THE MIRACLE OF BERN opens the third Festival of German Cinema in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

Together with the Goethe Institutes in Sydney and Melbourne and with the support of the main sponsor Volkswagen Group Australia, the Export-Union is presenting a broad spectrum of new German films from 15 - 25 April 2004 in Sydney, Melbourne and, for the first time, in Brisbane as well. The Festival will be showing 14 feature films, two documentaries as well as a 15-title programme of shorts organised in collaboration with AG Kurzfilm. In addition, the Festival will be throwing the spotlight on the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg as a breeding ground for the up-and-coming generation of filmmakers in Germany.

THE MIRACLE OF BERN (DAS WUNDER VON BERN) by Soenke Wortmann will open the event in Sydney as part of a gala event in the presence of Bob Carr, prime minister of New South Wales and in Brisbane with Queensland's Minister of Culture, Anna Bligh. Also screening are the feature films BLUEPRINT by Rolf Schuebel, GATE TO HEAVEN by Veit Helmer, A LITTLE BIT OF FREEDOM (KLEINE FREIHEIT) by Yueksel Yavuz, LEARNING TO LIE (LIEGEN LERNEN) by Hendrik Handloegten, NIGHTSONGS (DIE NACHT SINGT IHRE LIEDER) by Romuald Karmakar, POEM – I SET MY FOOT UPON THE AIR AND IT CARRIED ME (POEM – ICH SETZTE DEN FUSS IN DIE LUFT UND SIE TRUG) by Ralf Schmerberg, MY MAGICAL FRIEND SAMS (SAMS IN GEFAHR) by Ben Verbong, GUN-SHY (SCHUSSANGST) by Dito Tsintsadze, THE STRATOSPHERE GIRL by M.X. Oberg. In addition, the Festival will be showing the documentaries FASSBINDER IN HOLLYWOOD by Robert Fischer and EDIFICE (NEUBAU – VW IN DRESDEN) by Thomas Tielsch, presented by the architect and town planner Prof. Peter Droege. Director Jo Baier will travel to Australia to present his two successful TV productions SWABIAN CHILDREN (SCHWABENKINDER) and OPERATION VALKYRIE (STAUFFENBERG) to the Australian audiences. As part of the sidebar „Newcomer from Germany“, the director Benjamin Quabeck will be on hand in person to present PLAY IT LOUD! (VERSCHWENDE DEINE JUGEND) and EUROPE 99euro FILMS 2 .


Another focus of the festival is the presentation of 15 new German shorts: THREADMAN (AUF DEM NAEHTISCH) by Juergen Haas, DANGLE by Phil Traill, THURST (DURST) by Leo Khasin, WOMAN BELOW THE ICE (DIE EISBADERIN) by Alla Churikova, FRAGILE by Sikander Goldau, MANTIS by Jordi Moragues, MEDEA by Carlin Saavedra-Lux, THE SCHOOLBOY (DER SCHUELER) by Edina Kontsek and TRUE by Tom Tykwer. The artistic director of the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg Dr. Arthur Hofer will present his film school during several events, supported by the short and feature film director Sven Taddicken. The following multi-award-winning shorts from the Academy are lined up in the programme: STAY LIKE THIS (EINFACH SO BLEIBEN) by Sven Taddicken, MY PARENTS (MEINE ELTERN) by Neele Vollmar, ÓBY by Anja Perl and Max Stolzenberg, POSTCARD by Anna Malysik, TARZANSE (TARZAN) by Torben Meier and BABYSITTING AN EGG (WEICHEI) by Bernd Lange.


This year will again see all of the German films being shown as Australian premieres. The screenings in Melbourne will be held in the Australian Centre for the Moving Image on Federation Square, in Sydney in the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington and Valhalla Cinema in Glebe, and in Brisbane in the South Bank Cinemas.


The event's partners are: Goethe-Institut Melbourne, Goethe-Institut Sydney and main sponsor Volkswagen Group Australia. The Festival is sponsored by:Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Chauvel & Valhalla Cinemas, Emirates Airlines, Pacific Film and Television Commission, Pacific International Hotels, Rodenstock Porsche-Design, Schenker, West LB, World Movies and supported by AG Kurzfilm.


For further information please contact Nicole Kaufmann, phone: ++49.89.599 787 11 email: