Rooftop German film festival kicks off in grand style

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On Friday 3rd February, the elite of Pattaya’s society came to the Dusit d2barraquda to attend the opening night of the first “German Rooftop Film Festival”.  All the guests were well received by General Manager Michael Ganster.

Special guests of honor at the evening premiere were Dr. Mark Spitz, the director of the Goethe Institute in Bangkok, Dr. Paul Strunk, German honorary consul to Pattaya, mayor Itthipol Khunplome, Passalin Saettharat, the vice-director of TAT, Randy Nelson, the after sales director of BMW, and Peter Malhotra, managing director of Pattaya Mail Media Group.

Dignitaries attend the opening of the 1st German Rooftop Film Festival at the Dusit d2barraquda on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. Dignitaries attend the opening of the 1st German Rooftop Film Festival at the Dusit d2barraquda on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012.

All guests of honor said in their speeches to the audience that this nine week long film festival is a special experience, to watch the best of German cinema and witness the lifestyle and culture of Germany as depicted on the big screen.

Peter Malhotra even began his speech in the German language, which was very much appreciated by the German speaking expats in audience.

The audience sits enraptured through a showing of “Goodbye Lenin.” The audience sits enraptured through a showing of “Goodbye Lenin.”

After the press conference and reception, the first German movie of the festival, the acclaimed “Goodbye Lenin” was shown, and even mayor Itthipol seemed to receive it enthusiastically.

The rooftop film festival is running until the end of March and details of current and upcoming movies can be found on this page.