From 6,200 to 41,000 screens in the last six years – the expansion in the Chinese market is second to none. And yet the market is highly competitive, especially for foreign films. So, it's really important to offer the local audience a chance to become acquainted with German filmmaking. This is something that the Festival of German Cinema has been successfully doing since 2013 with around 5,000 spectators per year and a remarkably young average age. The fifth edition will be held from 10 to 27 November 2017 in four Chinese cities with exciting guests and an exceptional accompanying program.

Organized by German Films and the Goethe-Institut, the event will present a total of 15 German films in Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzhen and Nanjing. The program will not only feature box-office hits and international festival successes, but also offer a wide range of themes presented in an original and often unusual way. An illustrious group of creative artists from the worlds of acting and directing will be travelling to the Middle Kingdom to present their works in Q&As.

Everything will start rolling on 10 November 2017 in Beijing with a gala screening of the GDR story about three generations IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHT (MOOVIE the art of entertainment GmbH) in the presence of the director Matti Geschonneck. However, the opening will not only be reserved for invited guests as cineastes will be able to buy tickets for the parallel screening of MY BROTHER SIMPLE (LETTERBOX FILMPRODUKTION, C-FILMS DEUTSCHLAND, Amalia Film), a road movie about two dissimilar brothers. Lead actor Frederick Lau will present the film in person in China.

TERROR (MOOVIE the art of entertainment GmbH) made a great impression as an interactive event on the audiences at the Festivals of German Films in Madrid and Buenos Aires, among others. The film focuses on a fictional court case about the shooting down of a passenger plane in order to prevent a terror attack. Director Lars Kraume will be on hand in China when the audience is called on to vote either guilty or innocent.

Michael Koch received international recognition for his feature-length debut MARIJA (DE/CH, Pandora Filmproduktion) with world and North American premieres at the leading festivals in Locarno and Toronto. He will be making a personal appearance at the Festival of German Cinema in Beijing and Chengdu to present the story about a young Ukrainian woman who is a cleaner in a hotel in Dortmund, but dreams of running her own hairdressing salon.

The screenings of silent films were real crowdpullers at the last editions of the festival. And they are sure to be a remarkable experience again this year: the locally very successful experimental music Band Chui Wan could be brought on board to provide the live musical accompaniment for Ewald André Dupont's VARIETÉ from 1925 at the China Film Archive in Beijing.

In order to take account of the large interest from the young audience, there will be special screenings for film students at the Film Academy Bejjing and an exclusive selection of the Berlinale Shorts will be shown.

All of the films at the Festival of German Cinema in China 2017…

More information about the festival can be found at the festival website.

The Festival of German Cinema in China is supported by the German Embassy in Bejjing and the Consulate General in Chengdu.

Sponsors of German Films and the Goethe-Institut at the festival are: AUDI, Kempinski Hotels and InterContinental Hotels.

The festival's partners are: Broadway Kinos, UCCA, Institut Français and China Film Archive

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