The 2024 HSBC German Film Festival

Palace Electric Canberra
7 to 29 May 2024

The opening night film, From Hilde, With Love, is an historical drama set in 1942 Berlin. It tells the remarkable true story of a young German woman drawn into the anti-Nazi resistance movement during World War II.

Christop Muecher, Director of the Goethe Institut Australia talks to Barbie about the 2024 HSBC German Film Festival

The festival closes with Treasure, set in the early 1990s after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the dissolution of the Soviet control of Poland. New York based journalist Ruth and her Polish father Edek, a Holocaust survivor, set out on a tour of his homeland. Things do not go as planned. The film stars Lena Dunham and Stephen Fry.

Another highlight is the new drama from Camera d’Or winning writer/director Claire Burger, Foreign Language  (Langue Étrangère),  direct from the 2024 Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale).

Two foreign language students in Leipzig and Strasbourg forge a friendship through letters and language exchange in this heartfelt drama. Their bittersweet and boundary-testing friendship is strained as they grapple with how to understand themselves and the world that surrounds them.  

The Retrospective category focuses on the work of Werner Herzog with six films including Heart of Glass and The Enigma of Kasper Hauser.

Several films will be screened in the popular ‘Kino for Kids’ category, presented by the Goethe-Institut Australia, including Mission: School of Fun (Die unlangweiligste Schule der Welt – Auf Klassenfahrt). 

There is no such thing as boredom at school as the school day becomes a cinematic adventure in this imaginative tale following nine-year-old action fan Max, adapted from Sabrina J. Kirschner’s bestselling children’s book series.