The festival, which runs through October 9, features over 130 films, 100 shorts, talks and special events on various screens and stages throughout Vancouver.
Check out the German productions and co-productions:
Rabiye Kurnaz, a Turkish woman, leads the life of a modest housewife in her town house in Bremen. Her life changes abruptly when her son Murat lands in Guantanamo. Suddenly she is standing in front of the Supreme Court in Washington.
Language: In German, Turkish, and English with English subtitles
Screening: Saturday October 01
When her sibling Zara suffers a nervous breakdown, the introvert Eva is forced to take on Zara’s job as a Foley artist. She struggles to create sounds for a commercial featuring a horse, and then a horsetail starts growing out of her body. Empowered by her tail, she lures a botanist into an affair, through a game of submission. Piaffe is a visceral journey into control, gender, and artifice.
Language: In German and English with English subtitles
Screening: Saturday October 01 | Tuesday October 04 | Saturday October 08
On an island in French Polynesia, the Haut-Commissaire, a man with a turbulent naturalness and high diplomacy, lives between the highest echelons of politics and the lowest social stratum of his co-citizens. Conflict as a way of life will lead him to take reckless decisions against his political status.
Language: In French and English with English subtitles
Screening: Saturday October 01 | Sunday October 09
Waleed (40) lives in Haifa with his wife and children and dreams of a writing career while suffering from chronic depression. He develops a close relationship with his neighbor (a small- time crook) with an ulterior plot in mind. While the scheme turns into an unexpected friendship between the two men, it leads them into a journey of dark encounters.
Language: In Arabic with English subtitles
Screening: Sunday October 02 | Sunday October 09
With a father suffering from neurodegenerative disease, a young woman lives with her eight-year-old daughter. While struggling to secure a decent nursing home, she runs into a friend who although being in a relationship, embarks on an affair.
Language: In French with English subtitles
Screening: Sunday October 02 | Tuesday October 04
Marie Kreutzer's bold costume drama depicts a restless Empress Elisabeth of Austria touring Europe, trying to break free of her literally and figuratively constricted life at court.
Language: In English, French, German, and Hungarian with English subtitles
Screening: Monday October 03 | Thursday October 06
Is it possible to think of nothing? The absence of expression on Fausto's face as he stands in front of his machine in the factory tells us that it is. When Ivan asks him the same thing it turns out that a thought has crept into his head: an extreme thought, dark, beyond human standards. It is this violent thought that is the origin of the encounter between Fausto and Ivan. In a remote valley eaten away by industrial towns, they are confronted with the impossibility of escape from their everyday existence.
Language: In Italian with English subtitles
Screening: Monday October 03 | Wednesday October 05
Pina is a 2011 German 3D documentary film about the contemporary dance choreographer Pina Bausch. It was directed by Wim Wenders. The film premiered out of competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.
During the preparation of the documentary, Pina Bausch died unexpectedly. Wenders cancelled the film production, but the other dancers of Tanztheater Wuppertal convinced him to make the film anyway. It showcases these dancers, who talk about Pina and perform some of her best-known pieces inside the Tanztheater Wuppertal and in various outdoor locations around the city of Wuppertal.
Language: In English, French, German, and Portuguese with English subtitles
Screening: Tuesday October 04 | Thursday October 06
Hanieh is a 40 year old woman who has written a film script based on her own life. Now she is faced with the judgment of the others who call her “bastard”.
Language: In Farsi with English subtitles
Screening: Wednesday October 05 | Saturday October 08
Based on true events, The Forger depicts the story of Cioma Schönhaus, a young Jewish man who discovers his talent for forging documents in Berlin in 1942.
Language: In German with English subtitles
Screening: Thursday October 06 | Sunday October 09
In northern France, Juliette grows up alone with her father, Raphaël, a veteran of the First World War. Passionate about singing and music, the lonely young girl meets a sorceress one summer who promises that scarlet sails will one day take her away from her village. Juliette never stops believing in the prophecy.
Language: In French with English subtitles
Screening: Thursday October 06 | Saturday October 08
A journalist descends into the dark underbelly of the Iranian holy city of Mashhad as she investigates the serial killings of sex workers by the so called “Spider Killer”, who believes he is cleansing the streets of sinners.
Language: In Persian with English subtitles
Screening: Friday October 07 | Sunday October 09
Destructive pop duo BIG KILL resurrects horror centenarian Nosferatu in the gothic setting of St. Andrew’s-Wesley for a spellbinding night of hyper pop frenzy.
Tuesday October 04