Le meilleur du cinéma allemand arrive à Madrid
par Alfonso Rivera
- Du 9 au 13 juin, la capitale espagnole va accueillir le 23e Festival du cinéma allemand, qui proposera la première de films excitants, comme The Case You d'Alison Kuhn
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The Madrid German Film Festival is heading back to the Spanish capital for its 23rd edition, which is being held from 9-13 June in Palacio de la Prensa cinemas and which will celebrate the latest batch of German productions, while paying particular attention to independent films and those by young directors. It will also leave enough room for non-fiction titles, a strand for short films that break the mould and a handful of other surprises. The festival is a German Films initiative, organised in conjunction with the Goethe-Institut Madrid and the German Embassy in Madrid.
And so, six films as-yet unreleased in Spain will make up the Panorama section, thus confirming the sheer might of the German audiovisual industry. The gathering will be opened by the documentary The Case You [+lire aussi :
fiche film], directed by Alison Kuhn, which is a scathing condemnation of the sexual assault suffered by six actresses during their audition for a film: the filmmaker herself was a victim of said abuse, along with five other actresses, who are all brought together here.
Another standout title is the directorial debut by actor Moritz Bleibtreu, Cortex [+lire aussi :
fiche film], a psychological thriller starring the director himself as a man suffering from sleep disorders that force him to live in a zombie-like state, without ever being sure whether what he’s experiencing, seeing and feeling is part of a dreamworld or real life. Copilot [+lire aussi :
interview : Anne Zohra Berrached
fiche film], the third feature by Anne Zohra Berrached, and a co-production with France, answers complex questions such as: to what extent do we truly know the people we love? How do we confront manifestations of fear? And how are we able to detect the monstrous side of human nature?
Director Christian Schäfer is back with Cloudy Clouds, in which he weaves a tragicomedy able to combine drama and mystery as he burrows deep into the young protagonist’s psyche. In Freak City, the third feature by Andreas Kannengießer, the director rekindles his interest in portraying authentic characters going through puberty, just as he did in his feature debut. This time around, the lead is 15-year-old Mika, who, in order to make his ex-girlfriend Sandra jealous, takes an interest in the mysterious Lea.
In Dear Mr Führer by Christian Lerch, everything begins with a letter that a bunch of kids send to the Führer to ask him to stop the war so that their parents can come home. Starting from this small, innocent, yet subversive gesture, this period production, directed by a seasoned helmer of German TV shows, builds up a humanist fable hinging on civilian awareness of the horrors of Nazism.
The programme of the 23rd German Film Festival is rounded off by a strand commissioned by the Goethe-Institut Madrid, called Heimat, which revisits of the concept of homeland, with the ultimate aim being to offer fresh perspectives in order to create freer and more diverse imaginaries (including the experimental documentary Progress in the Valley of the People Who Don’t Know [+lire aussi :
fiche film] by Florian Kunert, the queer and racially orientated story No Hard Feelings [+lire aussi :
interview : Faraz Shariat
fiche film] by Faraz Shariat, and Janna Ji Wonders’ autobiographical Walchensee Forever [+lire aussi :
fiche film]), as well as the Next Generation Short Tiger short-film programme.
(Traduit de l'espagnol)
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