German Currents Los Angeles

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Dear Friends,
The annual German Currents Film Festival has become a fixture on the cultural calendar in Los Angeles. Screening groundbreaking new films from Germany ranging from art-house films to blockbusters, and from children's matinees to late-night movies, German Currents attracts a diverse group of Angelenos of all ages.

I am excited to open this year's festival with Andreas Dresen's multi-award winning Film, GUNDERMANN, a biographical portrait of the extraordinary and contradictory life of East German singer/songwriter Gerhard "Gundi" Gundermann. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall and GUNDERMANN is a wonderful film engaging with the subject. It is an honor to have Andreas Dresen here in Los Angeles to present his film.
German Currents 2019 opens with a red carpet opening night LA premiere of GUNDERMANN, followed by a Q&A Andreas Dresen, and a gala reception at the Egyptian Theatre.

The festival unfolds throughout the weekend on Saturday, October 12th, beginning with the 2019 edition of the beloved NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER program of award-winning short films from Germany. Two films featuring rising star Luise Heyer in a leading role, the US premiere of Writer-Director Christian Klandt's offbeat comedy, LEIF IN CONCERT VOL. 2 (followed by a Q&A with Christain Klandt and Producer Martin Lischke), and the LA Premiere of Writer-Director Sven Taddicken's award-winning drama THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COUPLE complete Saturday's program.

The annual German Currents children's matinee returns to the Egyptian Theatre on Sunday, October 13th, with a free LA Premiere screening of Katja Benrath's inspirational film, ROCCA CHANGES THE WORLD (German Film Award – Best Children's Film). Berath's film will also be presented at a special screening for LA area schools on Monday, October 14th. The festival continues on the evening of Sunday, October 13th, with the LA Premiere of Writer-Director Hans Weingartner's acclaimed road movie, 303 (followed by a Q&A with lead actor Anton Spieker), and the US Premiere of Writer-Director David Nawrath's German Film Award-winning dramatic thriller, THE MOVER (followed by a Q&A with the film's Composer, Enis Rotthoff).

In addition to the festival's film programming, the annual filmmaker brunch, presented in cooperation with the GABA Film Initiative will feature A TRIBUTE TO ANDREAS DRESEN, a conversation with the acclaimed German director.
I look forward to welcoming you all to this year’s edition of German Currents!

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

The German Currents Film Festival 2019 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, AmaWaterwaysThe Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Deutsche Welle, and German Films, and is part of the Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19 – a comprehensive and collaborative initiative of the Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institut, and with the support of the Federation of German Industries (BDI). 

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