German Currents Los Angeles

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For more than a decade, THE GERMAN CURRENTS FILM FESTIVAL has brought people together through the universal language of filmmaking. Through its diverse film programming and exciting networking events, German Currents has introduced the richness and variety of contemporary Germany to film audiences in Southern California. 

As the new Director of the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, I was excited to experience the selection of multi-award winning films, all of which celebrated their Los Angeles, or US premieres, with the audiences here in LA. German Currents 2018 was presented within the context of the Year of German American Friendship, which will see hundreds more events throughout the United States in 2019.

German Currents 2018 kicked-off with a red carpet opening night LA premiere of director Arne Feldhusen's tragicomedy MAGICAL MYSTERY OR THE RETURN OF KARL SCHMIDT. The film was followed by a Q&A with actress Annika Meier (German Cinema New Talent Award), and a gala reception at the Egyptian Theatre.
The festival continued with additional Los Angeles premieres on Saturday, October 20th with NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER, a curated program of award-winning short films from Germany,  writer-director Lisa Brühlmann's Swiss Language debut feature film BLUE MY MIND (Winner of 3 Swiss Film Awards), director Thomas Stuber's acclaimed IN THE AISLES (Best Actor German Film Awards),  and director Christian Petzold’s TRANSIT, which was featured in competition at the Berlinale, and Sydney Film Festival.

Sunday, October 21st featured three more LA Premieres: writer-director Emily Atef’s multi-award-winning film about Romy Schneider’s final interview, 3 DAYS IN QUIBERON (followed by a Q&A with two-time German Film Award Winner Thomas W. Kiennast), and Lars Kraume’s cold-war drama THE SILENT REVOLUTION (German Cinema Award for Peace). In our beloved Children’s Matinee Los Angeles students got to enjoy the film adaptation of the classic children’s book THE LEGEND OF TIMM THALER OR THE BOY WHO SOLD HIS LAUGHTER, when it was presented as a free weekend matinee for families, and at a special screening for LA schools. The festival concluded with the US premiere of KREATUR by the renowned dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests, followed by an after-party at The Theater at ACE Hotel, on Monday, Oct 22nd.
In addition to the festival’s film programming, the annual filmmaker brunch, presented in cooperation with GABA Film Initiative and sponsored by PIXOMONDO, featured A TRIBUTE TO VERONICA FERRES, a conversation with the famous German actress at Pixomondo in Santa Monica.
It was a privilege to welcoming you all to the German Currents 2018 Film Festival and I look forward to seeing you there again in 2019!

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

The German Currents Film Festival 2018 was a co-production of the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles and the American Cinematheque, and is presented in kind cooperation with the German Consulate General, the Consulate General of Switzerland in LA, and with the support of German Films, Deutsche Welle (DW), Pixomondo, and The Friends of Goethe as 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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