festival of german cinema


The third annual Festival of German Cinema promises another eclectic and versatile mix of contemporary German feature films, including the latest releases from the 54th Berlin International Film Festival held in February 2004. Don't miss this rare opportunity to discover the talent of a new generation of German filmmakers. The Goethe-Institut is proud to present an expanded Festival program in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane complimented by visiting film directors, actors and film experts.

Opening Night

The Miracle of Bern
Sönke Wortmann, 2003, 110 min, German with English subtitles

Sönke Wortmann's hit football flick The Miracle of Bern, kicks-off this year's Festival of German Cinema. Retelling Germany's miraculous 1954 World Cup victory, The Miracle at Bern weaves together sporting history with an intensely emotional family story telling of the friendship between a football-loving boy and the rising star of the German international team.


Blue Print
Rolf Schübel, 2003, 110 min, German with English subtitles

World famous pianist Iris agrees to be cloned to preserve her musical talent for the next generation. Thirteen years later, daughter Siri is troubled when she discovers the true origins of her existence. Internationally acclaimed actress Franka Potente delivers an outstanding performance, starring as mother and daughter in a double role.

Play It Loud!
Benjamin Quabeck, 2003, 100 min, German with English subtitles

Play It Loud! delves into the vibrant young German cinema. Starring Germany's brightest new talents, including Jessica Schwarz, Tom Schilling and Robert Stadlober, the film revisits the era of 80s New Wave Music and tells the story of a young band struggling on their way to fame. Introduced by director Benjamin Quabeck.

Dito Tsintsadze, 2003, 105 min, German with English subtitles

Gun-Shy is a deeply impressive and poetic thriller. Young and isolated, Lukas (rising star Fabian Hinrichs) is madly in love with the beautiful and melancholic Isabella. In a stunning performance, Lucas is transformed from a misunderstood lover to an unpredictable loner.


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Friday 16 April 2004 - Sunday 25 April 2004
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