The Festival of German Films in Buenos Aires established a new audience record last year with around 7,500 spectators. The audience's passion for German cinema is not only demonstrated in figures, but also in the enthusiastic reception given to the filmmakers when they come to Buenos Aires. The German director Hans Weingartner has now announced that he will be attending this year's 18th edition from 13 to 19 September. The festival will opening with him presenting his new film, 303, which had its world premiere as the opening film of the Berlinale's GENERATION sidebar.

Weingartner's romantic film adventure 303 will be a magnificent starting point for the festival's new edition and evoke the amazing lightness of summer days in the cinema hall. In total,15 German feature films and documentaries as well as German Films' programme of short films NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER will be shown in the Village Cines Recoleta and Caballito cinemas over the course of the festival week. The Argentinian audience will be able to see the whole range of German filmmaking: from genre cinema to arthouse, from international festival successes of such festivals as Berlin, Locarno, Toronto and Shanghai to documentaries and family entertainment.

The varied program will be complemented by a film classic from the silent film era. In cooperation with the Goethe Institut in Buenos Aires, there will be a screening of Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau's 1921 film JOURNEY INTO THE NIGHT (DER GANG IN DIE NACHT) with musical accompaniment by Marcelo Katz playing one of his own compositions.

As in previous years, the Argentinian VOD provider QubitTV will be accompanying the festival with an online presence. This gives the Argentinian film buffs the chance to also see German films on the "small screen“.

All of the films in the program of the 2018 edition of the Festival of German Films in Buenos Aires:

by Hans Weingartner (Kahuuna Films, Neue Super Fiction) – opening film
THE CLEANERS by Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck (gebrüder beetz filmproduktion)
THREE PEAKS by Jan Zabeil (DE/IT, Rohfilm Productions)
ELLA & NELL by Aline Chukwuedo (DFFB, Chokofilms)
THE CAPTAIN by Robert Schwentke (DE/FR/PL, Filmgalerie 451)
IN THE AISLES by Thomas Stuber (Sommerhaus Filmproduktion, Rotor Film, Departures Film)
ICEMAN by Felix Randau (Port au Prince Film & Kultur Produktion)
THE SILENT REVOLUTION by Lars Kraume (Akzente Film- & Fernsehproduktion, Zero One Film, STUDIOCANAL Film)
THE GARDEN by Sonja Kröner (Walker + Worm Film)
THE LEGEND OF TIM THALER OR THE BOY WHO SOLD HIS LAUGHTER by Andreas Dresen (Constantin Film Produktion)
TRANSIT by Christian Petzold (DE/FR, Schrammfilm Körner & Weber)
FOUR HANDS by Oliver Kienle (Erfttal Film, Niama Film, Pantaleon Films)
WEIT by Gwendolyn Weisser, Patrick Allgaier
WINDSPIEL by Peyman Ghalambor (Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)

Program of short films NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2018

Silent film JOURNEY INTO THE NIGHT by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (in cooperation with the Goethe Institut)

The Festival of German Films in Buenos Aires is being held in cooperation with the Goethe Institut Buenos Aires and QubitTV. Support for the festival is coming this year from the sponsors MovieClub, Haciendo Cine and Inrockuptibles.

Further information about the festival can be found on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter as well as in the festival brochure.

Maike Schantz (Regional Coordinator South America)
Birgit Koch (Press & PR)