Organisers and officials at the opening night of the German Film Festival. / M. FERNÁNDEZ

German Film Week unites Malaga and German culture

The event, organised by SUR in English's German sister newspaper, is taking place at the Cine Albéniz with ten films

CRISTINA PINTO MALAGA.

The second German Film Week, organised by SUR deutsche Ausgabe with the German consulate of Malaga and the Goethe Institute in Madrid, opened on Tuesday at the Cine Albéniz.

The opening ceremony highlighted the importance of the event's role in creating bridges between Malaga and German culture.

The words of Uwe Scheele, promoter of the German Film Week and editor of SUR deutsche Ausgabe, celebrated this event: "We want to give a new vision of German cinema," Scheele said.

With the screenings of ten current films, the event seeks to engage film lovers through cinematography and immerse them in German life.

All of the films are shown in original German version with subtitles in Spanish, and none has yet been released in Malaga.

The director of the Goethe Institute, Antonia Blau, said, "Most of the films deal with topics of inclusion and diversity...This festival is very important to us."

The German consulate in Malaga is also supporting the festival, and the consul Arnulf Braun did not want to miss the premiere.

Alternating between Spanish and German, he said, "This week... serves as an exchange between cultures."

The mayor of Torrox, Óscar Medina, also attended the opening ceremony and emphasised the importance of the large German population there. In fact, Torrox has been nicknamed "Little Germany".

The premiere of the German Film Week this year transported viewers to the Middle Ages with Narziss und Goldmund (2020), by Stefan Ruzowitzky, a story of a friendship tested by destiny.

The film festival runs until Saturday, 9 October.

Tickets are available on the Uniticket website or at the Cine Albéniz ticket office.