Award-winning films to be screened at Goethe-Institut

From now until March 22, seven award-winning international films and documentaries are scheduled to be screened during Goethe-Institut Thailand's Open Air Kino festival.

The 2022 edition of the annual outdoor event, held every Tuesday at Goethe's garden, is a collaboration between the German cultural institute and the embassies of Austria, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland as well as Alliance Française de Bangkok.

The festival, which kicked off mid-January, features an interesting repertoire of extraordinary screenplays -- from the classic archive to present-day titles -- by Austrian, German, French, Swiss and Thai directors. All films are in German, with Thai and English subtitles available.

This year's highlights include the introduction of two short Thai films, In Plain View and Mountain Of Trash, from the selection of the Bangkok International Documentary Awards, to be screened on Feb 22. On the same evening is Ugoku Tokai, a Japanese-made documentary by a German film director.

On March 1, there will be a screening of 2021 multi-award-winner Austrian drama film Grosse Freiheit. The movie centres on a man imprisoned for being gay post-World War II as he develops a relationship with his cellmate. Among the recognitions the film won was the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.

On March 8, there's Contra, a 2021 German comedy-drama about a female student who successfully manages to resist sexist and racist discrimination with humour. Contra is an adaptation of the very successful French original film Le Brio, which will be partner-screened at Alliance Française on March 7.

There will also be Berlin Alexanderplatz (March 15), a 2020 film adaptation of the 1929 world-famous novel by German writer-doctor Alfred Döblin; and Dear Future Children (March 22), a documentary about three young women at the heart of a seismic political shift in Chile, Hong Kong and Uganda who fight the almost hopeless battle of social fairness, continued existence of democracy and the devastating consequences of climate change.

The films will be screened 7pm every Tuesday at Goethe-Institut located on Sathon 1. There is no admission fee. For more information or to book tickets, visit goethe.de/thailand or call 02-108-8200.

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