With over 50 amazingly diverse and fêted features, shorts and documentaries awaiting audiences at the 13th annual AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS, this year’s event promises to be the most dynamic yet! And to help celebrate, we have a fabulous line-up of international guests, all of whom speak excellent English, who will be attending a dazzling variety of special event screenings to be held at luxurious Palace Cinema venues.
NADESHDA BRENNICKE – ACTOR (Banklady / The Phantom / Tattoo)
One of German cinema’s most charismatic screen stars, Nadeshda Brennicke, will be heading to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. The award-winning Brennicke has starred in several successful movies such as Bob Swaim’s Le Doigt de Dieu (1997), Dominik Graf’s Hotte Im Paradies (2003) and Denis Gansel’s The Phantom (2000). She recently received the Silver Hugo for Best Actress in Banklady at the Chicago International Film Festival. Brennicke will be presenting Banklady (our Opening Night Film in Sydney and in Melbourne) as well as retrospective events for her movies The Phantom and Tattoo.
ANGUS McGRUTHER – ACTOR (Bela Kiss: Prologue)
With the dashing looks of a leading man and talent to match, Sydney-sider Angus McGruther graduated from the University of Wollongong’s acting program in 2006. Since then he has worked in theatre, film and television in Australia and Germany, splitting his time living and working between Sydney and Berlin. He appeared on stage at the English Theatre Berlin and in the German sci-fi film Snowblind (2010) alongside Wim Wenders. McGruther stars in the Festival’s spine-tingling thriller Bela Kiss: Prologue, which will screen in English without subtitles and will attend Q&A screenings in both Sydney and Melbourne.
JUSTUS NEUMANN – ACTOR/DIRECTOR/PERFORMER (The Last Days of Mankind)
Viennese-born Justus Neumann is an actor, director and performer who has been living on Tasmania’s Bruny Island since 1987. He has performed with the Vienna Schauspielhaus Ensemble, won the City of Vienna Best Actor Award twice and produced the musical theater piece Alzheimer Symphony in 2013. His bilingual productions are created in Tasmania and exported to Austria. In a stand-out Festival event to be held in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, Neumann will present Karl Kraus’ chilling, almost prophetic satire The Last Days of Mankind (1918) in an inspiring lecture about the absurdity of war and mankind’s ongoing mistakes. Neumann’s presentation will be followed by refreshments and a screening of the acclaimed WWI drama Odyssey of Heroes.
CONSTANZE KNOCHE & LEIS BAGDACH – FILMMAKERS (Visitors)
Constanze Knoche studied dramaturgy at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig and directing at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen Potsdam, at the Filmakademie Vienna and at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema in Lisbon. Since 2007, she has worked as a director, writer and producer for film and television, being one of the shareholders and managers of the film production company Neufilm since 2012. Knoche directed the award-winning Visitors and will be present for Q&As alongside her partner, Leis Bagdach in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Visitors tells the story of Jakob and Hanna who, during an unannounced visit to Berlin, tell their three adult children that they are no longer able to support them financially. Karla, Arnolt and Sonni seem to live successful city lives, but, on closer inspection, they are in the midst of different life-crises, which have a common cause: lack of independence. After a big family-quarrel and some painful revelations each family member is made aware of just how little he or she knows about the others.
Leis Bagdach studied literature and theatre at the University of Leipzig before moving to Berlin in 2000. Since then he has worked as a freelance writer for cinema, TV and theatre. Bagdach was not only one of the screenwriters for the film Visitors, he also co-manages the film production company Neufilm with his partner Constanze Knoche and Holm Taddiken.
Proudly presented by the Goethe-Institut in association with German Films, screening partner Palace Cinemas, and the support of Audi, the 2014 Festival will take place over two weeks in six Palace cinema locations across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra, commencing in Sydney on 26th of March.
FESTIVAL DATES & VENUES:
Sydney: 26 March to 10 April Chauvel Cinema & Palace Norton Street
Melbourne: 27 March to 11 April Palace Cinema Como & Kino Cinemas
Brisbane: 28 March to 3 April Palace Centro
Canberra: 1 April to 6 April Palace Electric Cinema
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