Madrid hosts 10th German Film Festival
by Bénédicte Prot
02/06/2008 - The 10th edition of the German Film Festival in Madrid is about to kick off at the Cine Palafox on Calle Luchana.
The event will open tomorrow evening with the comedy Rabbit Without Ears [trailer], the third directorial feature by Til Schweiger, in which he plays a paparazzo sentenced to 300 hours of community service. The protagonist finds himself being ordered around by a shy teacher who was once his scapegoat at high school (played by the outstanding Nora Tschirner).
The film – which also stars Jürgen Vogel and is sold by Bavaria Film International – was number one at the German box office for several weeks.
The event – which lasts until June 8 – will present nine other features, including a restored print of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.
There will also be an impressive mosaic of introspective films tracing the journeys of thirtysomething characters. These include Martin Gypkens’ Nothing But Ghosts starring August Diehl (sales: Beta Cinema); Volker Einrauch’s The Other Boy (sales: Josefine Filmproduktion); To The Limit [trailer], a documentary about climbing by Oscar-winning filmmaker Pepe Danquart (sales: Telepool); Maggie Peren’s Special Escort [trailer] (Telepool); and Özgür Yildirim’s debut feature, Chiko [trailer], produced by Fatih Akin’s company and sold by The Match Factory. There will also be a selection of film shorts.
To mark the festival’s 10th anniversary, there will be a retrospective of eight films screened at previous editions. Audiences will have a chance to rediscover Anno Saul’s Kebab Connection (2004), co-written by Akin and also starring Tschirner; recent festival favourite Four Minutes [trailer] by Chris Kraus (2006); and Max Fäberböck’s Aimee and Jaguar (1999), which opened the first edition of the festival.
The German Film Festival in Madrid is organised by German Films, in collaboration with the Goethe Institute and the German Embassy in Madrid. Since its creation in 1999, the festival has enabled increasingly large and enthusiastic audiences in Madrid to keep abreast of the renaissance in German films, which were previously unknown in Spain.
The full line-up for the event is available online.
(Translated from French)