Now through to the end of the month, German Film Week 2019 will see a total of eight venues in and around Bangkok screen a diverse selection of German-language films.
The film festival will open with All About Me (Der Junge muss an die frische Luft), a dramatized account of the childhood of real-life comedian Hape Kerkeling. The movie tells the “origin story” of the famous comedian by going back to when Kerkeling was just a chubby 9-year-old with a gift for making people laugh. The film will show for free at Goethe-Institut Thailand on Soi Sathorn 1. Online registration is required.
The festival then moves on to show nearly a dozen movies at several venues around the city, including alternative cinemas Cinema Oasis, Bangkok Screening Room and Doc Club Theatre. Other venues involved include the large creative space Chang Chui, Franco-Thai cultural center Alliance Francaise Bangkok, the Thai Film Archive and the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, Southeast Asia’s largest and oldest press club.
Among the many award-winning movies, Bangkok cinephiles wouldn’t want to miss Gundermann, the biopic of Gerhard Gundermann, a struggling musician and coal-miner who also worked as an informer for the East German intelligence service.
Selected as the Kenyan entry for best foreign language film in the Oscars race, the German-Kenyan production Supa Modo centers around a terminally ill girl who dreams of being a super-heroine, and goes on to inspire her entire village to band together to help her dream come true.
Fans of documentaries, on the other hand, might want to go for these nonfiction films: The Cleaners, which follows the Philippines’ “internet sweepers” in charge of controlling what people see on the internet, and Life in Stills, the heartfelt story of a photo shop owner and her grandson who try to save their store — which holds nearly a million negatives documenting Israel’s history — from closing down.
Tickets are 100 THB per screening for all venue showings, except the screenings at the Goethe-Institut and Chang Chui, where admission is free.
Bangkok’s German Film Week has been held annually by the Goethe-Institut Thailand since 2012 to celebrate German culture and filmmaking industry.
German Film Week 2019
July 8 – July 29
Phone: +662 108 8231, +662 108 8232