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German Cinema film festival explores country’s divided past, reunification

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Mon, October 7, 2019  /  12:07 pm
German Cinema film festival explores country’s divided past, reunification

Escape plan: Ballon (Balloon), one of the 12 films featured at the 2019 German Cinema film festival, tells the true story of two families that escaped communist East Germany in a homemade hot-air balloon in 1979. (Studio Canal/Marco Nagel )

The seventh edition of the German Cinema film festival this year was bigger than ever, with film screenings held simultaneously in six cities across Indonesia. The leading program of Goethe-Institut Indonesien kicked off in Jakarta from Oct. 2 at Goethe-Haus in Central Jakarta, while in Denpasar, Bandung, Surabaya, Yogyakarta and Makassar free-of-charge film screenings were held from Oct. 4 until 6 at selected cinemas. A total of 12 critically acclaimed films released within the past year not only gave a comprehensive picture of Germany but also provided a good idea of the country’s film industry, said Goethe-Institut Indonesien director Stefan Dreyer. “Nearly 30 years ago, the Berlin Wall came down unexpectedly and history changed forever,” he said, adding that the long process of reintegration had also been captured in the films. This year’s Ger...