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'Fokus' on German cinema

By SPP Reporter

The People vs Fritz Baur is one of the films selected for the Fokus season.
The People vs Fritz Baur is one of the films selected for the Fokus season.

GERMAN cinema is the focus of a film festival which returns to Eden Court this month for its second year.

The Fokus film festival features a handpicked selection of current and classic German cinema selected by the Goethe-Institut Glasgow and Filmhouse Edinburgh.

The films will screen in cinemas across Scotland with the first screening at Inverness’s Eden Court Theatre on Wednesday.

The festival has a strong focus on showcasing female directors working in Germany, including Nicolette Krebitz’s Wild, telling the fantastical story of one woman’s relationship with a wolf.

Fokus 2016 will also shine a light on the current rise in xenophobia and far right political movements in Europe by looking to German history with the film, The People vs Fritz Bauer, the true story of one man’s battle to bring Nazi crimes to light despite the collective denial of a nation.

The lighter side of contemporary German filmmaking is also reflected in the programme, with highlights including coming-of-age story Oh Boy, while the festival also features Weimar Republic era classics Fritz Lang’s The Testament of Dr Mabuse and Robert Siodmak’s hugely influential experimental silent film People on Sunday.

"Film is the contemporary expression of the arts that probably excites us most. And film is much more than Hollywood," Nikolai Petersen, director of the Goethe-Institut Glasgow, declared.

"With our second annual festival, Fokus, we invite audiences all across Scotland to explore Germany as a multifaceted country with a distinct artistic language and place within European film. I am particularly delighted that this event has been realised in close collaboration with many partners, in Scotland and abroad."

Filmhouse head of programming Rod White added "After the success of the inaugural Fokus: Films from Germany last year, we are delighted to again be working with the Goethe Institut in Glasgow to bring a selection of great German films to Scotland.

"German cinema is currently somewhat under-represented in the sphere of UK Film Distribution, so we’re very pleased to be able to give this great European filmmaking nation the exposure it deserves."

Eden Court will screen the following films as part of the Fokus Film Festival:

Oh Boy, 6.15pm on Wednesday 14

People on Sunday at noon on Sunday 18

The Testament of Dr Mabuse at 2pm on Sunday 18

Wild at 8.30pm on Thursday 22;

and The People vs Fritz Bauer at 7.15pm on Tuesday 27.

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