German film festival coming to Dubai

Catch these movies at Cinema Akil

German film festival coming to Dubai
The Pasta Detectives

Berlin has taken centre stage in many a movie, from spy thrillers to classics and Hollywood blockbusters galore – the German capital is a major hub for the film industry. Luckily for all movie buffs, quirky independent film platform Cinema Akil is hosting a film festival featuring eight contemporary movies that showcase the ever-changing face of the German capital. Bring your reading glasses, subtitles come included.

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)
August 23
Directed by Walter Ruttmann

This documentary is one of the most famous silent classics to come out of Germany. The avant-garde film shows a day in the life of Berlin, from the empty streets in the morning to the hectic pace of the day and the buzzing nightlife scene.

Berlin Bouncer (2019)
August 23, 28 and 29
Directed by David Dietl
This real-life story documents the lives of thee of Berlin’s most legendary bouncers. The film chronicles an exciting piece of the city’s cultural history from the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall right up to the pulsating present.

Good Bye, Lenin! (2003)
August 24, 27 and 28
Directed by Wolfgang Becker

Set in East Berlin in autumn 1989, the story follows Alex Kerner and his family. After his mum falls into a coma and only awakens eight months later, he attempts to conceal from her the fall of the Berlin Wall and other major happenings. This clever tragicomedy was one of the most successful films in 2003, and promises many bittersweet moments.

One, Two, Three (1961)
August 24, 25 and 27
Directed by Billy Wilder

This American comedy is packed full of fast-paced dialogue and features a brilliant performance by the legendary actor and Academy Award-winner James Cagney, who won a Best Actor Oscar in 1942’s Yankee Doodle. Set in West Berlin during the Cold War, a high-ranking executive at Coca-Cola is given the task of taking care of his boss’ socialite daughter. Drama ensues when he realises she’s married to someone with completely different political views.

Wings of Desire (1987)
August 25, 29 and 30
Directed by Wim Wenders

If there’s one film not to miss, this is it. The romantic fantasy has been called one of the best films of the 1980s by critics worldwide and won Wim Wenders Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival and the European Film Awards.

A Coffee in Berlin (2012)
August 26 and 31
Directed by Jan-Ole Gerster
Niko Fischer, the protagonist in this black-and-white film, is living from one day to the next. After dropping out of law school, he spends his days roaming the streets of Berlin until one day when it’s finally time for him to grow up…

Victoria (2015)
August 26, 30 and 31
Directed by Sebastian Schipper

Victoria, a woman from Spain, moves to Berlin in this German crime thriller. She makes some new mates, and what starts out as a big, crazy adventure quickly turns into a nightmare. Interestingly, the film is shot in one single continous take.

The Pasta Detectives (2014)
August 30 and 31
Directed by Neele Leana Vollmar

And finally, a bit of light relief with one that’s definitely made for the kids. Bring your whole family for this one, an adventure comedy that’s suitable for all the gang. Based on a best-selling children’s book by Andreas Steinhofel, the film is about two very different boys who form an unlikely friendship and become mini detectives.
Dhs52.50 (per film). Aug 25-31. Timings vary. Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.cinemaakil.com (04 223 1139).

WHAT IS IT...
Independent movies showcasing the German capital city

WHY GO...
To catch loads of classic and modern movies

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