The recently retired teacher Angelika decides, against her skeptical husband Richard’s will, to take in a refugee. Soon afterward, the young Nigerian Diallo moves into the Hartmann home, and a whirlwind of complications ensue. These events not only disrupt the lives of Angelika and Richard’s adult children Philip and Sophie; they also put their own marriage as well as Diallo’s chances of integration to the test. Despite all the chaos, hope prevails that the family will recover its stability, confidence, and peace – like the rest of Germany. Welcome to Germany
, the highest-grossing German-language film of 2016, is a laugh-out-loud comedy about politics, cultural identity, xenophobia and everyday modern family issues that transcends borders as it touches on the current issues of today.
Director: Simon Verhoeven
DCP, 116 min
was born in 1972 in Munich. He studied Performing Arts at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York, Film Music at Berkley College of Music in Boston and Film Directing at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. His films as a director include: WATER (1997), PHONE (1997) and NICE MEETING YOU (1999), all three of which were Showcase Winners at NYU Film Festivals, 100 PRO (2001), MEN IN THE CITY 1 & 2 (2009), UNFRIEND (2016), and WELCOME TO GERMANY (2016).