German Currents Film Festival a glimpse into latest & best European cinema


We are fans and supporters of the Goethe-Institut’s spectrum of wonderful German/American cultural activities in Los Angeles, but since it’s Los Angeles we especially love the movies. That’s why we so anticipate a fun weekend at the annual German Currents Film Festival, lively ads for which you see posted on artsmeme now. Click on ’em to find a film and go. It is always a high-quality selection, this year from October 13 – 16.

This year’s German Currents takes place in two venues, both on the easterly side of town, with screenings at the outpost of the American Cinematheque in Los Feliz and at the cool Goethe-Institut headquarters downtown.

German Currents 2023 opens Friday, October 13th, at the Los Feliz 3 Theatre, with the exclusive US premiere of director Birgit Möller’s multi-award-winning festival favorite, FRANKY FIVE STAR, starring Lena Urzendowsky (COCOON, Netflix’s DARK, and HOW TO SELL DRUGS ONLINE (Fast). A discussion with Ms. Urzendowsky will follow the screening. Opening night event continues with the LA premiere of veteran German Filmmaker Fatih Akin’s German box office smash, RHINEGOLD (RHEINGOLD).  

The theater is smallish. Get tickets now!

The festival weekend continues with the US premiere of David Wnendt’s SUN AND CONCRETE (SONNE UND BETON), adapted from Felix Lobrecht’s best-selling novel. David Wnendt (COMBAT GIRLS, WETLANDS) will be present to discuss his film. Additional screenings include the US premiere of the popular short film showcase NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER, the US premiere of Axel Ranisch’s ORPHEA IN LOVE, and the LA premiere of the retro-futuristic THE ORDINARIES, directed by Sophie Linnenbaum. To complete the festival program, German Currents will bring back its popular family matinee with a screening of MISSION ULJA FUNK, winner of the German Film Award for Best Youth Film.

German Currents Film Festival 2023 | American Cinematheque & Goethe-Institut | Oct 13-16

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