German films take back Madrid
by Alfonso Rivera
- Yesterday saw the opening of the 17th German Film Festival, which will offer the crème de la crème of recent German productions and will then continue online
The great novelty this year at the 17th edition of the German Film Festival – other than its extra day’s duration – is the chance to enjoy the gathering’s movies across the entirety of Spain, via the website Filmin, once the screenings have come to an end. The showings began yesterday in the Palafox cinema in Madrid, and last night, it was the journalistic, politically scathing thriller The Lies of the Victors [+see also:
interview: Christoph Hochhäusler
film profile] that had the honour of firing the starting pistol. The film’s director, Christoph Hochhäusler, was there to present it: “This type of cinema is not made very often in my country, and I am interested in the figure of the journalist, as he or she is like a modern detective; that is why journalism is under threat, because people are afraid of good reporters,” the filmmaker remarked in front of the press.
Other titles that have been selected from the recent crop of German movies by the festival committee – comprising such names as critic Carlos Reviriego and the director of the Seville European Film Festival, José Luis Cienfuegos – are About a Girl [+see also:
film profile] (winner of the Audience Award in the Enfants Terribles section of the most recent Gijón Festival), the poetic The Council of Birds [+see also:
film profile], Inbetween Worlds [+see also:
interview: Feo Aladag
film profile] (selected at the 2014 Berlinale), En el peor de los casos – a story about film that is told through film – and The Kings Surrender [+see also:
film profile], which won an award at the Austin Film Festival.
The audience – which was 5,000-strong at the previous edition – will be able to vote for the best film. One of the centrepieces of the 17th German Film Festival – organised by German Films in partnership with the Goethe Institut of Madrid and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Spain – will take place on Saturday 13 June, with the screening of The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, digitally restored by the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation, with live music provided by electro-score DJ Raphaël Marionneau.
(Translated from Spanish)