In collaboration with German Films, Palace is presenting the 2023 German Film Festival with a stunning film line-up including key selections direct from the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival (The Berlinale), a music-themed retrospective, a focus on female filmmakers and the family sidebar Kino for Kids.

Simone Baumann, Managing Director of German Films said, “We are very happy to continue our successful cooperation with Palace for the German Film Festival 2023 and we hope that our Australian viewers will appreciate great films.” Opening the 2023 festival is the new film from Balloon director Michael ‘Bully’ Herbig, A Thousand Lines (Tausend Zeilen), an exciting drama based on true events. Festival favourites Elyas M’Barek and Jonas Nay deliver star performances as journalists in a story based on the real-life 2018 fake news scandal involving a disgraced Der Spiegel journalist.

The Festival Centrepiece, direct from its Berlinale world premiere, is The Teachers’ Lounge (Das Lehrerzimmer) starring European rising star Leonie Benesch (Babylon Berlin). The tense drama centres on a dedicated, idealistic teacher who is pushed to the brink when she investigates a series of thefts at her new school. The selection also includes Sisi & I (Sisi & Ich), Ingeborg Bachmann – Journey into the Desert (Ingeborg Bachmann – Reise in die Wüste), and cult classic Christiane F. starring David Bowie as himself.

The German Film Festival will take place nationally in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Byron Bay. Brisbane showtimes run from 3 May to 24 May at Palace James St and Palace Barracks, and Byron Bay showtimes run from 4 May to 24 May at Palace Byron Bay.

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