Zeitgeist Northwest will present the 8th Annual Portland German Film Festival October 6 – 10, 2017 at  Cinema 21. Please check back for updates, “Like” us on facebook and sign up for our newsletter.


HITLER’S HOLLYWOOD (Hitlers Hollywood- Das Deutsche Kino im Zeitalter der Propaganda 1933 – 1945)

SAT. OCT. 06, 2017 @ 1.00 PM      


Germany 2017, 105 min

Director: Rüdiger Suchsland



Cast: Hans Albers, Heinz Rühmann, Zarah Leander 


History of German Cinema - panel discussion/ Q&A following the screening - speaker TBD

We ask what the Nazi cinema of the Third Reich reveals about its period and its people? How do these films, including their myths, their stories, their open lies and hidden truths, affect the future of the history of German cinema?
The Nazi-cinema was a state-controlled industry, subject to rigid political and cultural censorship. At the same time, it aspired to be “Great Cinema”; it viewed itself as an ideological and aesthetic alternative to Hollywood. A German dream factory. This state-funded studio-based cinema followed industrial modes of production.


AT EYE LEVEL (Auf Augenhöhe)

SAT. OCT. 07, 2017 @ 3.00 PM

106 mins. Germany (2016)

Directors/Screenwriters: Evi Goldbrunner, Joachim Dollhopf
Starring: Luis Vorbach, Jordan Prentice, Ella Frey, Marco Licht, Anica Dobra

Michael, an 11 year old orphan, lives in a children's home and has to fight each day to win the respect of the other children. One day, he finds out who his real father is and writes him a letter.


OFFLINE: ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEXT LEVEL? (Offline: Das Leben ist kein Bonuslevel)

SAT. OCT. 07, 2017 @ 5.00 PM

87 min, Germany 2016

Director Florian Schnell
Cast Moritz Jahn, Mala Emde, Ugur Ekeroglu, David Schütter, Hannes Wegener, Marc Zwinz

Awkward, withdrawn 17-year-old Jan (Jahn) spends much of his time escaping his tedious teenage existence through video games. Online, he’s Fenris, a formidable level 69 player in the fantasy game “Battle of Utgard.” While preparing for the online tournament “Ragnorök,” Jan is unceremoniously barred from the game.


BYE BYE GERMANY (Es war einmal in Deutschland)

SAT. OCT. 07, 2017 @ 7.00 PM

Germany 2017, 101 min

Director: Sam Garbarski

Cast: Moritz Bleibtreu, Antje Traue, Tim Sey, Mark Ivanir, Anatole Taubman, Hans Low, Pal Macsai, Vaclav Jakoubek

Actor Moritz Bleibtreu will be in attendance, Q&A after the film.

Moritz Bleibtreu stars as a smooth-talking salesman in postwar Frankfurt who barely survived the concentration camps and wants to leave for America but not before a tenacious U.S. special agent (Antje Traue) demands to know the details behind some of his questionable wartime activities.



SAT. OCT. 07, 2017 @ 9.30 PM

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Cast: Jutta Lampe, Barbara Sukowa, Rüdiger Vogler

The screenplay is a fictionalized account of the true lives of Christiane and Gudrun Ensslin. Gudrun, a member of The Red Army Faction, was found dead in her prison cell in Stammheim in 1977.

Two sisters both fight for women's rights. Juliane is a journalist and Marianne a terrorist. When Marianne is jailed, Juliane feels obligated to help her despite their differing views on how to live.


Rivals Forever – The Sneaker Battle (Die Dasslers)


SUN. OCT. 08, 2017 - 11.00 AM

Germany, 2016 (180 min)
(There will be an intermission!) The film is in German with English subtitles.

Director: Cyrill Boss, Philipp Stennert
Cast: Christian Friedel, Hanno Koffler, Alina Levshin, Hannah Herzsprung

In the 1920s, two German brothers Adi and Rudi Dassler, launch a sports shoe company but grow steadily farther apart. With the rise of the Nazi regime, the siblings become rivals,each founding his own, competing sneaker company — Adidas and Puma.


NELLY’S ADVENTURE (Nelly’s Abenteuer)

SUN. OCT. 08, 2017 @ 3.00 PM

94 min., Germany

Director Dominik Wessely
Cast Flora Li Thiemann, Julia Richter, Kai Lentrodt, Gustav Peter Wöhler, Hannes Höchstmann, Hagi Lacatus, Raisa Mihal,

Thirteen-year-old Nelly's holiday in Romania takes a very dramatic turn when she accidentally discovers her family's secret plan to relocate there. Running away to avoid the reality of her fate, she walks straight into the hands of kidnappers!



SUN. OCT. 8, 2017 @ 05.00 PM

Germany 2016, 87 min

The short film program NEXT GENERATION was created by German Films in 1998 to introduce young talents from Germany to international audiences. Selected from film school submissions by an independent jury, the program premieres within the framework of the Cannes Film Festival and is then presented worldwide at Festivals of German Films and is also available for screenings at international film festivals. Since 2011, German Films has cooperated with the German Federal Film Board (FFA) to present the nominees of their annual SHORT TIGER Award as part of the program, now called NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER.


Fritz Lang (Fritz Lang)

FRITZ LANG (Fritz Lang)

Sunday, October 8, 2017  at 7:00 PM

Germany 2016, 110 min

Directed by: Gordian Maugg

Cast: Heino Ferch, Samuel Finzi, Lisa Friederich, Johanna Gastdorf

Born in Vienna, Fritz Lang (1890-1976) became one of Germany’s and Hollywood’s most famous directors. This fictional documentary, directed by Gordian Maugg, shows how Lang’s first sound film, “M”, starring Peter Lorre, came to be. It also presents a biographical story of Lang that is gripping but speculative.


Destiny (Der müde Tod)

DESTINY (Der müde Tod)

Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 @ 9.00 PM

Germany 1921, 97 min

Directed: Fritz Lang
Cast : Lil Dagover, Bernhard Götzke

A young woman asks Death to bring her deceased lover back to life. He leads her into a room full of candles: the life-lights of people, which burn here and go out whenever a life comes to an end. Three are already well burned down, and if she succeeds in preventing just one of them from going out, he says she will get her lover back. In three visionary episodes — set in different places and at different times: in the Orient, in Renaissance Italy, and in imperial China — the girl experiences the fate and failure of her love. And once again Death gives her a chance…


REFORMATION (Himmel und Hölle) – THIS IS A FREE EVENT and a WORLD PREMIERE – 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation!

THIS IS A FREE EVENT and the WORLD PREMIERE of this 2 part mini series!

Part 1: MON. OCT. 09, 2017 @ 05.00 PM  (120 min.)

Part 2: TUE. OCT. 10, 2017 @ 05.00 PM (120 min.)

Germany 2017 
Director: Uwe Janson
Cast: Maximilian Brückner, Jan Krauter, Ondrej Biravský

500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation!

The year 2017 marks 500 years since a stubborn monk and towering thinker, Martin Luther, published his 95 theses or complaints against the Catholic Church and launched the Protestant Reformation, a momentous religious revolution whose consequences we still live with today. The Reformation divided the Western church and transformed millions of people’s understanding of their relationship with God.

Five hundred years ago a revolutionary priest changed the face of Christendom and the path of European civilisation forever.


EGON SCHIELE – DEATH AND THE MAIDEN (Egon Schiele – Tod und Mädchen)

Egon Schiele - Death and the maiden (Egon Schiele - Tod und Mädchen)

MON. OCT. 09, 2017 @ 07.00 PM
Austria 2016, 110 min

Directed By: Dieter Berner
Cast: Noah Saavedra, Maresi Riegner, Valerie Pachner

At the beginning of the 20th Century Egon Schiele is one of the most provocative artists in Vienna. His life and work are driven by beautiful women and an era that is coming to an end. Two women will have a lasting impact on him - his sister and first muse Gerti, and 17 year old Wally, arguably Schiele's one true love, immortalized in his famous painting 'Death and the Maiden'. 


Turbulent Times, Familiar Places (Turbulente Zeiten & Vertraute Orte)

Monday, October 9, 2017 @ 9:00 PM
Austria 2016, 87 min

The program TURBULENT TIMES, FAMILIAR PLACES assembles contemporary positions of Austrian female animation filmmakers and is currently touring around the world with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration, and Foreign Affairs. The program offers an insight into the various techniques and work processes with which the artists shift the attention to relevant and unprecedented topics.




Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 7:00 PM


DIRECTED BY: Paula Romy | RUNTIME: 12 min

At a company in London, two young employees seek a job promotion that will be awarded at the end of their day. Working in the same environment and towards the same goal, their lives and career paths are met with challenges and barriers that seem to have their roots in the only fundamental difference between these two people: their gender.


The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung ) – Closing Night

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 @ 7.00 PM

Switzerland, 2017 (96 mins)
Language: Swiss-German, Subtitles: English

Director: Petra Volpe

Political and religious leaders in Switzerland cited the Divine Order as the reason why women still did not have to right to vote as late as 1970. Director Petra Volpe explores this surprising history through the story of Nora (Marie Leuenberger, winner Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature Film at Tribeca) a seemingly unremarkable housewife from a quaint village who must learn to become an unflinching suffragette leader.