37 German films at 15th Singapore International Film Festival Homage to the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival

The 15th Singapore International Film Festival (11.04. – 27.04.2002), which has developed in recent years into one of the most important festivals in South East Asia, is presenting a total of 37 German films and German-international co-productions in six sections.

The main programme of the festival will show three German productions out of competition: BERLIN IS IN GERMANY by Hannes Stöhr, GETTING MY BROTHER LAID (MEIN BRUDER DER VAMPIR) by Sven Taddicken and THE DAY BETWEEN (IN DEN TAG HINEIN) by Maria Speth. In addition, three German-international co-productions are being screened: BE MY STAR (MEIN STERN) by Valeska Grisebach (Germany, Austria), VENUS BOYZ by Gabriel Baur (Germany, Switzerland, USA) and INVINCIBLE by Werner Herzog (Germany, UK).


The Singapore International Film Festival is dedicating no less than two sidebars to the Oberhausen Short Film Festival this year: The section Oberhausen I is dedicated to the subject of consciousness of decline. The section Oberhausen II – Image Production in Contemporary Pop Culture will present such films as DOOBIE by Deborah Schamoni and Ulli Lindemann, STAR ESCALATOR by Michael Klofkorn and Oliver Husain and PROWLER by Mark Sikora.


The accompanying programme will show the films EYE/MACHINE and THE CREATORS OF THE SHOPPING WORLDS (DIE SHÖPFER DER EINKAUFSWELTEN) by the director Harun Farocki.

The section of young people’s film will present EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES (EMIL UND DIE DETEKTIVE) by Franziska Buch.


German animation films are being presented by Goethe–Institut Inter Nationes during the festival. The showcase ranges from the film QUEST by Thomas Stellmach and Tyron Montgomery, which won the OSCAR in 1997 for the best animation short, through works by Susanne Fränzel, Andreas Hykade, Jochen Kuhn, Thomas Meyer-Hermann, Daniel Nocke, Heinrich Sabl and Kirsten Winter. A special section will also give audiences the chance to see films by the leading director Lotte Reiniger who is considered the creator and great craftswoman of the silhouette film. Among the films one can discover anew are CARMEN, PAPAGENO and THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED (DIE ABENTEUER DES PRINZEN ACHMED).


Founded in 1987, the Singapore International Film Festival is regarded as a popular event for the region’s audience. With its focus on productions from South East Asia it has increasingly established itself as a showcase for Asian films.




Susanne Reinker or Cornelia Klimkeit