Film consumption is increasingly concentrated in a few titles. In this context, a new edition of the GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL aimed to build new bridges with the community of Buenos Aires, in whose cinema the German production left its fundamental, unavoidable stamp. The sixteenth edition proposed a programme around celebration and resistance as strong signs of an era and of its very existence in the Buenos Aires cultural scene.
Maren Ade, whose first two films were screened and awarded at BAFICI, the local film festival, revolutionized and excited critics this year with Toni Erdmann. A few months after its world premiere in Cannes, and just a few weeks after its successful premiere in Germany and Austria, it participates at the German Film Festival as one of its most outstanding productions of 2016. The programme also included renowned directors such as Doris Dörrie, with its film Fukushima Mon Amour, and Wolfgang Becker, the director of Good Bye, Lenin!, with Ich und Kaminski. Films from a wide range of unique characters, such as a former GDR boxing champion in Herbert, and a sixty-year-old lady who wants to be a mother in My life in my sixties, are presented together with an intriguing and climatic feature film like Nicolette Krebitz’s Savage and a controversial speculation such as David Wnendt’s He’s Back, in which Adolf Hitler comes to life in 2014, based on Timur Vermes’ best seller.
The special section of this edition included Next Generation Short Tigers, a compact and vibrant programme of short movies by young filmmakers; La Movida Berlinesa, to honour the German capital; and the family movie Rico. For this edition, the festival also revisited some of the great historical figures of German cinema: on the one hand, the documentary Fassbinder by Annekatrin Hendel, and, on the other, The three lights by Fritz Lang, musicalized live by Cue Trio.
PROJECT COORDINATION Maike Schantz
COORDINATION IN BUENOS AIRES Gustav Wilhelmi, Marcelino Bonilla, Sebastián Romero, Lucila Piffer, María Elena Acuña
The German Film Festival is organized by German Films (DE), and is supported by the Embassy of the German Federal Republic in Buenos Aires, Goethe Institut and Qubit.tv