German Film Festival

German Film Festival


The 2019 German Film Festival showcases the best new German cinema across all genres with a curated selection of 31 films. Presented by Palace in collaboration with German Films, the programme will screen across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Canberra, Perth and Adelaide from 21 May.

Opening the festival nationally is Balloon (Ballon) by Michael ‘Bully’ Herbig. A spectacular and thrilling true story of two ordinary families who escape from East to West Germany in a homemade hot air balloon. Starring Karoline Schuch, David Kross, Friedrich Mücke and Alicia von Rittberg the story of the 1979 flight from the GDR
is perfectly timed for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the wall.

The Centrepiece selection, The Captain (Der Hauptmann) by Hollywood director Robert Schwentke (RED, The Time Traveler’s Wife), offers a superb cast including Max Hubacher, Frederick Lau, Alexander Fehling, Milan Peschel and Samuel Finzi. A black and white anti-war film, based on true story of deserter Willi Herold, sees darkly evocative and brutally stark German cinema at its best.

This is just the tip of the iceberg – to see the whole German Film Festival program, head to the website.

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