German Film Fest Australia announces Opening and Closing Night films and dates

Maik (Tristan Göbel) und Tschick (Anand Batbileg)

Ausgezeichnet! The German Film Fest Australia has announced the Festival will return for a 15th year this November to Palace Cinemas in Sydney (15-29), Melbourne (17-30), Brisbane (25-30) and Canberra (24-27). The opening night film GOODBYE BERLIN and VARIETÉ, both based on significant German novels.

Directed by multiple-award-winning director Fatih Akin (Head-On, Soul Kitchen), opening night film GOODBYE BERLIN (Tschick) follows two teenage boys who steal a car and embark on a road trip through provincial Germany. Based on the novel by Wolfgang Herrndorf, which was published in Australia under the title Why We Took the Car, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. It will come straight from a theatrical release in Germany this month, making it an incredibly fresh arrival on Australian shores.

Closing night film VARIETÉ (aka Jealousy) is a restoration of E. A. Dupont’s classic circus fairy tale. Originally shot in 1925 with a new soundtrack by The Tiger Lillies, this new version was premiered at the Berlinale in 2015. Former trapeze artist “Boss” Haller leaves his wife and children behind in order to run away with Berta-Marie. The beautiful and seductive young dancer, however, begins an affair with artist Artinelli. Varieté’s timeless fascination derives from its sophisticated staging as well as the suspense created by the actor’s facial expressions.

Presented as always by the Goethe-Institut, a constant promoter of Germany’s cultural heritage, you can visit their website in early October when they will reveal the full program of features, documentaries, guests and special events in early October. Until then: Sparen Sie das Datum (Save the date!)

SYDNEY 15 – 29 November 2016 / Chauvel Cinema / Palace Norton Street
17 – 30 November 2016 / Palace Cinema Como/ Kino Cinemas / Palace Westgarth
25 – 30 November 2016 / Palace Barracks / Centro
24 – 27 November 2016 / Palace Electric