Ger­man Film Week at SM City Cebu on Oc­to­ber 14 to 18

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A CARE­FULLY se­lected lineup of con­tem­po­rary Ger­man Cin­ema, many of which are al­ready re­ceiv­ing nu­mer­ous awards in in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­vals, high­lights the 2017 Ger­man Film Week be­gin­ning Oc­to­ber 14 to 18 in SM City Cebu Cin­ema.

Or­ga­nized by the Goethe-In­sti­tut Philip­pinen in part­ner­ship with SM Re­tail, SM Life­style En­ter­tain­ment Inc., SM Cin­ema and with sup­port of Film De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil of the Philip­pines, the Ger­man Film Week of­fers a di­verse se­lec­tion of films for au­di­ences, with the goal of pro­mot­ing Ger­man lan­guage and Cul­ture.

“We are truly ex­cited to un­veil this year’s film and new voices to Philip­pine au­di­ences,” said Goethe-In­tis­ti­tut Philip­pinen Di­rec­tor and Head of Cul­tural Pro­grams Dr. Ul­rich Nowak. “Whether main­stream, ro­man­tic come­dies, or mi­cro-bud­get indies, we made sure our fes­ti­val at­ten­dees will be en­ter­tained and pleased.

The Ger­man Film Week open­ing night re­cently took place at the SM Mall of Asia Cin­ema 4 with Ger­man film­maker Markus Goller as its spe­cial guest. Goller, who is the di­rec­tor of“My Brother Sim­ple/ Sim­pel,” which opened this year’s fes­tiv­i­ties, had aQ& A ses­sion af­ter the film’s screen­ing.

Aside from the Manila leg, the Ger­man Film Week will move on to other Philip­pine lo­ca­tions: at SM City Clark from Oct 8 to 12; SM City Cebu from Oct 14 to 18; and SM City Davao from Oct 20-24.

The fes­ti­val will screen 12 films that tackle is­sues of fam­ily, ro­mance, jour­ney, so­ci­ety, ter­ror­ism, Ger­man his­tory and more.

The open­ing film “My Brother Sim­ple / Sim­pel” di­rected by Markus Goller, a film based on French best­seller about two broth­ers—one men­tally hand­i­capped—who try to find their long-lost fa­ther. Other fam­ily re­lated films in­clude “Toni Erd­mann” di­rected by Maren Ade fol­lows the story of Win­fried and his ca­reer woman daugh­ter Ines; and Daniel Levy’s The World of Wun­der­lichs about a sin­gle mother ac­com­pa­nied by her fam­ily on her cast­ing jour­ney.

There are also films about modern ro­mance. Karoline Her­furth’s “You’ve Got a Mes­sage / SMS für Dich” is about love in the dig­i­tal age; while “The Bloom of Yes­ter­day / Die Blu­men von gestern” by Di­rec­tor Chris Kraus is a love story set in the world of aca­demic dis­ci­pline. “Re­turn to Mon­tauk” di­rected by Volker Sch­lön­dorff re-lives a great but failed love af­fair.

The Ger­man Film Week also brings view­ers to the world of punk rocker Fus­sel as he strug­gles be­tween ther­apy and real life in “Happy Burnout”; and “Mar­ija,” a young woman who fights to live a freer, self-de­ter­mined life. On the other hand, Mark Rothe­mond’s “My Blind Date with Life,” shows how Saliya Ka­hawatte loses his eye­sight, yet suc­ceeds in his ca­reer.

There are also films that are ripped from the world head­lines. Robert Thal­heim’s “Old Agent Men / Kund­schafter des Friedens” is about how Jochen Falk and two fur­ther for­mer Stasi agents em­bark on a dan­ger­ous mis­sion to res­cue the kid­napped pres­i­dent of Katschek­istan; while “Wel­come to Ger­many / Wil­lkom­men bei den Hart­manns” tells the story of Diallo, a Nige­rian asy­lum seeker who is taken in by a fam­ily in a posh district of Mu­nich.

Tick­ets to the 2017 Ger­man Film Week are priced at P100 for each film. Tick­ets may be pur­chased at the cin­ema coun­ters of par­tic­i­pat­ing SM malls. The Ger­man Film Week is made pos­si­ble through the part­ner­ship with SM Re­tail, SM Life­style En­ter­tain­ment Inc. and SM Cin­ema with the sup­port of the Film De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil of the Philip­pines. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit Goethe.de/Manila. ( PR)

“MY BROTHER SIM­PLE”

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