GDR history, warring banks or bar talks – the fifth edition of KINO!2018 Festival of German Films in New York (6 – 12 April 2018)  will again show what a great variety can be found in contemporary German filmmaking. The festival is being held for the first time in New York's latest "state of the art" (Deadline) arthouse cinema Landmark at 57 West. Nine new productions – three as North American premieres, a silent film and the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2017 program of shorts will be presented by six guests.

The screening of IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHT (MOOVIE) followed by a Q&A with the director Matti Geschonneck is opening the festival. Based on the bestseller by Eugen Ruge, the story of an East German family has been very well received at the film weeks in Paris, China and Moscow, among others.

Directed by Christian Schwochow, BAD BANKS (DE/LU, Letterbox Filmproduktion, Iris Productions, ZDF) had its world premiere in February 2018 at the Berlinale Series section. The first two episodes of the series, which is set in the glittering world of high finance and risky financial transactions, will be shown in New York as a North American premiere. Producer Lisa Blumenberg and actress Désirée Nosbusch will be in New York to present BAD BANKS.

There will also be a North American premiere of the documentary WHEN PAUL CAME OVER THE SEA (Weydemann Bros.) which was named Best Documentary at the Shanghai International Film Festival. The director Jakob Preuss will take part in a panel discussion about "WHEN PAUL CAME OVER THE SEA—Borders and (In)Humanity", which is being organized by the Deutsches Haus at NYU  and will be moderated by Professor Noah Isenberg.

The supporting program will also include the roundtable on "FRAUEN POWER: German Women Filmmakers Making Their Mark". BAD BANKS producer Lisa Blumenberg will take part along with Marieke Schroeder, the director of BAR TALKS BY SCHUMANN (Thali Media). Her film is a tour through some of the world's most interesting bars. She will also be joined by BAR TALKS BY SCHUMANN's charismatic protagonist, the bartending institution Charles Schumann, for a Q&A about the documentary in the Landmark Theatres.

In addition, the director Nick Baker-Monteys will come to New York to answer the audience's questions about THE FINAL JOURNEY (Syrreal Entertainment) where Eduard Leander (Jürgen Prochnow, THE BOAT) returns to Ukraine to try and find his lost love.

Connoisseurs of German film classics will come into their own with the screening of the silent film VARIETÉ by Ewald André Dupont in cooperation with Bertelsmann. The live musical accompaniment will be provided by the pianist  and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Horne and percussionist Martin Pyne. Ira Deutchman, a professor at the Columbia University and a film producer, will give an introduction to the film.

The VoD service Fandor is the exclusive partner of the KINO! Audience Award for the third year in a row and will be giving one-year complimentary subscriptions to five members of the audience who were the most diligent voters. A line-up of German films that attracted attention at international festivals in recent years will be available online at Fandor during KINO! as "Festival Favourites" .

All of the films in the program of the 2018 edition of the Festival of German Films in New York:

IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHTby Matti Geschonneck (MOOVIE) (opening film)
BAD BANKS by Christian Schwochow (DE/LU, Letterbox Filmproduktion, Iris Productions, ZDF)
BAR TALKS BY SCHUMANN by Marieke Schroeder (Thali Media)
CASTING by Nicolas Wackerbarth (SWR)
THE FINAL JOURNEY by Nick Baker-Monteys (Syrreal Entertainment)
THE GARDEN by Sonja Maria Kröner (Walker + Worm Film)
HAGAZUSSA by Lukas Feigelfeld (DE/AT, dffb)
THE IMPOSSIBLE PICTURE by Sandra Wollner (Film Academy Baden-Württemberg)
WHEN PAUL CAME OVER THE SEA by Jakob Preuss (Weydemann Bros.)

VARIETÉ by Ewald André Dupont (1925, UFA)


Further information about KINO! can be found in the festival brochure, on the festival website or via social media on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

KINO! 2018 Festival of German Films is organized in partnership with Bertelsmann, Deutsches Haus at New York University and Fandor with support from the German Consulate General in New York and the Film Fund Luxembourg. The media partner is The Village Voice.

Nicole Kaufmann (Regional Coordinator USA)
Birgit Koch (Press & PR)