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Gulf German Film Festival

Gulf German Film Festival


Undine © Marco Krüger Schramm Film


Undine works as an art historian lecturing on Berlin’s urban development. But when the man she loves leaves her, the ancient myth catches up with her. Undine has to kill the man who betrays her and return to the water.


Gundermann © Pandora Film, Peter Hartwig


Gerhard Gundermann was a heavy equipment operator at a lignite strip mine and a Stasi informer, but above all he was a gifted singer-songwriter with a fanbase in both the former GDR as well as the subsequent, reunified Germany. Director Andreas Dresen takes a sensitive look at this contradictory personality. The result is a perceptive biographical narrative that unreels like a modern musical Heimatfilm [“homeland” film] for East (and all of) Germany.

Systemsprenger © Kineo Film, Yunus Roy Imer

System Crasher

Benni is considered aggressive and unpredictable. Wherever the nine-year-old is taken in, she gets kicked out again after a short time. Finally, when no solution is in sight and there is apparently no place left to send Benni, the anger-management trainer Micha tries to free her from her spiral of anger and aggression.

The Perfect Candidate © Neue Visionen Filmverleih

The Perfect Candidate

Maryam is an ambitious young doctor working in a small town clinic in Saudi Arabia. Despite her qualifications, she has to earn the respect of male colleagues and acceptance from her patients every day. After Maryam is prevented from travelling to Dubai in search of a better job, a bureaucratic mix-up leads her to stumble on the application for the local city elections and she decides to run. 

The Mover © 235 Film, Tobias von dem Borne

The Mover

The furniture packer Walter, a former weightlifter, and his team are supposed to evict an apartment. When the door of the old building opens, Walter thinks he can recognize the young family man as his son, whom he abandoned years ago.

Veins of the world © Tarek Tabet

Veins of the World

Amra’s father Erdene is the leader of the last nomads opposing global mining companies digging for gold in the Mongolian steppe. After his father dies in a tragic car accident, Amra sets out to continue the fight in his father's spirit – but with the tools of an 11-year-old boy.

A hidden life © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film

A Hidden Life

A HIDDEN LIFE tells the true story of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian farmer who was imprisoned and sentenced to death for refusing to fight for the Nazis after Hitler invaded Austria. 

One Way to Moskau © Langfilm

One-way to Moscow

Zurich 1989. A police officer is supposed to collect information about left-wing theater people in the theater. But the more he looks behind the curtain, the less he believes in his mission.

Dust ©unafilm


A man sets out in search of his lost love: a journey that draws him into the turbulent heart of present day India and transforms inescapably into a confrontation with the past.

Born in Evin © Tondowski Films GbR

Born in Evin

BORN IN EVIN follows filmmaker and actress, Maryam Zaree, on her quest to find out the violent circumstances surrounding her birth inside one of the most notorious political prisons in the world.

Cooperation between Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, ADMAF, and Film Academy Baden-Wurttemberg

The featured short films THE PLANT and THE LAST MEAL have been created as part of the Young Filmmakers’ Circle 2019 which has been established by the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, ADMAF, in order to nurture the local creative community with the aim of having student Academy Award nominations in the Short Film category by 2020, as well as establishing industry connections and showcasing the best of the regional creative scene through dedicated film screenings.

ADMAF has collaborated with world-renowned Film Academy Baden-Wurttemberg to empower emerging Emirati and regional filmmakers to professionally develop their cinematic language and creative talents as part of the Young Filmmakers’ Circle 2019.

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