The question is, “humour from Germany? Why not?”
The answer is the week-long event organised by Berlin’s embassy in Sofia, the German comedy film festival at the Art Stage cinema club at the National Palace of Culture from June 17 to 23.
The open-air venue will be showing a selection of German films, with their original soundtracks and with subtitles in Bulgarian. Screenings start daily at 9pm and entry is free.
The films to be screened are:
June 17: Goodbye Lenin – An East-West comedy; for those who have missed it so far, it is billed as featuring strong emotions, tragic notes and a huge amount of original ideas. A tale of the comically hapless and poignant efforts to conceal from a woman who has been in a coma the shock of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the unified country’s post-communist-era changes.
June 18: Polska Love Serenade – A German-Polish Christmas comedy that deliberately condemns prejudice. Shortly before Christmas in Poland, two young Germans, who could not be more different from each other, are travelling together; young Max, investigating former “German” property and Anna, who wants her car stolen so that she can claim the insurance.
June 19: Summer in Berlin – A tragicomic movie which focuses on two women and their daily struggle for survival during a summer in Berlin. Katrin, a jobless single mom, and Nike, a nurse, live in the same house and are best friends. Although always dating the wrong men and still pursuing happiness, they don’t lose their humour and spend many nights together on Nike’s balcony, drinking and chatting. However, Nike gets to know the trucker Ronald one day…
June 20: Soul Kitchen – In Hamburg, German-Greek chef Zinos unknowingly disturbs the peace in his locals-only restaurant by hiring a more talented chef.
June 21: A Friend of Mine — The story of young urban professional Karl who by chance gets to know casual labourer Hans, and learns how to enjoy life and last but not least – what women are worth fighting for.
June 22: In July – An energetic and entertaining mix of road movie and romance. Daniel is on his way to Istanbul to meet his good friend Melek, but on the way encounters Juli, long secretly in love with him. A trip filled with adventure, fun and romantic comedy through South Eastern Europe – including Bulgaria.
June 23: Grave Decisions – Eleven-year-old Sebastian lives with his father and brother Franz in a Bavarian village. One day, he learns that his mother died on his birthday, which makes him believe he was to blame for her death. Dreaming of purgatory, Sebastian sees only two ways to avoid this divine punishment: becoming an immortal rock star or find a new wife for his father.