Film Screening

German Currents Film Festival

This year’s festival is presented within the context of the Year of German American Friendship and shows outstanding German, Austrian and Swiss Films in Los Angeles.

start date

October 19, 2018 7:30 PM

end date

October 22, 2018 11:55 PM


Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

For more than a decade, THE GERMAN CURRENTS FILM FESTIVAL has brought people together through the universal language of filmmaking. This year’s festival is presented within the context of the Year of German American Friendship and shows outstanding German, Austrian and Swiss Films in Los Angeles, which all celebrate their Los Angeles, or North American premieres, with the audiences here in LA.

Full Festival Line Up:

MAGICAL MYSTERY OR THE RETURN OF KARL SCHMIDT – Friday, Oct 19th, 7:30 pm, Egyptian Theatre (Gala Opening Night)

photo credit: DCM Film Distribution GmbH

Director: Arne Feldhusen
Screenplay: Sven Regener
Cinematography: Lutz Reitemeier
Cast: Charly Hübner, Annika Meier, Detlev Buck, Marc Hosemann, Bjarne Mädel
Producers: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul
Production Company: Razor Film Produktion GmbH, in co-production Brainpool AG GmbH, WDR, ARD Degeto Film, Arte Deutschland TV GmbH

Germany (2017), 111 min, German with English subtitles

Hamburg, in the mid-1990s. Having spent the last few years in a sober living home following a nervous breakdown, once-promising artist “Charlie” Schmidt (Charly Hübner) is in a rut. Things abruptly change when he runs into Raimund (Marc Hosemann) and Ferdi (Detlev Buck), friends from his Berlin days, who are now major stars in the German Techno scene.

About to embark on a “Magical Mystery Tour” that will bring the psychedelic spirit of the 1960s merged with 1990s rave flavor to Germany’s hottest clubs; they recruit Charlie as their designated driver and road manager. As the only sober one on the road, Charlie must keep the party-happy musicians in line while adapting to the world outside of rehab. The tragicomic road trip that follows is filled with music, parties, and Charlie’s own journey to self-discovery. Aided by DJ Rosa (Annika Meier), Charlie slowly comes out of his shell and sees the possibility of a brighter future. Based on writer/musician Sven Regener’s eponymous cult novel, director Arne Feldhusen’s adaptation skillfully blends tragedy with humor to bring Regener’s offbeat characters to life.  

All Ticketholders are invited to a reception following the film at the Egyptian Theatre.
Q&A with Annika Meier following the screening
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NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER – Saturday, Oct 20th, 4:00 pm, Egyptian Theatre (Matinee)

photo credit: German Films

Curated program of award winning short films

Germany (2018), 101 min. German/Italian/Hebrew/English with English Subtitles

Presented by German Films and the German Federal Film Board (FFA), this beloved annual showcase premieres the most remarkable student shorts – the NEXT GENERATION of German Cinema – together with the best German shorts under 5 minutes – the winners of the FFA’s SHORT TIGER Award. This year's expert jury includes Student Academy Award®-winner and Academy Award®-nominee Katja Benrath (WATU WOTE – ALL OF US), Daniel Ebner (Artistic Director VIS Vienna Shorts Festival) and Dr. Gregory Theile (Kinopolis/Theile Group). They have selected twelve short films representing Germany’s diversity of forms, genres and skillful filmmaking talent that international audiences have come to expect from German shorts. These deeply personal and universal stories confirm the notion that short film is an independent art form deserving of the big screen and the awareness of audiences worldwide.

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BLUE MY MIND – Saturday, Oct 20th, 8:00 pm, Egyptian Theatre (FEATURE)

photo credit: Tellfilm

Director: Lisa Brühlmann
Lisa Brühlmann
Gabriel Lobos
Luna Wedler, Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen, Regula Grauwiller, Georg Scharegg
Producers: Stefan Jäger, Katrin Renz, Filippo Bonacci  
Production Company:

Switzerland (2017), 97 min, Swiss-German with English subtitles

When 15-year-old Mia (Luna Wedler) moves to the suburbs of Zürich, she must adjust to life in a new town and high school. Eagerly wanting to fit in, she joins a clique of popular girls headed by Gianna (Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen), and plunges into a wild teenage existence in an attempt to cope. For Mia, the experiences of puberty, and its effects on her rapidly changing body, take a horrific turn; one that is accompanied by webbed toes and dark, scaly patches on her skin. In her despair, she attempts to numb herself with sex and drugs, hoping to halt the tidal wave of physical change that is overwhelming her. As she gradually loses herself to her own manic behavior, ultimately transforming into the being that has slumbered within her for years, Mia seeks help from Gianna to save herself. Deftly blending fantasy with the grotesque, Writer-Director Lisa Brühlmann creates a unique, otherworldly coming-of-age story filled with magical realism.

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IN THE AISLES – Saturday, Oct 20th, 6:30 pm, Egyptian Theatre (DOUBLE FEATURE)

photo credit: Sommerhaus Filmproduktion GmbH (Anke Neugebaue)

Thomas Stuber
Clemens Meyer, Thomas Stuber
Peter Matjasko
Franz Rogowski, Sandra Hüller, Peter Kurth, Henning Peker, Andreas Leupold
Fabian Maubach, Jochen Laube, Julia Wagner
Production Company:
Sommerhaus Filmproduktion GmbH, MDR, Arte Deutschland TV, SWR, HR, Rotor Film Babelsberg GmbH

Germany (2018), 125 min, German with English subtitles

With his new job at a wholesale market in an eastern German province, the shy and reclusive Christian (Franz Rogowski) plunges into an unknown universe of endless aisles and warehouse order. Bruno (Peter Kurth) from the beverage department takes Christian under his wing and shows him the tricks of the trade, including the often-surreal secrets of mastering the forklift. In the aisles, Christian meets the mysteriously charming Marion (Sandra Hüller) from the candy section and is instantly smitten.

The coffee machine serves as their regular meeting point as the two get to know each other. But for Marion, who is married, their playfully flirtatious friendship has deeper consequences. As Christian slowly becomes a member of the wholesale market family, his days of stacking shelves mean much more to him than meets the eye. Director Thomas Stuber’s adaptation of Clemens Meyer’s short story is a delicate choreography of people, their dreams, desires, and the poetry of their everyday lives. Cinematographer Peter Matjasko artfully captures the subtleties of the film’s often-muted visual design, creating a world where magic can be found in the mundane.

DOUBLE FEATURE: begins with IN THE AISLES at 6:30 pm, followed by TRANSIT at approximately 9:00 pm.
Ticket price includes admission to both films.
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TRANSIT – Saturday, Oct 20th, (approximately) 9:00 pm, Egyptian Theatre (DOUBLE FEATURE)

photo credit: Schramm Film (Marco Krüger)

Director: Christian Petzold
Screenplay: Christian Petzold, based on the novel TRANSIT, by Anna Seghers
Cinematography: Hanns Fromm
Cast: Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski, Godehard Giese, Lilien Batman, Maryam Zaree, Matthias Brandt
Producers: Fabian Maubach, Jochen Laube, Julia Wagner
Production Company: SCHRAMM FILM Koerner & Weber, in co-production with NEON PRODUCTIONS and ZDF, ARTE, ARTE France Cinéma.

Germany/France (2018), 101 min, German with English subtitles

As German troops quickly advance on Paris, Georg (Franz Rogowski), a German refugee, flees to the port city of Marseille. He carries a manuscript, letters, and documents for a transit visa from the Mexican Embassy; all belonging to a deceased writer named Weidel. Only those who can prove that they are in transit are permitted to stay in Marseille, where refugees have gathered waiting for ships, and transit visas are in high demand. Desperate, Georg assumes Weidel’s identity and delves into the delicate and complex world of the refugee community, only to question the purpose of moving on at all. Everything changes when he meets the mysterious Marie (Paula Beer), who is searching for her husband, a writer, said to be in Marseille with a Mexican visa for them both.

Intertwining the uncanny parallels between historical fact and present-day Marseille, Christian Petzold's adaptation of Anna Seghers’ 1942 novel is an intricate and haunting story of love, morality, the meaning of human connection and a longing for a place one can call home.

DOUBLE FEATURE: begins with IN THE AISLES at 6:30 pm, followed by TRANSIT at approximately 9:00 pm.
Ticket price includes admission to both films.
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3 DAYS IN QUIBERON – Sunday, Oct 21th, 5:00 pm, Egyptian Theatre (DOUBLE FEATURE)

photo credit: Beta Cinema

Director: Emily Atef
Screenplay: Emily Atef
Cinematography: Jens Harant
Cast: Marie Bäumer, Birgit Minichmayr, Charly Hübner, Robert Gwisdek
Producer: Karsten Stöter, Co-Producers: Danny Krausz, Sophie Dulac, Michel Zana
Production Company: Rohfilm Factory, in co-production with Dor Film, Sophie Dulac Productions

Germany/Austria/France (2018), 115 min, German & French with English subtitles

1981, Quiberon, France. Romy Schneider (Marie Bäumer), the most famous female star in Europe of her time, has come to this small seaside village to recuperate, and, with the support of her close friend, Hilde (Birgit Minichmayr), begin to fight her demons. But, this is more than just the reunion of two old friends. Despite her previous negative encounters with the German Press, Schneider has granted “Stern” magazine reporter Michael Jürgs (Robert Gwisdek) and photographer Robert Lebeck (Charly Hübner) an interview and photoshoot that form the basis of this film. What unfolds over these three days is a cat-and-mouse game between the fragile actress and the ambitious writer, in which Schneider bares her soul, almost to the breaking point. Cinematographer Thomas Kiennast’s striking camerawork captures not only the feel of Lebeck’s photographs, but also Schneider’s vulnerability. Writer-Director Emily Atef’s screenplay comes to life through the powerful performances of the film’s cast. What emerges is a multifaceted portrait of a compelling actress and woman who unsparingly gives her all.

Q&A with Thomas W. Kiennast following the screening.
DOUBLE FEATURE: begins with 3 DAYS IN QUIBERON at 5:00 pm, followed by THE SILENT REVOLUTION at approximately 7:30 pm.
Ticket price includes admission to both films.
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THE SILENT REVOLUTION – Sunday, Oct 21th, 7:30 pm, Egyptian Theatre (DOUBLE FEATURE)

photo credit: Studiocanal GmbH (Julia Terjung)

Director: Lars Kraume
Screenplay: Lars Kraume,based on the book by Dietrich Garstka
Cinematography: Jens Harant
Cast: Leonard Scheicher, Tom Gramenz, Lena Klenke, Jonas Dassler, Michael Gwisdek,
Ronald Zehrfeld, Florian Lukas, Jördis Triebel, Burghart Klaußner
Producers: Miriam Düssel, Susanne Freyer
Production: Company Akzente Film & Fernsehproduktions GmbH in co-production with ZDF, zero one film GmbH, Studiocanal GmbH.

Germany (2018), 96 min, German with English subtitles

1956. During one of their secret visits to a cinema in West Berlin, East German high school pupils Theo (Leonard Scheicher) and Kurt (Tom Gramenz) see graphic newsreel footage depicting the violent suppression of the people’s uprising in Budapest. Back at home in Stalinstadt, the boys share the startling news with their friend Erik (Jonas Dassler) and their classmates. When the class agrees to hold a moment of silence for the victims of the Hungarian struggle for freedom, no one is prepared for the repercussions of what this act of solidarity unleashes. Caught-up in the political machinery of a state determined to make an example of them, the students face a difficult decision that has dramatic consequences for their futures; do they choose to stand together, or allow the state to tear them apart? Director and screenwriter Lars Kraume’s adaptation of Dietrich Garstka’s eponymous book, an account of own experiences and those of his 18 classmates, offers a timely and sobering reflection on the nature of protest and political action.  

DOUBLE FEATURE: begins with 3 DAYS IN QUIBERON at 5:00 pm, followed by THE SILENT REVOLUTION at approximately 7:30 pm.
Ticket price includes admission to both films.
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THE LEGEND OF TIMM THALER OR THE BOY WHO SOLD HIS LAUGHTER – Sunday, Oct 21st, 1:00 pm, Egyptian Theatre (Free Family Matinee) AND Monday, Oct 22nd, 10:00 am, Egyptian Theatre (Free School Matinee)

photo credit: Constantin Film

Director: Andreas Dresen
Screenplay: Alexander Adolph
Cinematography: Michael Hammon
Cast: Arved Friese, Justus von Dohnányi, Charly Hübner, Jule Hermann, Axel Prahl, Andreas Schmidt, Nadja Uhl, Steffi Kühnert, Bjarne Mädel, Fritzi Haberlandt
Producer: Oliver Berben
Production: Company Constantin Film Produktion in co-production with ZDF, ARRI Media, B.A. Produktion, Trixter Film, Cinemendo, Rolize GmbH & Co.

Germany (2017), 102 min, German with English subtitles

From a poor family, Timm Thaler (Arved Friese) seems to have few reasons to laugh. After his father passes away, the young boy must live with his mean stepmother, Lydia (Steffi Kühnert). Nevertheless, Timm stays positive, and with the help of his friends Ida (Jule Hermann) and Kreschimir (CharlyHübner),he always remembers to laugh. His laughter is so extraordinarily charming that the mysterious Baron Lefuet (Justus von Dohnányi) wants it for himself at all costs. The diabolical Baron promises Timm that he will never lose another bet in his life if he signs his laugh over to him. Shortly after agreeing to the deal, Timm has everything he could dream of, but, as the stakes grow higher; Timm learns that winning isn’t everything. Ultimately, only his true friends can help him break away from the Baron’s devilish schemes and, through a clever trick, win back his laugh. James Krüss’ celebrated 1962 children’s novel about the true nature of happiness comes to life in Director Andreas Dresen’s award winning, good-hearted fantasy for the whole family.

Content advisory: Scenes of slight danger and supernatural powers

This screening is free for the general public on a first come, first served basis. Seating is extremely limited.
Please RSVP with the following link
PASSWORD: ltthalac172
Confirmed reservation required.

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KREATUR – Sasha Waltz & Guests – Monday, Oct 22nd, 8:00 pm, The Theatre at ACE Hotel

photo credit: Luna Zscharnt

A film by Bettina Borgfeld and Jochen Sandig
Co-production by Sasha Waltz & Guests and the ZDF in cooperation with ARTE
Filmed at Radialsystem
Co-presented with UCLA’s Center for the Performing Arts with the support of Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House

Germany/France (2018), 90 min, DCP Projection

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the company Sasha Waltz & Guests is currently touring the U.S. This special evening presents the US premiere of the film version of Sasha Waltz’ choreography »Kreatur,« which was realized in collaboration with their longstanding partners ZDF/ARTE. For »Kreatur« Sasha Waltz, with her 14 dancers, examines the phenomena of existence against the background of a disrupted society: power and a lack of power, dominance and weakness, freedom and control, community and isolation. Since its 2017 world premiere in Berlin, the piece has toured nationally and internationally in Athens, Avignon, Barcelona, Bruxelles, Dijon, Essen, Lisbon, and Rome among others.

The company SASHA WALTZ & GUESTS was founded by Sasha Waltz and Jochen Sandig in Berlin in 1993, and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. To date, more than 300 artists and ensembles – architects, visual artists, choreographers, filmmakers, designers, musicians, singers and dancers – from 25 countries have collaborated as “Guests”.

Followed by After-Party
Q&A with choreographer Sasha Waltz, directors Jochen Sandig & Bettina Borgfeld, cinematographer Daniel Koppelkamm, and the dancers Nicola Mascia, Clémentine Deluy, Claudia de Serpa Soares, Davide Camplani, Virgis Puodziunas, and Yael Schnellfollowing the screening.
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This evening is part of the Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19 – a comprehensive and collaborative initiative of the Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institut, and with the support of the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

FILMMAKER BRUNCH – Saturday, Oct 20th, 10:00 am, PIXOMONDO, 2055 S Barrington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

In addition to the festival’s film programming, the annual filmmaker brunch, presented in cooperation with GABA Film Initiative and sponsored by PIXOMONDO, will feature A TRIBUTE TO VERONICA FERRES, a conversation with the famous German actress, moderated by Dierk Sindermann (Hollywood Foreign Press Association), at Pixomondo in Santa Monica.

Veronica Ferres is one of the most famous actresses in Germany. She starred in over 100 feature films and in multiple TV shows, winning numerous film and TV prizes including the Adolf Grimme Prize, the German Television Prize, the Bavarian Television Prize, the Golden Camera Award, the Bambi award, as well as an Emmy Award for THE MANNS. In 2012, Veronica founded her own production company, Construction Filmproduktion GmbH.

Free Admission | By Invitation Only

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