KINO/22 German Film Festival

Venue: Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre  
Date: 2022.10.13 - 2022.10.19
Price: Standard ticket: $85. Tickets are now available at URBTIX.  
“Herzlich willkommen”, moviegoers, film fans and everyone who loves cinema with a German flair! We are thrilled to invite you to KINO/22, the German film festival in Hong Kong and Macau. This year we will again present a great selection of new, successful films from Germany. It's all about dramatic, thoughtful, funny, moving stories - and where could you experience them better, more intensively, than in the cinema? Great emotions need the big screen!

We look forward to welcoming you and your family and friends to KINO/22!
Tickets are now available at URBTIX.
Opening Film: THE ROYAL GAME
Germany, Austria| 2021 | 112’ | In German with Chinese and English subtitles| Colour
  • Best Actor and Best Production, Bavarian Film Awards 2021
  • Best Costume Design, German Film Awards 2021
  • Best Costume Design, Austrian Film Award 2022
Director: Philipp Stölzl
Screenplay: Eldar Grigorian
Cast: Oliver Masucci, Albrecht Schuch, Birgit Minichmayr
Shortly after handing in the manuscript of The Royal Game in 1942, Stefan Zweig chooses a double suicide with his wife. This last work is also his most famous: a swan song to the values of the once proud European culture. The remake now focuses on the story of Dr B and his time in solitary confinement at a Gestapo headquarter in Vienna. There, by chance, he comes across a chess book and learns entire games by heart. Unlike earlier film adaptations, Stölzl adheres less meticulously to the original: the depiction of the physical and mental collapse of an elite class that believes it is immune from the mob until the very end is just one of the new accents that this new film sets.
Germany | 2021 | 94’ | In German with Chinese and English subtitles | Colour
  • Best Production, Förderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino, Filmfest München 2021
  • FBW 2021 - Prädikat: besonders wertvoll
  • Nominee the Best Director, Best Screenplay, Filmfest München 2021
Director: Lena Stahl
Screenplay: Lena Stahl
Cast: Jonas Dassler, Anke Engelke, Hannah Herzsprung
The serious skateboarding accident that the risk-taking Jason suffers during a daring action makes his mother Marlene even more worried about him than she already is due to his lifestyle. Because even after awakening from the coma, Jason does not show himself purified, but even seems to be proud of his scars. Marlene therefore wants to drive him to the rehabilitation clinic in Switzerland herself, and she now keeps a close eye on his every step. This monitoring does not do the already strained relationship between mother and son any good. While Marlene gradually realises that she needs to get her fears of loss under control, Jason realizes that he cannot continue his life without regard for others and their feelings.

THE LAST EXECUTION 1920px-Hong_Kong_film_rating_cat3.svg**
Germany | 2021 | 116’ | In German with Chinese and English subtitles | Colour
  • Young German Cinema Award for Best Screenplay, Munich Film Festival 2021
  • Nominee the New Directors Competition, Chicago International Film Festival 2021
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2021
Director: Franziska Stünkel
Screenplay: Franziska Stünkel
Cast: Lars Eidinger, Devid Striesow, Luise Heyer
Based on the true story of the last execution in the former GDR. This gripping historical drama is directed by Franziska Stünkel stars Lars Eidinger in the lead role, alongside Devid Striesow and Luise Heyer. Shot at original locations including the former buildings of the State Security Service in Berlin, the film paints an authentic picture of the harsh realities in the GDR system and their destructive impact on the individual.
** THE LAST EXECUTION is classified as Category III, refunds will be made to ticket holders under 18 years old with the bought ticket from the day of announcement till 24 October 2022 (Monday) at the box office of the Hong Kong Arts Centre.
DEAR THOMAS 1920px-Hong_Kong_film_rating_cat3.svg**
Germany | 2021 | 157’ | In German with Chinese and English subtitles | Colour
  • Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, German Film Awards 2022
  • Grand Prix for the Best Film, Grand Prize, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2021
  • Munich Film Festival 2021
Director: Andreas Kleinert
Screenplay:Thomas Wendrich
Cast: Albrecht Schuch, Jella Haase
A powerful biopic about one of Germany’s most important writers, shot in black and white, featuring a tour-de-force performance from Albrecht Schuch. East Germany is still young, but Thomas Brasch is already an outsider. He is obsessive, a dreamer and a rebel. Neither the banning of his very first play nor his expulsion from film school stops him from pursuing a career in writing. When Soviet tanks roll through Prague in 1968, Thomas joins the protest on the streets of Berlin, only to be reported by his father and sent to prison. Released on parole, he continues to write about love, revolt, and death. With no prospect of being heard, Thomas flees with the woman he loves, but he does not find fulfillment in the West either.
** DEAR THOMAS is classified as Category III, refunds will be made to ticket holders under 18 years old with the bought ticket from the day of announcement till 24 October 2022 (Monday) at the box office of the Hong Kong Arts Centre.

Germany | 2022 | 131’ | In German with English subtitles | Colour
  • Best Film Music, German Film Awards 2022
  • Nominee the Best Film, German Film Awards 2022
Director: Karoline Herfurth
Screenplay: Karoline Herfurth, Lena Stahl, Monika Fäßler
Cast: Karoline Herfurth, Nora Tschirner, Dilara Aylin Ziem, Emilia Schüle, Martina Gedeck
Five women in conflict with the traditional beauty ideals and gender roles of Western societies: There is Sonja, for example, who feels unattractive after the birth of her second child and tries everything to look the way she did before - not least to her husband Milan, who is completely unaware of his wife's grueling hardships. Meanwhile, Sonja's commitment-shy friend Vicky has to contend with her colleague and suitor Franz, who tries to convince her of love and firmly maintains that equal partnerships are possible.

Sonja's sister-in-law Julie conforms to common ideals, but it still doesn't seem to be enough for a career as a model in the fashion industry, which is sworn to perverted ideas of perfection. Meanwhile, the somewhat stronger student Leyla is convinced that her life would be much better if she looked like Julie. Julie's mother Frauke also struggles with her body: at almost 60 years old, she believes she is no longer desired by her husband Wolfi. He, in turn, feels useless as a pensioner and in another way no longer "desirable"...

Tickets are now available at URBTIX.

Ticket Price: $85/ $68*
*20% discount for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder. Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission.
*20% discount to Goethe-Institut Hongkong’s students. Discount is only available at the URBTIX Sales Counters, Goethe-Institut Hongkong’s students must present a valid discount letter upon purchase.
*20% off for HKAC Individual members & HKAC BEE. Discount is only available at the URBTIX Sales Counters, members must present a valid membership card upon purchase.
*20% off for each purchase of 4 or more standard tickets.

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Programme enquiries: 2582 0248

Presenter: Goethe-Institut Hongkong
In collaboration with: Hong Kong Arts Centre
Banner: © Zeitsprung Pictures / Wild Bunch Germany (Foto: Peter Hartwig)

Programmes are subject to change without prior notice.

The following measures will be implemented for screenings, to combat the prevailing threat of Novel Coronavirus:

  • All audience must wear face masks and comply with the requirements and restrictions announced by the Government
  • No smoking, eating and drinking. Unauthorised photo-taking, audio and/or video recording is strictly forbidden
  • Staff have the right to deny the admission of any person with temperature higher than 37.5°C
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