The Goethe Film Week is back!
Goethe Film Week 2022
From June 5 - 13, 2022, we will be showing a diverse program of film screenings and discussions in both Cairo and Alexandria that explore today's socio-political issues. The range of films is limitless: commercial, indie, drama, comedy, feature films and also documentaries. Our movies will also include major German productions by Egyptian as well as Arab directors, who have been represented at international and national film festivals over the past two years.
Following the screenings, Q&A sessions with selected movie directors will provide an opportunity to dive deeper into the subject matter. Among the speakers are renowned actors, such as the Egyptian director Khairy Beshara or the Egyptian expert Dr. Iman Ezzedine. The Goethe Filmweek will be rounded off by a panel discussion on political correctness and its influence on film art. It will also be followed by two workshops in Cairo and Alexandria, led by the German-Algerian director Anne Zohra Berrached.
The international program section of the Goethe Film Week provides a comprehensive insight into the German film scene of the past two years. A total of eleven films will be screened, five of which are by female directors, who have participated in international film festivals and received strong praise from critics and viewers. These include the two films Herr Bachmann und seine Klasse by Maria Speth and Die Welt wird eine andere sein by Anne Zohra Berrached, which won awards at the Berlinale 2021. As a special highlight, Berrached will attend a Q&A session in Cairo and Alexandria.
The Goethe Filmweek also features the tragicomedy Nö by Dietrich Brüggemann and Le Prince by Lisa Bierwirths - both nominated at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. In addition, Dominik Graf's Fabian oder Der Gang vor die Hunde, which premiered at the Berlinale, will also be shown. Graf received the German Film Award in the categories best feature film, best camera and picture design as well as the "Silver Lola" as best feature film.
The Arabic film screenings are represented by eight productions by three directors, all of whom have participated in international film festivals. These include two documentaries: Captains Za'atari by Ali al-Araby, which celebrated its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and Maggie Morgan's From Meir, To Meir, which won best Egyptian Film at the Aswan Film Festival.
Three other award-winning feature films are also included in the program: Casablanca Beats (Haut et fort) by Nabil Ayouch, which entered the Cannes Film Festival, Memory Box (Dafatir Maia) by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, awarded best film in the Saad Eldeen Wahba Awards at the Cairo International Film Festival, and Costa Brava, Lebanon by Monia Akl, winner of the FIPRESCI Award as well as other awards at the El Gouna Film Festival.
All this year’s short films are directed by Mourad Mostafa: Henet Ward, What we do not know about Mariam und Khadiga. All three entries were screened at the Court-Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand, one of the oldest and most prestigious short film festivals worldwide.