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[Film] Guide to the 1st German Film Week

September 15, 2016

There’s a new “film festival” to look forward to this September from the Goethe-Institut Philippinen – the 1st German Film Week.

Goethe-Institut is screening thirteen (13) contemporary German films on September 22 to 27, 2016 at Glorietta and Trinoma cinemas. The first edition of the German Film Week showcases films with classic themes of love, loyalty, family, and adventure to the grittier issues of identity or coping with the past.


Who Am I – No System Is Safe (Who Am I – Kein System ist sicher / 2014 / Thriller / 15+ / 106 mins) is the festival’s opening film. A gifted hacker is recruited to the hacker collective CLAY, that become more and more famous with fun guerilla actions causing increasingly serious problems.

A woman is put under social pressure to give birth to a disabled child in the movie 24 Weeks (24 Wochen / 2016 / Drama / 102 mins).

Berlinale 2015 awardee As We Were Dreaming (Als wir träumten / 2015 / Drama / 117 mins) tells the story of three guys from east Germany who are in love with techno music and decided to start their own club.

Catch Emma Watson in The Colony (Colonia Dignidad / 2015 / Drama, History, Romance, Thriller / 110 mins), a film set based on true events during the 1973 Chilean military coup.

An intense adaptation of Martin Suter’s novel of the same name, a successful lawyer’s life turns upside down dealing with psychedelic mushrooms in Berlinale 2016 awardee The Dark Side Of The Moon (Die dunkie Seite del Mondes / 2015 / Crime, Thriller / 97 mins).

Head Full Of Honey (Honig im Kopf / 2014 / Comedy, Drama / 139 mins) is a story about the love between Tilda and her grandfather, who she takes a trip before he goes to a nursing home due to his Alzheimer’s.

Discover the magic of riding with rebellious Aylin along with her journey towards self-confidence and independence in the film Hördur : Between The Worlds (Hördur : Zwischen den Welten / 2015 / Drama / 84 mins).

I’m Off Then (Ich bin dann mal weg / 2015 / Comedy / 92 mins) is the film adaptation of Hape Karkeling’s best-selling book “I’m Off Then: Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago”. Follow the protagonist’s journey as he goes on a pilgrimage on the St. James’ Way.

Labyrinth Of Lies (Im Labyrinth des Schweigens / 2014 / Drama, History / 123 mins) revolves around exposing the conspiracy of prominent German institutions and government branches to cover up the crimes of Nazis during World War II.

Fourteen year-old Maria is a fundamentalist Catholic. She goes through all 14 Stations Of The Cross (Kreuzweg / 2014 / Drama, Satire / 110 mins) to become a saint and go to heaven.

Another Berlinale 2016 awardee, Meteor Street (Meteorstraße / 2016 / 84 mins), reflects the current discourse around asylum and immigration in Germany and Europe.

Follow the chaotic journey of two teenagers in love at the start of the May 1968 revolution in Rough Road Ahead (Von jetzt an kein Zurück / 2014 / Drama, History / 109 mins).

WILD (2015 / Drama / 97 mins) is about an anarchist young woman who breaks the tacit contract with civilization and fearlessly decides on a life without hypocrisy or an obligatory safety net.

1st German Film Week Screening Schedule at Glorietta

Sept 21 / WedWho Am I – No System Is Safe7:00 PM
Sept 22 / ThursdayI’m Off Then7:00 PM
Head Full Of Honey 9:30 PM
Sept 23 / FridayThe Dark Side Of The Moon 7:00 PM
WILD 9:30 PM
Sept 24 / Saturday24 Weeks 7:00 PM
Stations Of The Cross 9:30 PM
Sept 25 / SundayHordur4:00 PM
Rough Road Ahead 7:00 PM
Labyrinth of Lies 9:30 PM
Sept 26 / MondayMeteor Street7:00 PM
The Colony 9:30 PM
Sept 27 / TuesdayWho Am I – No System Is Safe 7:00 PM
As We Were Dreaming 9:30 PM

1st German Film Week Screening Schedule at Trinoma

Sept 22 / ThursdayRough Road Ahead7:00 PM
Stations Of The Cross9:30 PM
Sept 23 / FridayWho Am I – No System Is Safe7:00 PM
As We Were Dreaming9:30 PM
Sept 24 / SaturdayThe Dark Side Of The Moon7:00 PM
Sept 25 / SundayThe Colony7:00 PM
24 Weeks9:30 PM
Sept 26 / MondayI’m Off Then7:00 PM
Head Full Of Honey9:30 PM
Sept 27 / TuesdayMeteor Street7:00 PM
Labyrinth Of Lies9:30 PM

The 1st German Film Week is a joint project of Goethe-Institut Philippinen, Ayala Cinemas and Film Development Council of the Philippines. Tickets (P100) are available via SureSeats.com or at the cinema counters.

For more information visit Goethe-Institut on Facebook or the GFW 2016 Program. Use #GermanFilmWeekPH when posting about this year’s event.

Photos grabbed from Goethe-Institut Philippinen Facebook page.