Palace is delighted to present the 2024 HSBC German Film Festival in collaboration with German Films. The 2024 line-up features many superb offerings including six films direct
from the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), a selection of the best new German cinema and exciting new films for budding cinephiles in the Kino for Kids side bar, presented by the Goethe-Institut.

The festival is excited to announce that the Opening Night selection is FROM HILDE, WITH LOVE (In Liebe, Eure Hilde) directed by renowned filmmaker Andreas Dresen, which premiered to widespread acclaim at the recent Berlinale. Featuring an extraordinary performance from Liv Lisa Fries as a young woman drawn into the anti-Nazi resistance movement during World War II, the film is a compelling historical drama and remarkable true story.

Also direct from Berlinale is festival Centrepiece FOREIGN LANGUAGE (Langue Étrangère), starring Nina Hoss and Chiara Mastroianni. The impeccable, heartfelt drama follows two teenagers in Leipzig and Strasbourg who forge a friendship through letters and language exchange. Their bittersweet and boundary-testing friendship is strained as they grapple with how to understand themselves and the world around them.

Closing the 2024 HSBC German Film Festival is TREASURE, direct from its premiere at Berlinale. This touching drama starring Lena Dunham and Stephen Fry, follows a music journalist and her Polish father, a Holocaust survivor, who set out on a tour of their family homeland.

Festival favourite Frederick Lau delivers an outstanding performance in ONE FOR THE ROAD, a deeply touching and distinctly authentic story set between Berlin’s famous bars and sober therapy rooms. Temptations lurk everywhere in this amusing tragicomedy from director Markus Goller (25km/h GFF19) that dives into the highs and lows of drinking and the meaning of true friendship.

Featuring an all-star cast including Nastassja Kinski and Albrecht Schuch is DARK SATELLITES (Die stillen Trabanten), A moving ensemble drama set in nighttime Leipzig, it
tells three stories about the impossibility of love in poetic vignettes.

From Austria ANDREA GETS A DIVORCE (Andrea lässt sich scheiden) is a nuanced tragicomedy starring Birgit Minichmayr as a rural policewoman who wants a divorce and longs to become a detective inspector in the city but faces unforeseen challenges along the way.

Featuring a superb performance from German star Franz Rogowski, historical drama LUBO focuses on a Swiss street performer who seeks justice upon losing his family due to a national campaign to re-educate Yenish children in Switzerland on the cusp of WWII.

Audience pick TONI ERDMANN, a favourite since its 2016 release, will also be screening as part of the celebration of 70 years of German Films. The film catapulted Sandra Hüller to international stardom and couples a delightful blend of cringe comedy with German cinematic brilliance.

Other outstanding features in this year’s New German Cinema stream include historical drama BLIND AT HEART (Die Mittagsfrau), adapted from Julia Franck’s acclaimed bestselling novel, a touching portrait of a young woman struggling with her identity is set in 1920s and 30s Germany; NOT A WORD (Kein Wort) starring Maren Eggert as a mother who is juggling her career as a conductor and mother to a teenage son; and EVERY YOU EVERY ME (Alle die Du bist) which challenges audiences with the question, what if the person you love most suddenly becomes a stranger in your eyes? Factory worker Nadine seeks to revive her seven-year relationship in this social realist drama direct from the 2024 Berlinale.

Also direct from Berlinale is SCORCHED EARTH (Verbrannte Erde), a slick crime thriller starring Mišel Matičević and Alexander Fehling. Twelve years after fleeing, a career criminal returns to Berlin in search of work.

The Goethe-Institut is presenting the ever-popular sidebar “Kino for Kids” which is curated for children, teens and families. In addition to the previously announced MISSION: SCHOOL OF FUN (Die unlangweiligste Schule der Welt – Auf Klassenfahrt) and THE FLYING CLASSROOM (Das fliegende Klassenzimmer), are two further titles, the cross generational reimaging of the classic Lassie in LASSIE – A NEW ADVENTURE (Lassie – ein neues Abenteuer),in which famous Collie dog Lassie investigates the mysterious disappearances of several pedigree dogs, with the help of new companions; and SKATER GIRLS – GET UP (Get Up) about a group of four teenage girls who face unexpected challenges when they enter a skating competition in the summer after graduating high school.

The festival also welcomes HSBC, in their first year as Naming Rights partner. Jessica Power, Head of Wealth and Personal Banking, HSBC Bank Australia Limited, says “We’re
thrilled to be involved again in this year’s Festival. Much like the power of film, we at HSBC believe that by bringing people and ideas together we can open up a world of opportunity. We’re sure that all attendees to this year’s Festival will love the global selection of compelling storytelling.”

The 2024 HSBC German Film Festival will take place from 7 May – 5 June  

Canberra: 7 May – 29 May, Palace Electric
Sydney: 8 May – 29 May, Palace Norton Street, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Central, Palace Moore Park (new)
Brisbane: 9 May – 29 May, Palace James St, Palace Barracks
Melbourne: 10 May – 29 May, Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como,
Palace Westgarth, The Kino, The Astor Theatre, Pentridge Cinema and Palace Penny Lane
Adelaide: 15 May – 5 June, Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, Palace Nova Prospect
Perth: 16 May – 5 June, Luna Leederville, Luna on SX & Palace Raine Square
Byron Bay: 16 May – 5 June, Palace Byron Bay

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