An Austrian drama, a Swiss documentary and countless German flicks

With 2019 marking the 30th year since the fall of the Berlin wall, the 23rd German FIlm Festival 2019 in Singapore is set to be a special one. To celebrate the anniversary of the country’s reunification, the foreign film festival will return from Oct 24-Nov 10 with productions from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland; in addition to featuring six German films about the history of Berlin.

To further encourage locals to enjoy the European flicks, free outdoor film screenings will also be held at various venues all across our sunny island, from the Singapore Botanic Gardens to Our Tampines Hub.

Opening the festival is All About Me, a drama based on the life of well-loved German comedian Hape Kerkeling. And although the opening event at Marina One is by invitation only, you’ll still be able to catch the movie at the German European School Singapore on Oct 30 for free.

Below, check out some of our top picks for the German Film Festival 2019.
 

All About Me
 

Based on Hape Kerkeling's best-selling autobiography, All About Me is a drama that tells the life story of the famed German entertainer, who despite going through a rough childhood, learnt to hone his comedic talents, using it to cheer up both himself and others. Opens Oct 24
 

The Wall
 

In this poetic documentary, learn about the deconstruction of the Berlin wall through its strong, enchanting visuals. From Potsdamer Platz to the Brandenburg Gate, this film captures some of the most historical locations and events in Germany from various perspectives. Oct 31
 

Swimming
 

A coming-of-age film, two Berlin teens turn toxic and ruthless when they begin to use their cellphones to secretly record their classmates’ behaviour, and threaten them with the footages. Nov 1
 

Genesis 2.0
 

An award-winning documentary directed by Swiss filmmaker and Russian film director Maxim Arbugaev, Genesis 2.0 is a look at the dangerous lives of mammoth hunters who stay in the remote New Siberian Islands, and their search for a new technological revolution. Nov 2
 

The Ground Beneath My Feet
 

Lola is a successful business consultant, whose carefully calibrated world begins to crumble when tragic events from her past come to light. Nov 7


The 23rd German FIlm Festival 2019 returns Oct 24-Nov 10 at various venues across Singapore. Find more information here.