Film Festival German Film Festival 2017

German Film Festival 2017 Goethe-Institut Singapore | © Beta Cinema

Thu, 02.11.2017 -
Sun, 12.11.2017

21st edition of the biggest foreign film festival in Singapur

Singapore’s Biggest Foreign Film Festival

Contemporary issues, historical dramas and universal messages – the 21st German Film Festival (GFF) will present over 30 films spanning art-house, comedy, documentary and music films from 2 to 12 November 2017. Audience members can expect to encounter powerful stories, fascinating characters, surprising perspectives and new insights through films that tell stories beyond borders.

post-show events  

The local audience awaits an exciting line-up of programmes, such as Western, the GFF opening film. The film explores the tensions faced by a group of Germans working in a foreign land and premiered at the recent Cannes Film Festival; The Bloom of Yesterday which sets a romantic comedy within the unlikely subject of Holocaust; as well as compelling drama Club Europe and comedy Welcome to Germany which display two different portrayals of the refugee situation facing Europe.
Filmgoers in Singapore will also have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with the filmmakers of To Be a Teacher (Jakob Schmidt), Raving Iran (Susanne Regina Meures) and actress Sylvaine Faligant of Club Europe at the post-show events. These films highlight current affair matters such as the increasing global migration and debates on education systems, which are everyday topics in many countries.

Partnership with locals

Making its debut is the creation of new cinematic content by film students. Initiated by Goethe-Institut and led by acclaimed Singaporean filmmaker K. Rajagopal, students from Puttnam School of Film and Animation, LaSalle College of the Arts have created their own short films in response to the works of German directors Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Fatih Akin. With this new programme, the GFF 2017 aims to create exchanges and help drive the growing passion for arts and films among Singapore’s pool of young talent. Another new programme is Musikino, a first-time collaboration with The Projector, which focuses on music films such as Revolution of Sound: Tangerine Dream and Raving Iran.
Family-friendly animation films at the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Retrospective at the National Museum of Singapore are returning with the GFF 2017. Significant film works from the 1970s, the decade when the Goethe-Institut Singapore held its first film event at the museum, to the 2010s will be presented at long-time partner venue National Museum of Singapore. These films include The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979), Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language Film The Lives of Others (2006) and Oh Boy (2012).
Tickets and official website will go live on 19 October 2017: