Here are the top picks from the German Film Festival in Melbourne, with the full schedule below.
The Phantom|Das Phantom 06.00pm Friday 28 March @ Palace Cinema Como | 06.15pm Tuesday 8 April @ Palace Cinema Como
After the partner of a policeman is killed he is drawn into a mysterious plot of conspiracy and terrorists.
When two brothers meet in their family’s isolated house on the coast, previously unresolved issues and tensions are revealed. Marten wants to pick up their jailed mother when she is released after killing their abusive father a few years ago, while Volker cannot forgive the way he was treated by his father and only wants to sell the house and forget the past.
Father’s Garden-The Love of My Parents 02.15pm Sunday 30 March @ Kino Cinemas | 08.30pm Monday 7 April @ Kino Cinemas | 06.30pm Thursday 10 April @ Kino Cinemas
An elderly couple, married for 62 years, subtly interviewed by their son, reflecting on their marriage leading to surprises how these two got married in the first place.
Florian is an overweight teenage boy, adored by his mother and abhorred by his macho father. He loves disco music and dressing up in the appropriate clothing. Yet his life undergoes a transformation when his mother has a stroke. How will he and his father get on?
The darker side of human interaction is revealed in this drama about a group of people that seem to be pursued by bad luck. As the individual storyline develop, a decidedly dark humor pervades the film, revealing a warped view of human existence.
With her husband leaving, Silvi finally realizes that her rather dull marriage has failed. The 47-year-old woman, now lost and lonely, but also driven by the desire to not be alone, she decides to start over again.
The documentary explores the role athletes played in the GDR, particularly during the 1960s and 1970s when East Germany was a major competitor at the Olympic Games. The film focuses on the intensive sports program with which the athletes, who were treated like heroes, were involved.
The Last Days of Mankind (Special Event-Reading Performance) 06.30pm Saturday 5 April @ Palace Cinema Como
Justus Neumann revisits Karl Kraus’ satire The Last Days of Mankind (1918) in an inspiring lecture about the absurdity of war and the mistakes that mankind seems to be repeating throughout history.
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07.00pm Life’s No Piece Of Cake|Das Leben ist nichts für Feiglinge (Closing Night)