The Annual German Film Festival, 13-31 May, is probably the poor cousin of all the major European showcases that hit the screens here. Conversely, because so few German films actually get screened elsewhere, the quality is probably a lot higher overall. The prices however are still high for those who want to speculate. Full details are here.
Eddie Cockrell, legendary critic and programmer will be involved with the festival Q&As with film-maker guests. He has sent in a note about his recommendations divided into two groups.
Films previewed. (Hit the title for a link to the Fest website.) Beloved Sisters (Dominik Graf, 2014, 140 minutes) A period drama for people who don't like period drama, Not My Day (Peter Thorwath, 2014, 115 minutes), a left-field take on the Hollywood action film genre, Superegos (Benjamin Heisenberg, 2014, 93 minutes), ditto for odd couple comedy, and The Dark Valley (Andreas Prochaska, 2014, 114 minutes) Eastwood does Heimat.
“There are also new films by Doris Dörrie, Monika Treut, Fatih Akin, Christoph Hochhäusler and Baran bo Odar and these would be at the top of my list to catch.”