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Photo: PEAK by Hannes Lange. Still courtesy of unafilm

GOETHE FILMS: PEAK German Docs

Presented by the Goethe-Institut
May 11 + 19 + 23

North America's biggest documentary film festival Hot Docs brings hundreds of films to Canadian audiences each spring. The Goethe-Institut is adding a coda with selected German documentaries that have won the Goethe Documentary Prize @ DOK Leipzig Festival in recent years. A conversation about cultural specificity in documentary filmmaking and international vs. national festival programming.

Series co-presented by Hot Docs & POV

May 11, 6:30pm: Peak (2011) by Hannes Lang
Co-presented by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Italian Film Festival and Planet in Focus
“Peak” looks at the environmental cost of winter tourism and its impact on the lives of farmers along the Tyrolean Alps, a region struggling with issues ranging from dependency on seasonal incomes to climate change. As artificial snow with high production costs is used to perpetuate the image of a winter paradise, depletion and over-exploitation take their toll. A riveting documentary about dying mountain villages, mass tourism, and the enduring fascination of the Alps.
Canadian Premiere
“A top film about the après ski post-apocalypse.“ – critic.de

May 19, 6:30pm: Land in Sight (2016) by Judith Keil & Antje Krusk
Co-presented by Diaspora Film Festival
Abdul, Brian und Farid are stranded in a secluded home for asylum seekers in a small town in North-Eastern Germany. They are looking for a way into German society, but their ideas clash with the local mentality at village festivals, government offices and in night clubs. Instead of evoking consternation, LAND IN SIGHT focuses on the involuntary humour of these encounters.
North American Premiere
“Without a moralizing undertone but with lots of empathy for the protagonists, LAND IN SIGHT makes a case for something that should be taken for granted: to see the individual behind the anonymous numbers of the refugee statistics.” – Kino Zeit

May 23, 6:30pm: Forget Me Not (2013) by David Sieveking
Co-presented by Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival
In FORGET ME NOT, David Sieveking portrays the domestic care of his mother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. The changes taking place force the family to deal with its conflicts, bringing them all closer together. With humour and candour, David Sieveking’s family chronicle is characterized by unaffected participation and loving affection, where the human being – not the illness – is at the centre of the story.
Toronto Premiere
“FORGET ME NOT is without doubt a very insightful, respectful film. Sieveking does not exploit his mother’s slow decay, but wants to set up a memorial and writes her a touching love letter-turned-film.” – Spiegel Online


GOETHE FILMS screen at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 4, 350 King St W, Toronto, ON
With English subtitles; open to audiences 18+
Tickets $10, day-of sales only at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, open at 10am,
in person or by phone 1-888-599-8433


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Goethe-Institut Toronto
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