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Photo: Schultze Gets the Blues, courtesy Filmkombinat


Presented by the Goethe-Institut
March 7 + 9 + 14

Mountains, sea, sunshine & romance – these are a few of the favourite things in the German Heimatfilms of the 1950s. 60 years later the genre is back. How do new films reflect the country’s regionalism after reunification, from North to South and East to West?

Series co-presented by the German National Tourist Office

March 7, 6:30pm: Grave Decisions (2006) by Marcus H. Rosenmüller
Eleven-year-old Sebastian lives with his father and brother in a small village in the Bavarian mountains. When he is told that his mother died giving birth to him, he convinces himself that her death was his fault. Afraid of purgatory, he tries every possible avenue – from sainthood to rock stardom – to achieve immortality and prevent his descent into hell.
3 German Film Awards, 2 Bavarian Film Awards
“Tumultuous story of a scallywag in Bavarian dialect, which wittily and disrespectfully oscillates between comedy, farce, and peasant theatre.” – Encyclopedia of International Films

March 7, 9:00pm: Holidays (2016) by Bernadette Knoller
Co-presented by Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival
Vivian is exhausted and in a rut. Certain that all she needs is a good rest, her father sends her to live on a small Frisian island to sort herself out. Taking up work in a small store and sharing a place with single mom Biene, however, she soon finds herself caught between other people’s children and her own problems.
North American Premiere!
“A wonderfully warm-hearted, refreshingly casual and often absurdly comical story about a dropout.” –

March 9, 6:30pm: Learning to Lie (2003) by Hendrik Handloegten
Helmut is a shy, awkward teen and a bit naïve when it comes to girls. When Britta, the most gorgeous in his class, finally notices him, he falls for her hard – only to find that she is about to move to the United States to live with her father. Years later, Helmut stumbles from one failed love affair to the next and wants to see Britta one last time. Set in writer Frank Goosen’s hometown in the industrial Ruhr region, the drama perfectly captures a West German youth in the 80s.
Canadian Premiere – accompanied by a reading and Q&A with the author
“Roaringly hilarious and touchingly beautiful” – Focus
Join us 10 March 2017, 6pm for free @ Goethe for a longer Goosen reading!

March 14, 6:30pm: Schultze Gets the Blues (2003) by Michael Schorr
Schultze has spent his whole life in a small town in East Germany. Divided between work, the pub, his allotment garden, folk music and fishing, his life is rudely interrupted when he and his buddies lose their jobs. As boredom sets in, Schultze discovers a life on the other side of the hill that takes him deep into the music and swamps of Louisiana...and back again.
Special Director’s Award Venice, German Film Award
“A disarmingly bittersweet comedy about a middle-aged polka accordionist who gets a new lease on life that recalls the deadpan drollery of Kaurismäki” – Variety

March 14, 9:00pm: Sound of Heimat (2012) by Arne Birkenstock & Jan Tengeler
Co-presented by Hot Docs Festival & POV Magazine
The documentary accompanies New Zealand musician Hayden Chisholm on a journey through Germany on the traces of its folk music, or Volksmusik. With the clear and impartial view of an outsider, he approaches German culture via melodies and lyrics, coming across an astounding diversity of traditional and modern regional customs and activities.
Berlin International Film Festival, Shanghai Film Festival
“The musical road trip rocks. Those curious about the traditional heritage of songs find highly interesting approaches in this documentary.” –

GOETHE FILMS screen at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 4, 350 King St W, Toronto, ON
With English subtitles; open to audiences 18+
Tickets $10, day-of sales only at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, open at 10am,
in person or by phone 1-888-599-8433

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Program & Media Contact:
Jutta Brendemühl
Program Curator
Goethe-Institut Toronto






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