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Goethe on Demand

The Goethe-Institut, in cooperation with Filmgalerie 451, presents Goethe on Demand, an online streaming program that offers a small but exquisite selection of films free of charge to users around the world until 30 June 2020. The programme can be accessed at All films are available in the original German version with subtitles in English and a few additional languages.

Users in Southern Africa can contact Francois Venter at to obtain a password (promo code) that will allow them to view one or more of the films in the programme. Please note that the password is for your personal use only, and by accepting the code, you agree to not hand the password on to any third party.

Here's how it works:

1. E-Mail and obtain your promo code
2. On the movie's Vimeo page, click 'Rent'
3. Instead of entering billing information, click on 'Apply Promo Code' and enter the promo code.
4. Enjoy your movie!

We wish you hours of happy viewing!


100 Filme in der Onleihe - Rund um die Uhr anschauen
Supermarkt © Roland Klick


Willi is a juvenile delinquent on the brink of a criminal career. The film portrays the people and places of inner city Hamburg with the same vivid intensity in which American classics from the same era like John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy and Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver explore street life in New York City.
The film follows Willi (played by Charly Wierczejewski) as he progresses from being a street hustler to a wanted murderer and armed robber, falling in love along the way with Monika (Eva Mattes), a prostitute longing to escape from the Reeperbahn. Supermarkt is an uncompromising portrayal of life in the underbelly of a great city; juxtaposing the jaded flamboyance of the 70’s with the frail humanity of the protagonists.

Beethoven - Tage aus einem Leben © DEFA

Beethoven - Tage aus einem Leben

In the year of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, there will be many offerings celebrating the man and his work. Few biographies, however, offer as intriguing an exploration of the troubled genius that was Beethoven as Horst Seeman’s film, which was produced in the former German Democratic Republic in the late 1970’s.

Seen from a 21st Century perspective, in which both the Hungarian Empire of Beethoven’s time and the East Germany of the Cold War era are barely imaginable realities, the film presents contemporary viewers with a cinematic experience which is in part a surreal exploration of the past as a parallel universe. On the other hand, Tage aus einem Leben also succeeds in presenting Beethoven (played by Donatas Banionis) in his full humanity - sometimes grandiose, sometimes sad, and occasionally also very funny.

5 Dinge Still © Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf

Fünf Dinge

Without being didactic or patronizing, Fünf Dinge explores the dilemmas of the end of boyhood: friendship versus romance, family values versus politics; the grey areas between right and wrong and the consequences of one’s actions.

We come to know Johannes, his childhood friend who suddenly becomes a love interest, a Syrian refugee in the local refugee shelter, his preoccupied father, his rebellious older brother and the brother’s enticing girlfriend. As Johannes dreams, falters, struggles with new emotions, commits minor trespasses and explores his small town landscape, the complicated business of moving from boyhood into adulthood is explored with compassion and sensitivity. “Fünf Dinge, die ich nicht verstehe” is recommended both for those currently on the brink of adulthood, and those who look back on that wonderful but awkward time in their lives.