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20th German Film Festival
November 25 - November 30
Karo 11 Oktyabr Karo 11 Oktyabr

German Films, Embassy of Germany in Moscow, Goethe Cultural Center, CoolConnections and Formula Kino Horizon present the 20th German Film Festival. The festival will be held at Karo 11 and Khudozhestvenny cinema on November 25-30. The program presents a selection of recent feature films, documentaries and shorts. All films are shown in the original language with Russian subtitles.

The anniversary edition of the German Film Festival in Moscow opens with two films based on German literary bestsellers.

The cinema "Khudozhestvenny" screens film version of the novel by Erich Kästner "Fabian oder Der Gang vor die Hunde". The Director Dominik Graf has talentedly transferred the spirit of the Weimar Republic from book to the screen. Berlin, 1931. A milieu between sublets and the underworld, where brothels are artists' studios, Nazis are yelling abuse in the streets and Babelsberg is dreaming of producing "psychological cinema". Life is surging, society is fermenting and corroding. As long as he still has a job, Jakob Fabian, who has a doctorate in German studies, writes advertising copy during the day and frequents the city's more outlandish establishments with Stephan Labude at night. While his friend - who later confesses to having failed "in the subjects of life and profession" - is a go-getter when it comes to communism and sex, Fabian remains sober and distant. Without really believing in it, he is waiting for the "victory of decency". His love for Cornelia is the only thing that makes him question his ironic fatalism. She becomes a ray of hope in his crumbling existence.

The same evening, at the Oktyabr cinema center, viewers will enjoy the film by Sabrina Sarabi "Niemand ist bei den Kälbern", nominated for the Golden Leopard in Locarno. Five houses, one bus stop, cows and nothing but fields. 24-year-old Christin lives on the farm of her long-term boyfriend Jan. The exciting post-reunification years that defined her childhood are long gone. Her relationship is loveless. She keeps the cherry liqueur close at hand. In the shimmering heat of summer, time seems to stand still - until 46-year-old wind energy engineer, Klaus, arrives.

The festival also presents the full-length directorial debut of the actress Natya Brunkhorst - "Alles in bester Ordnung". The contrasts between Marlen (Corinna Harfouch) and Fynn (newcomer Daniel Sträßer) couldn't be any more extreme if they tried: Marlen's apartment is packed to the rafters with objects too valuable or important to throw away, while Fynn plans to go through life with only 100 things in his possession. The fact that they can't keep their hands off each other and end up falling in love holds true to the old adage that opposites really do attract...

The documentary "Wer wir waren" by Mark Bauder tries to answer a question from the future generations: Who We Were? A cinematic essay - inspired by the book "who we were" by Roger Willemsen With Alexander Gerst (astronaut), Sylvia Earle (deep sea researcher), Mathieu Ricard (buddhist monk), Dennis Snower (economist), Felwine Sarr (philosopher) und Janina Loh (critical post- humanist).

We may think that we're simply not capable of understanding the increasingly complex problems of our planet, but for these charismatic scientists, that's not enough. Whether it's on the top of the world, in the depths of the ocean, inside the human brain, at the G-20 summit, or in the heart of the International Space Station ISS, they are searching for practical ways to save our world. Considering their drive, we have to ask ourselves if, we as citizens of the planet, are finally ready to take on responsibility - if only for the sake of those who will come after us and ask: "Who We Were"?

The series "Katakomben" proves that German serial production has long been competitive in the world market. An illegal rave in Munich's catacombs goes wrong and reveals a network of social outcasts living underground.

You can find the schedule here

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