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KinoFest 2023 Shows the Latest German Films in the Southeast Asia and Pacific Region


The Goethe-Institut is holding the second edition of the annual German film festival KinoFest from September to November 2023 in various cities in the Southeast Asia and Pacific region, this time offline after previously taking place online in its inaugural edition last year. KinoFest 2023 is present in a number of cities in Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, New Zealand, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam.

KinoFest 2023 is a joint production of eight Goethe-Instituts in Southeast Asia which showcases the latest works released from 2021 to 2023. "This year, KinoFest presents a diverse selection of films, ranging from drama, documentary, comedy, fiction, to thriller. "The German films presented raise a number of important issues such as interconnection, immigration and attachment," said Dr. Ingo Schöningh, Regional Head of Cultural Programs at Goethe-Institut Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

In Indonesia, KinoFest can be enjoyed for free on 21-27 September at GoetheHaus Jakarta and 22-27 September at Institut Francais Indonesia (IFI) Bandung. A total of 15 films will be screened in Jakarta. Meanwhile in Bandung, 12 films will be shown.

Gugi Gumilang, curator of KinoFest 2023, added, "KinoFest's curation stems from the desire to show that German film is a rich and diverse intertwining of influences and voices, reflecting Germany's complex history and its ever-evolving cultural landscape."

In Jakarta, KinoFest will open with the 2022 film released entitled Roter Himmel by director Christian Petzold. This film, which won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), tells the story of four young people who meet in a holiday cottage on the shores of the Baltic Sea. When a forest fire hits, their emotions flare up: happiness, lust and love collide with jealousy, anger and tension.

Complete information about KinoFest 2023 can be accessed on the page The following is the film screening schedule during Kinofest at GoetheHaus Jakarta:

19.00 WIB: Rotter Himmel (2022) karya Christian Petzold [hanya untuk undangan]

15.00 WIB: Nasim (2021) karya Arne Büttner & Ole Jacobs
17.30 WIB: Toubab (2022) karya Florian Dietrich
19.30 WIB: Sisi und Ich (2023) karya Frauke Finsterwalder

13.00 WIB: Alle reden übers Wetter (2022) karya Annika Pinske
15.00 WIB: Wir könnten genauso gut tot sein (2022) karya Natalia Sinelnikova
17.00 WIB: Le Prince (2021) karya Lisa Bierwirth
19.30 WIB: Bis ans Ende der Nacht (2023) karya Christoph Hochhäusler

13.00 WIB: Republic of Silence (2021) karya Diana El Jeiroudi
17.00 WIB: Elaha (2023) karya Milena Aboyan
19.30 WIB: Toubab (2022) karya Florian Dietrich

17.00 WIB: Hao Are You (2023) karya Dieu Hao Do
19.00 WIB: Sonne und Beton (2023) karya David Wnendt

15.00 WIB: Sonne und Beton (2023) karya David Wnendt
17.30 WIB: Iron Butterflies (2023) karya Roman Liubyi
19.30 WIB: Wir könnten genauso gut tot sein (2022) karya Natalia Sinelnikova

15.00 WIB: Toubab (2022) karya Florian Dietrich
17.00 WIB: Elaha (2023) karya Milena Aboyan
19.30 WIB: Liebe, D-Mark und Tod (2022) karya Cem Kaya