14th Audi Festival Of German Films: 13-31 May 2015

By April 27, 2015 Events

Germany’s robust and creative film industry will be represented by four exciting international guests at this year’s fourteenth annual Audi Festival of German Films. A number of special events will put the spotlight on diversity, tolerance, inclusion and exclusion in our multicultural world.



Acclaimed actor Florian Stetter appears at the 2015 festival in Beloved Sisters (2014), Stations of the Cross (2014) and Nanga Parbat (2009). Stetter already played in many successful films and theatre productions including Sophie Scholl (2005), Lucie de Beaune (2005) and The Taste of Appleseeds (2013). He was awarded the Max Ophüls Prize for his role in L’amour (2000) and the Grimme-Prize as best actor for Die Freunde der Freunde (2002). Stetter will attend the Opening Nights in Sydney and Melbourne as well as Q&As after the screenings. Sydney: 13 May & 16-17 May; Melbourne: 14-15 May


Composer Thomas Köner is a distinctive figure in the fields of contemporary music and multimedia art, working across the spheres of composition, visual arts, installation work and music production. Numerous awards reflect his familiarity with both the visual and sonic arts on an international scale. Köner was commissioned to create music for silent films for the Auditorium du Musée du Louvre, Centre Pompidou. His latest work was premiered at Maerzmusik / Berliner Festspiele. At this year’s festival, Köner will create a live soundtrack for the 1926 silent film FAUST by German cinema legend FW Murnau. In addition, Köner will hold workshops at Australian universities. Brisbane 22 May; Sydney 23 May; Canberra 25 May; Melbourne 26 May; Hobart 30 May


Screenwriter Sascha Arango is one of Germany’s most prominent screenwriters, mainly known for his frequent work with the hugely successful crime series Tatort in Germany. Arango also writes audio plays and stage plays and has won several prizes, including twice winning the Grimme Award, a leading German television prize. Arango wrote the script for the adaptation of the classic The Adventures of Huck Finn screening at the Festival. Sascha will participate in Q&As and panel discussions and presents his new book as a shared guest of the Sydney Writers’ Festival. Sydney 23 May; Adelaide 30 May; Brisbane 25 May; Melbourne 26 May (also see co-presentation details with Sydney Writers’ Festival)


A renowned German journalist, Peter Claus has worked in many different forms of media. In the 1980s, Claus was a journalist in the GDR. After the reunification he established himself as a film and theatre critic, especially in radio journalism. Today he freelances for important media outlets such as Deutschland Radio Kultur, WDR or dpa (the German Press Agency). As a guest of the 2015 Audi Festival of German Films, Claus will be reporting for Deutschland Radio Kultur and the website http://www.getidan.de Sydney 13 May & 17-19 May; Melbourne 14- 16 May; Canberra 20 May


The Cut (panel discussion): Join us for a panel discussion following Fatih Akin’s latest movie The Cut in which he turns the spotlight on a trauma of Turkish and Armenian history. Moderator: Jon Dee, Panel guests: Gladys Berejiklian MP, Councillor Sarkis Yedelian OAM, Mr. Ertunç Özen (tbc). Sydney 21 May; Melbourne 21 May

Faust (live soundtrack): German artist Thomas Köner will create a live soundtrack for the 1926 silent film FAUST by German cinema legend FW Murnau. Screenings take place inside cinemas and at MONA (Hobart). Brisbane 22 May; Sydney 23 May; Canberra 25 May; Melbourne 26 May; Hobart 30 May

 iAm the FuTure! (panel discussion): Following the screening of the thought provoking documentary Alphabet panellists respond to the claims made by the film that formal outcome fixated education stamps out creative learning in children. Our Panel in Melbourne: Andrew Jones (Principal, Broadmeadow Valley PS), JX Zheng (President, GASS); in Brisbane: Dr. Simone Smala (Lecturer, University of Queensland); in Sydney: Prof. Ingrid Piller (Macquarie University), Laura Peck (GASS), Catherine Daniel and John Nyagah (Vertical Circus). Melbourne 19 May; Brisbane 24 May; Sydney 26 May

Berlinale & Beyond (panel discussion): Film experts and journalists reflect on the history of German film, recent trends, special highlights, and of course the Berlinale. The panel discussion in Sydney will be moderated by Eddie Cockrell (film critic, Variety etc.) with the following guests: Peter Claus (Journalist), Nashen Moodley (Director, Sydney Film Festival), David Rokach (Director, Antenna Documentary Film Festival; attended Berlinale 2015 supported by Goethe-Institut), Michelle Langford (Author, “Directory of World Cinema: Germany”). Melb: Peter Claus (Journalist), Peter Krausz (Jury Member, Audi Festival of German Films), Richard Sowada (Head of Film Programs, ACMI). Melbourne 16 May; Sydney 19 May

Fascination Africa (themed evening): a diverse and fascinating program of documentaries inspired by African life, captured by the lenses of German documentary filmmakers. Melbourne & Sydney 18 & 25 May

Swiss Soiree (themed evening): invites festival guests to indulge in an entertaining Swiss evening surrounded by Swiss delicacies and alpine tunes, thanks to the Swiss Consulate. Sydney 28 May; Melbourne 25 May

Soul Kitchen (film & food evening): Melbourne’s Hophaus dishes up a truly nourishing experience with a screening of Fatih Akin’s hilarious cinematic declaration of love of German food and his hometown Hamburg – at Southgate Deckchair Cinema, followed by German-inspired soul finger food and German beers and wines, accompanied by soul DJ Marcus Knight. Melbourne 27 May


Presented in cooperation with Sydney Writers’ Festival:

The Rules of Seduction in Screenwriting (panel discussion): Sascha Arango is one of Germany’s most prominent screenwriters known for his work on the long running detective series, Tatort. Sascha will participate in a panel discussion in collaboration with the Sydney Writers’ Festival, along with essayist and novelist Lynn Coady, bestselling author Michael Connelly, and award-winning writer, director, and producer Vanessa Alexander. Sydney 22 May

Presented in cooperation with Perth International Jazz Festival:

Timo Vollbrecht: Be carried away by sophisticated jazz sounds in a chilled and intimate setting. German saxophonist Timo Vollbrecht creates a cinematic sound world, blending jazz, minimalism, contemporary post-rock influences. Perth 29 May

For more information visit: http://www.goethe.de/ozfilmfest