Tydzień Filmu Niemieckiego
The German Film Week is a review of the latest cinema of Germany and, as every year, features productions that have won both critical and film audience acclaim.
There was also no shortage of titles screened at international festivals and winners of the German Film Awards. The latter includes Andreas Kleinert's biography of the writer Thomas Brasch, which won as many as nine awards from the German Film Academy, including in the most important categories: best film and best director and screenplay. The acting awards were won by actors well known to Polish audiences: Albrecht Schuch and Jella Haase. Brasch is not the only East German dissident whose biography inspired the film's story. From the same generation comes Bettina Wegner, a charismatic singer and poet, the heroine of Lutz Pehner's documentary. Also of eastern origin is the very popular German musician, stage and cabaret artist Olaf Schubert, who accidentally discovers that his biological father may be Mick Jagger and in his investigative film entitled Olaf Jagger tries to discover the truth.
How painstaking it is to find information and confirm the sources from which it comes is also shown in another documentary made by Daniel Sager. The work of well-known front-page investigative journalists, to whom we owe the knowledge of many political and economic scandals, is the subject of his film Behind the scenes. The protagonist of The Silent Forest, directed by Saralisa Volm, searches for the truth about events from years ago, collectively denied by the local community. The protagonist of Jöns Jönsson's picture Axiom, on the other hand, confabulates incessantly, as if making up stories was a need without which he cannot function normally. Stefan Jäger's Monte Verità evokes a social idea from 100 years ago that aimed to create a new alternative lifestyle, with vegetarianism, respect for nature and creative work as its main tenets. The film that will open the German Film Week is Contra, a comedy by Sönke Wortmann in which the director refers to the art of rhetoric and argues that this skill, lost in the age of social media, is worth learning.
The films will be shown in the original language version with Polish and Ukrainian subtitles.