Opening night film: Next Door (Nebenan) by Director Daniel Brühl

The German Film Festival, in co-operation with German Films and Palace Cinemas, will showcase a spectacular selection of 30 feature films, the best and latest in German-language cinema to Australian audiences from 25 May – 30 June. 

The festival kicks off on the evening of Tuesday May 24, opening with the International Premiere of Daniel Brühl’s directorial debut, ‘Next Door’ and includes a number of films which are screening for the first time outside Germany.

With 27 Australian premieres and a festival line-up that includes box office hits and award-winning dramas straight from this year’s Berlinale, the festival is a fantastic celebration of German culture and filmmaking. .

Including productions from neighbouring Austria, the festival showcases the creativity and diversity of the region.

From thrillers and documentaries, to feel-good comedies, this year’s films will amuse, inspire and entertain.

German Film Festival spokesperson Bettina Kinski said:

“We’re truly excited to return to screens with the latest in German Cinema, something we sadly missed in 2020. The Festival will be a great opportunity for people interested in German language films and culture to reunite and reconnect  and we look forward to welcoming them.”

This year’s programme, will screen at Palace Cinemas across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide and Byron Bay.

Please see the dates below:

  • SYDNEY 25 May – 13 June
  • CANBERRA 26 May – 13 June
  • MELBOURNE 27 May – 13 June
  • BRISBANE 1 – 20 June
  • ADELAIDE 2 – 20 June
  • PERTH 3 – 20 June
  • BYRON BAY 4 – 20 June


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Building on last year’s success, the Festival’s cultural partners Goethe-Institut are again presenting KINO FOR KIDS, a showcase of six films for our younger audiences and families.

Eva Baker, Head of Language Australia and Deputy Director said:

 “It is a wonderful opportunity for young audiences, schools and families alike to experience a fantastic collection of the latest German films. This year, the audience can look forward to curious and strong young characters in their journeys through life.”

Other sponsors and partners include the Missions of the Federal Republic of Germany in Australia and the Austrian Embassy Canberra and more.

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany are long term supporters of the Festival and Jens Hoch, Head of the Embassy’s Culture Section, said:

“We are delighted that the Festival is back in 2021 as films are such an important way for cultures to connect. We are thrilled that some of the best of contemporary German cinema will be screened nationally.”

The multi award-winning action filled Closing Night filmBerlin Alexanderplatz is a slick new adaptation of Alfred Döblin’s influential 1929 novel of the same name and follows an undocumented immigrant from West Africa on a dark odyssey through Berlin.


Closing Night film Berlin Alexanderplatz


Berlin Alexanderplatz was previously adapted by filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Fassbinder is the focus of this year’s Festival spotlight with a glorious 4K restoration of LOLA for its 40th anniversary.

Lola follows a seductive cabaret singer in her outrageous quest to elevate herself in a world where everything-and everyone-is for sale.

The German Film Festival experience will undoubtedly be entertaining and a welcome return for festival goers.

To view the online program booklet click here:

The Festival program, tickets and the full line-up of films are also available at the German Film Festival website


What: German Film Festival 2021
Tuesday 25 May – 20 June 2021
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The German community constitutes one of the largest ethnic groups in Australia, numbering 982,266 in the 2016 Census. It is the fifth most identified European ancestry in Australia behind English, Irish, Scottish and Italian.

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