German Currents Los Angeles

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Dear Friends, 

German Currents has become a mainstay of Los Angeles' cultural calendar and a highlight for film-goers throughout Southern California.  To celebrate its 15th edition this year, German Currents returned to the American Cinematheque and the brand new Goethe-Institut space in the MacArthur Park neighborhood as a hybrid event including special in-person and virtual cinema screenings. As we returned to theaters and in-person screenings, we were reminded of the power the cinema has to bring people together. This idea of the cinema as a space for community, dialogue, and exchange is at the heart of German Currents' goal to present the best of current German films to a broad and diverse audience. 

German Currents 2021 opened with an exclusive in-person screening for the North America Premiere of Detlev Buck's amusing and visually dazzling period piece CONFESSIONS OF FELIX KRULL, based on Thomas Mann's novel of the same name. Next, Sarah Winkenstette's multi-award-winning children's feature TOO FAR AWAY celebrated its Los Angeles premiere at a special family matinee screening at the Goethe-Institut. The Goethe-Institut also served as the venue for the annual German Currents Filmmaker Brunch. Presented in cooperation with the Villa Aurora and the GABA Film Initiative, this year’s networking event hosted a conversation with writer-director Anja Marquardt to discuss her recent project THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE. The festival closed its in-person program with the West Coast premiere of acclaimed filmmaker Dominik Graf's FABIAN - GOING TO THE DOGS, which recently received 3 German Film Awards. 

We were excited about welcoming audiences back to the theater to share and enjoy this experience together. With our virtual Cinema platform, introduced last year, German Currents expanded its outreach, offering a unique chance to share the festival program with a larger audience and grow as a community of cinema fans. For this year’s program, we presented a diverse selection of thought-provoking films and discussions with writer-director Alison Kuhn for THE CASE YOU; writer-director Sabrina Sarabi and actor Saskia Rosendahl for NO ONE’S WITH THE CALVES, and writer-director Johannes Naber for CURVEBALL to our virtual cinema viewers for this year's program. 

Thanks to the generous support from our sponsors and partners, and to our audiences, German Currents 2021 was a tremendous success.
We look forward to welcoming everyone back for next year’s festival.

All the best, 

Lien Heidenreich-Seleme
Festival Director
Director Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

THE CASE YOU - Q&A with Director Alison Kuhn 

CURVEBALL - Q&A with Director Johannes Naber

NO ONE'S WITH THE CALVES - Q&A w/ Dir. Sabrina Sarabi + Actor Saskia Rosendahl

The German Currents Film Festival 2021 is a co-production of the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles and the American Cinematheque, and is presented in kind cooperation with the German Consulate General, and with the support of The Friends of Goethe, The Austrian Tourist Office, The German Film Office, and media partners Deutsche Welle.