Thu 7 Apr 2011 to Mon 18 Apr 2011

In 2011 the Audi Festival of German Films will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a spectacular programme of 39 contemporary and classic German films and documentaries throughout April. A national event, the Festival has continued to grow in popularity since its first outing in 2002 and in 2010 attracted more than 26,000 attendees – a testimony to Germany’s place at the forefront of international cinema. The 2011 programme will be divided into three sections; GERMAN CURRENTS, featuring the best of contemporary German cinema, RADICAL DOCS – an eclectic selection of documentaries, and RETRO 2001-2011, which will showcase 10 of Germany’s most acclaimed movies of the last decade, many of which have never before screened in Australia.

2011 Festival highlights include:

PINA (Director: Wim Wenders)
Iconic filmmaker Wim Wenders’ new film - a tribute to dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch

ALMANYA (Director: Yasemin Samdereli)
The surprise smash-comedy of the 2011 Berlinale: When a Turkish family leave their home after 30 years in Germany the question arises: Who am I - a German or a Turk?

CLOSE TO YOU (Director: Almut Getto)
What happens when an emotionally blank young man meets an exuberant blind girl? Will his pet tortoise remain the only living thing he really loves - or he will he break out of his shell?

GOETHE! (Director: Phillip Stölzl)
A gorgeous costume drama focusing on the youthful loves and sorrows of the young Goethe – starring Alexander Fehling (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS).

JULIA’S DISAPPEARANCE (Director: Christoph Schaub)
An entertaining and sophisticated meditation on getting old, feeling young and everything in between, starring Corinna Harfouch and Bruno Ganz.

NAGNA PARBAT (Director: Joseph Vilsmaier)
Based on a true story and a thrilling real–life adventure, this mountain drama takes you to the top of the Himalayas and into the abyss of human guilt.

SINGLE BY CONTRACT (Director: Mark Rothermund)
A fresh and funny romantic comedy with positive girl–power messages and a clutch of toe–tapping tunes – when an unsuspecting girl falls in love with megastar.

THE DAY I WAS NOT BORN (Director: Florian Cossen)
A compelling combination of personal and political histories set in Germany and Argentina: Who am I? This remains the most fundamental question of all.

THE MURDER FARM (Director: Bettina Oberli)
Keeping its secrets well hidden and building to a suspenseful climax, this stylish drama will take
you well beyond the romantic facades of an alpine village.

THE POLL DIARIES (Director: Chris Kraus)
A deeply moving drama and fascinating history lesson, set on the Baltic coast pre WWI: The world changes – but is the old guard willing to change in it?

Romeo and Juliet behind the Wall face unexpected challenges in this family battle of two opposing political creeds.

at Palace Cinema Como, Kino Cinemas.