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GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL 2007 – PREVIEW

ODD COUPLES – AND THE MONKS!
Strange bedfellows and forbidden relationships it appears have been occupying the minds of German filmmakers if this year’s Festival of German Films (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, April 19 – 29) is any indication. The festival includes the unlikely pairing of an elderly music teacher with a prisoner in for murder, who is also a gifted pianist, in Four Minutes; a German nurse with an English pilot in Dresden; and a glamorous model with a car park attendant in Valerie.


German music has a well-deserved reputation for being experimental and avant-garde. But who knew that five American GI’s based in Germany in the sixties were considered to be the forefathers of industrial, heavy metal, punk and techno music. This compelling documentary Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback, showcases the life of one of the wildest, and most influential bands of their time.

Illicit love is explored in Summer `04 a story of under-age love with a twist, and incestuous desires are on display in Pingpong, where a 16-year-old boy develops an unhealthy sexual attraction for his aunt.

Two other dominant themes have emerged from German filmmakers in the last year. The first is the return to the Heimat style of filmmaking that focuses on the land, home and people. An example of this style is Grave Decisions, a quirky satire about the life of a misguided 11 year-old boy, who tries to play matchmaker to his widowed father with near fatal consequences. Grave Decisions has been a box office success in Germany with more than 1.2 million ticket sales, and it was one of the top ten films for 16 weeks.

The second theme to emerge has been the growth of films made for the adolescence market that also appeal to adults. The Festival of German Films will present two of the best of this successful genre with TKKG and the Mysterious Mind Machine, and Hui Bui, The Goofy Ghost staring Heike Makatsch, who was a guest of the festival last year.

Sydney
19-29 April, Chauvel Cinema/Palace Norton Street
Melbourne
19-29 April, Palace Cinema Como/Palace Brighton Bay
Brisbane
26-29 April, Palace Centro Cinema
Perth
26-29 April, Cinema Paradiso

Published March 15, 2007
 

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