The Albéniz cinema was the scene on Tuesday of the official opening of the 1st Malaga German Film Week.
An audience of all ages, from students to German residents on the Costa del Sol and local film buffs, as well as numerous authorities, filled the cinema for the screening of the film selected to open the six-day programme. STYX, by director Wolfgang Fischer, was the first of ten German films being shown at the city-centre cinema until Sunday.
Created by this newspaper’s younger sister, SUR Deutsche Ausgabe, along with the Goethe Institute and the German consulate, German editor Uwe Scheele, explained that the film week was the “biggest and most visible” of the events organised to celebrate the newspaper’s 15th anniversary. He added that the festival shared the same aims as the newspaper: to act as a cultural bridge between the German community on the Costa del Sol - which numbers around 60,000 - and local people.
German consul Arnulf Braun said the week offered the opportunity to discover the “most modern” German film productions, as well as to bring communities together. He gave the example of the opening film STYX, the story of a German doctor who sails from Gibraltar and comes across a sinking migrant boat.
The mayors of Torrox, Óscar Medina, and Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, both practised their German to the applause of their audience.
The former pointed out that Torrox was home to the biggest community of German residents in mainland Spain. De la Torre pointed out how the film week was contributing to the “[provincial] capital’s cosmopolitan outlook”.
The head of Culture at the provincial government, Víctor González, also stressed the importance of the festival for the province’s cultural scene.
The organisers’ aim, said Scheele, is for this to be the first of many German film weeks in Malaga. Willkommen.