– The German film gathering in the Spanish capital has a brand new name and continues its mission of bringing a selection of recent audiovisual productions from the country to Madrid
Whispers of War by Florian Hoffmann
This year, the German Film Festival in Madrid celebrates its 24th anniversary, but from this edition, which is due to start on June 8 (and which will continue until June 12e), it will change its name to German Film Fest Madrid. This new formulation will allow it to persevere in its well-established philosophy and to keep it alive and dynamic: said philosophy is none other than to premiere a carefully curated program of films produced in Germany, in the Palacio de la Prensa cinemas in the Callao square center.
Kicking off this Madrid extravaganza of German audiovisual works will be Florian Hoffman and his last opus, Whispers of War [+see also:
interview: Florian Hoffmann
film profile], a drama halfway between fiction and documentary, which addresses the conflict sparked by the media wars of the current century. It tells the story of a Berlin-based elementary school teacher who refuses to accept that his sister perished at the hands of the Turkish army, taking refuge in the idea that she simply disappeared and finally hoping for the find alive.
The program of the German Film Fest Madrid is completed by titles such as Toubabthe first feature film by Florian Dietrichwhich uses a pinch of humor and a healthy dose of darkness to depict how two petty criminals – one white, the other black, but both straight – decide to get married to avoid the former being deported.
No one is with the calves [+see also:
interview: Sabrina Sarabi
film profile]by another rookie director, Sabrina Sarabi, takes place one summer in a place in the middle of nowhere, where a beautiful young woman named Christin lives with her boyfriend Jan and his family; however, she feels stuck, sad and empty, bored to death in this male-dominated rural world, yearning for a different kind of life.
With Life on tape (Bilder (m)einer Mutter), Melanie Lischker has designed, on the one hand, a document on the recent history of Germany – more precisely, the last 50 years – and, on the other hand, a look at the life of a family, told through countless home recordings ranging from the 1980s to the present day. Thus, found footage and voice-over feature an absent parent.
Everything will change [+see also:
interview: Marten Persiel
film profile]the first feature film by Marten Persiel, is a documentary that looks like a science fiction fable, constructed as a warning message sent from the future to awaken our environmental awareness before it’s too late. And in Martin Hawiethe prison thriller The future is a lonely placethe main character is a man ready to do anything for revenge.
For this edition, in addition to the feature films and short films offered in Next Generation Short Tiger, the event offers a double poster with two titles of 29 minutes each: Rondo by Catherine Rivilis and Surviveperformed as a duo Lara Milena Brose and Kilian Armando Friedric.
Furthermore, the program of 24e The German Film Fest Madrid will be crowned by a cycle organized by the Goethe-Institut in Madrid, entitled “Historia e historias” (lit. “History and stories”), revolving around the personality of the award-winning filmmaker Christian Schwochow. Three of his most acclaimed works will air: the 2019 drama German lesson [+see also:
film profile], television comedy Bornholmer Straße (2014) and the political film I am Carl [+see also:
interview: Christian Schwochow
film profile] (2021).
The festival is an initiative of German Films, which takes place in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Madrid and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Madrid.
(Translated from Spanish)