KINO! Reboots New York German Cinema Program

"Finsterworld" is among the German titles in this year's KINO! lineup.
"Finsterworld" is among the German titles in this year's KINO! lineup.
 

The German cinema film festival in New York,  KINO!, is rebooting this year with a line-up of 10 new German films.

The festival, which will run June 12-19 kicks off with a gala screening of Christian Schwochow's drama West at the Museum of Moving Image in Queens. Previously, the KINO! festival had been held at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

The star of West, Jordis Triebel, last week won the German Film Award for best actress for her performance as a woman from East Berlin who flees to the West only to be interrogated by Western intelligence who believe she may be a spy. Main Street Films have picked up U.S. rights for the film and are planning a release later this year.

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Other titles in this year's KINO! program include Christian Alvart's real-life heist film Banklady, the critically-acclaimed dark comedy Finsterworld from first-timer Frauke Finsterwald and Ester Amrami's Anywhere Else, which won the Dialogue en Perspective prize at Berlin this year and which will have its North American premiere at the KINO! Festival.

The festival will also include the theatrical release of documentary Nan Goldin - I Remember Your Face by German director Sabine Lidl about the famed New York photographer, with daily screenings of the doc in Manhattan's Quad Cinema.

The KINO! Festival is organized and backed by cinema export support group German Films with an independent jury selecting the festival titles. German Films' curated shorts program Next Generation Short Tiger, will go to New York after its world premiere in Cannes.

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