Audiences across Australia proved their enthusiasm and love for German culture and filmmaking at the German Film Festival, which was organized by Palace Cinemas in cooperation with German Films. The festival took place from 21 May to 12 June 2019 in seven cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Byron Bay – one more city than in 2018.

With 29 Australian premieres and a diverse program, a broad range of box office hits, feel-good comedies and award-winning dramas straight from the Berlinale, the festival was able to attract 31,070 viewers. That means twice as many viewers came to attend the festival in its second edition.

Due to popular demand, additional screenings were added across Australia. These German Film Festival hits were BALLOON, MACK THE KNIFE – BRECHT’S THREEPENNY FILM, HOW ABOUT ADOLF? and the documentary BAUHAUS SPIRIT.

Presented by the Goethe-Institut, the festival’s cultural partner, the program included the sidebar “Kino for Kids”, a specially curated section dedicated to young audiences and families. Schools were invited to attend the festival and to engage with German culture and language.

The German Film Festival in Australia (© Palace Cinemas/Theresa Harrison)