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KINOFEST Seattle 2016

The Portland German Film Festival, in collaboration with Northwest Film Forum, is proud to present KINOFEST Seattle, October 7-9, 2016 at the Northwest Film Forum. KINOFEST Seattle will include the newest in German-language cinema with features, documentaries and shorts from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The program embraces a wide range of subjects and genres, from the US premiere of acclaimed German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta’s drama, The Misplaced World, to a big-screen Seattle premiere of the thrilling Austrian ski film, Streif: One Hell of a Ride, directed by Norbert Heitker. Two family films are also in the lineup; Windstorm 2, by Katja von Garnier and My Friend Raffi, Arend Agthe's hit film from Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2016. Film history is celebrated in Then Is It the End?, a biographical documentary about the recently deceased film critic Michael Althen, and Switzerland is represented by the US premiere of Exit Oerlikon, a touching film about friendship between two elderly men.

The festival also includes Next Generation Short Tiger 2015, a collection of 12 short films by up-and-coming German filmmakers. We close with The Culpable, a searing fiction film about the Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse crisis, directed by Germany’s Gerd Schneider.

The premiere sponsor for KINOFEST Seattle 2016 is Condor. Audiences at KINOFEST Seattle can bid on two premium economy round trip tickets from Seattle to Frankfurt during the festival. Community sponsors are Zeitgeist Northwest and the SAGA School. KINOFEST's hospitality sponsor is Hotel Max.

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