Monthly Screenings
The German program at the festival is presented courtesy of the German Films and the Goethe Institute


Human Factors

Dir.: Ronny Trocker
| 102 minutes

Nina and Jan, a French-German couple, run a thriving advertising agency. But a new political client forces the two into a head-on confrontation. To quell the rising tensions, they decide to take their children to their summer vacation home in pastoral surroundings. The family retreat takes an unexpected turn when a mysterious burglar manages to throw the family off balance.

I’m Your Man

Dir.: Maria Schrader
| 102 minutes

In order to obtain research funds for her work, Alma is persuaded to participate in an extraordinary study. For three weeks, she has to live with Tom – a humanoid robot tailored to her character and needs, whose artificial intelligence is designed to be her perfect life partner. A comic-tragic cinematic tale.

Mr. Bachmann and his Class

Dir.: Maria Speth
| 217 minutes

MR. BACHMANN AND HIS CLASS is an intimate documentary portraying the bond between an elementary school teacher and his students. His unconventional teaching methods clash with the complex social and cultural realities of the provincial German industrial town in which they live.

Theatrical Release

The Royal Game

Dir.: Philipp Stölzl
| 90 minutes

1938. While Nazi troops march into Vienna, Josef Bartok hastily tries to escape to the USA but is arrested by the Gestapo. Thrown into solitary confinement, Bartok is psychologically tormented for months. However, when he steals an old book about chess it sets him on a course to overcome his mental suffering.