Goethe-Institut To Screen The Canadian Premiere Of Acclaimed German TV Series BAD BANKS, Starring Paula Beer At TIFF

Goethe-Institut To Screen The Canadian Premiere Of Acclaimed German TV Series BAD BANKS, Starring Paula Beer At TIFFThe Goethe-Institut Toronto proudly presents the exclusive Canadian premiere of the entire first season of BAD BANKS starring Paula Beer (Transit; Frantz; Never Look Away). The German-Luxemburgish co-production set at the heart of Europe's financial capitals premiered at the 68th Berlinale 2018 and went on to win the Audience Award at the Kino Festival New York. Beer, who was a jury member for the 1st Cannes International Series Festival, won Best Actress at the Bavarian Television Awards for her role as Jana.

BAD BANKS is high-end TV at its best: It has screened in nearly 40 countries and just been renewed for a second season; director Christian Schwochow has been invited to realize two episodes of the celebrated Netflix series The Crown as the first non-British director to do so. BAD BANKS will screen at TIFF Bell Lightbox, October 4, October 9, and October 11, 2018.

Over six episodes, BAD BANKS takes a fascinating look behind the scenes of the world of high finance. It is an adrenaline-driven game of power and manipulation, of economic interests and political common sense, of personal ambitions and shifting loyalties. Ambitious investment banker Jana is confronted with the unscrupulous machinations of this world, and her working life is determined by egotism, the pressure to succeed, and systemic machismo. She soon has to decide how far she is prepared to go for her career.

BAD BANKS is directed by Christian Schwochow (Paula; West), starring Paula Beer, Barry Atsma, Désirée Nosbusch, Tobias Moretti, Jörg Schüttauf, Jördis Triebel, and others.


October 4, 6:30pm: Fired & Follow the Junk (100 min)

Successful junior banker Jana's world collapses: She is dismissed without notice. But she gets one last chance and receives insider information about a multi-billion dollar city development project from veteran banker Christelle Leblanc.

October 9, 6:30pm: The Man from London & Old Debts (104 min)

A protracted flu and 24/7 work take a toll on Jana. There are growing signs that Jana's former employer and Deutsche Global Invest want to merge. What is going on behind closed doors? And what does Leblanc really want?

October 11, 6:30pm: The Hardest Currency & The Lion's Den (104 min)

Jana does everything necessary in order to make the mega project "Leipzig 2025" a reality, against all odds. But the pressure increases. Investment head Fenger cannot and will not protect her any longer. Deutsche Global Invest is about to fold and Germany faces another financial crisis. Did Jana trigger it?


Ranging from features to docs, shorts to animation, drama to comedy, the experimental to international festival highlights from Berlin, Leipzig or Oberhausen, the GOETHE FILMS series, curated by Jutta Brendemühl for the Goethe-Institut, offers film lovers the opportunity to see a top selection of German contemporary arthouse film in Toronto's premier cinema. www.goethe.de/canada/germanfilm

GOETHE FILMS screen at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 4, 350 King St W, Toronto.

With English subtitles. Open to audiences 18+.

Tickets for BAD BANKS are $10 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in person or by phone 1-888-599-8433 or online (as of 10 days prior to each screening)

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