Monday, November 8, 2010

Restored Metropolis screening, German film screenings

Coming up in the next couple of months, Toronto will have a good number of films of particular interest to Germanophiles. The Goethe-Institut Toronto has partnered with some of the city's festivals and arts organizations to present some exciting programming.

Topping the list as a must-see is the full-length restoration of Fritz Lang's classic masterpiece Metropolis, playing at the TIFF Bell Lightbox with a live orchestra. There had been many restored versions in the past, but this one includes 25 minutes of new footage from a complete print discovered in 2008 at the Museo del Cine in Buenos Aires (read the story of its discovery at the New York Times site). Using the latest technology, they've cleaned up as much as possible (about eight minutes was unsalvageable) and there are entire subplots now present that have not been seen in decades.

screens November 9 and 19 at 8pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, with a newly commissioned score by Gabriel Thibaudeau performed by a live orchestra.

The German Cultural Centre is proud to program & support

Canadian-German film encounters.


Thank you to our partners such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, aluCine Toronto Latin Film & Media Arts Festival, European Union Film Festival, Innis Town Hall, and Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris.

  • Fritz Lang’s newly restored and expanded silent classic “Metropolis” is coming to Canada. TIFF in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut will have two “Metropolis” nights, each accompanied by a commission by Gabriel Thibaudeau, celebrated pianist and composer for the Cinémathèque québécoise. 9 & 10 Nov 2010, 8pm.  The Calgary Cinematheque will present the early sci-fi thriller with a live score by the Alloy Orchestra. 18 Nov 2010, 7.15pm.

  • Our next collaboration with the TIFF Bell Lightbox on their “Essential 100” is “The Lives of Others”, framed by a talk and Q&A with our guest Marianne Birthler, Federal Commisssioner of the Stasi Archives in Berlin. 15 Nov 2010, 7pm.

  • We are happy to be collaborating with some of Toronto’s best international film festivals in bringing you young German directors and curators. Andreas Hartmann (Berlin) has been invited to present his film “Days of Rain” at Reel Asian and to discuss the innovative and active role of documentary filmmaking and its power to effect change. 10 Nov 2010, 1.30pm screening.
  • Juan Sarmiento (Berlin) will show his feature “The Land Left Behind” at aluCine. 18 Nov 2010, 7.30pm. AluCine will look towards Germany again with the program “Journey Through Lakino America”, which showcases shorts and videos from this year’s Lakino Film Festival Berlin. 20 Nov 2010, 9pm.
  • For the 6th time, 21 European countries are coming together to present the European Union Film Festival. Our German selection is Hans-Christian Schmid’s acclaimed “Storm”, which won the Amnesty International Prize at the Berlinale. Join us before the Canadian premiere for a panel discussion with cultural theorist Prof. Mark Kingwell (UofT) and legal expert Dr. Mirja Trilsch (UQAM, formerly of the Yugoslavia Tribunal) on "Human Rights in Europe: A still open discussion? Revisiting the Balkans & the Hague”. All events are free! Royal Cinema, 27 Nov 2010, 4.30pm talk, 6pm film. 

  • With our film series "Beyond the Border" we will exclusively present Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris, the renowned German-French film academy, with two nights of features & shorts discussed by Atelier director Jan Schütte and some of his filmmakers and producers. Innis Town Hall, 13 + 14 Dec 2010, 6.30pm.
  • Don’t forget that you can lend the latest German films on DVD from our Goethe-Institut Library, or classic 16mm films from our Goethe-Institut Film Archive at Ryerson University.
  • Sneak preview: This winter, we will launch our newest web portal, a great resource for film buffs: “Arthouse Films from Germany” will feature our own Toronto blogger, directors’ portraits, news and more.

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Jutta Brendemühl
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Goethe-Institut Toronto
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