Germany Film Festival 2020

Germany Film Festival 2020

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Tues, Thurs and Sat 08 Sep – 10 Oct 2020, 08 pm
National Cinema Center
87, Láng Hạ, Ba Đình, Hà Nội

From Goethe Institut:

10th German Film Festival in Hanoi with six excellent films of various genres to be screened.

Language: German, with Vietnamese and English subtitles
Tickets: 35,000 VND
On the ticket system of the Cinema or here

The Goethe-Institut launched the first German Film Festival in 2010. Since then a flow of selected recent and outstanding films from German cinema has been brought to audiences in Vietnam year by year.

The films are carefully selected by film buffs and experts for international trends in films. The film program presents feature films which were nominated for awards or received awards. The films represent the best of German cinema. The German Film Festival Vietnam has become a must-go in the culture calendar for many film lovers.

Through the German Film Festival, audiences in Vietnam not only have the opportunity to enjoy excellent films of different genres, they can also update their impressions and views on prevailing trends and themes in German cinema, explore German Culture, Life and Politics.

The German Film Festival regularly tours through the big cities of Vietnam. This year in respect of rules and regulations to protect from the pandemics the dates are not yet fixed for shows in DaNang, HoiAn and HoChi Minh City. The German Film Festival will be shown in Hanoi first.

About the movies:

System Crasher
Director: Nora Fingscheidt

She is small, but dangerous. Wherever Benni ends up, she is immediately expelled. The wild 9-year-old Benni’s untamed energy drives everyone around her to despair. Benni has one single goal: to be back at home with her mommy! But Bianca is scared of her own daughter. Mrs. Bafané from child protection services is trying her best to find a permanent placement for Benni. She hires the anger management trainer Micha as Benni’s school escort and suddenly there is a seed of hope. Will Micha be able to succeed where all others despaired?
“System Crasher” was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival and won the Alfred Bauer Prize (Silver Bear) at the festival. It was also selected as the German entry for the “Best International Feature Film” at the 92nd Academy Awards. “System Crasher” won eight German Film Awards in 2020, including “Best Film” & “Best Director”.

The Perfect Secret
Director: Bora Dagtekin

Seven friends – three women and four men – meet for dinner. Everyone should put their cell phone on the table for a special game. No matter what message comes in – anyone can read it and listen to the coming phone calls. However, this leads to a lot of chaos and hidden secrets.

“The Perfect Secret” is a remake of the Italian film “Perfect Strangers”, which has already been remodeled in numerous countries, including Vietnam with a version named “Tiệc trăng máu” (Blood Moon Party). “The Perfect Secret” was the most successful theatrical release of a German film in 2019. The film had over 5 million cinema-goers and grossed around 44 million euros in Germany.

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe
Director: Maria Schrader

The film tells the last years of life of the writer Stefan Zweig, who came from the Jewish Viennese upper middle class, from 1936 to the common suicide with his second wife Lotte in 1942. “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” also focused on Stefan Zweig’s inner struggle for the “right attitude” toward the events in war torn Europe, and his search for a new home.

“Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” is a third film in the role of director of German actress Maria Schrader, helping her won awards in Germany and Europe.

The Mover
Director: David Nawrath

Walter is a 60-year-old mover for forced evictions. He is the best and most loyal hauler that Walter’s boss Roland Grone employs at his house moving company. Grone is planning a risky real estate deal that involves money laundering for a notorious family clan. The tenants of an inner-city apartment building are to be evicted and the house re-sold with a huge profit. However, one remaining tenant refuses to leave his home. Walter recognizes the stubborn young man as the son he abandoned decades ago and hasn’t seen since. Not revealing himself as his long lost father, Walter tries to help his son. But he has to confront not only his crooked boss but also his own past.

Too Far Away
Director: Sarah Winkenstette

The 11-year-old Ben has to move with his family from his home village to the next largest city, because it is relocated due to the lignite mining. In his new school, he meets another new boy, the 12-year-old Tariq, a refugee boy from Syria. Ben is an outsider at the new school, while Tariq not only steals the show in class, but also on the soccer field. But the two boys have more in common than they would like, and they quickly become friends.

Mountain Miracle
Director: Tobias Wiemann

Amelie is a girl struggling with asthma. She is taken to a clinic in South Tyrol, an autonomous province in northern Italy, to be cured. After some time, she decides to get out of this hell (that’s how she feels about it) and soon she’ll meet a new friend named Bart. Together they try to reach the peak of a mountain where, according to an old custom, she can be healed.

“Mountain Miracle” was nominated for the Crystal Bear for the Best Film in the Kplus section of the Generation Competition at Berlin Film Festival 2017. It won “Special Mention” category by juries: “With great wit and fast-paced dialogue, this film describes the development of an unlikely friendship between two fascinating characters”.

Angela Merkel – The Unexpected
Director: Torsten Körner, Matthias Schmidt

“Angela Merkel – The Unexpected” tells the story of Chancellor Merkel’s unexpected rise to power – from an East German physicist to the most powerful woman in the world. The film takes a look at her biography from when she entered the political stage in 1989 to the present. A second focus is put on the refugee crisis and establishes the connection between Merkel’s actions and her biography. Political and personal companions who have witnessed the chancellor throughout the years comment on her childhood in East Germany, her first political steps, her rise to the top, her eventful chancellorship, and the current political situation she is facing.

Democracy
Director: David Bernet

Digitalization has changed society. While data is becoming the “new oil”, data protection is becoming the new “pollution control”. This creative documentary opens an astonishing inside view into the lawmaking milieu on EU level. “Democracy: Im Rausch der Daten” is a compelling story of how a group of politicians try to protect todays society against the impact of Big Data and mass surveillance.

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