The 19th edition of the Festival de Cine Alemán Buenos Aires (12-18 September 2019) began on 11 September with a morning press screening followed by a press conference at which 60 enthusiastic journalists and a chirpy Marcus H. Rosenmüller discussed his film THE KEEPER. Rosenmüller, who was in Buenos Aires from 10-15 September, received many enquiries from the national press and had a busy schedule during the festival. The festival then officially opened on 12 September in the presence of the German Ambassador Christian Jürgen Mertens. Over six days, 15 German feature and documentary films presented the entire spectrum of German filmmaking to Argentinean audiences. One would think that this was worth being awarded a prize! And what do you know? The festival was awarded the City of Buenos Aires’ Declaración de interés cultural in 2019.

In addition to sold-out performances for THE KEEPER, NEVER LOOK AWAY was another film that was also a hit with the local audience – and ranked second in terms of audience numbers. Pupils from various German schools enjoyed the school screen­ings and asked inquisitive and candid questions. And there was a full cinema at the screening of a classic from the silent movie era when the festival came to a close. THE DOLL by Ernst Lubitsch from 1919 was shown with musical accompaniment by Marcelo Katz who performed a composition of his own.

Johanna Buse, Marcus H. Rosenmüller, Gustav Wilhelmi, Simone Baumann (© Fabian Malavolta)