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German film is a programme focus for the Goethe-Institut Canada. On this page we provide you with an overview of current events, online offerings, the various film series, reviews of highlights of the programme work and other information about German film.

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Current Information


Retrospect

Shoah © Claude Lanzmann

Shoah

by Claude Lanzmann

France 1985, 556 min.
Original version with French subtitles. 

In January 2020, the Goethe-Institut Montreal showed the film "Shoah" by Claude Lanzmann in its entire length of about 9 hours in three parts in cooperation with the Cinématèque Québécoise. Each screening was preceded by an introduction by an expert. These texts are now available.

Claude Lanzmann made his monumental documentary Shoah, on the systematic extermination of Jews in Europe by the German Reich, without using any archive material. For eleven years, the filmmaker filmed former sites of mass murder and tirelessly identified and questioned survivors, witnesses and former perpetrators. The result is a 9.5-hour film that wrote film history – and counts as one of the most important films ever made.

Shoah © Claude Lanzmann

Part 1
Erin Corber, PhD

Introduction to Shoah
While memory and accuracy continue to be critical issues in assessing the content and context of a survivor’s testimony, witnesses have become essential voices in our conversations on genocide. 

Film still: SHOAH by Claude Lanzmann © Absolut Medien

Part 2
Naomi Kramer

Reflections on Shoah
William Faulkner observed: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” For many of us, the film “Shoah” affirms this observation. It is essentially the past re-enacted by interviewees who Lanzmann refers to as actors.

Shoah © Claude Lanzmann

Part 3
​Norman Ravvin

Different Ways of Remembering, Different Names
When the events of the war were taking place, Jews who were experiencing them did not use the words we use now to describe what was happening. 


Online-Offerings

Goethe on Demand © Filmgalerie 451

Films | Until June 30, 2020 | Online
Goethe on Demand

Streaming German cinema

In cooperation with Filmgalerie 451, the Goethe-Institut presents an online streaming program called Goethe on Demand. It contains a small but exquisite selection of films that is free of charge and available worldwide until 30 June 2020.


Film Series

Systemsprenger (EUFF 2020) © kineo Film

Montreal
Achtung Film!

Achtung Film!, the Goethe-Institut’s monthly film series, will be presented the first Thursday of every month at the Cinéma du parc in Montreal. The focus remains contemporary German cinema in all its diversity and richness, from fiction to documentary, established to emerging filmmakers, from entertaining to challenging films.

Gundermann Peter Hartwig / Pandora Film

Ottawa
Goethe-Cinema

Goethe-Cinema, the Goethe-Institut Ottawa’s monthly film series, will be presented on a Friday at the Amphitheater, Saint-Paul University in Ottawa (please see programmation for exceptions). 

Magical Mystery DCM/Gordon Timpen, SMPSP

Quebec
Cinéma Goethe

With the Goethe-Institut’s new series in Québec City, Cinéma Goethe, cinéphiles will be able to keep abreast of contemporary German cinema in all its diversity from fiction to documentary, emerging to established filmmakers, entertaining to challenging films. Presented at Cinéma Cartier once a month on the second Wednesday of each month.

Agentur Schneider © C. Hüller Agentur Schneider © C. Hüller

Toronto
Lose my Self

A portrait of Sandra Hüller
Whether in the Cannes hit comedy “Toni Erdmann” or the exorcism drama “Requiem”, the prolific Sandra Hüller commands the screen, winning 3x best actress at the Berlinale, a European Film Award & the Toronto Film Critics Association Award. 
Presented in October at the TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX Toronto
 


Blogs

Aren’t You Happy?, de Susanne Heinrich © Edition Salzgeber

Montreal
Überblog

The "Überblog" of the Goethe-Institut Montreal contains, among other things, a number of reviews matching the film programme.

Blog: German Film @ Canada Design: Stefanie Allekotte

Filmblog
German Film @ Canada

Follow our festival news, reviews and background stories on the latest in German film!
 

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