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:: Spotlight :: 2011 AUDI Festival of German Films

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

2011 marks the 10th birthday of the AUDI Festival of German Films in Australia. To celebrate, organisers are thrilled to announce that Burghart Klaussner, one of Germany’s most esteemed actors, will be in Australia to launch the Festival in Sydney and accompany screenings in Melbourne.

A household name in his native country Klaussner has appeared in more than 50 German feature films since 1983, with major roles in such international hits as GOODBYE LENIN!, THE EDUKATORS, REQUIEM, YELLA and THE READER, alongside Kate Winslett and David Gross, plus director Michael Haneke’s award-winning thriller, THE WHITE RIBBON. His performance as ‘the Pastor’ in Haneke’s masterpiece earned Klaussner the award for ‘Outstanding Individual Achievement: Actor’ at the 2010 German Film Awards – Germany’s equivalent to the Oscars.

Klaussner, who is fluent in English, stars in three films within this year’s Festival programme, namely REQUIEM (2006), THE SILENCE (2010) and GOETHE! (2010) and will introduce select Festival screenings of those features in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane.

Klaussner’s visit adds yet more star power to this year’s Festival, which will also be graced by legendary director, Wim Wenders who will be in Sydney to introduce a screening of his latest film PINA at the Festival’s closing night event to be staged at Sydney Opera House on Sunday April 17.

The full Festival program (State by State) is now available online

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**Update as at March 29, 2011**

German filmmaker, Bjoern Richie Lob, will be attending the Audi Festival of German Films to introduce screenings of his acclaimed feature-length documentary, KEEP SURFING. Nearly ten years in the making, KEEP SURFING portrays six hardcore surfers at the Eisbach River in Munich who strive to master river waves, whilst pursuing their own personal goals. Surprisingly, for a city that is more than 300 kilometres from the closest sea, Munich has long been considered a (river) surfing mecca, with surfers from around the world, keen to test the famed Eisbach River for themselves. KEEP SURFING explores this phenomenon, whilst revealing a glimpse of Munich’s rarely seen ‘wild side’ via a fascinating array of colourful characters.

This engrossing documentary, which has made a big splash at many international Film Festivals, including the Munich International Film Festival where it was awarded the 2009 Audience Award and the Tribeca Film Festival, is once in a lifetime viewing experience, and shows that there is much more to Munich than Oktoberfest!

Director Björn Richie Lob will be in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to present screenings of KEEP SURFING on the following dates:
• BRISBANE: Friday, April 8 @ 6.45pm – Palace Centro
• SYDNEY: Wednesday, April 13 @ 6.30pm – Palace Norton Street and Thursday, April 14 @ 8.45pm – Chauvel Cinema
• MELBOURNE: Saturday, April 16 @ 2.15pm – Palace Cinema Como

Tickets can be booked online or at participating Festival venues.

For more information, visit

www.goethe.de/australia