This year's edition is a rather special one: the Festival of German Films in Madrid will be 20 years old and plans to celebrate this from 12 to 17 June 2018 with an extensive supporting program as well as a large and illustrious group of guests. It has also been possible to intensify the collaboration with Spanish distributors even further in order to show an attractive selection of the latest German productions to Madrid audiences at the Palacio de la Prensa Cinema.
The festival in Madrid will be opened by the Berlinale competition entry TRANSIT in the presence of the director Christian Petzold who has gained lots of fans in Spain since PHOENIX and BARBARA. The screening will also serve as an avant-premiere in cooperation with the distributor Golem for the theatrical release on 15 June 2018. Other avant-premieres are THE SILENT REVOLUTION by Lars Kraume – Spanish theatrical release on 20 July 2018 by Karma Films – as well as FOUR HANDS, in the presence of the director Oliver Kienle, which will be released by Cinemaran Spain in autumn 2018.
The directors Hans Weingartner (303), Robert Schwentke (THE CAPTAIN) and Sonja Kröner (THE GARDEN) will also be coming to Madrid to introduce their films in person during Q&As. Lead actor Arved Friese will present Andreas Dresen's family film THE LEGEND OF TIMM THALER OR THE BOY WHO SOLD HIS LAUGHTER in school screenings which are expected to be attended by around 1,000 children and young people.
NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2018 will be virtually coming straight from Cannes where the German Films program of shorts had its world premiere during the festival. The up-and-coming director Rebecca Zehr will be in Madrid with EPITHESE which is part of the line-up of shorts.
But the film classics aren't taking a back seat to the new German films. The Goethe-Institut is programming a sidebar on German horror films, and collaborating with Bertelsmann on a presentation of the silent film SPIES by Fritz Lang, with musical accompaniment by the pianist and electronic artist Matthias Hirth. Whoever wants to deepen their background knowledge on genre cinema can do this in a discussion with the directors Oliver Kienle and Lukas Feigelfeld.
All of the films in the program for the 2018 Festival of German Films in Madrid:
TRANSIT by Christian Petzold (DE/FR, Schrammfilm Körner & Weber)
303 by Hans Weingartner (Kahuuna Films, Neue Super Fiction)
THE CAPTAIN by Robert Schwentke (DE/FR/PL, Filmgalerie 451)
THE CLEANERS by Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck (gebrüder beetz filmproduktion)
ELLA & NELL by Aline Chukwuedo (DFFB, Chokofilms, HILDEBRANDT FILM)
FOUR HANDS by Oliver Kienle (Erfttal Film, Niama Film, Pantaleon Films)
THE GARDEN by Sonja Kröner (Walker + Worm Film)
ICEMAN by Felix Randau (Port au Prince Film & Kultur Produktion)
THE LEGEND OF TIMM THALER OR THE BOY WHO SOLD HIS LAUGHTER by Andreas Dresen (Constantin Film Produktion)
THE SILENT REVOLUTION by Lars Kraume (Akzente Film)
THREE PEAKS by Jan Zabeil (DE/IT, Rohfilm Productions)
WINDSPIEL by Peyman Ghalambor (Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
SPIES by Fritz Lang
NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2018
BETWEEN BAR by Pauline Flory
MONDAY- A GERMAN LOVE STORY by Sophie Linnenbaum
ROUFF by Wildboar
SPIDER JAZZ by Mick Mahler
Goethe-Institut program: sidebar on the German horror film:
THE GERMAN CHAINSAW MASSACRE by Christoph Schlingensief
HAGAZUSSA – A HEATHEN'S CURSE by Lukas Feigelfeld
NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE by Werner Herzog
THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE by Fritz Lang
The Festival of German Films in Madrid is being held in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut in Madrid and the German Embassy in Madrid. The festival is supported by Bertelsmann.
Further information about the festival on the website, on Facebook and Twitter. Here is the festival trailer.
Maike Schantz (Regional Coordinator Southern Europe)
Birgit Koch (Press & PR)