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
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
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.
19-29 April, Chauvel Cinema/Palace Norton Street
19-29 April, Palace Cinema Como/Palace Brighton Bay
26-29 April, Palace Centro Cinema
26-29 April, Cinema Paradiso
Published March 15, 2007
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