The Durban International Film Festival (13 – 23 July 2017), one of the most important and oldest on the African continent, is focusing on cinema from Germany. Ten films by German filmmakers will be shown in a "Focus Germany" during its 38th edition. This showcase is being organized in collaboration with German Films, the Goethe-Institut and the German Embassy in South Africa. A total of 26 German films and co-productions are being programmed in Durban.

The line-up of films in "Focus Germany" - most of them already having successfully screened at important international festivals – include historical dramas, documentaries, comedies, psychological thrillers and a road movie.

Mariette Rissenbeek, managing director of German Films, says:  "The strength of contemporary German cinema is its great diversity. In recent years, we've seen both films about German history as well as those tackling really personal subjects achieving international success. Durban is an ideal platform for presenting the latest in German filmmaking since, as the oldest festival in Africa's South, it really does enjoy a great reputation as well as attract a very enthusiastic audience."

A total of seven directors and actors will be coming to Durban to present their "Focus Germany" films in person. Fatih Akin's GOODBYE BERLIN will be presented by the two young lead actors Anand Batbileg and Tristan Göbel in a Q&A after a gala screening.

Doris Dörrie, one of the most well-known of the German women directors, will attend a screening of her film GREETINGS FROM FUKUSHIMA. In addition, she will give a master class for African screenwriters and directors as part of the Talents Durban training and mentoring program. Anand Batbileg and Tristan Göbel will also meet and exchange ideas with participants at the program's networking events. The festival cooperates with Berlinale Talents, the Berlinal International Film Festival's networking platform, on Talents Durban, with support from the Goethe-Institut and the German Embassy.

Also expected in Durban are Christian Schwochow, director of PAULA, which celebrated its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival last year, Stephan Rick of THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (screened in Zurich, Peking and Shanghai, among others) as well as the documentary filmmakers Petra Epperlein (KARL MARX CITY) and Karin Steinberger (THE PROMISE).

All of the German films and co-productions at the Durban International Film Festival 2017…

Fides Schaeffer (Regional Coordinator)
Birgit Koch (Press & PR)