NZIFF
GERMAN FILMS AT THE NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017

Portait of a woman.
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The New Zealand International Film Festival is screening the following selection of German language films.


A smooking man.
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Western
Director: Valeska Grisebach
2017

Subtly applying the themes of the American western to Europe’s eastern frontier, Valeska Grisebach’s drama mines the tensions and the bonds that develop between a German construction camp and a nearby Bulgarian village.






A man with his birthday guests in front of a tastfully decorated table.
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In Times of Fading Light  
Director: Matti Geschonneck
2017

The cracks in a crumbling regime are exposed as an elite family gather in East Berlin to celebrate their failing patriarch’s 90th. Absorbing, richly detailed historical tragicomedy based on a German bestseller.






A portait of a woman.
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Manifesto
Director: Julian Rosefeldt
2017

Cate Blanchett dazzles as 13 different characters, each giving voice to the published rallying calls of myriad artistic movements in this playful, ingeniously staged feature by German artist Julian Rosefeldt.






A man who is listening.
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Beuys: Art As a Weapon
Director: Andres Veiel
2017

This archive-packed documentary provides a tantalising introduction to the life and work of Joseph Beuys, the revolutionary German artist of the 70s and 80s, celebrated for his artworks, performances and politics.






Two men wearing top hats.
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The Young Karl Marx
Director: Raoul Peck
2017

Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro) delivers an engrossing, classically conceived biopic about how Karl Marx, as a struggling family man, and Friedrich Engels, the son of industrial wealth, came to create The Communist Manifesto.






A woman at the unterground station.
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Berlin Syndrome
Director: Cate Shortland
2017

A photographer on her OE meets a handsome yet mysterious local boy, stays the night and then finds he won’t let her leave, in this taut thriller from Australian director Cate Shortland (Lore).







A couple is sitting in the nature.
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Frantz
Director: François Ozon
2016

This elegantly mounted drama explores regeneration in the aftermath of World War I through the complex relationship of a young German woman (Anna Beer) and a French soldier (Pierre Niney) brought together by shared loss.






Tourists in front of a Nazi death camp.
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Austerlitz
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
2016

How should we remember the Holocaust? As tourists visit Nazi death camps in increasing numbers, Sergei Loznitsa sets up his camera at Sachsenhausen and Dachau and simply observes the behaviour of the visitors.








Source: New Zealand International Film Festival 2017

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