What's On - German Culture

Goethe-Institut London 


Recollective Resistance. Port of Memory
© Kamal Aljafari

Sun 19 Jan , Regent Street Cinema, London

London Short Film Festival: Kamal Aljafari - Recollective Resistance

The two experimental films Port of Memory and Recollection bear witness to the destruction, repopulation and gentrification of Jaffa before 1948. The thriving Palestinian city was once known as the "Bride of the Mediterranean". Berlin-based Palestinian filmmaker Kamal Aljafari will join the festival to discuss his work.


Dorian Gray im Spiegel der Boulevardpresse
© Ulrike Ottinger

Sat 25 Jan, Goethe-Institut, London

Ulrike Ottinger: The Image Of Dorian Gray In The Yellow Press

Media mogul Dr. Mabuse turns Dorian Gray into a star to increase newspapers sales - only to later destroy this invented figure. German director Ulrike Ottinger’s ironic reflection on power, media and identity seems timelier than ever. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the filmmaker.


© Shoah, Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art

Mon 27 Jan, Goethe-Institut, London

Claude Lanzmann: Shoah

Marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on 27 January 1945, we will be screening Shoah by Claude Lanzmann. The film brings together testimonies from both victims of the genocide of European Jews and from perpetrators and observers. On International Holocaust Remembrance Day we are joining many organisations and institutions worldwide in remembering the victims of the Holocaust.


Angela Schanelec: I Was at Home, But...
© Deutsche Kinemathek Museum für Film und Fernsehen

Wed 29 Jan, Goethe-Institut, London

Goethe-Kino: I Was At Home, But …

After having disappeared for a week, Astrid’s son Phillip reappears without saying a word. It seems as if their family life returns back to normal. But something is off-kilter... Our Goethe-Kino series kicks off with the London premiere of Angela Schanelec’s emotionally dense portrait of a family coping with loss and change. It won the Silver Bear for best direction at the Berlinale 2019.


The Bee In Me
© The Unicorn

Fri 31 Jan–Sun 1 Mar, Unicorn Theatre, London

The Bee In Me – UK Premiere

Roland Schimmelpfennig’s play The Bee in Me portrays a lonely boy. Both joyful and demanding, the play explores the challenges faced by an isolated and neglected child. The UK premiere, written by one of Germany’s most exciting contemporary playwrights, is for ages 8 to 12.


Night of Ideas 2020
© Institut Francais du Royaume Uni

Thu 30 Jan, Institut français, London

Night of Ideas 2020 - Alive! – Our Digital Lives

Some say we’re on the brink of extinction. Some say we can build a new man. What does it mean to be alive? This year’s Night of Ideas focuses on life in the age of imperilled nature and all-powerful technology. We are pleased to support the participation of Lorena Jaume-Palasi, founder of The Ethical Tech Society.