This year the 19th German Film Week will be presented online through the FIlminLatino platform. In a video published by the Goethe-Institut Mexiko, its director Rudolf de Baey, comments that he is very excited and satisfied with this collaboration since, despite being still in the confinement stage, it is possible to take German Film Week to new spaces projection. And thus take a look at the latest in film creation in Germany through twelve tapes that will be presented from August 4 to 16.
“In this year’s program we show a selection of German films premiered at festivals such as the Berlinale, the Max Ophüls Prize Festival, the Hofer Filmtage, the Filmfest Munich, the Schlingel and the Dok Leipzig. We are very happy to present the vast majority of the work of young filmmakers and filmmakers, with first operas or second works, who have attracted attention in the festivals mentioned above “and a constant theme is presented in the works that will be exhibited,” one of the themes that appear in many of the films is migration, causes, effects, and the impact on German society and on the refugees themselves, “says Jenny Mügel, who is in charge of organizing and conducting Film Week German.
Here are the tapes to be exhibited
Thirty years after German reunification, the documentary Progreso in the Valley of the Clueless brings together former factory workers “Fortschritt” ( Progreso ) with young Syrian refugees who are staying in the ruins of the factory and are confronted with weekly protests xenophobes. Under the critical gaze of director Florian Kunert, the facts of the documentary are deconstructed with humor and melancholy, which earned him many enthusiastic comments during its premiere at the 2019 Berlin Festival as well as the award for the best German documentary medium-length film 2019.
Director Randa Chahoud’s Accident Rebel fiction centers on the story of a student, who five years after arriving from Syria seems very settled in his new German reality. However, when he loses contact with his brother who joined the rebel forces against the Assad regime, he desperately sets out to find him, finding himself in the midst of civil war and a spiral of violence.
From a friendlier point of view, for young audiences director Sarah Winkenstette explores in Too Far away what it means to be strange to two children, Ben who had to leave his hometown in Germany and feel out of place in his new home, the new school and the soccer club, and Tariq, whom he knows there and who was also displaced from his place of origin, but in this case from Syria.
Too Far Away it premiered at the Schlingel Children’s Film Festival in 2019 where it won the Goethe-Institut Germany award for Best German Feature Film for Girls and Boys. This title will be integrated into the film collection of the Goethe-Institut Mexiko in the course of this year and will be available to film clubs and public education institutions, like the rest of the films: Ilker Catak’s Worth the Word, My End. Your start of Mariko Minoguchi, Coup de Sven Hill, Cleo by Erik Schmitt and the documentaries 800 solitary days. A day with filmmaker Edgar Reitz of Anne Hepp and In the name of Sherezada or the first biergarten in Tehranfrom Narges Kalhor. We are delighted that moviegoers can also enjoy the latest film by Caroline Link (the only German director to be awarded an Oscar), When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit, staged in the novel of the same name by Judith Kerr, from the literature classic youth, as well as Christian Alvert’s Free Country and Susanne Heinrich’s The Melancholic Girl.