The Adventures of Immy & Sally: The German Film Festival

It’s been a while since I didn’t post any article, isn’t it? I was in the middle of active job hunting, and here it is: I’ve got a job! I’ve started to work in the coolest cinema in town. But, be patient, this will be for another article 🙂

For those you read my last article, you already know how much fun we’ve got together with Immy, discovering together the cultural and cinematic life of Wellington:

No time to rest in September: the German Film Festival was on in Nga Taonga, the Film Archive: free tickets and a delicious mushroom & garlic soup for the special lunch screening. We jumped at this chance!

Here are some snapshots of another great cinematic Wellingtonian event we’ve attended together from the 15th to the 19th of September.

How old would you say we are?

                                                  How old would you say we are?

This pic is a piece of memory of one of our biggest laugh: As we entered the room to watch one of those great German films, we’ve been stopped by the usher, and we’ve been asked for our ID! The film was rated “Restricted”, admission limited to persons older than 16, and it seems that we looked under this age.

“You should take this as a compliment”, said the usher with a forced smile.

Personally, I’m still sceptical, but, anyway, this small incident revealed itself to be totally appropriate: the film was B-Movie, Lust & Sound in West-Berlin. Nothing could be better than experiencing a “Checkpoint Charlie control” to recreate the ancient Mall of Berlin’s atmosphere.

B-MOVIE, LUST&SOUND IN WEST-BERLIN by Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, Heiko Lange



                                                     Lust & Sound at Sound & Vision (another name for The NZ Film Archive)

B-Movie was an awesome documentary: sexy, funny and full of good German vibe. Depicting West Berlin’s vibrant post-punk underground scene, the film is built around one major actor of the wild 1980s music scene: Mark Reeder.

Mark_Reeder_B-Movie_German Film Festival_WellingtonMusic collector, musician himself and renown producer, the Manchester-born-adopted-German met the craziest artists of that time. The doco is very good an archive collage where the young Reeder takes us back to the New Wave Age.

More info and trailer here:

Free bonus – one of my favourite song of the German New Wave:

TOUR DE FORCE by Christian Zübert


Tour de Force_German_Film Festival
Diagnosed with ALS & knowing that his days are numbered, Hannes chooses an unexptected destination for the annual bike tour he does with his friends: Belgium. Why? Because this is the country, in which assisted suicide is legal.

The next film tackled with a more serious subject: euthanasia. But let me reassure you, in a much lighter tone than Amour by Haneke. Probably in too light a tone for some of you, but for those you like to keep being entertained with a tough subject, this movie is for you.

I was thinking of two things while watching it: First, that I wanted to go on a bike tour as well (who comes with me? I bought a bike just after the screening!). And secondly, that this movie would be the perfect movie to start a debate during a German class. No wonder that the German Film Festival is sponsored by the Goethe Institute. It almost reminds me with nostalgia all the German teachers I had at school. (What about yours? Do you remember?!)

Anyway, another intense moment we shared with Immy, it was the first I saw her cry, and even if I tried to stay as strong as a boy – I’m too feminist, you know, my heart was falling apart!

Trailer here:

CONCRETE LOVE: THE BÖHM FAMILY by Maurizius Staerkle Drux


Gottfried Böhm is a German preeminent architect. Patriarch of a modern architecture dynasty, he has passed his talent and his love of concrete to each of his sons: Paul, Peter and Stephan are now also renown architects.

I’ve always hated concrete. Its dull color, even worse when damaged by the stain of past. To me, it has always been a dirty and industrial material, the symbol of the human progress destroying nature and spoiling landscapes.

Yet, concrete is also Immy’s favourite material. So, I decided to put my prejudices to the test by watching with her this doco on the magnates of concrete: the Böhm.

I’ve been ravished with delight: Not only is the documentary an excellent film – very well edited and shot, & depicting with humour and reality the Böhm family complex relationship –  but the Böhm’s concrete monuments made on me a big impression. I still don’t like its colour (sorry, Immy!) but I now admit that concrete is a fabulous material to release human imagination.

Some examples of the Böhms’ incredible pieces of architecture:

The Cologne Mosque by architect Paul Böhm
                                     The Cologne Mosque by architect Paul Böhm, 2011
                                   The Pilgrimage church of Mary by Gottfried Böhm, Vebert, 1972

LOLA ON THE PEA by Thomas Heinemann


Lola_on_the_Pea_ German_Film_Festival_Wellington
Since Lola’s father has left home, the little girl shies away from the other children at school. Her only friend would become a Kurdish immigrant, who is “illegal”. But what does this strange word exactly mean to children?

As we’ve been suspected to be under 16, we also wanted to watch a children’s film. The Saturday screening was full, and I felt a bit guilty to steal a sit to the children that were waiting outside with their family. But fortunately, everybody could come in. 🙂

At the end of the credits, we were a bit surprised by the easy happy ending and the overwhelming optimism of the movie. Actually, it did us good. We, adults, forget too easily that children need to dream and play.

Lola on the Pea takes up the challenge to present contemporary issues (divorce and illegal immigration) with shrewdness and sensibility.


(…)was another great cinematic event in Wellington. Thank you Immy for sharing so many good tips with me! And thank you to you all tha read me, I hope you’ll find some of these movies in your countries: keep an eye on the Goethe Institute.

Sally Welly



  1. Hello, félicitations pour ton nouveau travail, du coup j’attends ton prochain article pour en savoir plus 😀 . La chanson Kraftklub est cool, par contre j’aime bien la version allemande aussi :). Du coup tu as eu une belle occasion pour rafraichir ton allemand 😉 Ca a l’air très chouette en tout cas comme festival de film. Bisouuuus, Annick

    1. Ma belle Annick! Moi aussi j’adore la version en allemand, je ne sais pas pourquoi j’ai mis celle en français. La voilà!
      Patience, patience, mes articles se font plus rares car je fais beaucoup de choses à côté, mais promis, tu en sauras bientôt plus sur mon nouveau boulot!!
      des gros bisous, et vive la fontaine de Montgom’!

  2. Partante pour le voyage à vélo ! 🙂
    Article intéressant. Je vais voir si je peux accéder à ces films de la Russie.
    Raconte nous ton nouveau job!

    1. Super Anne-So! On se fait ça à nos retours respectifs alors, je commence déjà à m’entraîner en Nouvelle-Zélande.
      Promis, article sur mon nouveau job bientôt. Mon appareil photo est en réparation, dès qu’il sort de l’usine, je mitraille 🙂
      bisous et raconte nous la Russie!

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