Kinofest Seattle 2017

KINOFEST Seattle 2017

The Portland German Film Festival in collaboration with the Northwest Film Forum presents our 2nd annual KINOFEST Seattle 2017, presenting German language films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland on Nov. 17 – 19, 2017 @ the NWFF. We are very excited to present highlights from past and current Portland German Film Festival’s and more, 9 films over one weekend (3


ERICH KÄSTNER AND LITTLE TUESDAY (KÄSTNER und der kleine Dienstag) – Opening Night –

FRI. NOV. 17, 2017 – 7.30 PM
Germany/ Austria 2016 – WA PREMIERE  99 min.
Director:   Wolfgang Murnberger           Cast: Florian David Fitz, Nico Ramon Kleemann,
Germany, 1931. The youth novel “Emil and the Detectives” is being filmed, which will make its author, Erich Kästner, world famous. An unusual friendship begins between the childless author and fatherless Hans, the 9-year-old playing the character Little Tuesday. Their friendship is put to the ultimate test in the Third Reich when Kästner’s books are banned and little Hans becomes a Hitler Youth. Based on a true story.


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

SAT. NOV. 18, 2017 @ 3.00 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Awkward, withdrawn 17-year-old Jan (Jahn) spends much of his time escaping his tedious teenage existence through video games.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.


Scrappin’ (SCHROTTEN!)


SAT. NOV. 18, 2017 – 7:00 PM

96 mins. German 2016

Director: Max Zähle
Cast: Lucas Gregorowicz, Frederick Lau, Anna Bederke, Lars Rudolph, Heiko Pinkowski, Jan-Gregor Kremp

Mirko Talhammer (Lucas Gregorowicz) is beside himself when two strangers show up at his posh insurance office to remind him where he really comes from: a provincial scrapyard, where careers are not what counts and other things are more important: scrapping things, the family, and every once in a while, a good old fist fight. Mirko thought he had left all that behind, but his father messed things up big time before he died and left his son the run-down scrapyard – along with his brother Letscho (Frederick Lau, Victoria, The Wave).


Roraima – Climbers of the Lost World (Jäger des Augenblicks – Ein Abenteuer am Mount Roraima )

Roraima – Climbers of the Lost World (Jäger des Augenblicks – Ein Abenteuer am Mount Roraima)

SAT. NOV. 18, 2017 – 09.00 PM

Directed by Philipp Manderla – (Austria) – 98 min

The stars of this Austrian feature documentary have been legends long before this trip: Stefan Glowacz, competitive climbing’s first superstar, Holger Heuber, and the founder of the Red Point Climbing Movement Kurt Albert. What attracts this experienced group of expedition climbers is never just the sports challenge, but the adventure of discovering new and heavy routes in areas that have not been explored before. Their current mission takes them to the most challenging and dangerous mission of their lives.


The Murderers Are Among Us (Die Mörder sind unter uns)

Sunday, November 19 at 1 PM

In German; English subtitles


In 1945, after three years in a concentration camp, the artist Susanne Wallner (Hildegard Knef) returns to a Berlin in ruins. Despite Susanne's unspeakable experiences, she is filled with a renewed desire for life.

When she goes back to her old apartment, she learns Dr. Hans Mertens (Ernst Wilhelm Borchert) has taken up residence there. He is a physician and a former officer in the German army, who is haunted by the memory of the execution of 121 Polish civilians, which he did nothing to prevent. Under Susanne's care, the broken man gathers new strength and courage. Then, by chance, Mertens meets his former captain and decides to take the law into his own hands.


NELLY’S ADVENTURE (Nelly’s Abenteuer)

SUN. NOV. 19, 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. NOV. 19, 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.


Grüningers Fall (Akte Grüninger)

Sunday, November 19 at 7 PM

Based on a true story. Switzerland 2014, 96 min

DIRECTOR: Alain Gsponer

CAST: Helmut Förnbacher, Aaron Hitz, Robert Hunger-Bühler, Stefan Kurt, Maximilian Simonischek

February 1939: Switzerland closes its borders to Jewish refugees. Hundreds of people continue crossing the border without a valid visa. An investigation is launched by the Chief of the Swiss immigration authorities to look into the illegal border crossings. Police inspector Robert Frei, a young, ambitious official who believes in authority, is summoned to the canton of St. Gallen. There, he finds out that Grüninger is letting refugees in without a valid visa, and even forging documents, and bringing refugees
over the border illegally.


Therapy for a Vampire (Der Vampir auf der Couch)

SAT. OCT. 28, 2017 – 7:30 PM

AUSTRIA 2014, 1:27 min  (In German with English subtitles.)

Directed byDavid Rühm  

Cast:Tobias Moretti, Jeanette Hain, Cornelia Ivancan

Vienna, 1932. Count von Kozsnom has lost his thirst for life, and his marriage cooled centuries ago. Fortunately, Sigmund Freud is accepting new patients; the good doctor suggests the Count appease his vain wife by commissioning a portrait of her by his assistant, Viktor.