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“New Directions – 20 years of young cinema from Germany” presents 20 select films that look back at the past 20 years of new German filmmaking. On display is the cinema of a generation that is not afraid to experiment and challenges the film world with new perspectives. The films will be online on Goethe on Demand — New Directions – Home ( for five weeks. Register and watch the films for free from anywhere in Aoteaora New Zealand.

Cinema Screenings in Wellington and Auckland

Four films of the VoD-programme will be screening in cinema, so come, bring a friend and enjoy an evening with a German film on the big screen. The four film screenings are all first feature films by women directors who bring a unique, new way of storytelling and filmmaking to the screen.

Maren Ade, known for the Oscar nominated TONI ERDMANN, kicks off with her debut THE FOREST FOR THE TREE (2003) introducing herself as a director focusing on the art of acting and rigorously told stories followed by Tatjana Turansky’s THE DRIFTER (2010) which was supposed to be the first part of a trilogy that due to her sudden death in 2021 never got finished. The protagonist, Greta M., age 40, in Berlin, an unemployed architect, a divorced mother and drinker, has her own way of dealing with the issues that bother her and Tatjana Turanski has her very own, atypical way of storytelling. When Isabel Šuba was invited to present her short film in Cannes she took the chance and send an actress to play her at the festival. This experiment became her first feature film MEN SHOW MOVIES & WOMEN THEIR BREASTS (2013), a comment on the rampant hypocrisies and sexism of the film industry. NAKED ANIMALS (2020), Melanie Waelde’s debut film screened at the Berlinale in 2020 and received a special mention from the first feature jury. This film stands in relief from other films of its generation as it pulsates with daring anarchic intensity and defiant vitality, bearing a directness and authenticity that is frequently attempted but in most other films rarely ever achieved.

For further information please visit the website of the Goethe-Institut.


Goethe-Institut New Zealand


From 13 March till 19 April 2023

Cuba Lighthouse Wellington:

28 – 31 March 2023

Academy Cinemas Auckland:

13 – 15 April 2023