Goethe-Institut Toronto: Film Fall 2021

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Photo: S. Kulbach © 2019 eOne/Sommerhaus

The Goethe-Institut Toronto is excited to offer digital screenings and take you back into theatres for a film-filled fall packed with riveting and reflective feature films and documentaries, artist interviews and Q&As, and an exclusive director-led creative workshop.


GOETHE FILMS @ TIFF Lightbox
History Now: Past as Prologue
German directors are finding novel ways of shifting the present into the past and the past into the present. GOETHE FILMS presents the three most successful experiments in telling urgent stories in “double time,” taking us to crucial points in history — and our present.

Burhan Qurbani’s Berlin Alexanderplatz (Canadian premiere)
Dominik Graf’s Fabian: Going to the Dogs (North American premiere)
Christian Petzold’s Transit
with artist introductions & expert contextualizations

Oct 7+12+14 in Cinema 4 with COVID safety restrictions


Goethe on Demand
Exposure: Our Social (Media) Lives
Three German features & docs reveal the digital transgressions between public and private. Three thinkers from Toronto’s McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology add their take on the shifting mediated faultlines around our splintered identities.

Pia Hellenthal’s Searching Eva
Julia Langhof’s Lomo – The Language Of Many Others
Hans Block & Moritz Riesewieck’s The Cleaners

October 15 – November 7, free streams


Goethe Film Talks
Interview with Mohammed Abugeth & Daniel Carsenty on the TIFF world premiere of their documentary The Devil’s Drivers about the Bedouins smuggling Palestinian workers through the Negev desert. A portrait filmed over five years about men living on the edge in one of the most fragile regions in the world.

Q&A around Christian Schwochow’s Netflix premiere “Munich,” based on the novel by Robert Harris about the all-decisive 1938 Munich Agreement, with Piers Handling, historian & former Executive Director of TIFF.

Interview with director Stephanie Weimar and authors Catherine Hernandez (Scarborough; Crosshairs) and Uzma Jalaluddin (Hana Khan Carries On) about their upcoming CBC & ARTE/ZDF documentary series Writing the Land for Canada at Frankfurt Book Fair.


Documentary Filmmaking and Storytelling Workshop
A digital workshop presented by the Goethe-Institut Toronto & LIFT with Toronto Arab Film & Toronto Palestine Film Festival hosted by Daniel Carsenty, Berlin filmmaker currently working at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. This two-part workshop aimed at emerging and intermediate filmmakers, will create awareness for the basic elements of story-telling at play and show examples in which these elements have been successfully captured on screen.

Saturday September 18, 1pm-3pm & Sunday September 19, 1pm-4pm

Visit German Film @ Canada for more information and to register.


EUFF Canada
Fresh from Filmfest Munich, Sarah Blaßkiewitz’s feature debut Precious Ivie. Two Afro-German half-sisters who never met before get closer through their father’s death, search for their roots and find themselves and family connections.
Canadian premiere!

November 12-28


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Program Curator
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