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2 February 2017 07:36 am

DFI’s German Film Week starts today

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Doha Film Institute (DFI) will mark its celebration of the Qatar Germany Year of Culture 2017 with a showcase of German films by master filmmakers starting today at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Auditorium.
Organised in co-operation with the German embassy in Doha, the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region and Qatar Museums, the German Film Week from February 2 to 10 underlines the year-long cultural collaboration between the two countries to build a legacy of artistic exchange.
“The modern masters in German cinema have set innovative trends and approaches in filmmaking, which are showcased through our programme that includes classics from Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog along with contemporary titles with two films focused on the youth,” DFI CEO Fatma al-Remaihi said.
“These films are not only entertaining but also of great educational value for our emerging film talents, who can benefit from experiencing the diverse genres included in the showcase,” she added.
The German Film Week includes a mix of classics and contemporary titles, including Run Lola Run (1998) by Tom Tykwer, Wings of Desire (Germany, France / German, English, French / 1987) by Wim Wenders, Sophie Scholl (120 min) by Marc Rothemund, The Murderers Are Among Us (1946) by Wolfgang Staudte, Fitzcarraldo (Germany, Peru / German, Italian, Spanish, English / 1982) by Werner Herzog, The Adventures of Prince Achmed (No Dialogue/ 1926) by Lotte Reininger, and the youth titles My Friend Raffi (2015) by Arend Agthe and H?rdur (2015) by Ekrem Ergün.
“We feel that we can reach out to the Qatari and international audience in Doha especially through the medium of film, which is accessible to almost everyone and gives an interesting insight into the German culture and history throughout the last 90 years,” said Dr Elke Kaschl Mohni, regional director, Mena, of the Goethe-Institut.
A special screening for schools of H?rdur by budding director Ergün aims to reach out to the young multinational generation, the official noted.
All screenings are free to the public and tickets can be reserved online at, or in person at the DFI Box Office located at MIA.
A special master class, ‘Brief History of German Cinema’, by Dr Claus L?ser will explore the beginning of film history in Germany and build a bridge to the present at 5.30pm tomorrow. The master class will discuss the similarities and differences of German cinema in the past and the present, and underline the industry’s special ‘German touch.’ With the help of clips from classic films, it will identify and analyse a variety of cinematographic phenomena. (Source)