The German Society of Pennsylvania proudly presents our 17th annual Friday FilmFest – intimate evenings of German cinema and discussion. We invite you to gain unique insights into German language, culture, history, and current events through the lenses of some of the German-speaking world’s best directors.

Held in the gemütlichen Ratskeller – the cozy bottom floor of the German Society – each evening starts with coffee, cake, a social hour and a bi-lingual introduction to the films. Commentary is provided, often including background information, analysis, criticism, and the directors’ larger body of work. Afterwards, participants can take part in an English-language discussion. Most films are shown in German with English subtitles or German with German subtitles, see the schedule below for more details.

This year’s festival offers a wide variety of contemporary films and themes from which to choose. We will explore, among other topics: Alzheimer’s and growing old, family, American expansionism, cultural anxieties regarding immigration and terror, life in East Germany, and Romy Schneider’s (of Sissi fame) last interview from rehab. We hope you will come along for another year of thought-provoking art and exploration.


Upcoming Films

Friday, October 12th 6:30pm
Aus dem Nichts (German with English subtitles)

Friday, November 16th 6:30pm
Der junge Karl Marx (German with English subtitles)

Friday, January 18th 6:30pm
In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts (German with German subtitles)

Friday, February 15th 6:30pm
Revanche (German with English subtitles)

Friday, March 15th 6:30pm
Winnetou - Der letzte Kampf (German with German subtitles)

Friday, April 26th 6:30pm
Honig im Kopf (German with English subtitles)

Friday, May 17th 6:30pm
3 Tage in Quiberon (German with English subtitles)


To read more about this season's films, please take a look at our 2018 - 2019 Film Brochure

You can also peruse an  archive of our film commentaries going back to 2001.