German Currents Film Festival Enters 7th Year This Week In LA

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

German Currents 2013

The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles and the American Cinematheque will once again be co-hosting the popular German Currents Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles from October 4-7, 2013.  This event, which is going into its 7th year, is one of the few chances American audiences have to see some of the best films coming out of Germany today.  A variety of feature films, shorts, and documentaries, most of which are making their American debuts, will fill up this four-day event.

Support for the festival is being provided by Deutsche Welle, German Films, the Friends of Goethe, and ELMA, and German Currents is also teaming up with the Consulate Generals of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, to make this year’s event even more diverse.  So not only will top German films be shown, but recent Austrian and Swiss films have been added to the lineup as well.

Friday night will open with the US premier of “Measuring the World”, which was nominated for two German Film Awards this year and took home the Best Costume Design and Best Makeup Design awards at the Austrian Film Awards.  The film’s composer, Enis Rotthoff, will hold a discussion following the film and all ticket holders will be invited to a opening night gala reception afterwards.

There will also be two mini film workshops before and after Sunday’s 2pm showing of “The Adventures of Huck Finn” in the Egyptian Theatre Courtyard.  The Echo Park Film Center “Filmcicle”, a bicycle powered film school on three wheels, will offer instructions on creating a piece of cinema using a traditional analog film camera.

Tickets can be purchased on Fandango for $11, or for $9 at the box office if you are a student or senior.  Cinematheque members can also receive discounted tickets for $7.  A limited amount of complimentary tickets are available for students and school faculty.  More details on the special offer can be found in the recent German World email newsletter here.


Check out the full lineup of films with a link to its description and trailer

Friday, October 4, 2013 – 7:30pm
Discussion with composer Enis Rotthoff following the film. Evening concludes with a reception in the courtyard for all ticket holders.

Saturday, October 5, 2013 – 7:30pm
Discussion following “Oh Boy” with director Jan-Ole Gerster. Discussion following “Beerland” with director Matt Sweetwood. Evening concludes with a reception in the courtyard for all ticket holders.

Sunday, October 6, 2013 – 2pm

Sunday, October 6, 2013 – 5pm
Discussion following “Layla Fourie” with actress Rayna Campbell.

Monday, October 7, 2013 – 7:30pm
Pre-screening beer reception begins at 6:30 PM in the courtyard for all ticket holders.


Sources: American Cinematheque, Goethe-Institut, German World
Photos: Goethe-Institut

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