German-Language Film Festival Das Filmfest Returns to Prague, October 18-22
The German-language film festival Das Filmfest returns to Prague this week for its 12th annual edition from Wednesday, October 18 through Sunday, October 22, at Prague's Kino Lucerna and Kino Atlas.
The following week, from October 30 through November 2, the festival will move to Brno where a selection of films will be presented at the city’s Břetislav Bakala Hall.
This year’s fest kicks off with a doozy: a presentation of Fritz Lang’s silent sci-fi classic Metropolis, widely hailed as one of the best films ever made, with live musical accompaniment by the band FORMA.
Metropolis will screen in Brno on Wednesday, October 18, and in the Czech capital the following Prague’s Municipal Library. More info about the Das Filmfest Metropolis screenings here.
Among the highlights at the 2017 edition of Das Filmfest is the culture-clash drama Western (pictured above), from director Valeska Grisebach, about a group of German construction workers in the Bulgarian countryside. The film screened in the Un Certain Regard section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and was also seen in Prague at the recent Be2Can Festival.
Also screening at this year’s fest is The Best of All Worlds, a new Austrian drama about the underground drug scene in Salzburg that was awarded at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year. Director Adrian Goiginger will be attending the festival to present his film.
He’s not the only special guest at this year’s Das Filmfest: directors Luise Brinkmann (Beat Beat Heart), Tim Fehlbaum (Hell), Valentin Hitz (Stille Reserven), Johannes Naber (Das kalte Herz), and Simon Verhoeven (Welcome to Germany) will all be on hand to present their films.
One more tip: The Young Karl Marx, a drama about the early years of the German philosopher that stars August Diehl (The Counterfeiters) and was directed by Raoul Peck (Lumumba, I am Not Your Negro).
Tickets for Das Filmfest features run 110 CZK. Most (but not all) films will be screened with English subtitles in addition to Czech.
More info about the festival can be found at the official Das Filmfest website (in German and Czech).
Supported by the Prague branch of the Goethe Institute, a worldwide German cultural association, Das Filmfest was one of the early Prague film festivals dedicated to representing a particular culture when it debuted more than a decade ago.
Many others have followed in its steps: just this week sees the inaugural edition of the Kolnoa Israeli Film Festival at Prague’s Kino Pilotů and the 11th edition of the popular Bollywood Film Festival at Kino Světozor.