Germany in the frame

On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 2009, filmmaker Philippe Mora met German krautrocker Harald Grosskopf. The pair immediately formed a strong bond over contrasting legacies their fathers left following the atrocities of World War II.

Mora’s father, a communist, joined the French Resistance and helped free thousands of Jews, while Grosskopf’s father joined the Hitler Youth, becoming a life-long loyal Nazi.

Mora, the son of legendary local artist Mirka Mora, immediately began to record their evolving friendship. The result is the compelling documentary German Sons, which screens as part of the Audi Festival of German Films in Melbourne this week.

“I’m very proud of this film, because reconciliation and moving forward with a new generation [our own children] in a positive spirit of humanity, and celebrating the best things about our flawed species, is the only course for our survival,” Mora says.

“All over the world, ancient tribal, racial and so-called religious conflicts are killing innocents. This is simply insanity. We seem to learn some essential things very, very slowly.”

Festival director Arpad Sölter says he was delighted when selection jury panellist Peter Krausz suggested bringing the film and its director to Melbourne for the festival. Mora lives in LA and will jet in for a Q&A that follows the Como screening this Friday, May 10 at 8.15pm.

The film is one of 45 screening across the country in the biggest festival of German cinema outside Germany. There will be 234 screenings in eight Australian cities.

Sölter hopes to attract a mainstream audience with the diverse program split into eight fittingly titled categories including German currents, kraut pleasers, hot docs and kinder kapers.

“Twenty per cent of our viewers are kids learning German as a foreign language,” says Sölter, whose own childhood hero is brought to life in The Adventures of Huck Finn.

Director Hermine Huntgeburth’s adaptation of Mark Twain’s celebrated book successfully turns a great American classic into a German triumph.

Opening night film Two Lives stars Johanne Ullmann as double agent Katrine Evenson in a hard-hitting thriller about a secret police agency.


Where: Palace Cinema Como, Como Centre, corner Toorak Road and Chapel Street, South Yarra, and Kino Cinemas, Collins Place, 45 Collins Street, city.

When: Until May 15

Tickets: Call 9827 7533 or visit palacecinemas苏州美睫培训.au

Johanne Ullmann as a double agent in Two Lives

Johanne Ullmann as a double agent in Two Lives