German Film Festival 2018

After a break last year, German-made and co-produced films return in a nationwide festival to Australian cinemas showcasing the best cinematic talent Germany has to offer and boasting a program curated with exclusively Australian premieres. In collaboration with German Films (the national information and advisory centre for the promotion of German films worldwide), Palace Cinemas is giving the 15-year-old German Film Festival a fresh start in 2018.

The Festival program includes a contemporary selection of 26 feature films varying from award-winning dramas and box office comedies to documentaries and a selection of short films. Now in its 13th edition, Short Export 2018 presents six outstanding new short films from Germany, ranging from documentary, to animation and experimental fiction.

Additionally, this year’s program includes films especially dedicated to families, children and teens. Presented by the Goethe-Institut, the Kino for Kids sidebar will provide a six-film feast for young audiences. This section particularly invites schools to attend the Festival to engage with German culture and learn the language. 

GFF18 The Silent Revolution E18+ From: May 30, 2018
A group of sixth-grade pupils decide to show their solidarity with the victims of the 1956 Hungarian uprising by staging a minute's silence during lessons. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 Paula E18+ From: May 31, 2018
Pioneering female painter Paula Modersohn-Becker is portrayed in loving, colourful strokes by Carla Juri (Morris from America) in this engaging German biopic. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 Whatever Happens E18+ From: May 31, 2018
After weeks of avoiding one another, separated couple Hannah and Julian must spend New Year’s Eve painting their shared apartment. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 Three Peaks E18+ From: Jun 1, 2018
A superbly crafted and utterly gripping drama starring Bérénice Bejo and Alexander Fehling about a seemingly idyllic family on holiday in the Italian Dolomites. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 When Paul Came Over The Sea E18+ From: Jun 1, 2018
Jakob, the filmmaker, follows Cameroon refugee Paul on his risky trip to and across Europe. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 Heart of Stone E18+ From: Jun 1, 2018
A visually stunning remake of the popular Hauffschen narrative brings a fairytale to life, with the love story of Peter and Lisbeth. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 Short Export 2018 E18+ From: Jun 2, 2018
A selection of six outstanding short films presented by Goethe-Institut Lille and AG Kurzfilm. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 303 E18+ From: Jun 2, 2018
Nominated for the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, this story of young romance follows two university students on a European road trip. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 In Times of Fading Light E18+ From: Jun 2, 2018
The cracks in a crumbling regime are exposed as an elite family gather in East Berlin to celebrate their failing patriarch’s 90th. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 A Jar Full of Life E18+ From: Jun 2, 2018
This uplifting comedy stars Jella Haase as a directionless young woman who is given an empty jar and told to fill it with adventures. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 Lotte & Luise: Twins on Board ALL AGES From: Jun 2, 2018
What happens to the kids when mom and dad split up? Especially when they're identical twins? Based on the classic novel by Erich Kästner. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 Fack ju Göhte 2 E18+ From: Jun 3, 2018
Zeki Müller is tasked with taking his unruly students on a trip to Thailand, where he must contend with the pompous Schiller School. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 Teenosaurus Rex E15+ From: Jun 3, 2018
Children- why just have to grow so fast and go through puberty? Journalist Hannes Wenger (Jan Josef Liefers) faces the most difficult task of his life. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 Fack ju Göhte 3 E18+ From: Jun 3, 2018
The third instalment follows Zeki Müller as he tries to make sure his rowdy students pass final exams while facing the possible closure of his school. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 Fack ju Göhte E18+ From: Jun 3, 2018
A criminal who can barely spell is forced to become a substitute teacher in order to get access to his buried loot, in the original of the smash-hit franchise. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 My Brother Simple E18+ From: Jun 3, 2018
Highly emotional and at the same time very funny, My Brother Simple portrays an unusual pair of brothers whom nothing can separate. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 Robby & Toby's Fantastic Voyager ALL AGES From: Jun 4, 2018
An 11-year-old genius inventor, Toby, becomes friends with an alien robot called Robby. Together they build an amazing vehicle in this adventurous tale. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 Arthur & Claire E18+ From: Jun 4, 2018
In this witty dark comedy, two people who think that their life is not worth living anymore form a life-changing friendship after a chance encounter. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 Hanna's Sleeping Dogs E18+ From: Jun 5, 2018
Based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Elisabeth Escher, a 9-year-old girl raised Catholic in a 1960s Austrian town discovers that she is actually Jewish. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 At Eye Level ALL AGES From: Jun 5, 2018
Michi, 11, lives in a group home and dreams of meeting his long-lost father, but when he finally locates him, he discovers isn’t as he imagined. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 Rock My Heart ALL AGES From: Jun 6, 2018
17-year-old Jana has a congenital heart defect. Jana seeks out every wild adventure, but everything changes when she meets the stallion Rock My Heart. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 Mademoiselle Paradis E18+ From: Jun 6, 2018
An enthralling account of the life of a blind pianist whose partially restored sight witnessed a loss in her musicality. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 Gutland E18+ From: Jun 7, 2018
Vicky Krieps and Frederic Lau star in this atmospheric mystery about an outsider who arrives to a small Luxemburg town that is hiding a dark secret. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 The Final Journey E18+ From: Jun 7, 2018
This gripping drama about the long shadows of the past follows a 92-year-old former German Army officer as he searches for the woman he loved long ago. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 Four Hands E18+ From: Jun 9, 2018
Two sisters grow up haunted by a terrible crime they witness, but when one passes away the other begins to suspect she’s being possessed. SUBTITLED
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GFF18 Wings of Desire E18+ From: Jun 10, 2018
A visionary classic of German cinema, Wim Wenders’ 1987 drama follows two angels perched high above Berlin who listen to the thoughts of the mortals below. SUBTITLED
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