disaffected teenage son try to reconnect as they explore resentments and issues from the past. Prior to the film’s screening in Sydney and Melbourne there will be an exotic Morocco-themed “Oriental night”.

OH BOY (Screening in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Canberra)
Niko, a man in his 20s, is beset by a series of unexpected incidents that throw his well-ordered life into turmoil. Shot in black and white on the streets of Berlin, this debut feature by Jan-Ole Gerster has received numerous awards and highlights a side of German life that is not commonly represented in German film.

25 YEARS AGO – FALL OF THE WALL(Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane)
Journey through the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall via two fascinating documentaries and live music from Berlin cabaret pop band, The Beez.


Sydney:  26 March to 10 April  Chauvel Cinema & Palace Norton Street

Melbourne: 27 March to 11 April Palace Cinema Como & Kino Cinemas

Brisbane: 28 March to 3 April Palace Centro

Canberra: 1 April to 6 April Palace Electric Cinema


Information about the full programme, related events and tickets can be found at the festival’s website: http://www.goethe.de/ozfilmfest


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Apr 282013

Karl Markovics (The lead in the Oscar Winning film The Counterfeiters) makes his directorial début with Breathing, a slow burn and reflective drama which is screening as part of the 2013 Audi Festival of German Film. Is Markovics as good as a writer/director as he is a renowned actor? Find out after the jump.

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Cinema Jenin: The Story of a Dream

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Apr 232013

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In the Western world access to the cinema is largely viewed as a right. But imagine living somewhere besieged by conflict, where the joy of visiting cinema has all but been lost. Cinema Jenin: The Story of a Dream is a documentary about bringing the magic of cinema back. Review after the jump.

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Break-up Man/Schlussmacher

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Apr 212013


When a man who is hired to break-up relationships gets caught up in the fallout of his handy work, he starts to re-examine both his career choice and his  thoughts on love. Check out my review of the German Box Office smash hit Break-up Man after the jump.

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2013 Audi Festival of German Films Line-up Announced

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Apr 102013

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The programme has been launched and tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Audi Festival of German Films. With 45 films and more that 230 screenings, there is sure to be something for everyone. The festival is being held in 8 centres (including Byron Bay and Newcastle!) across Australia in May, with the festival opening on April 30th in Sydney.

The festival is delighted to announce that 5 film makers will be attending as guests in support of their films. Guests include Marten Persail (director of documentary This Ain’t California) and Georg Mass (writer/director of Two Lives).

For information about the films showing, screening times and the fantastic guests, please visit the Festival website at:

To book tickets visit:

Festival dates and venues are as follows:

SYDNEY: 30 April – 14 May Chauvel Cinema, Palace Verona
MELBOURNE: 1 – 15 May Palace Cinema Como, Kino Cinemas
BRISBANE: 3 – 9 May Palace Centro
NEWCASTLE 4 – 5 May Tower Cinemas
CANBERRA: 7 – 12 May Palace Electric Cinema
ADELAIDE: 8 – 13 May Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
PERTH: 9 – 13 May Cinema Paradiso
BYRON BAY: 10 – 12 May Palace Byron Bay