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2017 German Film Week Lineup
by Angelique Borja

Now on its second year, the German Film Week is the only film event in the Philippines that features the best and latest in contemporary German cinema. 12 select German feature films, as well as one film from Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza, will be screened from September 27 to October 5 at SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia.

Tickets for all German films are priced at PHP100 while the featured film by Brillante Mendoza is priced at PHP200. Tickets are available at SM ticket counters of the participating malls or via smtickets.com.

Check out the German Film Week lineup:

My Brother Simple / Simpel (2017)  

Germany 2016 | English subtitles  

Directed by Markus Goller

When his mentally handicapped brother is to be sent to a home, Ben and Simple run away, trying to find their long-lost father. Ever since Ben can think, he and his brother they call “Simple” have been thick as thieves. Simple is 22 years old, but mentally he's a three-year-old. Even if Simple can be a nuisance, Ben can't imagine life without him.

Toni Erdmann (2016)  

Germany, Austria, Monaco 2016 | English subtitles  

Directed by Maren Ade

Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It's an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn't help the two to see eye to eye any better. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks.

Old Agent Men / Kundschafter des Friedens (2017)  

Germany 2016 | English subtitles  

Directed by Robert Thalheim

Germany 2015. Four very retired, ex-East German spies, or "Kundschafter des Friedens" as they were officially named, led by the once legendary Jochen Falk, are called on by the German government. Their mission is to rescue the interim president of the divided Republic of Katschekistan, who has been kidnapped by separatists, along with Berlin's official man on the ground, Franz Kern.

Return to Montauk / Rückkehr nach Montauk (2017)  

Germany, France, Ireland | English subtitles  

Directed by Volker Schlöndorff

Max Zorn, a writer in his early sixties, travels to New York to launch his new book. His wife Clara is expecting him; she has been working on the book’s publication for the American publisher. Zorn’s very personal novel tells the story of a great but failed love affair. Max soon meets the woman who was the target of his affections at the time, German-born Rebecca, now a successful lawyer in New York.

My Blind Date with Life / Mein Blind Date mit dem Leben (2017)  

Germany 2015 | English subtitles  

Directed by Marc Rothemund

Film adaptation of Saliya Kahawatte's eponymous autobiography: At age 15, Saliya Kahawatte almost entirely loses his eyesight. Albeit nearly blind, his faith in life remains unbroken and he is unwilling to be put down as "disabled" by society. Without a white cane or other aids he feels his way through life, compensating his lack of ability to see by sharpening the remaining senses.

The Bloom of Yesterday / Die Blumen von gestern (2016)  

Germany 2014 | English subtitles  

Directed by Chris Kraus

Totila Blumen is a Holocaust researcher. As such, he has no sense of fun. This applies in a general sense and specifically when his colleagues try to turn an Auschwitz conference into a corporate-sponsored media event. In the process, they trample all over the memory of the recently deceased Professor Norkus – whom Totila revered.

You've Got a Message / SMS für Dich (2016)  

Germany 2016 | English subtitles  

Directed by Karoline Herfurth

Sports writer Mark is baffled when he receives romantic text messages on his cell phone. What he does not know: His new number once belonged to the deceased boyfriend of Clara, who continues to send text messages in order to cope with the loss.

Welcome to Germany / Willkommen bei den Hartmanns (2016)  

Germany 2016 | English subtitles  

Directed by Simon Verhoeven

There is a lot going on at the Hartmanns' place: Mother Angelika's singlehanded decision to take in the asylum seeker Diallo after visiting a refugee shelter has upset her husband Richard. Naturally, the arrival of the unexpected guest causes some misunderstandings and turbulence.

The World of the Wunderlichs / Die Welt der Wunderlichs (2016)  

Germany, Switzerland 2016 | English subtitles  

Directed by Dani Levy

After films like "Mein Führer – Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler" ("My Führer – The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler", 2006/07) and "Das Leben ist zu lang" ("Life Is Too Long", 2009/10) Swiss-born writer-director Dani Levy has now turned his sights to the screwball family comedy genre for his latest project about a single mother on the verge of a nervous breakdown, who also has to cope with a gambling addict father, an irresponsible ex-husband – and exploding coffee machines to boot.

Happy Burnout (2017)  

Germany 2017 | English subtitles  

Directed by Andre Erkau

Old punk rocker Fussel has the world wrapped round his finger; women, life, the system – all handled with a quip and his ready charm. Work’s for others too. But then an internal audit at the unemployment office means his advisor is forced to act. A job’s out of the question, of course, but being declared unfit for work, that’s another thing. So Fussel is packed off to therapy, where he meets people genuinely burned out. He soon turns the place upside down, drives the therapist and nurse nuts, but he’s also a breath of fresh air for his fellow patients.

Marija (2016)  

Germany, Switzerland, France 2016 | English subtitles  

Directed by Michael Koch

Marija, a young Ukrainian woman, earns her living as a hotel maid in Dortmund, but dreams of owning her own hair salon. She puts money aside each month, but when she is fired without notice, her dream seems out of reach. Without work and under financial pressure, she finds herself forced to look for other opportunities. Her body, her social relationships and her own feelings take a secondary importance to her goal.

Fog in August / Nebel im August (2016)  

Germany 2015 | English subtitles  

Directed by Kai Wessel

Director Kai Wessel returns to a dark period in the last century for the first feature film to address one of the greatest taboos of German history – the Nazis' euthanasia program during the Third Reich. Based on Robert Domes' 2008 historical novel, "Fog in August" centers on the fate of 13-year-old Ernst Lossa who is committed to a mental hospital in 1942 because of his origins in a family of travelers.

Featured film by Brillante Mendoza:  

Captive (2012)

In 2001, at the Dos Palmas resort in Palawan, Philippines, a group of rebels called the Abu Sayyaf took around a huge number of hostages, which included a lot of foreign nationals, and had put the country on a black list for tourism.

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