Friday, May 4, 2012

German Film Week

The IFI and the Goethe-Institut have teamed up again to present the latest of German cinema to audiences in Dublin. From 10-16 May 2012 seven new films will be shown at the German Film Week in the IFI. 

The week opens with Volker Schlöndorff’s wartime drama Calm At Sea (Das Meer am Morgen), which premiered at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

Calm At Sea (Das Meer am Morgen)

A wide range of genres will presented during this week. In addition to the historical topic of 4 Days in May (4 Tage im Mai) set at the very end of WWII there is the culture-clash comedy Almanya – Welcome to Germany (Almanya – Wilkommen in Deutschland), the migration drama Colour of the Ocean (Die Farbe des Ozeans), the psychological thriller Cracks in the Shell (Die Unsichtbare) and Andreas Dresen’s multi-awardwinning new realistic cancer drama Stopped on Track (Halt auf freier Strecke).

Stopped on Track (Halt auf freier Strecke)

Stopped on Track won the prestigious Prix Un Certain Regard in Cannes 2011 and the media celebrated Stopped on Track as the best film of 2011. This opinion seemed proven nearly one year later when Stopped on Track won the “German Oscars” (Deutscher Filmpreis). The film won four prizes including the most important ones: Best Fiction Film, Best Director, Best Leading Actor (Milan Peschel) and Best Supporting Actor (Otto Mellies). Stopped On Track is an extremely realistic drama which affects the audience in an very emotional way. There was no script just the idea about how everything in the story should develop. Mostly the actors improvised on set which makes this film so realistic and touching. Stopped on Track is a moving film celebrating life in the face of death and I hope you get a chance to see it.

Whatever genre or film you will choose: Enjoy the German Film Week!

Ariane Busse, Goethe-Institut Irland

German Film Week runs at the IFI from Thurs 10th-Wed 16th May. For bookings please contact our Box Office on 01 679 3477 or book online at

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