Cool Date: Enjoy Free German Films on One Classy Lawn

BANGKOK The winds of a changing year bring seasonally cool breezes and the perfect weather for movie-watching under the stars.

Sit on the grass and watch German films for free next month when the Open Air Cinema returns for another season to the grounds of the Goethe-Institut with 11 works of contemporary German cinema.

Follow the camera as it tells the story of “Victoria,” a 2015 crime drama all shot in one continuous take about a Spanish woman who meets four men outside a nightclub and embarks on a caper with them. The film was recognized for Outstanding Artistic Contribution for Cinematography at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival and was named Best Feature Film at the 2015 German Film Awards.

Among the other acclaimed offerings is “People vs. Fritz Bauer,” a 2015 true-thriller by director Lars Kraume about the Jewish attorney who brought German Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice.

Maria Schrader’s 2016 drama “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” also narrates excerpts from the life of a famous Austrian-Jewish novelist and journalist whose melancholy at the Nazi seizure of power in Germany leads him to suicide in Brazil.

The program also includes the recent work from director Doris Dörrie’s “Greetings from Fukushima” and Faith Akin’s 2015 comedy “Suck Me Shakespeer 2.”

All films are in German with Thai and English subtitles. Admission is free. Schedules and more information can be found online.

The festival launches with Christian Zübert’s “Tour de Force” at 6:30pm on Dec. 6 and continues at 7:30pm every Tuesday through Feb. 28 at Goethe-Institut Thailand.

The culture center is located on a lush campus in Soi Sathorn 1. It can be reached by motorcycle taxi or a 10-minute walk from MRT Lumphini exit No. 2.