German Films at the New Zealand International Film Festival 2016

girl and wolf crouching down at stretch of water
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The New Zealand International Film Festival is screening the following selection of German language films.


a woman is trying to cover her bare upper body © © New Zealand International Film Festival Toni Erdmann © New Zealand International Film Festival
Toni Erdmann
Director: Maren Ade
2016

Hailed at Cannes as a brilliantly original comic masterpiece, Austrian writer/director Maren Ade’s epic of parent-child dysfunction centres on a father assailing his uptight corporate daughter with crazy 





a girl is hiding behind a wolf © © New Zealand International Film Festival Wild © New Zealand International Film Festival
Wild
Director: Nicolette Krebitz
2016

A chance encounter with a wolf proves to be inexorably life-changing for the lonely young woman at the heart of this striking German drama, which takes the idea of getting back to nature to an irrational extreme.





pensive woman © © New Zealand International Film Festival Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt © New Zealand International Film Festival
Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Ahrendt
Director: Ada Ushpiz
2015

This new documentary provides insight and historical perspective on the life and work of philosopher Hannah Arendt, illuminating her relevance to some of the most troubling phenomena of our own times.



a boy and a man in uniform are sitting on a beach © © New Zealand International Film Festival Land of Mine © New Zealand International Film Festival
Land of Mine 
Director: Martin Zandvliet
2015

In this tense, moving war drama, based on fact, a Danish sergeant takes charge of a group of youthful German POWs put to work defusing explosives on the coast of Denmark in the immediate aftermath of World War II.




an aged man in front of a bright green background © © New Zealand International Film Festival Lo and Behold © New Zealand International Film Festival
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World
Director: Werner Herzog
2016

This film explores the evolution of the internet, its geniuses and its ominous implications for creation at large.







black and white images of woman and nature overlapping © © New Zealand International Film Festival The Exquisite Corpus © New Zealand International Film Festival


The Exquisite Corpus
Director: Peter Tscherkassky
2015

A found footage extravaganza, named for the old Surrealist parlour game. Cine-magician Peter Tscherkassky expertly melds an overlapping collage of 60s and 70s erotica into a single feverish, ecstatic dream of sex and death. Winner of Special Mention at Directors’ Fortnight 2015.



Source: New Zealand International Film Festival 2016

 

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