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Das Filmfest

DAS FILMFEST 2017 (18.-22.10.2017 Prague)

The Festival of German language films DAS FILMFEST will present the most successful and award-winning films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The special section (BEZ)MOC / DIE (OHN)MACHT (i.e. POWER(LESSNESS)) comprises films whose heroes and stories are linked by the topic of power and/or powerlessness. A range of science-fiction films  are in the focus of the section FUTUR PERFEKT. Popular documentaries and a block of short films traditionally top off the program. 

DAS FILMFEST - Festival of German language films – October 18th-22nd in Prague cinemas LUCERNA and ATLAS.

Most of the films are English friendly /exceptions marked/

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Das Filmfest: To Be a Teacher Zwischen den Stühlen

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The mainly theoretic university teacher training has for decades been followed with bureaucratic regularity by two years of student teaching, the practical part of the training. It’s comparable to a leap into icy water when prospective teachers work for two years in the field of tension between grading and being graded. They must educate and are educated themselves. From day one they are forced to play conflicting roles. It’s a permanent test, always caught between two stools. Student teachers must discipline classes and be disciplined by their tutors. They must distribute grades while they panic before their own test lessons. And they are always both student and teacher. Some start out with idealism and passion, others for lack of alternatives, others see themselves as future professionals in solid employment. Step by step they become – willy-nilly – the representatives of a system that has shaped each of us. “To Be a Teacher” follows three very different characters on this tension-filled path. Education is one of our most valuable resources. This is a rare look behind the scenes. Show more

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Das Filmfest: The Young Karl Marx Der junge Karl Marx

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26 year-old Karl Marx embarks with his wife, Jenny, on the road to exile. In 1844 Paris, he meets Friedrich Engels, an industrialist's son, who investigated the sordid birth of the British working-class. Engels, the dandy, provides the last piece of the puzzle to the young Karl Marx's new vision of the world. Together, between censorship and the police's repression, riots and political upheavals, they will lead the labor movement during its development into a modern era. Show more

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Das Filmfest: The Best of All Worlds Die beste aller Welten

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Based on true events seven year old Adrian is growing up in the underground drug scene of the Austrian city Salzburg, famous for culture and classical music. His mother Helga is torn between her drug addiction and her love and dedication for her son. Despite of this environment Adrian has a happy and normal childhood, the best of all worlds. Their relationship is tested to the limit when the authorities and child welfare services find out about Helga's addiction. Show more

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Das Filmfest: Welcome to Germany Willkommen bei den Hartmanns

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The recently retired teacher Angelika decides, against her skeptical husband Richard’s will, to take in a refugee. Soon afterward, the young Nigerian Diallo moves into the Hartmann home, and a whirlwind of complications ensue. These events not only disrupt the lives of Angelika and Richard’s adult children Philip and Sophie; they also put their own marriage as well as Diallo’s chances of integration to the test. Despite all the chaos, hope prevails that the family will recover its stability, confidence, and peace – like the rest of Germany. Show more

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Das Filmfest: Sedmnáct Siebzehn

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Paula, an above-average intelligent student, is in love with her classmate Charlotte. At the same time she feels permanently provoked by dissolute Lilly to challenge her limits. Show more

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Das Filmfest: Animals Tiere

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Andrea jumps out of a third floor window in a Viennese tenement building. Anna and Nick live in the very same building. She believes Nick used to have an affaire with Andrea and decides to try to start over in a holiday house in Switzerland. Meanwhile attractive Mischa is hired as housesitter for the Viennese flat. Anna can't help to notice her physical likeness with Andrea. Even in far away Lousanne an ice cream vendour reminds her strongly of Andrea. Slowly various story levels start to overlap and dissolve into each other. On top of all of that strange things start happening in their holiday home, which apparently only Anna experiences. Anna starts to doubt her sanity, to suspect that she's trapped in a parallel reality, from where there's no way back. Is it because of her car crash with Nick? Is she imagining things? Or does Nick really start to engage in an affaire with the ice cream vendour, who looks so much like Andrea? Or is Mischa actually Andrea and dreams that Anna goes crazy? Show more

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Das Filmfest: Wild Mouse Wilde Maus

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When Georg loses his job, he conceals the fact from his younger wife Johanna, who wants a child with him. Instead, he embarks upon a campaign of revenge against his former boss and begins to renovate a roller-coaster with an old school friend. Show more

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Das Filmfest: Hidden Reserves Stille Reserven

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Vienna in the not too distant future. Powerful companies have seized power. The city, society itself, is deeply divided, with the privileged elite who can afford death insurance dominating the vast majority who can’t. Insurance agent Vincent Baumann becomes a victim of the system he has been so ruthlessly representing. As he tracks down the fascinating activist Lisa Sokulowa it suddenly strikes him that resistance is a real possibility. But the boundaries that define life itself are not as clearly defined as he had always believed… Show more

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Das Filmfest: Nowhere Im Nirgendwo

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A film based on a true story. The dead body of a black African is found in front of a mountain chalet in the Bernese Oberland. Despite protests from the local population, the man gets buried in the collective grave of the municipality. To this day, his identity has not been clarified. What happened? Well-established journalist Charlotte (55) researches this case, at first, against her will. But the life of this unknown captivates the journalist more and more –during the investigation she soon realizes that she has seen the dead man only recently in the streets of Bern. A panopticon of stories and theories about the possible identity of the dead unfolds, however there is no definite answer. In the course of the research this uncertainty captivates Charlotte and almost drives her into madness. Charlotte is a story about handling foreignness and the profound need for affiliation. Show more

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Das Filmfest: House Without Roof Haus ohne Dach

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Sourozenci Liya, Jan a Alan se narodili v kurdské části Iráku, ale vyrůstali v Německu. Nyní žijí své vlastní životy, ale smrt matky je opět svede dohromady. Chtějí splnit její poslední přání: být pohřbena v rodné vesnici vedle svého manžela, zabitého ve válce. Přes rezolutní odpor své širší kurdské rodiny se nesourodá trojice sourozenců vydává na nebezpečnou odyseu Kurdistánem. Během ní jsou konfrontováni se strašným rodinným tajemstvím i se svými vlastními démony. Dům bez střechyje debutem mladé německo-kurdské režisérky Soleen Yusef. Snímek získal v roce 2016 řadu diváckých cen a hlavní cenu pro hraný film na First Steps Award. Show more

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Das Filmfest: Heart of Stone Das kalte Herz

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Peter and Lisbeth are two young but unfortunate lovers living in a rigid rural community in the Black Forest. She comes from a wealthy family of glassblowers; he is a poor coal worker on the lower end of society. To become rich and respected, Peter makes a pact with a devil named Dutch Michael, who rips out his heart and replaces it with a stone. Robbed of all warmth and feeling, Peter becomes a cold-hearted go-getter who rapidly achieves his goals. Ruthlessly he strives for money and power. But Lisbeth no longer recognizes Peter as the man she once loved and turns against him. There is only one way for him to put things straight: Peter must get his heart back. HEART OF STONE is based on a dark fairy tale written by Wilhelm Hauff and first published in 1827. It tells a poetic love story set against the mysterious backdrop of the Black Forest. Hauff’s tale was conceived as a criticism of man’s greed for power; it also condemns the exploitation of nature and the abuse of fellow human beings. Johannes Naber translates this timeless parable into an emotional story tailored to today’s audiences. HEART OF STONE is the second collaboration between Schmidtz Katze Filmkollektiv and Studio Babelsberg after their 2012 film IN DARKNESS, which received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Show more

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Das Filmfest: The Young Karl Marx Der junge Karl Marx

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26 year-old Karl Marx embarks with his wife, Jenny, on the road to exile. In 1844 Paris, he meets Friedrich Engels, an industrialist's son, who investigated the sordid birth of the British working-class. Engels, the dandy, provides the last piece of the puzzle to the young Karl Marx's new vision of the world. Together, between censorship and the police's repression, riots and political upheavals, they will lead the labor movement during its development into a modern era. Show more

2D CS/ES

Das Filmfest: To Be a Teacher Zwischen den Stühlen

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The mainly theoretic university teacher training has for decades been followed with bureaucratic regularity by two years of student teaching, the practical part of the training. It’s comparable to a leap into icy water when prospective teachers work for two years in the field of tension between grading and being graded. They must educate and are educated themselves. From day one they are forced to play conflicting roles. It’s a permanent test, always caught between two stools. Student teachers must discipline classes and be disciplined by their tutors. They must distribute grades while they panic before their own test lessons. And they are always both student and teacher. Some start out with idealism and passion, others for lack of alternatives, others see themselves as future professionals in solid employment. Step by step they become – willy-nilly – the representatives of a system that has shaped each of us. “To Be a Teacher” follows three very different characters on this tension-filled path. Education is one of our most valuable resources. This is a rare look behind the scenes. Show more

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Das Filmfest: Stefan Zweig - Farewell to Europe Vor der Morgenröte

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Stefan Zweig, in exile despite his international fame, falls into despair over the decline of Europe, which he foresaw early on. A story about losing one’s home and trying to find a new one, a prospect that remains elusive despite favorable conditions and the warmest hospitality. A film about a great artist and a film about the years when Europe was on the run. Show more

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Das Filmfest: Eolomea Eolomea

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Eight space cargo-ships disappear without a trace within three days and there is suddenly no contact with the orbiting space station, Margot. The space council orders a total flight stop. But one space ship secretly takes off to go to the space station. The scientist in charge, Maria Scholl, sees no other solution than to order a total flight stop to this mysterious sector of space. Her colleague, Prof. Tal, is acting suspiciously, as he knows things before the information is even released. A forbidden look into his personal file brings to light that Tal was once part of the Eolomea project – a project that never received approval. Show more

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Das Filmfest: Beuys Beuys

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A documentary about the 20th century German sculptor and performance artist Joseph Beuys. Show more

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Das Filmfest: Land of Mine Unter dem Sand – Das Versprechen der Freiheit

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In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight. Show more

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Das Filmfest: Cold Hell Die Hölle - Inferno

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ienna, a woman is witness to a murder in the neighbor apartment. But she is also seen by the murderer, and her life turns upside down as she trys to protect herself. The police won't help her but one detective gives her shelter... Show more

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Das Filmfest: The Young Karl Marx Der junge Karl Marx

More info

26 year-old Karl Marx embarks with his wife, Jenny, on the road to exile. In 1844 Paris, he meets Friedrich Engels, an industrialist's son, who investigated the sordid birth of the British working-class. Engels, the dandy, provides the last piece of the puzzle to the young Karl Marx's new vision of the world. Together, between censorship and the police's repression, riots and political upheavals, they will lead the labor movement during its development into a modern era. Show more

2D CS/ES

Das Filmfest: Stefan Zweig - Farewell to Europe Vor der Morgenröte

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Stefan Zweig, in exile despite his international fame, falls into despair over the decline of Europe, which he foresaw early on. A story about losing one’s home and trying to find a new one, a prospect that remains elusive despite favorable conditions and the warmest hospitality. A film about a great artist and a film about the years when Europe was on the run. Show more

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Das Filmfest: In the Fade Aus dem Nichts

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Katja's life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack. After a time of mourning and injustice, Katja seeks revenge. Show more

2D CS

Das Filmfest: In Times of Fading Light In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts

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A family of German Communists caught on the wrong side of history. Show more

2D CS/ES
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