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German Cinema: Der Junge muss an die frische Luft (All about me)

Tuesday 1 June 2021 18:45-20:30

Since September 2019, the Institut français d’Ecosse has been hosting screenings of contemporary German films in partnership with Goethe Institut in Glasgow. Few hours of serendipity every once in a while, c’est wunderbar!

The film this week is Der Junge muss an die frische Luft (All about me) by Caroline Link.

Der Junge muss an die frische Luft (All about me) dir. Caroline Link (2017/2018) | 1h40min

Tuesday, 1 June 2021 at 6:45pm

In German with English subtitles


Please note that face-coverings are compulsory in the cinema.

Sorry we are now fully booked! but we are screening another German film on June 29

Face coverings are compulsory to move around the building. A one-way system is in place throughout the building with an entrance via George IV Bridge only and exit via West Parliament Square. Hand sanitisers are also available in the building.
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Booking is mandatory as we operate with reduced seating capacity. Please book your seat online. Due to Covid19-restrictions we only have a reduced number of seats available which are likely to be fully booked quickly. We understand that in the current situation, circumstances can change. If you need to cancel, please do so on Eventbrite or let us know by e-mailing library-glasgow goethe.de, so we can offer your seat to someone else.

Access Details
Institut français d’Ecosse, Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard (1st Floor)
West Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RF
The IFE and its Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard are fully accessible with step-free access.

Film Synopsis:

Recklinghausen in the Ruhr Valley, in the early 1970s. Hans-Peter is nine years old and a bit on the chubby side. But that doesn’t deflate the self-confidence of the happy-go-lucky little boy, for with his jokes and parodies he can make anyone laugh – a talent that serves him well later in life when, as Hape Kerkeling, he becomes one of the most popular and best comedians of Germany. This film by the Oscar-winning director Caroline Link (’Nowhere in Africa’) is based on his memoirs.

For all its comedy, ’All About Me’ also offers an exacting look at a society of suppression and at people who, still traumatised by the Second World War, need to laugh as much as they need air to breathe. Something that Hans-Peter comes to understand early. But when it comes to the most important person in his life, his depressed mother, he fails.

With a flair for detail and a variety of affectionately drawn characters – such as the concerned and caring grandparents, the fun-loving relatives, and other people typical of the Ruhr region – the biopic provides a warm milieu study and a portrait of an epoch in the history of the Federal Republic.

Institut Français Écosse 2022