German Films and the Goethe-Institut China are hosting the 3rd Festival of German Cinema. The festival opened on November 13 and will continue through November 30.
It opened with the award-winning German movie Victoria (2015), directed by Sebastian Schipper, starring Laia Costa and Frederick Lau, at Audi City in Beijing. The Silver Bear winner at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival follows a young woman’s adventures in Berlin.
The 17-day festival will tour Beijing, Chengdu, Qingdao and Shenzhen under the theme “Remember the Future.”Several of the films examine German history and record real people’s lives.
Directed by Buhan Qurbani, We Are Young. We Are Strong tells a story about xenophobia in Germany in 1992. The story is told via the struggles of three characters: Lien, a Vietnamese woman who settled in Germany while fighting for her life, wonders if it will ever be a home for her; Stefan and his friends were young and angry boys who look forward to nightly riots and clash with police and foreigners; Stefan’s father is an ambitious local politician trapped in between his career and his ideals.
The festival will also screen Elser, a film released this year, about George Elser’s failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. During Elser’s confinement, he recalled the events leading up to his plot and his reason for deciding to take such drastic action.
Phoenix, another film released this year tells the story of a married couple torn apart by the war and unable to find each other. Directed by Christian Petzold, the film is a spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion and deception that unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany.
Other films include The Lies of Victors, Tour de Force and Who Am I.
In addition to screening the movie, German actors Joel Basman and Antoine Monot Jr will hold a fan meet and question session during the festival.
In a press release for the festival, German Ambassador to China Michael Clauss wrote, “The festival brings a selection of films to China which combine a look backward into our history with insights into German society today. The diversity and vitality it shows is the result of an active film scene in Germany, which creatively turns towards international competition and cooperation.”