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Open Air Kino 2022

The Goethe-Institut Thailand, the Austrian, Swiss, the French Embassy together with the Alliance Francaise and the embassy of Luxembourg present the latest interesting, award-winning and extraordinary international movies.


Open Air Kino 2022© Groupe Dejour

A word from the Director

Finally, it’s about time again!

On every Tuesday evening from the 11th January to the 22th March, all visitors can come to the garden in the Goethe-Institut again to watch the latest interesting, award-winning and extraordinary international movies and to rediscover the almost 100-year old cinematic oeuvre with us.

Especially during the pandemic, it is utmost important to strengthen our network. Therefore, we are very glad to find new partners this year.

Apart from the Austrian and Swiss embassy, we also have the French embassy together with the Alliance Francaise and the embassy of Luxembourg on board. 

Moreover, the Bangkok International Documentary Awards event and film festival “BKK Doc Awards” is also our guest and three award-winning films from its latest edition in December 2021 will be screened at our festival.

To commemorate the ingenious American musician Bruce Gaston, who lived in Thailand and died last October, we will screen one of the first movies, which was shot in Thailand. In 1991, Bruce Gaston composed the film music in Bangkok for the silent movie CHANG, which was produced in 1927 and in which the Thai Fong Naam Orchester was recorded.

This year’s kickoff will be the exclusive preview of a very special film, which was in parts shot in 2021 during the pandemic-related closure at the Goethe-Institut. THE MAESTRO, produced by and with Bangkok all-round talent Somtow Sucharitkul, celebrated its international premiere in September 2021 at the Oldenburg Film Festival in Germany. Meanwhile this pandemic-related drama movie has become a worldwide festival favorite and has received numerous prizes. Maestro Somtow and his team will be personally present during the opening of the festival.

The connecting elements of all movies is the topic of freedom in the broadest sense. The contributions from Austria and Switzerland are the movies titled GREAT FREEDOM and CAGED BIRDS

In the well-worth seeing documentary DEAR FUTURE CHILDREN, three young women in Chile, Hongkong and Uganda are fighting the almost hopeless battle for social fairness, continued existence of democracy and against the devastating consequences of climate change. In the fairy-tale psychodrama UNDINE the main protagonist managed to free herself from the old curse. The young actress Paula Beer received an award in the category of Best Actress at the 2020 European Film Prizes.

By contrast in CONTRA, a female student successfully managed to resist against sexist and racist discrimination with humor. The movie is the adaptation of the very successful French comedy LE BRIO from the year 2018, which will be screened during the Open Air Kino festival in Alliance Francaise. Likewise in INVISIBLE SUE the social struggle of a young woman to survive is the focus of the story, during which the highly talented loner Sue becomes the superheroine.   

The absolute highlight this year is the film BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ, the congenial film adaptation of the world-famous novel from Alfred Döblin (1929), in which the film director Burhan Qurbani masterly set the scene.

I hope that I have aroused your cinematic curiosity and I am looking forward to our meeting after these long pandemic-related event restrictions.

My special thanks go to all partners and especially our Open Air Film Festival team, who have made this activity program possible in the first place. First in line is our film curator Hans Kohl, Ralph Schermbach and Thorsten Birk for the technical implementation and the subtitle production, the Bangkok company Golden Duck Group for the perfect film projection as always, as well as my whole team: Kullaya Wapinanon, Manasse Pinsuwan, Kannikar Saengsuwan and Phakhawadee Wongkhamsan.

I am looking forward to our meeting in the cinema garden of the Goethe-Institut.

Maren Niemeyer
Director of the Goethe-Institut Thailand

Film Programme

© Goethe-Institut Thailand
The Maestro © Somtow Sucharitkul

January 11, 2022 at 19:00 Hrs.
The Maestro

Thailand, 99 mins., 2021
Director: Paul Spurrier
Genre: Fantasie, Horror
Starring: Somtow Sucharitkul, David Asavanond, Sahajak Boonthanakit,
Vithaya Pansringarm

The Audition © Judith Kaufmann, Port au Prince Pictures

January 18, 2022 at 19:00 Hrs.
The Audition

Germany, France, 99 mins., 2019
Director: Ina Weisse
Genre: Fiction
Age rating: 12
Starring: Nina Hoss, Spohie Rois, Thorsten Merten

Undine © Schramm Film

January 25, 2022 at 19:00 Hrs.

Germany, 90 mins., 2018/2020
Director: Christian Petzold
Genre: Love Film, Fantasy / Fairy Tale, Literary Adaptation, Drama
Age rating: 12
Starring: Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski, Maryam Zaree

Chang © Milestone Film & Video

February 1, 2022 at 19:00 Hrs.
Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness

Thailand, 64 mins, 1927
Director: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Genre: Adventure

Unsichtbare Sue

February 8, 2022 at 19:00 Hrs.
Invisible Sue

Germany, 96 mins., 2018
Director: Markus Dietrich
Genre: Fantasy
Age rating: 6
Starring: Jürgen Thormann (voice), Ruby M. Lichtenberg , Anna Shirin Habedank

Caged Birds © Philippe Antonello

February 15, 2022 at 19:00 Hrs.
Caged Birds

Switzerland, Germany, 119 mins., 2020
Director:Oliver Rihs
Genre: Drama
Age rating: 16
Starring: Anatole Taubman, Joel Basman, Jella Haase

In Plain View © BKKDOC

February 22, 2022 at 19:00 Hrs.
In Plain View

Thailand,15 min, 2021
Director: Luis Palomino Benítez
Genre: Documentary

Mountain of trash ©Parinee Buthrasri

February 22, 2022 at 19:20 Hrs.
Mountain of Trash

Thailand,19 Minuten ,2020
Director: Primrin Puarat
Genre: Documentary

Ugoku Tokai - Moving City © BKKDOC

February 22, 2022 at 19:40 Hrs.
Ugoku Tokai - Moving City

Germany, 96 min, 2020
Director: Lars Ostmann
Genre: Documentary

Grosse Freiheit ©Freibeuterfilm_Rohfilm

March 1, 2022 at 19:00 Hrs.
Great Freedom

Austria, Germany, 118 mins.,2021
Director: Sebastian Meise
Genre: Romance
Age rating: 16
Starring: Franz Rogowski, Georg Friedrich, Anton von Lucke

Le Brio © Pathé

March 7, 2022 at 18:30 Hrs.
Alliance française de Bangkok
Le Brio

France, 95 mins, 2017
Director: Yvan Attal
Genre: Komödie
Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Camélia Jordana

Contra © 2020 Constantin Film Verleih GmbH

March 8, 2022 at 19:00 Hrs.

Germany, 104 mins., 2020
Director: Sönke Wortmann
Genre: Comedy
Age rating: 12
Starring: Nilam Farooq, Christoph Maria Herbst, Hassan Akkouch

Berlin Alaxanderplatz © Sommerhaus

March 15, 2022 at 19:00 Hrs.
Berlin Alexanderplatz

Germany 2020, 183 mins.
Director: Burhan Qurbani
Genre: Literary Adaptation, Drama
Age rating: 12 years
Starring: Welket Bungué, Albrecht Schuch, Jella Haase

Dear Future Children ©Schubert Film Nightrunner Productions

March 22, 2022 at 19:00 Hrs.
Dear Future Children

Germany, 89 mins., 2021
Director: Franz Böhm
Genre: Documentary
Age rating: 12 years
Starring: Hilda Flavia Nakabuye, Rayen, Hilda, Pepper