From the stories of an illegal refugee who honestly seeks to reorganize his life in Berlin, his luck in Berlin and that of a German criminal who offers himself to his patron but has risky plans for him, Burhan Qurbani built Berlin Alexanderplatz. Feature film premiered in the competition of last year’s edition of the Berlinale with the Portuguese-Guinean Welket Bungué as the protagonist. In addition to being nominated with this role in the category of best actor at the awards of German cinema, Bungué was distinguished with him at the Stockholm Film Festival. It is the opening film of this edition. This Thursday, starting at 9pm.
Deutschlandreise – Ein Roadmovie zwischen Gestern und Heute is, as the title indicates (Journey through Germany – A Road Movie Between Yesterday and Today, in Portuguese) a journey through the history of the country in which the world was once divided into two blocks. That story tells Wolfgang Ettlich in this documentary that has its national debut here with a trip that began in 1990, right after the fall of the Berlin Wall, through the until then German Democratic Republic, another one made almost 30 years later, looking for from the same places and the same people in that territory formerly known as East Germany.
After the death of the grandmother with whom he lives in Ukraine, a 9-year-old boy leaves for Germany in search of his mother, who left him looking for a better future in that country, where he works as a housekeeper and nurse, but illegally. Upon arrival, you will have to share your attention with that of the man for whom the mother works, recently widowed and for whom she is not just an employee. Rival is Marcus Lenz’s second feature film, known mainly for his work as cinematographer, in over 15 years. A German production distinguished with the German New Film Promotion Prize in the 2020 edition of the Hofer Filmtage.
Instagram stories, dating on Grindr, providing community service in a refugee shelter, forbidden love, drinking at parties with new friends, and the realization that looking for something that could be called home will have meaning different for each person. Futur Drei (No Hard Feelings, in the English title) is the film that Faraz Shariat, director and German actor of Iranian descent who says that he is more of an activist than a filmmaker, led to the last Berlin Film Festival, where was awarded the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film.
A production between South Africa, Germany and Luxembourg (two of the countries whose embassies are associated with the Portuguese Goethe Institut at Kino) under the direction of Jenna Cato Bass, South African director, photographer and writer, who won the Best Film award African at the Johannesburg Film Festival 2019. Flatland is the story of two girls and a horse, with a woman with a revolver in pursuit. Along the way, they will come across several other characters in what is described as a “wild and feminist western” across the plains of South Africa and which has its national debut in this edition of the German-language film show.
In the Name of Scheherazade
From Narges Kalhor, a filmmaker who, despite being the daughter of Mehdi Kalhor, adviser to the media and culture of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has become known for his anti-regime stance in his work, reaches us in this 18 Of Kino In the Name of Xerazade or The First Biergarten in Tehran. A documentary using the artifices of fiction that Kalhor builds in a web of stories of characters who moved to Germany to escape the harsh circumstances of their countries of origin interspersed with the struggle of a Xerazade in search of their own film.
From Ines Johnson-Spain, a film for the story of a woman who, with darker skin than her parents (in fact, than the norm in East Berlin in the 1960s) and who has never been shown a explanation for that fact, only later in life will you discover its true origin. An intense search for identity that is actually the search for the director who, in this film told in the first person in search of his own roots, will eventually discover the black identity that has been hidden from him throughout his life, but which is his own.
The story of a pharmaceutical engineer born in Kosovo amidst the constant discrimination he is subjected to in the workplace. Constantly obliged to spell a name that no one understands, even when dead mice start to appear in the mailbox he will be taken seriously, on the contrary. He is accused of paranoia. Between the psychological thriller and the social drama, Exil, a German production by Visar Morina that has this Kino as its first exhibition in Portugal, has already been distinguished with the German Argument prize in 2018 and with a Golden Lola for Best Film at the 2020 Sarajevo Film Festival.
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