Das Filmfest showcases German films

Highlights of German, Austrian and Swiss cinema will be shown in Prague

Das Filmfest, a festival of German-language film, starts Oct. 17 and runs until Oct. 23 at the Lucerna and Atlas cinemas. Almost all of the films have English subtitles.

The festival showcases the best of recent cinema from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. After playing in Prague, the festival will go to Brno from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2.

The opening ceremony will be Mackie Messer - Brechts Dreigroschenfilm (Mackie Messer - Brechtův třígrošový film / Mack the Knife - Brecht's Threepenny Film), a behind the scenes drama about making the film Three Penny Opera back in 1930. There were conflicts between producers, who wanted a commercial hit, and the author who wanted his artistic vision.

The opening will be personally presented by producer Till Derenbach and production designer Benedikt Herforth. The opening evening will also be complemented by the stylish burlesque show with international dancing star YAZZ.

The same film will also close the festival, this time presented by director Joachim A. Lang.

One of the anticipated films in the program is the award-winning police thriller Cops, about an officer who starts to suffer panic attacks after a shooting. While police hail him as a hero, the public has a different opinion. He tries to keep up appearances while struggling with the consequences of his actions.

A truly unusual film, Der Mann aus dem Eis (Ötzi, muž z ledu / Iceman) is a thriller that tries to re-create what happened to Ötzi, the 5,000 year old body that was found in the Alps in 1991. The film has several violent turns and has been compared to westerns and post-apocalyptic films.

Switching gears, the tragicomedy Lasst die Alten sterben (Staří ať umřou / Let The Old Folks Die) has some rebellious youth trying to set up a commune and start a revolution, but they don’t know what to rebel against.

There is also a tribute to actress Romy Schneider with the film 3 Tage in Quiberon (3 dny v Quiberonu / 3 days in Quiberon). The new drama depicts the famous actress in 1981 in a spa, giving her final interview. Schneider is known in particular for the 1955 costume drama Sissi, but also starred in art films in the 1960s and ’70s.

The festival will be divided into five sections: Das Filmfest special, Personalities, Together and Alone, Documentary, and Shorts.

Several filmmakers and stars are expected to attend the festival and also have discussions. The festival is co-organized by the Goethe-Institut, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Prague and the Swiss Embassy in the Czech Republic.

Tickets can be bought in advance online or in individual cinemas.

A complete program can be found at www.dasfilmfest.cz.

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