The German Film Festival will return to Palace Cinemas in May, playing in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Canberra, Perth and Adelaide.
This year’s opening night film is Balloon, a thriller from director Michael Herbig that tells the true story of two families who escaped from East to West Germany in a homemade hot air balloon.
One of the escapees, Günter Wetzel, was inspired to make the daring flight after reading a magazine article reporting on an international annual ballooners’ convention. Screenings of the film are well timed for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.
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The German Film Festival 2019 will take place nationally from 21 May – 12 June, in the following cities:
Sydney: 21 May – 9 June 2019, Palace Norton St and Chauvel Cinema
Canberra: 22 May – 9 June 2019, Palace Electric
Melbourne: 23 May – 09 June 2019, Palace Cinema Como, The Kino Cinemas, Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, The Astor Theatre
Perth: 28 May – 12 June 2019, Cinema Paradiso
Adelaide: 29 May – 12 June 2019, Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, Palace Nova Prospect Cinemas
Brisbane: 30 May – 12 June 2019, Palace James St, Palace Barracks
Byron Bay: 29 May – 12 June 2019, Palace Byron Bay
Other titles on he program include the comedy 100 Things, about friends who make a cow to rid themselves of all their possessions for 100 days, and the spiritualism-themed psychological thriller The Innocent.
For more details, visit the German Film Festival website.