Marking its 16th year, Film|Neu presented another successful festival of exciting and globally conscious cinema with the latest productions from Germany, Austria and Switzerland screening at Landmark’s E Street Cinema January 18-24, 2008.
The opening comedy Grave Decisions (Wer früher stirbt ist länger tot) played to a sold-out theater. The ensuing discussion between producer/comedian David Nuttycombe and production assistant Nele Joas gave the enthusiastic audience a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of this German box office smash. A party at the Goethe-Institut featuring German foods and drinks, and music by DJs Yellow Fever, rounded off the evening.
The week continued with the latest in German-language cinema, including the Swiss film Late Bloomers (Die Herbstzeitlosen). Between the screenings, guests sampled Swiss snacks and wines.
A first at this year’s festival was the closing party, which took place after the screening of Sonja Heiss’ feature film Hotel Very Welcome, which was featured at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival. Playing off of the film’s Asian setting, the Goethe-Institut hosted an Asian-themed reception following a discussion between cast member Svenja Steinfelder and Washington Post film critic Desson Thomson.
Another first in this year’s festival invited audience participation to select the Audience Favorite Award – and it went to Grave Decisions.
Join us in 2009 for the latest in German-language cinema!