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German films screening opens with award-winning Barbara.

Ramy Salama


THE opening of Perspektive Kino, a cinematic survey aimed at giving local audiences a representative sample of German language film in a spirit of cultural exchange was held at Katara on Thursday.

The film series opened with the screening of Barbara (Germany, 2012) by Christian Petzold, winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2012 Berlinale. 'Barbara' tells the story of a doctor working in 1980s East Germany who finds herself banished to a small country hospital.

The event, organised by the Doha Film Institute (DFI) in partnership with the Austrian, German and Swiss Embassies in Doha was attended by Their Excellencies Ambassador of Germany to Qatar HE Angelika Storz-Chakarji, Sieglinde Fedele di Catrano, charg`e d'Affaires of Austria embassy in Doha and Urs Schnider, deputy head of Mission of Switzerland embassy in Qatar.

Speaking at the event, Storz-Chakarji said"German is the language spoken by the most people in Europe, and German films were some of the first films ever, so I am happy to introduce this German language film series which I hope will be enjoyed by local audiences."

Commenting on the occasion, Abdulaziz al Khater, Chief Executive Officer of the DFI said"the German speaking community is a vibrant part of Doha's multicultural populace. We are very pleased to include a special presentation of German language cinema in the Institute's varied slate of year-round programming and I look forward to welcoming local audiences to see these outstanding films."

A joint statement from the envoys of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland noted that"through cinema, we can gain insight into other cultures and ways of life. We hope that the community and all friends of quality German language movies in Qatar will enjoy these films.

"For those who do not speak German, all movies will be subtitled in both Arabic and English."

Other titles to be showcased include The Wall (2011) by Julian P\'f6lsler, an Austrian-German co-production showing on Friday (April 11) at 7pm. The Wall tells the story of a woman on a trip to the mountains who makes an alarming discovery: a transparent wall, behind which there appear to be no signs of life, suddenly separates her from the rest of the world. Left in isolation, she must try to survive in the forest.

The Beekeeper (Switzerland, 2013) is the touching story of a beekeeper, who lost everything in the Turkish-Kurdish war. Despite his losses, he finds a new life in Switzerland as a result of his passion for beekeeping. The film screens on Saturday (April 12) at 7pm.

The Little Ghost (2013) is a delightful family oriented film by Alain Gsponer and a co-production between Switzerland and Germany.

The screening of The Little Ghost on Saturday at 4pm will feature a special Q&A with the director Alain Gsponer. Perspektive Kino continues until April 12 at the Katara Drama Theatre, Building 16.

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Date:Apr 11, 2014
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