German Film Festival 2021 Programme Highlights

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The German Film Festival will screen some of the best new films from Germany around the country this May-June.


Palace Cinemas across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Canberra, Perth and Adelaide will be the home for the festival.

“We're truly excited to return to screens with the latest in German cinema, something we sadly missed in 2020. The festival will be a great opportunity for people interested in German language films and culture to reunite and reconnect – and we look forward to welcoming them,” Festival Spokesperson Bettina Kinski says.

The centrepiece of the programme sees ‘Fabian: Going To The Dogs’, straight from its world premiere at the 2021 Berlinale. Dominik Graf’s adaptation of Erich Kastner’s iconic 1930s Berlin-set novel sees a dashing idealist played by Tom Schilling finding love amidst the twilight hedonism of pre-Nazi Germany.

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'Fabian: Going To The Dogs'

Meanwhile, other highlights include ‘Electric Girl’, a high-energy blend of animation and psychological study; ‘How I Taught Myself To Be A Child’m where the youngest son of an established Austrian dynasty of confectionery millionaires discovers the power of love, humour and his ability to shape his realities; ‘Nightlife’, one man’s romantic encounter with the woman of his dreams turning into a crazy chase through the Berlin night; and ‘The Audition’, a visual concerto from actor/director Ina Weisse, starring Nina Hoss as a woman trapped in the pursuit of success.

“We are delighted that the festival is back in 2021 as films are such an important way for cultures to connect. We are thrilled that some of the best of contemporary German cinema will be screened nationally,” Embassy Of Federal Republic Of Germany Culture Section Head Jens Hoch says.

The festival’s full programme will be revealed in early May.

German Film Festival 2021 Tour Dates

25 May-13 June – Palace Norton, Chauvel Cinemas, Palace Central (Sydney)
26 May-13 June – Palace Electric (Canberra)
27 May-13 June – Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, The Kino and Pentridge Cinema (Melbourne)
1-20 June – Palace James St, Palace Barracks (Brisbane)
2-20 June – Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, Palace Nova Prospect Cinemas (Adelaide)
3-20 June – Luna Leederville, Luna On SX, Palace Raine Square (Perth)
4-20 June – Palace Byron Bay

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