Current Festivals 


In collaboration with the Goethe Institute Gulf-Region, this fall, film lovers will see the first edition of the GULF GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL. Screening groundbreaking new German language movies, ranging from art-house films to box-office hits, and from children’s matinees to late-night movies, this star-studded event invites an audience of all stripes.The GULF GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL will kick off with UNDINE by Christian Petzold, one of Germany’s most beloved auteurs. The film premiered at this year’s Berlin Film Festival and is a 21st century makeover of the old folk tale of the water nymph who will kill her lover, should he ever betray her. The opening film is followed by GUNDERMANN by acclaimed director Andreas Dresen.

Focusing on the extraordinary and contradictory life of East German singer-songwriter Gerhard Gundermann, Dresen’s film was an audience favorite and box office success in Germany.Another festival highlight is A HIDDEN LIFE by Terrence Malick. The film tells the true story of an Austrian farmer who refused to fight for the Nazis. It is an allegorical resistance drama about courage in the fight against evil. SYSTEM CRASHER, Nora Fingscheidt’s intense social drama about nine-year-old Benni whose anger issues and past trauma hinder her from finding permanent care, won numerous awards, including best film, best director, best writing as well as best actor and best actress at the German Film Awards 2020. And there are many more exciting movies to enjoy.Due to the pandemic, this year’s festival will be held in blended mode. We will show the films at Cinema Akil in Dubai and we will stream them throughout the UAE and Bahrain.

Filmmakers and talents will take part via video-link.
The GULF GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL is a co-production of the Goethe-Institut and the German Embassy in the United Arab Emirates. It is supported by German Films and brought to you in cooperation with the Embassies of Switzerland and Austria.


About Goethe Institut

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