"Highway to Hellas" Freitag Abend Film Screening

15 Jul 2016

On Friday 15 July at 7.00 PM we are showing the film "Highway to Hellas"  at Das Zentrum, Australian-German Institute Inc. in the Griffin Centre, Genge Street, Civic.

Genre: Komoedie,  Laufzeit: 85 Mins, Jahr 2015.  Director: ARON LEHMANN 

The film is in German and has English subtitles. 

Kurzbeschreibung:


Die Deutschen kommen! Der Bankangestellte Jörg Geissner taucht überraschend auf der kleinen, griechischen Insel Paladiki auf. Seine Aufgabe ist es nachzuforschen, ob für vor langer Zeit gewährte Kredite tatsächlich die seinerzeit angegebenen Sicherheiten bestehen. Natürlich haben die Inselbewohner, angeführt von dem Supermarktbesitzer Panos, etwas dagegen und setzen nun gemeinschaftlich alles daran, Geissners Suche so schwer wie möglich zu gestalten. Es folgen ereignisreiche Tage auf Paladiki. Die Griechen schicken Geissner quer über die Insel und machen ihm sein Leben zur wahren Hölle. Doch wo anfangs Misstrauen und Vorurteile waren, entsteht so langsam die Erkenntnis, dass man doch so unterschiedlich gar nicht ist.

About the Film:
The most-watched European relationship of 2015 was the one between Germany and Greece, as fiscal tensions between the two nations created a nearly untenable situation. What to do? Laugh, of course, so as to not cry. And come see Aron Lehmann’s timely culture-clash comedy,Highway to Hellas.

For some years now a small Greek tourist village has been living off an economic stimulus grant administrated by a German bank. They grant was intended to fund the construction of a power plant and a hospital, but neither project has even been initiated. Munich is getting suspicious, and mid-level bureaucrat Jorg Geissner is dispatched to investigate. Thrown into panic, the village deploys man-about town Panos, who is half-German. An elaborate yarn-spinner, Panos orchestrates a convincing façade and a great many outlandish, yet somehow plausible, excuses to maintain the fiction that the village is putting the funds to their intended use.

Lehmann’s inspired tack in Highway to Hellas is to contrast cultures by placing the richest and most charismatic aspects of each in opposition. This playful comic commentary embraces the vagaries of staying open to change­and reminds us that sometimes it is best to take serious matters just a shade less seriously. – Jaie Laplante