11/10 (Fri) 7:30pm Balloon (Opening film)
12/10 (Sat) 2pm Sweethearts
12/10 (Sat) 4:20pm The Most Beautiful Couple
13/10 (Sun) 2pm The Collini Case
13/10 (Sun) 4:30pm Chris the Swiss
13/10 (Sun) 7:30pm A Regular Woman
14/10 (Mon) 7:30pm Gundermann
KINO returns with a selection of the best and most successful films of German cinema in 2018/ 2019: exciting stories, big emotions and powerful images. We look forward to welcoming you to KINO - there is so much to see!
Our opening film BALLOON tells the story of a dramatic escape from the GDR, a ten years before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. Are you a fan of suspense? Then you should not miss THE COLLINI CASE and THE MOVER. The film A REGULAR WOMAN is based on a true story: The "honor killing" of the young Turkish woman in Berlin shook the German public. Do you love buddy-comedies? Then you will enjoy SWEETHEARTS and 25 Km/h. And the journey of the two unequal friends in ROADS shows that sometimes you have to travel very far to find out the truth. In CHRIS THE SWISS, a dangerous search for clues leads back to the Balkan war of the 90s, whose violence is made palpable with threatening black-and-white animations, an award-winning documentary thriller from Switzerland. With six awards, GUNDERMANN is the absolute winner of this year's German Film Award - come and see it at KINO! Let yourself be surprised and find your favourite film in KINO/19.
Director: Michael Herbig
Casts: Friedrich Mücke, Karoline Schuch, David Kross
Washington DC Filmfest 2019 (Audience Award - Best Feature Film)
Munich International Film Festival 2019 (National Peace Prize of the German film - The Bridge)
Germany │ 2018 │ 125 mins │ German with Chinese and English subtitles │ Colour
11/10 (Fri) 7:30pm
Based on real-life events, this feature film tells the story of a spectacular escape from the German Democratic Republic. In summer 1979, after two years of preparations and planning, the Strezlzyk and Wetzel families want to escape from the GDR in a self-built hot-air balloon. The Strelzyk family goes first, but has to make an emergency landing before they get to cross the border. The damaged balloon gets carried away by the wind. While the family can make if back home safely, both, the Strelzyks as well as the Wetzels know it won’t be long before the Stasi, the dreaded omnipresent secret police, are onto them. Feverishly, they start building a new, more stable balloon to undertake another attempt to escape.
Director: Karoline Herfurth
Casts: Karoline Herfurth, Hannah Herzsprung, Frederick Lau
Stony Brook Film Festival 2019
Germany │ 2019 │ 107 mins │ German with Chinese and English subtitles │ Colour
It's double trouble when fate and an ill-executed diamond robbery throw Mel and Franny together in a race and chase against time. Mel, a professional criminal and single mum looking to pull off her greatest coup, and her nerdy, easily panic-stricken hostage Franny are soon pursued by the relentless detective Ingrid, who always gets her man, or women, at any price. On the run, the mismatched and constantly fighting pair have to dispose of the loot in the face of a Berlin underworld also determined to get its hands on them and the precious stones. As the forces of law and disorder close in, Franny develops a liking for Mel, deciding she is going to help her 'captor'. Mel is far less than enthusiastic, especially given Franny's idea of support. With no choice the odd couple soon become a perfect tag team. But when Mel then adds the good looking cop Harry to her collection of hostages and Franny immediately falls for him, the chaos becomes perfect - with a happy ending looking to be an impossibly long way off.
Director: Sven Taddicken
Casts: Maximilian Brückner, Luise Heyer, Jasna Fritzi Bauer
Hamburg Film Festival 2018 (Art Cinema Award - Best Feature)
German Film Awards 2019 (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role)
The Mons International Film Festival 2019 (Grand Prix Awards, Best Acting Award)
Germany │ 2018 │ 98 mins │ German with Chinese and English subtitles │ Colour
An erotic vacation in Mallorca yields a lingering trauma – a sexual assault that a couple must learn how to cope with. Back in Germany, their relationship is held together by the pretense of normalcy until the perpetrator reappears. Liv wants to forget, forgive and move on; Malte, wracked with guilt and shame, longs for revenge. Will this second tragedy separate them in search of personal truths, or remind them of love that can implode their present to become new together? A harrowing and gripping thriller at its finest.
Casts: Elyas M’Barek, Alexandra Maria Lara, Franco Nero
Germany │ 2019 │ 120 mins │ German with Chinese and English subtitles │ Colour
Elyas M’Barek is cast as the young German defense lawyer Caspar Leinen in the screen adaptation of Ferdinand von Schirach’s international bestselling courtroom drama "Der Fall Collini" ("The Collini Case").
For over 30 years, Fabrizio Collini has worked diligently for a German carmaker before going and killing a man, seemingly on a whim. It’s a nightmare for lawyer Caspar Leinen, who takes over his case as a court-assigned lawyer: He has a client who won’t talk to him, and an opponent who seems far superior in legendary prosecutor Professor Richard Mattinger. Furthermore, Casper discovers a personal connection to the victim. When he decides to tackle the case anyway, he starts uncovering one of the greatest legal scandals ever, stretching back to World War II. But how much is he willing to sacrifice to expose the truth?
Screenplay: Anja Kofmel
Swiss Film Award 2019 (Best Documentary Film, Best Film Score, Best Film Editing)
Zurich Film Awards 2018 (Best Film)
Cannes Film Festival 2018 (Critics' Week Grand Prize, Golden Camera, Golden Eye)
Switzerland / Croatia / Germany / Finland │ 2018 │ 90 mins │ German, Swiss German, English, Spanish with Chinese and English subtitles │ Colour
As an adult, Anja decides to follow his story. She tries to understand what Chris' actual involvement in this conflict was and takes us on a quest to Croatia. She tells of her journey in a fine mix of documentary and animated film. Chris the Swiss won the Swiss Film Prizes 2019 in three categories. The film has been awarded several prizes, including the Swiss Film Awards 2019 in three categories.
Casts: Almila Bagriacik, Rauand Taleb, Meral Perin
German Film Awards 2019 (Best Cinematography)
Tribeca Film Festival 2019 (Best International Narrative Feature)
Germany │ 2019 │92 mins │ German and Turkish with Chinese and English subtitles │Colour
Director Sherry Hormann’s unflinching film tells Aynur’s story from the character’s point of view, giving her a voice she never had. Aynur’s narrative voice also reveals the effect of her decisions on her family, rendering the extreme actions that they take in the name of “honor” understandable but no less horrible. Blending stark cinematography with beautiful still imagery (with some pictures featuring the real Hatun "Aynur" Sürücü), A Regular Woman is a unique non-fiction narrative anchored by Bagriacik’s riveting performance.
Casts: Alexander Scheer, Anna Unterberger, Axel Prahl
Bavaria Film Prize 2019 (Best Leading Actor)
German Film Awards 2019 (Best Film: Gold, Best Directing, Best Screenplay, Best Leading Actor, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design)
Germany │ 2018 │ 128 mins │ German with Chinese and English subtitles │Colour
Casts: Fionn Whitehead, Stéphane Bak, Moritz Bleibtreu
Tribeca Film Festival 2019 (Best International Narrative Feature)
Germany, France │ 2018 │ 99 mins │ English with Chinese subtitles │Colour
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