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Goethe Film Week in Egypt will kick off on April 12-19.The Goethe-Institute presents its annual Goethe Film Week in Egypt that hosts a group of new German and Arab films, both feature and documentary. The award-winning film “In the fade” “Aus dem Nichts” by critically acclaimed director Fatih Akin will be the opening movie of the Goethe Film Week, which will mark its Egyptian premiere.
"In the Fade" Starring Diane Kruger, the film centers around Katja (Kruger) a woman whose husband and son are killed in a terrorist attack by neo-Nazis, leaving her stricken with grief. After mourning the loss of her son and husband, Katja decides to take justice into her own hands when the law department fails her.
Goethe Film Week will screen the Egyptian documentary "I Have a Picture - Film No. 1001 In the Life of The Oldest Extra in the World". From director Mohamed Zedan, this is a documentary produced with the help of veteran Egyptian assistant director El Homossany. It is about Motawe Eweis, a man who has worked as an extra in over 1,000 Egyptian films since the 1940s.
The opening day will host a jazz concert by the band "52nd street" at 9:30 p.m.
The second day will start at 4 p.m. in Teatro Eskendria with the German film "Magical Mystery or: The Return of Karl Schmidt" (2017) by Arne Feldhuse. This oddball comedy is about a man who recently recovered from a nervous breakdown, but finds himself dragged across an electronic music tour that brings back dark memories.
The next film will be screened at 6 p.m. at the Goethe-Institute. "Casting" (2017) is a film from director Nicolas Wackerbarth, and it follows behind-the-scenes attempt to shoot a TV movie remake of Fassbinder's "Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant", which leads into disaster as the perfectionist director finds herself unhappy with all the choices for the lead actress.
Egyptian film "The City Will Pursue You" (2017) caps off the day, being screened on 8 p.m. at the Goethe-Institute. This documentary explores the relationship six people in Alexandria have with soon-to-be demolished buildings around them.
On April 14, "The Legend of Timm Thaler or The Boy Who Sold His Laughter" (2017) by director Andreas Dresen will screen at the Goethe-Institute at 2 p.m. This family adventure film follows a little boy who butts heads with the devil, and tricks him into giving him all his laughter.
"Meteor Street" (2017) is the next film being screened on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Alexandria Center for Creativity. From director Aline Fischer, the film explores the lives of Arab immigrants in the city of Berlin as they struggle to live day by day, dealing with both poverty and racist attitudes. The final film of the day, "Taste of Cement" will be screened on 7 p.m., also at the Alexandria Center for Creativity. A joint production between Germany, the UAE, Lebanon, Syria and Qatar, this documentary by Ziad Kalthoum follows Syrian construction workers who are no longer able to return to their homes.
The main theme of the movies of this edition is issues pertaining to migration, racism, homelands, foreign countries, families, children, cities and borders. The film week will contain discussions and seminars with filmmakers, producers and other guests at the Goethe-Institut Cairo.
“In a constantly changing world where borders and boundaries are always shifting, it is becoming more and more challenging to feel a sense of belonging. People feel like outsiders and then shortly after they become part of a new collective and vice versa. What is the sense of belonging and why do some people still feel estrangement? Why does humankind focus on details instead of looking at the big picture? It is time to zoom out!” stated by Goethe-Institut Cairo on its official website.
The screenings in Cairo will take place on the premises of the Goethe-Institut in Doqqi and selected films will also be shown at the Goethe-Institut in Alexandria.