German Currents Los Angeles
GERMAN CURRENTS FILM FESTIVAL
For ten years, THE GERMAN CURRENTS FILM FESTIVAL has brought the best of German, Austrian, and Swiss film to the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, offering Southern California audiences the chance to experience the films and culture of these three German-speaking nations and to engage in discussions and Q&A’s with talented filmmakers. Thanks to the support and generosity of our partners and sponsors, this year’s expanded program includes ten films, all of which enjoy their Los Angeles premieres.
To begin the celebration of ten years of GERMAN CURRENTS, we will open with the Los Angeles premiere of Wolfgang Becker’s 2016 German Film Award-nominated film ME AND KAMINSKI, starring Daniel Brühl. This year’s special children’s matinee features Swiss director Alain Gsponer’s adaptation of the children’s classic HEIDI, starring Bruno Ganz. Austrian director Händl Klaus’ Teddy Award-winning TOMCAT tells the story of a gay couple whose happy relationship is threatened by a sudden outburst of violence. In writer-director Gerd Schneider’s multi-award-winning debut THE CULPABLE, a catholic priest struggles with his conscience when his best friend and colleague is accused of child molestation. 2012 Student Oscar winner Thomas Stuber presents A HEAVY HEART, in which Peter Kurth (winner of 3 German Film Awards in 2016) plays an ailing ex-boxer who grapples with his past. Tobias Nölle’s FIPRESCI Prize Berlin 2016-winning debut feature ALOYS focuses on an awkward loner who finds love where he least expects it.
2016 has been a successful year for German language cinema and has also been a year in which women directors presented the most remarkable films. Writer-director Doris Dörrie is well known to audiences on the shores of the Pacific. In her whimsically dark comedy FUKUSHIMA, MON AMOUR, the heroine not only survives the disastrous tsunami, but also the well-meant, but awkwardly naïve help offered by German volunteers. In Anna Zohra Barrached’s multi-award-winning 24 WEEKS (2016 Berlinale Competition), starring Julia Jentsch and Bjarne Mädel, a woman must make a difficult decision regarding the fate of her unborn child. Writer-director Annekatrin Hendel’s acclaimed documentary FASSBINDER casts a new light on German cinema’s enfant-terrible. Writer-director Nicolette Krebitz’ controversial Sundance Film Festival selection WILD, starring Lilith Stangenberg, focuses on an isolated, introverted young woman whose encounter with a wolf awakens an anarchic side that may have existed in her all along.
As a special gift, German filmmaker, screenwriter, and creator of the LA-based Ground Hero Film, Diana Cignoni has presented GERMAN CURRENTS with a wonderful festival trailer connecting Berlin through the Goddess Victoria (or “Golden Lizzie”, as it is known in Berlin slang) with its sister city Los Angeles, bringing German films to the City of Angels. I look forward to welcoming you all to celebrate German Cinema and ten years of German Currents at the Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood.
Fareed C. Majari
Director Goethe-Institut Los Angeles