Das Filmfest goes online with a minifestival of German-language films

Seven recent films will have English and Czech subtitles for audiences in the Czech Republic to stream.

Raymond Johnston

Written by Raymond Johnston
Published on 08.02.2021 14:33 (updated on 08.02.2021)

The special edition of the German-language film festival Das Filmfest runs online from Feb. 8 to 14, and the seven selections will have both English and Czech subtitles.

The films from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland can be watched for free by the first 100 viewers, while others will pay CZK 99 per film. Every day of the festival a new film will premiere, and it will remain on the DAFilm platform for 48 hours, always starting from 7 p.m.

Promotional still for Bread. (photo: Das Filmfest)
Promotional still for Bread. (photo: Das Filmfest)

One exception will be the film experimental film Landrauschen (Ruch a šum venkova), which will be available online throughout the festival after it premieres Feb. 8.

Landrauschen, the debut from director Lisa Miller, won the Max Ophüls Award for Best Feature Film and Best Screenplay. It is set in a Bavarian-Swabian village, where two friends meet after a long time and have to come to mutual decision on the future.

The festival kicks off with Oskar & Lilli (Oskar a Lili / Ein bisschen bleiben wir noch), following the issues faced by two Chechen children who, along with their mother face deportation from Austria. The film was a hit on the festival circuit and won several wards.

The black comedy Stoke of Luck (Klikaři / Glück gehabt) starts its run on Feb. 10. A young man named Artur finds himself leaving his marriage and starting a new relationship, but there are complications.

The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch (Procitnutí Mottiho Wolkenbrucha / Wolkenbruch) was Switzerland’s submission to the 92nd Academy Awards, but was not nominated. A young Orthodox Jewish man goes against traditions when he falls in love with Laura, a woman he meets at school. The comedy will be online starting Feb. 11.

The documentary Bread (Chléb / Brot), online Feb. 12, delved into the staple of life from the point of view of small manufacturers, who oppose the way that large corporations have taken it over.

The drama The Audition (Zkouška / Das Vorspiel) finds a music teacher who starts to spend more time coaching a problematic student than with her own family. This leads to difficulties both at home and at school. It steams from Feb. 13.

The final film in the festival is The Perfect Secret (Téměř dokonalá tajemství / Das perfekte Geheimnis). Seven friends meet for dinner and decide to share whatever messages or calls come in on their cell phones, which of course leads to chaos.

The festival organizers — the Goethe-Institut, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Prague, and the Swiss Embassy in the Czech Republic — are preparing another festival for October 2021, which hopefully will be able to take place in cinemas.

More information can be found on the Das Filmfest website, DAFilms website and Facebook.