Audi Festival of German Films
From 30 April, 2013 to 14 May, 2013
Showcasing Germany’s thriving creative industry, the festival brings a fine selection of contemporary, award-winning, internationally acclaimed German-language movies with English subtitles to Australian cities, towns and their communities. Building on the success of previous years, we are delighted to be expanding the festival in 2013 to include Newcastle and Byron Bay for the first time.
The event is supported by a network of partners, friends and sponsors, many of whom we have worked with for a number of years. The same is true for the independent Australian-German selection jury. This aspect transforms the festival into a truly Australian event of the highest artistic and inspiring ideals, whilst simultaneously acknowledging, and catering to, the cinematic tastes and expectations of local audiences.
Feature Film - Camp 14, Total Control Zone
3 May - 8:45pm @ Palace Verona
5 May - 8:30pm @ Cheuval Cinema
One of the most confronting documentaries you will ever see is this account of life inside a North Korean prison camp.
Shin Dong-Hyuk was born in Kaechon’s Camp 14 and escaped at the age of 23 to South Korea where he now lives as an extremely traumatised man. Telling his story for the first time on camera to German documentary maker Marc Wiese, Shin relates tales of brutality, deprivation and de-humanisation that can hardly be believed — until Wiese also interviews a former North Korean prison guard and an ex-secret police officer who leave no doubt that if hell on Earth actually exists, it is at Camp 14. With extremely rare footage taken inside a prison camp and potent images of Shin surrounded by rampant consumerism at South Korean shopping malls, Camp 14 — Total Control Zone is a once-seen, never forgotten experience.
Marc Wiese was born in Dortmund. He has been directing documentaries for television and cinema for over fifteen years. He is known for films such as Kanun – Blood for Honour (2008), The Picture of the Napalm Girl (2010), Camp 14: Total Control Zone (2012).
For more information on the Audi Festival of German Films, including screening dates, and locations as well as information on the festivals in other states, please see their website