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German Film Festival 2019

04 - 08 September 2019 @ Light House Cuba

Light House Cinema is joining with the Goethe Institute to bring you the 11th German Film Festival, playing a selection of German language films. Discover and enjoy new film productions from Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

Tickets are free! Please note there is a limit of two tickets per customer.

Films we are playing:

All About Me

Wednesday 04 September @ 6.15pm

Ruhr Valley, Germany, 1972. Hans-Peter is a pudgy nine-year-old growing up in the security of his family and fun-loving relatives. At first sight he might not be the most popular guy, but he has a talent for making others laugh, which he refines on a daily basis in his grandmother’s corner shop. However, dark shadows soon loom over the boy’s everyday life as his once cheerful mum becomes more and more depressed after an operation. Hans-Peter’s sad and hardworking father leaves him mostly in the care of his two grandmas, who both have big hearts and strong personalities. Their love and care make it possible for Hans-Peter to survive the ensuing emotional turmoil and use his comedic talents to heal his own wounds while also making people laugh along with him.

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The Border Fence

Thursday 05 September @ 6.15pm

In concentric circles starting from the driveable border of the Brenner, ‘The Border Fence’ measures the surroundings that were the scene of a shift in inner-European policy. At the same time, the space describes itself through Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s typical extremely precise long shots, and in extended talks with police officers, locals, hikers, farmers, innkeepers, and toll collectors. What arises in an extremely small space is the full diversity of voices expressing individual political attitudes on a topic that affects Europe and is visible on the Brenner.

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Swimming

Friday 06 September @ 6.15

SWIMMING is the story of Elisa and Anthea, two very different girls, whose friendship gives them orientation and stability in the most difficult time of their young lives. They develop a game – which turns them from victims into offenders. The girls start recording everything they do with their cell phone cameras. Soon they secretly film their classmates, particularly the ones who used to bully Elisa. Their friendship takes on a destructive dynamic, which becomes dangerous for those who get in the duo’s way.

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Gundermann

Saturday 07 September @ 6.15

After his excursion to family entertainment with TIMM THALER, director Andreas Dresen has now returned to Germany's recent past with his portrait of the contradictory life of the digger driver Gerhard Gundermann who made a name for himself as a singer-songwriter in former East Germany and tragically died at the age of 43 in 1998. As the hero/anti-hero Gundermann, Alexander Scheer – whose previous credits include SUN ALLEY and THE YOUNG KARL MARX – wants to be a good worker, great husband, caring father, artist, clown, and politician – in fact, he is everything at the same time. And the type of person who can't help rubbing others the wrong way – not something that's only restricted to his home of East Germany.

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Rocca Changes the World

Sunday 08 September @ 2.30pm

Brave, funny, and one of a kind: that’s Rocca. Rocca is 11years old and lives a rather unique life. While her dad is watching over her as an astronaut from outer space, Rocca lives alone with her squirrel and is attending a normal school for the first time in her life. At school, her carefree and non-conformist way of life instantly stands out. She fearlessly confronts the class bullies, because first and foremost Rocca stands up for justice. That’s why she makes friends with the homeless Caspar and tries to help him. She is also attempting to win her grandmother’s heart. With never-ending optimism, Rocca proves, together with her new friends, that even a child has the power to change the world.

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The Reformer

Sunday 08 September @ 5.00pm

His life’s work made him world famous: within a few years, Huldrych Zwingli, the main proponent of the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland, turned the entire city of Zurich and a firmly established canon of values upside down. With razor-sharp intellect, he dissected the religious and social system, denounced abuses and was not afraid of taking issue with the most powerful people of his time.

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Film
  • Florianopolis Dream
  • Ad Astra
  • Abominable
  • Downton Abbey
  • EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : Young Picasso
  • Maiden
  • The Farewell
  • Amazing Grace
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Blinded by the Light
  • Herbs: Songs of Freedom
  • Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas
  • Camino Skies
  • Yesterday
  • Little Woods
  • Woman at War
  • Rory's Way
  • Show Me Shorts - Japanese Focus
  • EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : Van Gogh & Japan
  • EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : Rembrandt (ENCORE)
  • Show Me Shorts - Better Work Stories
  • Show Me Shorts - Freaky Futures
  • Show Me Shorts - Love & Other Catastrophes
  • Show Me Shorts - My Generation
  • Show Me Shorts - The Sampler
  • Show Me Shorts - Unconventional Families
  • Show Me Shorts - Doc Station
  • Show Me Shorts - Estonian Short Film Night
  • Show Me Shorts - Wellington Short Film Talk
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