German Films at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival

Jim Knopf and Luke the Engine Driver by Dennis Gansel

From 10 to 21 October, the British Film Institute celebrates the diversity of international film in the 62nd London Film Festival, offering a platform for international artists and storytellers. Hot off the reels, here are this year’s German entries.


Feature Films

Styx by Wolfgang Fischer

STYX by Wolfgang Fischer

A woman’s solo sailing journey turns into a serious ethical dilemma, raising questions about empathy, privilege, racism and personal responsibility when she discovers a severely damaged, overloaded refugee boat.

11 Oct, 6.15 pm | 13 Oct, 12.45 pm

In the Aisles by Thomas Stuber

IN THE AISLES by Thomas Stuber

Based on a short story by Clemens Meyer, “In the Aisles” shows life and love in an ordinary workplace in the East German province featuring Sandra Hüller, of “Toni Erdmann” fame.

13 Oct, 3.20 pm | 14 Oct, 2.45 pm | 16 Oct, 8.40 pm

Twenty-Two Hours by Bouchra Khalili

TWENTY-TWO HOURS by Bouchra Khalili

A mixture of iPhone images, videos and live conversation, the film starts with the French poet Jean Genet’s trip to the USA in 1970. Two young African-American women investigate Genet’s connection to the Black Panther Party.

16 Oct, 9.00 pm | ICA Cinema, Screen 1

DONBASS by Sergei Loznitsa

DONBASS by Sergei Loznitsa

In this co-production with the Ukraine, France, Netherlands and Romania, director Sergei Loznitsa — known from “My Joy” and “In the Fog” — shows everyday life in the war zone in the southeast Ukraine in 13 disturbing scenes.

17 Oct, 8.40 pm | 19 Oct, 8.45 pm

SHUT UP AND PLAY THE PIANO by Philipp Jedicke

SHUT UP AND PLAY THE PIANO by Philipp Jedicke

A documentary about the eccentric musician and composer Chilly Gonzales, who mixes contradictory and seemingly irreconcilable musical genres such as chamber music, rap and electronic music.

18 Oct, 6.15 pm | 19 Oct, 3.00 pm | 21 Oct, 6.00 pm

Dream Away by Omara Marouan and Johanna Domke

DREAM AWAY by Omara Marouan and Johanna Domke

The documentary accompanies a group of young Egyptian hotel staff reflecting on their life, hopes and dreams in the terror-stricken and deserted holiday resort of Sharm El Sheikh.

18 Oct, 8.45 pm | 19 Oct, 3.30 pm

JIM BUTTON AND LUKE THE ENGINE DRIVER by Dennis Gansel

In this children’s film based on a work from the German bestselling author Michael Ende who also wrote the “The Neverending Story”, the adopted Jim goes on a journey through the Kingdoms of Morrowland and Sorrowland to find his roots with the help of engine driver Luke.

20 Oct, 12.45 pm | BFI Southbank, NFT2

German Short Films at LFF 2018

Penguin by Julia Ocker

FEST by Nikita Diakur and ISLAND by Max Mortl and Robert Lobel are part of the short films programme “Amazing and Astounding”
 13 Oct, 6.30 pm | 21 Oct, 12:45 pm

KLEPTOMOM by Pola Beck is in the short film programme “Stop making Sense” 
 11 Oct, 8.45 pm | 12 Oct, 3.15 pm

PENGUIN by Julia Ocker, screening in the short film programme “Animated Shorts For Younger Audiences”
20 Oct, 11:00 am | BFI Southbank, NFT1

PEOPLE OF THE WASTELAND by Heba Khaled is part of the short film programme “A World Of Conflict” 
17 Oct, 8.45 pm | 19 Oct, 2.45 pm

NAMIBIA TODAY by Laura Horelli and PROMISED LANDS by Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa are screening with the feature film “Twenty-Two Hours” 
16 Oct, 9.00 pm | ICA Cinema, Screen 1