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Nino Film Blog | July 12, 2024

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Goethe-Institut – “Meet the Germans” Trailer

Goethe-Institut – “Meet the Germans” Trailer
Nino Leitner

I produced, directed and edited this little trailer for the Goethe-Institut London’s “Meet the Germans” website last year. DP was my dear friend Alexander Schönauer in Berlin. (Though some of the shorter interview shots in this clip were done by other Goethe Institut centers around Europe.)

My client, the Goethe-Institut, “is a non-profit German cultural institution operational worldwide, promoting the study of the German language abroad and encouraging international cultural exchange and relations.” I have worked with them before on the “Schools – Partners for the Future” image film that we shot last summer all over the UK (check it out right here) and I can sincerely say that they are really a great bunch of people to work with.

Their “Meet the Germans” website is aimed especially at UK citizens and analyzes German culture from within, through the eyes of foreigners living in Germany. Most notably, Rory MacLean, a traveling author from the UK, writes a funny & quite cheeky weekly blog on German culture. It’s really worth a regular visit and will teach you a lot about Germany in a quite funny way. For me as an Austrian – we share the language and parts of our culture with our “big brother” Germany – it’s very funny and insightful and has become a regular website to check out every now and then.

We had to meet a very tough deadline on this one and it went from concept to finished clip in little over a week. Big thanks again to my friends Alex Schönauer & his better half Susanne Gring in Berlin for capturing some great interviews with their Canon 550D, and of course to Rory MacLean and especially Elisabeth Pyroth from the Goethe-Institut London!


  1. Really nice video and of particular interest to me as one
    of my best friends is austrian so have started to learn german.
    Will definitely be looking at the website regularly

    • Yep, it should be a great resource for you then! Don’t confuse Germans with Austrians though, either of which will kill you for that! 😉

  2. I’ll reccomend this to the teacher I assisted in a UK-school. She’ll be happy to use this for her A-Level students.


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