Goethe-Institut: German humor exists via ‘tragicomedy’

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Films from Germany are “typically German”—cold, conventional and overly intellectual—or at least a lot of people think so. The Goethe-Institut tries to break this stereotype with its latest film series of German “tragicomedies” entitled “Heartbreakingly Comical.”

Every Wednesday beginning today until July 8, the Goethe-Institut will be screening three tragicomedy movies in its premises for free. Tragicomedy films are interplays of the sad and the funny wherein the tragic elements are softened by humor and tragedy breaks the humorous.

These modern German tragicomedies may be funny, but they tell very real stories. Fisterworld, for example, is about the bizarre feelings of today’s Germany among all generations, while also talking about the absurd, and issues about the German identity and dealing with its history.

Hotel Lux is a daring parody on Hitler and Stalin, which combines the seriousness of history’s reality and the comedic exaggeration of their personalities.


Kirschblüten-Hanami is a sad yet uplifting story about selfless love about a poetic and humorous journey into one’s self.

The screenings will take place every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the fourth floor, Room 3 of Goethe-Institut Philippinen at F. Adamson Centre, 121 LP Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City.

For more information, call 840-5723 or log on to www.goethe.de/philippinen.

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