German Film Festival to kick off in big cities

A film festival will be held in five big cities in Vietnam from September 6 to 16 screening new German movies including the award-winning 24 Weeks. A scene from 24 Weeks which will open the 8th German Film Festival in Hanoi, Da Nang and HCM City.  This is the 8th German Film Festival to be held annually by Hanoi Goethe Institute in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hue, Da Nang and HCM City. 24 Weeks will open the film festival in Hanoi, Da Nang and HCM City with a presentation by director Anna Berrached.  The drama 24 Weeks is a story of a couple who have a nine-year-old daughter and are expecting their second child. When they learn that their child will not be born healthy, they are at first optimistic that they can respond to the challenge. But the closer it gets to the due date, the more the wife begins to worry about the future of her unborn child as well as that of her family and her career. After many discussions and arguments she realises that she will have to take the decision on her own.  24 Weeks is the second movie by director Berrached which premiered at the Berlinale International Film and received 16 awards including three awards for best directors and the Silver Award German Film Prize 2017.  Born in 1982 in East Germany, Berrached studied directing at the Film Academy Baden Wurttemberg. She made her first feature film Two Mothers which has released in five countries…... [read more]

During their visit they will attend the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Assembly set for March 28-April 1 in Hanoi and participate in a German-Vietnam Political Dialogue. In making the announcement, at a press briefing on January 21, German Ambassador to Vietnam Jutta Frasch extended an invitation to President Truong Tan Sang to visit Germany later this year on behalf of President Joachim Gauck. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties, the ambassador said the Goethe Institute plans to organise a series of cultural events, particularly a German Film Festival in September.... [read more]

Famous UK films to be screened in VN Running from September 6 to October 4, the Goethe Institute will show the hottest new films in Hanoi, Haiphong, Hue, Danang, Ho Chi MInh City and Nha Trang. The selected films cover social themes such as family, love, passion, friendship and responsibility. The stories from various renowned German directors are full of humor, happiness and everyday life. Audiences will also have the opportunity to take part in quizes and win prizes as part of the screenings. In Hanoi, curtains will be raised at the National Cinema Centre from September 6-13. Free tickets are available at the Goethe Institute on 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street in Hanoi.... [read more]

German Film Festival 2008 takes place in Hanoi By Tuong Lan in Hanoi The 2008 German Film Festival, at Hanoi's Goethe Institute through December 19, provides a taste of contemporary Germany. At film festivals in Berlin, Cannes, and even at the Oscars, German films are winning prizes. Young German film makers surprise audiences with wonderful films, often documentaries, which are finding their way back into cinemas. The festival features the films The Edge of Heaven, Football Under Cover, Cherry Blossoms - Hanami, Grave Decisions, Hounds, The Wave, Head-on, The Lives of Others, Pool of Princesses, Yella and Full Metal Village. The festival also features a workshop with young director David Assmann, whose Football Under Cover won the Audience Award at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival. David Assmann, born in Heidelberg in 1978, grew up in Berlin, Jerusalem and Santa Monica. He has studied media drama at the University of Mainz since 2001 and works regularly on films, music and theater projects, and hosts a radio program on film and music. After completing several short films, Football Under Cover is his first long documentary. Films will be screened at 6:20 p.m. daily at Hanoi Goethe Institute and tickets are available at he institute, tel: (04) 3734 2251, email: [email protected] [read more]

Goethe Institute to take German films to major cities Kieu Giang By Kieu Giang in HCMC The Goethe Institute will host the third German Film Festival from September 6 to October 4 with over 70 screens featuring ten current German movies in Hanoi, Haiphong, Hue, Danang, HCMC and Nha Trang. German films this year deal with emotion and current issues. The films are about home and identity, about extraordinary love and passion, but also about friendship and responsibility. This year’s festival offers audiences a selection of films by respected directors and well-known German actors. ‘Promising the Moon’, a family epic, directed by Hans Steinbichler has won several awards, including ‘Best Original Score’ at the Film Festival Locarno IFF 2011 in Switzerland and the Bavarian Film Prize 2011. ‘Lessons of a Dream’, a drama directed by Sebastian Grobler comes highly recommended by the German Film Review in 2011. The drama When We Leave of Feo Aladag was Germany’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2011 Oscars and received numerous national and international awards. The tragicomedy Three Fourths Moon by director Christian Zubert won the Bavarian Film Prize 2012 for best screenplay. Thriller ‘Beats Being Dead’ won Special Achievement Fiction at the German Film Prize 2011 and a special award at Festival of German Films Ludwigshafen 2011. Director Hendrik Handloegten’s drama/fantasy Summer Window was nominated in three categories for the German Film Award 2012: Supporting Actress, Cinematography and Original Score. The comedy Men in the City 2 by Simon Verhoeven…... [read more]

German film week comes back to Hanoi Thu Ha By Thu Ha in Hanoi The Hanoi Goethe-Institute will hold a German film week from January 11-18, screening eight successful German films of recent years and a series of fairy tales based on Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Some of the films included in the event were already presented on the German Film Festival 2012 and were well received by the Vietnamese audience, like the drama “When we leave” about a young woman between German and Turkish culture, the touching story of “Three fourths moon” and the comedy “Men in the City 2”. The opening documentary film “Under Snow” by Ulrike Ottinger takes the viewer into the archaic world of a mountain village in Japan. It is followed by “Barbara”, the most recent film of director Christian Petzold, which tells the story about a young doctor and depicts the conflict between staying and leaving. Vincent Wants to Sea is an award winning, unusual road movie about a sufferer of Tourette’s syndrome called Vincent, who embarks on a journey to the sea to spread the ashes of his recently deceased mother. The event will be concluded with Men in the City 2, a very successful comedy from the 2012 German Film Festival. Besides these, the young audience can look forward to the most beautiful fairy tale classics with four Brothers Grimm stories in the latest film adaptation such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, The Wishing-table and The Gallant Tailor (Seven at one Blow). Films are in…... [read more]

German Film Festival goes nationwide The Saigon Times Daily This year’s ten top films from Germany will be presented at the fourth German Film Festival from September 5 to October 3 in Hanoi, Haiphong, Hue, Danang, HCMC, Nha Trang and Thai Nguyen. The film fest will present two films dealing with German history. Barbara is the story of a woman torn between two countries, East and West Germany and likewise between two men. The film Four Days in May covers rare co-operation between Russian soldiers and German civilians when the Soviet Army occupies an orphanage during World War II. The co-existence of different cultures is a topic addressed in the movie Kaddish for a Friend. Set in Berlin, it portrays the development of an exceptional friendship between a Palestinian boy and a Jewish World War II veteran. Comedy and drama are an integral part of Vincent Wants to Sea, Home for the Weekend and Stopped on Track. The post-apocalyptic thriller Hell gives an impression of a world where the sun has turned the earth into a lifeless wasteland where humans struggle to survive. Entertainment for the whole family is offered with Victor and the Secret of Crocodile Mansion and Animals United – Adventure in Africa. The only documentary presented at the festival, Sound of Heimat – Germany Sings! provides an insight into the lively, inventive and creative traditional German music scene. Free tickets can be collected from the Goethe Institute. The festival will open at 7 p.m. at the National…... [read more]

Workshop with German filmmakers My Tran By My Tran in HCMC The Goethe Institute will host a workshop with a German team of experienced filmmakers - director Constanze Knoche and scriptwriter Leis Bagdach - on September 5. They have written screenplays for various successful German television series and have shot a number of feature films and documentaries together, including the opening film of this year’s German Film Festival in Vietnam - Die Besucher. So in this seminar, which is aimed at students and professionals in the film industry, they talk about the production process of Die Besucher, discuss cinematic designs with participants based on selected scenes from the film and share their personal experiences as filmmakers. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in English and Vietnamese.... [read more]

Germany to screen eight films in Vietnam The Saigon Times Daily The sixth German Film Festival will kick off in Vietnam next month with eight movies to be screened in Hanoi, Hue, Danang and HCMC between September 6 and 20, according to the Goethe Institut’s website. The eight movies – The Dark Valley, For No Eyes Only, Jack, Run Boy! Run, Not My Day, Vampire Sisters, Who Am I – No System is Safe, and Inbetween Worlds – are selected among the newest and most popular German films which have been successful in cinemas around the world as well as at the Berlin Film Festival and other festivals. With genres ranging from thriller to drama and comedy, the movies will be screened in the original German language with Vietnamese and English subtitles or voice-over. The festival will be joined by Tali Barde, the director, actor and scriptwriter of the film “For no eyes only”, who will meet with the audience following the screenings of the movie in Hanoi and HCMC. In Hanoi, the films will be shown from September 6 to 13 at National Cinema Center, 87 Lang Ha Street, Ba Dinh District. In Hue, they will be screened from September 10 to 14 at Center for Culture & Information, 41A Hung Vuong Street. In Danang, movie lovers can come to Le Do Cinema, 46 Tran Phu Street, Hai Chau District between September 11 and 20 to watch the films. In HCMC, screenings will take place from September 12 to…... [read more]

Multicolors of German Year in HCMC By Kieu Giang in HCMC After a series of attractive activities of German Year in Vietnam, in Hanoi, from April till year-end HCMC will experience German culture, including classical and contemporary music festivals, film festivals, Oktoberfest (the famous German beer festival), musical drama, photo exhibitions, seminars on architecture, book markets, and, especially, an economics conference on climate change and energy with the participation of former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder on April 21. Some highlights of the event including Cracking Bamboo, an international percussion festival to be held in HCMC on April 3, will feature percussionists with modern European instruments and traditional instruments of South-East Asia with musicians from 20 countries. A German film festival from May 28 to June 1 will screen "John Rabe" which won many prizes at local and international film festivals,"Soul Kitchen" which was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, "Kirschbluten Hanami" which won the Golden Berlin Bear at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival and "Krabat" which won best children/youth film at the 2009 Bavarian Film Festival and "Lila Lila". There will be a concert of 12 cellists from the Berlin Philharmonic playing the most expensive Italian made cellos at HCMC Opera House on July 7 and a contemporary dance performance called Maybe Forever by one of the world's leading choreographers, Meg Stuart. Stuart will dance with her partner surrounded by evocative post-blues songs performed by a singer. Last but not least is Oktoberfest featuring…... [read more]

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