Das Filmfest presents German-language cinema

Recent and classic films will be shown with English subtitles

The 12th edition of Das Filmfest will present German, Austrian and Swiss cinema in Prague's kino Lucerna and kino Atlas from Oct. 18 to 22.

Most films will have English subtitles as well as Czech ones.

The popular festival will present new movies as well as the successful and influential ones. A special screening of the restored version of the silent classic Metropolis with live music will take place Oct. 19 at the Municipal Library. Unfortunately, this film is one of the few in the festival with no English translation.

Das Filmfest will traditionally have its special section with this year's title Die (OHN) Macht / (Bez) Moc, meaning Power/Powerlessness. Different heroes and different stories will combine the theme of power and helpless in many of their forms, and present it to the Czech audience.

Science fiction films also have their room, and will be shown within the Futur Perfekt section.

The section Das Filmfest Special will include the best influential movies, and Die Doku will present documentaries. Most movies will be shown more than once in different cinemas.

The official opening of the festival is the historical and biographical drama The Young Karl Marx, which will be screened at Lucerna at 7 pm on Oct 18. It will present the audience with the life story of the famous philosopher. The movie will also be screened at Lucerna on Oct. 21 at 4 pm and Oct. 22 at 4:15 pm.

The festival actually starts a bit earlier, and the first movie to be screened is Beuys, a documentary about the 20th century German sculptor and performance artist Joseph Beuys. The screening with English subtitles will take place at, Atlas Oct. 18 at 5:45 pm.

The same day at 18:15 pm, Atlas will present the comedy-drama In Times of Fading Light (In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts). The interconnection of typical family life with the political system of 1989 is the theme of the movie. It will also be screened Oct. 22 at 8:15 pm at Lucerna.

Atlas will continue the screenings with the 2017 drama Western. The movie about the adventure in the foreign land will start at 8 pm, and will also be shown Oct. 21 at 8:30 pm.

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe, a drama about the great artist will end the Atlas's first day screening at 8:30 pm.

Aside from the opening film, Lucerna will end the first day with the 8:15 pm screening of the drama The Best of All Worlds. The story about a childhood with a drug addicted mother is based on true events.

On the second day, Oct. 19, of the festival Atlas will present the sci-fi thriller Life Guidance at 5:45 pm, set in the near future world of perfect capitalism. The movie will be shown at the same place for a second time Oct. 22 at 8:30 pm.

At 8 pm Atlas will show the documentary The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg, about the famous entrepreneur, diplomat and art collector.

The comedy Beat Beat Heart at 8:30 pm will end Atlas's second day with a romantic mood.

Also on Oct. 19, Lucerna will screen Welcome to Germany at 6 pm. The movie will show the recovering of the family life stability as well as the country's stable life during the time of chaos.

A drama about female classmates, Seventeen, will be shown art 6:15 pm; the mysterious thriller Animals will start at 8:15 pm, and it will also be shown at Atlas Oct. 21 at 4 pm. The comedy Wild Mouse will be screened at 8:30 pm.

Within the framework of the festival, 1927 silent film Metropolis will be shown at the Municipal Library. Fritz Lang's Metropolis inspired a lot of directors around the world. The newly restored copy of the movie, which added scenes long thought lost forever, will be presented with the live musical accompaniment from Forma on Oct 19 at 7:30 pm.

The festival will continue Oct. 20 with a collection of short films in Atlas. Shorts I will start at 5:45 pm, and Shorts II will be screened at 8 pm. The thriller Cold Hell will be shown at Atlas at 8:30 pm, and will also be screened at Lucerna on Oct. 21 at 10:30 pm.

Lucerna will show a sci-fi film about the system and its victims called Hidden Reserves at 6 pm. The drama House Without Roof will start at 8:15 pm, and will be shown again at Atlas on Oct. 22 at 8 pm.

The poetic love story Heart of Stone will be shown at 8:30 pm. The movie is based on a dark fairy tale by Wilhelm Hauff.

Saturday, Oct. 21, will begin at Atlas with 4 pm The Girl down Loch Änzi, about the adventures of the 12-year-old girl. The documentary The Third Opinion will start at 5:45 pm, and will discuss the questions of normality, life and death, and fate from socio-political viewpoint.

Asci-fi movie about the mysterious disappearance of an ocean called We Are The Tide will begin at 6:15 pm. 

The day will end with the documentary called Exit? at 8 pm. The movie shows the dominant mechanisms of the industrialised agricultural system in today's Europe; it will be shown again Oct. 22 at 4 pm.

On the last of the festival, Oct. 22, Atlas will screen drama Center of My World, starting 4 pm. A teenage boy's uncertainty and love will be the focus of the movie. The documentary To Be a Teacher will be screened at 5:45 pm, and will provide the opportunity to look behind the scenes. The day will end with the action comedy Kundschafter des Friedens at 6:15 pm.

Lucerna will be screening films that played previously in the festival.

Das Filmfest festival is organized by the Goethe-Institut in Prague, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Prague and the Swiss Embassy.

For more information visit www.kinoatlas.cz or www.kinolucerna.cz or www.goethe.de

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