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Kino 23 cover bild©Peter Hartwig © Ziegler Film / TOBIS Film

KINO/23 German Film Festival

Welcome to KINO/23, the German Film Festival in Hong Kong and Macao! This is the 25th edition of the German film festival, which was first held in 1998 under the name MAX!. 

This year we are once again showing a great choice of excellent new films from Germany: New German Cinema is marked by a strong presence of female directors, from the intense sibling drama "Kiss My Wounds" by Hanna Doose to Anika Decker's quirky comedy "Love Things". Among the German Masters, you'll find Fatih Akin's million-viewer success "Rheingold" as well as Christoph Hochhäusler's emotional drama "Till the End of the Night," which premiered at the Berlinale.

And we take a look Behind the Wall: For our wonderful opening film "From a Land That No Longer Exists”, we are pleased to welcome director Aelrun Goette in person for an audience talk.

The Goethe-Institut Hongkong celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, we invite you to re-encounter some of the great names of German cinema in the series Six Decades - Six Iconic Films, including Konrad Wolf, Wim Wenders and Tom Tykwer. Their films capture the spirit of an era and have become classics.

We look forward to welcoming you to this very special cinema experience at KINO/23!


In A Land That No Longer Exists © Peter Hartwig © Ziegler Film / TOBIS Film

Opening Film
In A Land That No Longer Exists

Based on true events and personal experiences, Aelrun Goette’s film centres on the 18-year-old Suzie, who is thrown headfirst into the vibrant fashion scene in communist East Germany when a photo of her ends up on the cover of Sibylle, the Vogue of the East.

Das Lehrerzimmer © Judith Kaufmann © Alamode Film

The Teachers' Lounge

Carla Nowak, a dedicated sports and maths teacher, starts her first job at a high school. She stands out among the new staff because of her idealism...

A Stasi Comedy © Picture Tree International

A Stasi Comedy

Communist East Berlin, early 1980s: Ludger is hired by the Stasi to infiltrate a subversive countercultural movement in the district of Prenzlauer Berg...

The Ordinaries © Jonas Ludwig Walter © Bandenfilm

The Ordinaries

In a repressive three class-society, Paula, a simple Supporting Character, is about to face the most important test of her life: she has to prove she deserves to be a Lead...

Kiss My Wounds © Markus Zucker © 2022 Schiwago Film / DOMAR Film

Kiss My Wounds

The acting technique of improvisation returns in Hanna Doose’s second feature film, which centres on two former best friends, Laura and Maria, who lost contact when Maria’s great love, Jan, cheated on her with Laura...

Love Things Foto: Violetta Grimm © Constantin Film Verleih

Love Things

Marvin is Germany’s biggest film star, and everyone is eager to see him at the premiere of his newest film. Yet after a disastrous interview with the tabloid journalist Bettina, he escapes from the media and lands in Frieda’s feminist off-theatre...

Till the End of the Night © Heimatfilm

Film noir
Till the End of the Night

Robert, an undercover, teams with Leni, who has been released on parole to play along, to gain the trust of a criminal, Victor, at a dance class. Robert and Leni – he gay, she trans – make a great couple and soon have the criminal on the hook...

Rheingold Foto: Gordon Timpen © 2022 Bombero Int. / Warner Bros. Ent.


Adapted from the autobiography “Alles oder Nix'' by German rapper and music producer Xatar. Fed with his Kurdish parents via Iraq, Xatar, born Giwar Hajabi, grows up in a social housing estate in Bonn, dreaming of fame and fortune...

Six Decades - Six Iconic Films

6 Decades 6 Iconic Films © Goethe-Institut Hongkong

This year, Goethe-Institut Hongkong celebrates its 60th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we have selected six iconic films from six decades: Films that inimitably capture the spirit of their time and shape it into images that have become part of our collective memory. Time and again, they feature Berlin, the divided city and, after the fall of the Wall, filled with a breathless, intense energy in which everything seemed possible.

Venues and Screening Schedules

12.10. (Thu) 19:45 In A Land That No Longer Exists (AC)
Opening film
13.10. (Fri) 19:25 The Ordinaries (PE)
 20:00 Till the End of the Night (AC)
14.10. (Sat) 15:30 In A Land That No Longer Exists (BC)
 20:00 Kiss My Wounds (AC)
15.10. (Sun) 15:30 Love Things (BC)
 19:30 Rheingold (AC)
16.10. (Mon) 19:30 A Stasi Comedy (PE)
17.10. (Tue) 19:20 Rheingold (PE)
18.10. (Wed) 19:30 Kiss My Wounds (BC)
19.10. (Thu) 19:55 The Teachers' Lounge (BC)
20.10. (Fri) 19:45 Love Things (FA)
21.10. (Sat) 16:00 The Ordinaries (FA)
 19:30 A Stasi Comedy (FA)
22.10. (Sun) 15:00 The Teachers' Lounge (FA)


AC Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre
UB, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai
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FA Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong (Sai Wan Ho MTR Exit A)
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BC Broadway Cinematheque
Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yaumatei, Kowloon
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Level 2, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon Station)
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Public sale from 12 September 2023 onwards

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20% discount for Goethe-Institut Hongkong’s students when presenting a valid proof upon purchase