Join us for the Toronto premiere of the German film at this year’s Toronto European Union Film Festival (EUFF): “Welcome to Germany” (in German: »Willkommen bei den Hartmanns«). Directed by Simon Verhoeven (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Verhoeven) and starring Senta Berger (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senta_Berger), Heiner Lauterbach (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heiner_Lauterbach), Florian David Fitz (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florian_David_Fitz), Palina Rojinski (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palina_Rojinski) and Eric Kabongo, this comedy-drama from 2016 tells the story of retired teacher Angelika Hartmann who decides to adopt a Nigerian refugee against her husband's advice, the difficulties that arise, and how those difficulties challenge the couple's marriage, the lives of their children, and even the prospects for the refugee, Diallo. The movie won — among other awards — the 2017 German Film Prize for most-attended film, and the 2017 German Comedy Prize for best film comedy.
The running time is 114 minutes and the movie will be shown with English subtitles. More about “Welcome to Germany” at Wikipedia in English (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welcome_to_Germany_(2016_film) ) or German (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willkommen_bei_den_Hartmanns ), at the EUFF website (http://www.euffto.com/index.php/component/zoo/item/welcome-to-germany), or at the archived official film website (https://web.archive.org/web/20161028152020/http://film.info:80/willkommenbeidenhartmanns/).
The film is being presented by the Goethe Institut (https://www.goethe.de/ins/ca/en/sta/tor.html; or Film Blog http://blog.goethe.de/arthousefilm/), and co-presented by the Diaspora Film Festival (http://diasporafilmfest.com/).
While you can line up outside to see the movie for free with general admission seating (arrive early, it’s first come, first served), we strongly recommend getting an Advanced Reservation ticket, which includes a guaranteed general admission seat and the ability to enter the warm cinema before those waiting outside in the cold for a free ticket, for $10 (all taxes and fees included) via the official EUFF ticket page (https://www.universe.com/events/euff-2018-welcome-to-germany-tickets-toronto-75L6SV?buttonColor=#3A66E5&buttonText=Advance%20Reservation).
Where to meet
I will be outside the Royal Cinema just west of the entrance from 7:45 PM until 8:15 PM, the latest you should plan to arrive; the actual start time of the screening is 8:30 PM.
After the show
For those who wish to stay after the showing, we will meet outside the Royal Cinema, and then head to a local establishment for drinks and discussion.
Public transport Take the TTC Carlton streetcar to the stop "College Street at Clinton Street". Or, take the Bathurst streetcar to College Street and walk west 550 m (7 minutes).
By Car There is a Green P underground Carpark 111 (https://parking.greenp.com/carpark/111_74-clinton-street/) at 74 Clinton St around the corner.