German contribution at the European Union Film Festival: Welcome to the Hartmanns

Nov 17, 2017 - Dec 5, 2017 | Ottawa
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European Union Film Festival

November 17, 2017 until December 5, 2017

Founded in 1984, the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) is an annual showcase of the best of contemporary cinema produced in the European Union. Over the span of nearly three weeks, the Canadian Film Institute brings Ottawa audiences a wide selection of award-winning films from the Festival circuit, never-before-seen in the capital city.

Experience the drama, comedy, tragedy, and passion of the moving image from across the Atlantic alongside film fans, academics, students, and local expatriate communities. Five-film Passports for CFI members, and special prices for members, seniors, and students are made available. This prestigious event is presented in collaboration with the European Union Member States and the Delegation of the European Union to Canada.

Join us at the National Gallery of Canada for the 2017 edition.

The event partners: the European Union Delegation to Canada, the participating EU Member States, and the National Gallery of Canada.

Complete program and tickets:

Germany's contribution:
Willkommen bei den Hartmanns (Welcome to the Hartmanns)

dir. Simon Verhoeven
Germany, 2016, 116 minutes
German with English subtitles

National Gallery of Canada, Saturday, November 25, 2017, 7:00 pm

The number one box office hit in Germany in 2016, Welcome to the Hartmanns is a comedy with a political conscience, telling the story of a well-off Munich family offering room and board to an African refugee. While Diallo, a young man from Nigeria, easily endears himself to the Hartmann family members, their affection towards him is soon tested when they have to face racism, a sceptical and even hostile government bureaucracy, and terrorist suspicions about Diallo held by their fellow Germans. Deftly balancing humour and seriousness, Welcome is a very timely film.

EUFF 2017 poster