Power Games Short Films © German Film Office

Fri, 03/19/2021 -
Thu, 05/13/2021


All films are available within the USA from March 19th – May 13th.
Presented in partnership with the Frida Cinema as part of

The short-film program “Power Games” includes four award-winning shorts that explore radical and extremist tendencies worldwide, the idea that history seems destined to repeat itself, and the role that power can play even in unexpected situations. POWER GAMES - $6.00 with Code: GOETHE-LA STREAM ALL KINO GERMANY NOW FILMS - $50.00 w/ Code: GOETHE-10 HOW TO STREAM:
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Germany (2020), 15 min., Short Animated Documentary, in English.
Director: Shoko Hara, Screenplay: Simon Thummet, Cinematography: Shoko Hara, Producer: Stefan Michel.

Just a guy is an animated documentary short film about love. Three women share glimpses of their affection, attraction, and relationship with Richard Ramirez: a serial killer and rapist they contacted after he was convicted in the 1980s. Through their perspective, we revisit exchanged letters and emotions that are as obsessive as they are hauntingly familiar.

Trailer - JUST A GUY

Germany (2020), 12 min., Experimental Short Documentary, in German W/ English subtitles.
Writer-Director: Daniel Theiler, Cinematography: Smina Bluth, Cast: Charity Collin, Lothar Binger, Noemi Castellanos, Linus Ralling, Martin Sabrow, Mechthild Schade, Mandy Unger, Thalia Werner, Producer: Daniel Theiler. 

Top Down Memory deals with the manipulation of history in the context of the reconstruction of the Berlin Palace (“Humboldtforum”). Starting from the confusions surrounding an alleged proclamation of a socialist republic from one of its balconies in 1918, the film examines other political events that occurred on balconies. Reenactments of iconic political and cultural events on the original balcony raise questions about authenticity and manipulation. Who is writing our history? How do we deal with our past? How does collective memory work? The balcony is the central motive of the film, representing hierarchies and power politics.


LAND OF GLORY (Pannónia dicsérete)
Germany (2020), 27 min., Short Fiction, Drama, in Hungarian W/ English subtitles.
Director: Borbála Nagy, Screenplay: Borbála Nagy, Judit Anna Bánházi, Cinematography: Moritz Friese, Cast: Hanna Angelus, Nóra Rainer-Micsinyei, Zsuzsa Faragó, Péter Janklovics, Producer: Margarita Amineva

A school somewhere in Hungary. An ordinary literature class with unextraordinary, indifferent students. It feels like a normal day, except that the Hungarian Prime Minister is about to visit. The school secretary, the mastermind of the ceremony, tries to keep everything under control, especially the celebratory cake, which doesn’t fit in the fridge. While the cooks struggle to fix the problem, 17-year-old Márti, who is supposed to greet the Prime Minister on stage, hesitantly prepares her little rebellion.


Germany (2020), 27 min., Short Fiction, Drama, Satire, in German/Russian with English subtitles.
Directors: Arkadij Khaet, Mickey Paatzsch, Screenplay: Arkadij Khaet, Merle Teresa Kirchhoff
Cinematography: Nikolaus Schreiber, Cast: Alexander Wertmann, Mateo Wansing Lorrio, Gwentsche Kollewijn, Liudmyla Vasylieva, Vladislav Grakovskiy, Steffen C. Jürgens, Producers: Christine Duttlinger, Ludwig Meck, Lotta Schmelzer

Ingredients: 1 Jew, 12 Germans, 50 ml Culture of Remembrance, 30 ml stereotypes, 2 teaspoons of patriotism, 1 teaspoon of Israel, 1 falafel, 5 Stumbling Stones, a dash of antisemitism.
Directions: Put all ingredients into a film, bring to boil and shake vigorously. Then garnish with Klezmer music.
Consumption: Light before serving. Enjoy at the cinema. 100% kosher.
19-year-old Dimitrij Liebermann punched Tobi in the face. Now he’s supposed to apologize to him. But Dimitrij doesn’t exactly feel sorry. While on his way to meet up with Tobi, he encounters a diverse representation of German society. Again and again, Dimitrij faces one struggle he needs to overcome: his German-Jewish identity. An analysis of the status quo.


KINO! Germany NOW! is a project of the German Film Office, an initiative of the Goethe-Institut and German Films, and is presented in partnership with the FRIDA CINEMA, Orange County's only 501(c)(3) not-for-profit art house theater. All proceeds directly support the Frida Cinema's mission to enrich, connect, and educate communities through the art of cinema.