Today begins the 21st edition of the German Film Week with a magnificent opening presented by Nosferatu: a symphony of horror (1922) directed one hundred years ago by Friederich Wilhelm Murnau, the screening will be set to music live by Julián Lede, the appointment is at 7:30 p.m. at the Esperanza Iris City Theater.

The arrival of summer in our country brings a ticket to Germany for moviegoers. Colors, landscapes and a diversity of contemporary and classic stories will be present at the 21 German Film Week, which will take place from August 10 to 21 at the Cineteca Nacional, Cinépolis Diana, the Altana Auditorium of the Goethe-Institut Mexiko, Cine Tonalá and the Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris, sheltered under the theme Identities.

The official image was designed by the Mexican illustrator Naandeyé García Villegas, whose work related to cinema includes, among other works, the posters for the San Diego Latino Film Festival and the Chicago Latin Film Festival, in the United States. An admirer of the social poster style, her visual references draw from different influences. From the colorful collection of huipiles of his mother, an anthropologist by profession, whose explosion of colors and textures is combined with his academic references to different avant-garde movements, such as impressionism, where the use of color is the axis, as well as the work of illustrators like the Brazilian Wiliam Santiago or the Australian Marco Lam. For the creation of the image of the 21 German Film Week, Naandeyé combines elements close to the world of visual arts, such as the eye and the hands, used symbolically as a basic component for the consciousness of the human being, and incorporates a unique piece in the daily life of the inhabitants of CDMX that has communicating vessels with Berlin, the German capital: the subway (die U-Bahn), a transport system that unites and tells stories, "if one wants to really get to know the cities Wherever you travel, you have to get on the subway, a medium where a lot of energy moves at an identity level”, Naandeyé tells us.

In this way, the film poster that identifies this year's German Film Week, an event that traditionally unites two nations rich in visual, artistic and extensive film history, converges in a collective transport where everyone creates their own stories in each day of countless trips.

For this edition, a selection was made of German films, nominated or awarded at international festivals such as the Berlinale, CPH: DOX, HotDocs, IDFA, Karlovy Vary or Munich, as well as the winners of the German Film Awards, European Film Awards and Max Ophüls Award 2021 and 2022. From the most recent works by Andreas Dresen, Dominik Graf, Oliver Hirschbiegel and Simon Verhoeven, to the debut of directors Annika Pinske, Eline Gehring, Lisa Bierwirth, Natalia Sinelnikova, Saralisa Volm and Valentin Riedl.

There is also a very unique retrospective of films from Germany, Mexico and the United States, convened by the great honoree of this edition: B. Traven, also known as Otto Feige, Ret Marut, Traven Torvsan or Hal Croves. The Goethe-Institut Mexiko pays a humble tribute to his peculiar life and his great influence on German, Mexican and international literature and cinema. His many facets and his work situated between Germany and Mexico also inspired this year's theme: identities. A dialogue towards the richness and diversity of identities that make us up as human beings through the stories that we will see on the big screen.

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