The 17th Tbilisi International Film Festival’s section - “Made in Germany” is our traditional section, which we started back in 2005 in association with “Goethe Institute”.
This section includes 7 films from Germany:
Berrached’s new film ‘’24 week’’ centers on the dilemma faced by a woman who is already six months pregnant when she learns that her unborn child will have Down‘s syndrome as well as a serious heart defect. Should she be able to choose the option of a late-term abortion? How can she and her husband know whether the unborn child could have a life worth living or would only suffer? In the end, the expectant mother realizes that only she can make this decision.
‘’Fiddlesticks’’ directed by Veit Helmer takes place in a small, ordinary town somewhere in Europe, a place that is so mediocre that it has become the stronghold for all kinds of market research. The consequence of this is that old people are put in nursing homes in order to keep down the average age of the inhabitants. But the children don't want to be used as guinea pigs and decide to take action...
‘’Fukushima, Mon Amour’’ by Doris Dörrie is a story about a young German woman bonds with an elderly Japanese woman while touring the Fukushima region of Japan in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake.
Cordula Kablitz-Post’s ‘’Lou Andreas-Salomé’’ - the legendary writer and psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salomé is leading a lonely existence in Göttingen in 1933, threatened by the Nazi regime. When German philologist Ernst Pfeiffer enters her life, she begins to write her memoirs with him. Born 1861 in St. Petersburg, she vows never to fall in love and to pursue intellectual perfection. She meets Paul Rée and Friedrich Nietzsche and, against all conventions of time, Lou and Rée live and study together in Berlin. Lou attains her goal of an intellectual and free spirited life, but when she meets the young and still unknown writer Rainer Maria Rilke she falls in love. After they break up she has numerous affairs. Lou begins to attend Sigmund Freud’s lectures, becomes a well-esteemed psychoanalyst and finally recognizes the trauma of her youth.
‘’Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe’’ directed by Mariam Schrader is also biographical movie about the years of exile in the life of famous German speaking writer Stefan Zweig, his inner struggle for the "right attitude" towards the events in WWII Germany and his search for a home in the new world.
‘’Fritz Lang’’ directed by Gordian Maugg is about Austrian-German filmmaker - Fritz Lang. He was regarded a genius, an egocentric sex maniac and a sadist. Violence and love became subjects that would not let go of Fritz Lang for the rest of his life. In Vienna, as the son of a violent father, under whom his much-loved Jewish mother suffered. As a soldier in Galicia, where he experienced the horrors of the First World War. And finally as a young director in Berlin, accused of murdering his own wife. Fritz Lang researches the "Evil" in all of us and in himself.
‘’Toni Erdmann’’ is a 2016 German-Austrian comedy drama film directed, written and co-produced by Maren Ade. Winfried (Peter Simonischek) doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller). The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It’s an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn’t help the two to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What’s worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany.