Germany in Focus at Carl International Film Festival 2019

Germany in Focus at Carl International Film Festival 2019

Fatih Akin’s controversial serial killer story The Golden Glove and feature debutant Henrika Kull’s romantic prison drama Jibril are two of five features to be presented as a part of the festival’s German focus.

In 2019 Carl International Film Festival glances over the Baltic Sea and presents a focus programme on German cinema.

The programme will comprise international guests, seminars and a selection of the best and most interesting out of German cinema today. Among the films we encounter modern stories and challenging perspectices from both masters and new voices. Films that not only showcase the diversity of German cinema but also tell us something about Germany today.

Five German feature films, four having their Swedish premieres, are be the first titles to be announced for the upcoming third festival edition, August 23 – 28 in Karlskrona, Sweden.

Focus Germany is supported by:
the Goethe-Institute and the Embassy of Germany in Sweden.


Fatih Akin, Germany/France, 2019
Swedish premiere

German acclaimed director Fatih Akin is back with his most controversial film to date. In the Hamburg in the 70’s, we meet the disfigured boozer Fritz Honka, who runs after lonely women at the shabby bar “The Golden Glove”. What none of the regulars realize is that the pitiful Honka is really a ruthless monster who brutally kills all the women he manages to bring home. The Golden Glove is based on the real story of Fritz Honka and became one of the most talked about (and criticized) contributions at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Akin (In the FadeThe Edge of Heaven) has created an uncompromising horror portrait of a socially abysmal, obnoxiously misogynic and sentimental serial killer in post-war Germany, which certainly doesn’t leave anyone unaffected. (JK)


Henrika Kull, Germany, 2019
Swedish premiere

Captivating acting and bittersweet realism in a love story, as impossible as it is irresistible, by feature film debutant Henrika Kull. Maryam lives an independent life as a divorced mom of three daughters. During a wedding party, she exchanges glances with Jibril who is on leave from prison. The following spring, they accidentally meet again when Maryam visits the prison and an intense love begins. Both are passionately fulfilled by each other and they carelessly throw themselves into what seems to be an impossible relationship. With great tenderness and rigor, Henrika Kull depicts the evanescence of love through two lonely persons thirsting for affinity. (JK)


Susanne Heinrich, Germany, 2019


With kitschy stage design in pastell tones and an elusive jazz band score, feature debutant Susanne Heinrich invites to a feminist clash with capitalism, mothership, art, and the contemporary Western world in general. We meet a nameless woman rushing through the city looking for a place to sleep. She is a writer with a writers block who in her search for inspiration and meaning aimlessly meets different men, ends up on an aerobics with babys, takes a ride on a unicorn through an industrial area and is recommended to get pregnant to cure her narcissism. Absurd, playful and with a big portion of self-irony – a post-modern comedy where nothing is too crazy. (JK)


Bernd Bölich, Germany, 2018
Swedish premiere

Antonia, a young enthusiastic German communist, is accused of espionage and sentenced to gulag during a visit to the Soviet Union in the 1930s. Two decades later, she manages to return to the new socialist East German State where she is forced into silence by the regime. When Stalin dies a few years later, the social climate changes and Antonia is torn between her trauma from the labor camp and adapting to her new reality. The facade becomes increasingly harder to sustain and soon her newfound freedom is threatened to be taken away from her. SEALED LIPS is a gripping historical portrait of the complexity of war and the oppression of the individual in relation to “the common good”. (JK)


Veit Helmer
Germany/Azerbaijan, 2018
Swedish premiere

A colorful, poetic comedy about the train driver Nurlan on his last trip before retirement. When the train enters Baku’s narrow streets, a washing line breaks and a bra falls down on the track. Deciding to return the bra to its owner and to escape his own lingering loneliness, Nurlan sets out on a tumultuous adventure in the city’s colorful outskirts. Award-winning director Veit Helmer presents a charming and visually captivating story, just as absurd as nostalgic. (JK)

Full festival programme released on July 25

Carl International Film Festival is one of the first festivals bringing together films from the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea. The festival presents a unique program with focus on highlighting the diversity of stories and new talents from the region.

During the festival days, new films from the Baltic Sea countries are presented and five feature films compete in the festival’s Baltic Sea Competition. In addition, events, director’s talks, open air screenings, festivities and the film industry events Carl Film Forum and Carl Filmpolitik are also presented.

The full festival programme will be released on July 25.