Watch ‘Run Lola Run,’ ‘Goodbye Lenin!’ and more German flicks outdoors in Bangkok

A ‘90s beat-the-clock thriller that became an international hit, an Oscar-winning short confronting racism and a documentary by beloved filmmaker Wim Wenders are among a dozen German productions to be shown under the stars in Bangkok.

German cultural center Goethe Institut is expanding its annual outdoor movie festival to three months with 11 German-language films showing on its lawn every Tuesday now through March. 

Marking the best films of the past six decades, Open Air Kino 2020 opens tomorrow with Run Lola Run, a 1998 thriller whose red-haired heroine sprinted from the streets of Berlin into one of the decade’s most recognizable characters.

The event continues every Tuesday thereon until March 10. Must-see entries include acclaimed tragicomedy Good Bye, Lenin! in which a young East German man goes to absurd lengths to conceal the fact the Berlin Wall has come down to his ardently Communist mother after she wakes from a coma. Another is The Salt of the Earth, a biodoc on Brazilian photojournalist Sebastiao Salgado directed by his son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, and renowned filmmaker Wim Wenders. The film won the Special Prize in 2014 at the Cannes Film Festival.

It’s time chance to catch Black Rider, a 12-minute short film tackling racism that won the Oscar for Best Short Subject in 1994. 

Every film has Thai and English subtitles. The full schedule is available online. Admission is free. 

Screenings start at 7:30pm every Tuesday at the Goethe Institut on Soi Sathorn 1. The venue can be reached by motorcycle taxi or via a 10-minute walk from MRT Lumphini’s exit No. 2.


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