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Family Party

Germany 2015. Dir: Lars Kraume. 90 min. Blu-ray Disc

VANCOUVER PREMIERE | A family get-together becomes a festival of horrid behaviour and dark farce in German director Lars Kraume’s spirited ensemble dramedy, which calls to mind Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg’s 1998 hit The Celebration. “The Westhoff Family has congregated at the family villa for the 70th birthday of its patriarch, famous pianist Hannes Westhoff (Günther Maria Halmer). During the lengthy celebrations, family members are all forced to tend old wounds, face unpleasant questions, and deal with unsettled business. Memories of the distant past are awakened, old battles are waged — until a devastating piece of news arrives and changes everything” (Cineuropa). The cast includes Hannelore Elsner, Michaela May, and Lars Eidinger. Kraume also directed 2015’s The People vs. Fritz Bauer, a drama about the hunt for Adolf Eichmann. In German with English subtitles.