A still from Kaddish for a Friend
This year’s German Film Festival in Vietnam will take place in seven cities and provinces from September 5 to October 3.
After the festival’s overwhelming success in recent years, with more than 50.000 viewers in total, the Goethe-Institute will be showing a special selection of the hottest new German films in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hue, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City and, for the first time, in Thai Nguyen.
There will be more than 50 screenings, in the original German language with Vietnamese and English subtitles or voice-over, of ten films which have been particularly successful in cinemas around the world as well as at the Berlin Film Festival and other festivals.
The films approach historical and contemporary debates about home and identity, love, death, friendship and responsibility by renowned directors and with popular German actors.
Barbara is a story of a woman torn between two countries, the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany, and likewise between two men, and will kick off the festival in Hanoi on September 5.
The documentary Sound of Heimat – Germany Sings! provides an insight into the lively, inventive and creative traditional German music scene.
The coexistence of different cultures is a topic addressed in the movie Kaddish for a Friend. Set in Berlin, it portraits the development of an exceptional friendship between a Palestinian boy and a Jewish World War 2 veteran.
Comedy and love are also part of the program. Vincent wants to Sea is a road movie, showing Vincent, who suffers from Tourette-Syndrome, Marie, who has an eating disorder, and the extremely neurotic Alex on their adventurous escape from a nursing home.
Stopped on Track deals with the process of dying in the familiar circle and alone, apart from hospitals and terminal care. In Home for the Weekend the unexpected healing of Marko’s mother from a long mental illness turns out as a crucial test for the whole family.
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, a movie telling the story of Victor, trying to solve the puzzle around the death of his cousin Cäcilie.
Being fed up with humans destroying their habitat, the animals in Animals United – Adventure in Africa hold a conference to finally stop man-made climate change.
Tickets for all films are free. In additon to the screenings, the movie fest includes film quizzes with amazing prizes. For the complete screening schedule, the quiz or other detailed information, visit the festival’s website at www.goethe.de/ins/vn/prj/dfv/enindex.htm.
Free tickets are available in Hanoi at the Goethe-Institut Hanoi, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, from August 29 between 10 a.m. and 12 noon.
Screening dates and venues:
Hanoi: Sep. 5 – 11 / National Cinema Center, 87 Lang Ha Street, Ba Dinh District.
Hai Phong: Sep. 10 – 15 / Rap chieu bong Cong nhan (Workers’ Theater), 111 Cau Dat Street, Ngo Quyen District.
Hue: Sep. 12 – 18 / Center for Culture & Information, 65 Tran Hung Dao Street, and Lieu Quan Buddhist Cultural Center, 15A Le Loi Street.
Da Nang: Sep. 13 – 18 / Le Do Cinema, 46 Tran Phu Street.
Nha Trang: Sep. 5 – 8 / Mini-cinema – Khanh Hoa Film Center, 10 Hoang Hoa Tham Street.
Thai Nguyen: Sep. 6 – 8 / Rap chieu bong Nhan dan (People’s Theater), 21 Hung Vuong Street.
Ho Chi Minh City: Sep. 27 – Oct. 4 / CINEBOX, 212 Ly Chinh Thang Street, District 3.