The German Cinema Festival commenced yesterday on Friday the March 16 in Bíó Paradís, Iceland’s latest addition to Reykjavík’s cinema scene and for the next 10 days a selection of Germany’s finest films will be screened.
Bíó Paradís is located in downtown Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
Bíó Paradís hosts the festival in co-operation with the Goethe Institut, Sjónlína Optician, Katla Travel, the German Ambassy in Iceland and Rúv, the Icelandic broadcasting corporation, Smugan.is reports.
This year, the theme is family. The opening film is Almanya – Wilkommen in Deutchland or Almanya – Welcome to Germany by Yasemin Samdereli. The film is a cheerful comedy about a Turkish family in Germany, starring Vedat Erincin, Fahri Ögun Yardim and Lilay Huser.
The film deals with the family’s sense of belonging in Germany and the decision of whether to return to Turkey after 45 years in Germany, and the confrontation of old traditional family values with the German-born heritage of the family descendants.
The satiric fairy tale element is the family’s journey to Almanya, a land where tall blond giants take gigantic rats on walk in a leash, the lake is called Coca-Cola, the people worship a small wooden statute on a cross, and speak gibberish.
The film premiered last night but it can also be viewed this afternoon at 6 pm.
The other films at this year’s festival deal with issues such as disease, marriage, extramarital affairs, rebellion and bisexuality, among others. A total of seven films from the old cinema empire will premier in Iceland’s only alternative cinema.
All films have English subtitles. The last chance to catch a German cinematic jewel is on March 25.
Click here to see the scheduled film times