Le German Film Fest de Madrid mise cette année sur les réalisatrices
- La sélection de cette édition, qui va se tenir du 14 au 18 juin, prend des risques, formels et narratifs, et va du cinéma social et politique à des tableaux d'une jeunesse à la dérive
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The German Film Fest Madrid returns for its 25th edition with a strong focus on female auteurs. With five films, out of a total of six, directed by women, the festival offers an overview of new trends in German cinema, covering various genres ranging from thriller to documentary, coming of age, historical revision, generational comedy, and socio-political drama. From 14-18 June, the Embajadores Cinemas in Madrid will host this film event, an initiative by German Films in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Madrid, Amigos del Goethe España, and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Madrid.
One of the standout movies at this edition is Vamos a la playa [+lire aussi :
interview : Bettina Blümner
fiche film] (2022), the second fiction film by Bettina Blümner, which follows a group of young people who discover an alternative perspective to their egocentric and capricious worldview in Cuba. Blümner delves into the confrontation between idealism, nostalgia and the new reality faced by today's youth.
Another common theme in recent German cinema is the representation of social issues related to migration, primarily focusing on the population of Turkish origin. Director Ayşe Polat, of Kurdish descent, subverts this trend in her third feature, In the Blind Spot [+lire aussi :
interview : Ayşe Polat
fiche film], setting the narrative in a region of Turkish Kurdistan where repression and fear are just two consequences of Ottoman intransigence.
On the other hand, the documentary Uncanny Me by Katharina Pethke tackles the process of creating a digital entity by a designer who clones a friend's image. The film raises questions about the distinction between what is thought and what is artificially generated, as well as what is real and what is not.
In contrast to these propositions, Birgit Möller's second film, Franky Five Star [+lire aussi :
interview : Birgit Möller
fiche film], is an imaginative coming-of-age story that captures the different personalities converging during adolescence.
The only male director present in the selection is Alex Schaad, whose debut film, Skin Deep [+lire aussi :
interview : Alex Schaad
fiche film], relies on the doppelgänger myth. The movie follows a couple who arrive on a mysterious island and decide to participate in a game offered by a retirement club, exchanging their bodies with those of other residents.
The festival's opening film is Sisi & I [+lire aussi :
interview : Frauke Finsterwalder
fiche film], directed by Frauke Finsterwalder, who offers an alternative and modern revision of Empress Elisabeth of Bavaria, based on the historical writings of Countess Irma Sztaray, her former lady-in-waiting. The film features a performance by Sandra Hüller, the lead actress in two award-winning films at the recent Cannes Film Festival - the Palme d'Or winner Anatomy of a Fall [+lire aussi :
interview : Justine Triet
fiche film] and the Grand Jury Prize winner The Zone of Interest [+lire aussi :
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