Now in its 17th year, Film|Neu is coming into its own. Following last year’s rebranding and naming of our annual festival of German-language cinema, we saw an upsurge in attendance and enthusiasm during our January 23-29, 2009 festival.
Film|Neu opened on Friday, January 23, with Christian Petzold’s film Jerichow. Following the opening screening, editor Bettina Böhler and film critic Eddie Cockrell participated in a discussion with the audience. A lively party with DJs Yellow Fever and German foods and drinks followed at the Goethe-Institut.
Ron Jones, the real-life teacher whose experiment in a California classroom was immortalized in the film The Wave (Die Welle), came to Washington to talk with Eddie Cockrell and the audience after the sold-out screenings.
The Oscar-nominated films Revanche (Austria) and The Friend (Der Freund, Switzerland) brought excitement to this year’s festival. Our partners at the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Embassy of Switzerland hosted receptions at the theater in conjunction with the popular screenings.
After the screening of our closing night film, Melodies of Spring (Märzmelodie), and discussion with director Martin Walz, the Goethe-Institut played host to a new tradition – a closing night Berlin Party. Featuring Berlin culinary specialties, Berliner Weisse, and Bionade fruit drinks, the party wrapped up a successful year.
We are happy to announce that our Audience Favorite award goes to the Doris Dörrie film Cherry Blossoms: Hanami (Kirschblüten – Hanami).
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