KINO! festival of new German films coming to NYC's Landmark at 57 West
KINO!, a festival of new German films, returns to New York City in April. After more than 30 years at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the festival branched out into an independent film festival beginning in 2014. Now in its fifth year, KINO!2018 will be held at the festival’s new venue and New York City’s newest art-house cinema, the Landmark Theatres at 57th Street, April 6-12.
KINO!2018 will present a selection of nine feature-length German films including In Times of Fading Light (New York premiere), When Paul Came Over the Sea (North American premiere), Casting (East Coast premiere), The Final Journey (New York premiere), Bar Talks by Schumann (New York premiere), The Garden (New York premiere), The Impossible Picture (North American premiere), Hagazussa—A Heathen’s Curse (Manhattan premiere); the North American premiere of the hit German TV series “Bad Banks” (following its recent Berlin International Film Festival premiere!), and 11 short films as part of their annual “Next Generation Short Tiger” lineup (which presents a selection of shorts made by German film students and premieres every year at Cannes).
As a special KINO! Centerpiece event for cinephiles, on Monday, April 9 at 8 pm, the festival will screen the U.S. premiere of Ewald André Dupont’s 1925 classic silent film Varieté (presented by Bertelsmann), accompanied with live music by pianist Stephen Horne and composer/improviser/vibraphone player/percussionist Martin Pyne.
The opening-night selection, In Times of Fading Light, will be followed by a Q&A discussion with the film’s director Matti Geschonneck. A historical drama that takes place just before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the film centers around the 90th birthday party for an East German family’s Communist patriarch. Adapted from Eugen Ruge’s semi-autobiographical 2011 bestseller and starring veteran actor Bruno Ganz (Downfall), the film is a snapshot in time of the disintegration of a family and of a political system.
On April 7at 6 pm, the documentary Bar Talks by Schumann will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Marieke Schroeder and the film’s charismatic subject Charles Schumann, a legendary cocktail connoisseur. The film takes us on a global tour of the world’s most beautiful bars (including several bars in NYC) with Schumann, arguably Germany’s greatest living bartender, who wrote what many regard as the defining book for bartenders, The American Bar.
On Sunday, April 8 at 1:30pm, the controversial and timely documentary When Paul Came Over the Sea will have its North American premiere followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Jakob Preuss. The film follows one migrant’s passionate flight to freedom as he makes the treacherous journey from Cameroon to Berlin, and tells the story of the unusual friendship that develops between the filmmaker and his subject amidst the backdrop of the politically charged European debates around migration. Later the same day at 5 pm, longtime festival partner Deutsches Haus at NYU will also host a conversation called “When Paul Came Over the Sea—Borders and (In)Humanity,” moderated by Noah Isenberg, and featuring director Preuss along with panelists Gabriella Etmektsoglou, Cigdem Ipek and Christian Martin.
Also on Sunday, April 8at 6 pm, The Final Journey will have its New York premiere followed by a Q&A discussion with the film’s director and screenwriter, Nick Baker-Monteys. The film is about a 92-year-old man (Jürgen Prochnow of Das Boot) who goes on a final journey with his reluctant granddaughter to his war-torn Ukrainian homeland to find the only woman he ever truly loved—just as a new war breaks out in the former Soviet Union in the spring of 2014.
The KINO!2018 program was curated by film industry professionals Marian Masone, Karl Rozemeyer and Meghan Wurtz. For the complete KINO!2018 festival schedule and film descriptions go to www.kinofestivalnyc.com.