Timed to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first ever German Film Festival in New Zealand opened at Auckland's Rialto Cinemas last night with November Child (Novemberkind). Directed by Christian Schwochow, the film is set against the backdrop of reunification which continues to be a rich source of inspiration for German filmmakers quarrying the past for stories about people whose lives were changed by the rise and fall of the Wall. November Child screens again at Rialto on Sunday 15 November at 4.30pm. It's a must-see film.
Image: Still from Novemberkind, directed by Christian Schwochow, German Film Festival brought to New Zealand by the Goethe-Institut, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany (Wellington) and partners, November 2009