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Ivan's Childhood
This debut feature from the great Andrei Tarkovsky, is a poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy's war-ravaged youth. Moving back and forth between the traumatic realities of World War II and serene moments of family life…
Kebab Connection
A delightful, immigrant comedy from Anno Saul and Fatih Akin ( Head On ) that reminds us how integration really works. Young Turkish hip-hopper Ibo dreams of making the first German kung-fu film. He hones his craft by making an…
Monika
Barely out of her teens, dependent on her family and extremely nearsighted, Monika desperately wants to pass her driving test. She undertakes a risky eye laser operation which fails and she loses her sight. Her fragile mother cracks under the…
Mr. Arkadin
Orson Welles wrote directed and stars in this film which tells the story of an elusive billionaire who hires an American smuggler to investigate his past, leading to a dizzying descent into a cold-war European landscape.
Von Hunden und Pferden
Rolf has a deep affection for his dog Piet who is sadly diagnosed with hip dysplasia. An operation could save the dog but would cost a lot of money. In his desperation Rolf believes that his only chance is to…
The Invisibles - The Human Face of the Immigration Crisis
Europe is in the grip of an immigration crisis: people from Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere are arriving in ever greater numbers as they flee war, oppression, and a lack of opportunity. Germany receives more asylum seekers than any…
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The Last Goldfish - Uncovering a Family's History of Forced Migration
A daughter's search for her lost family stretches from Australia to Trinidad and WWII Germany. Rich with archival images, Su Goldfish's autobiographical documentary echoes through all those touched by forced migration. Manfred Goldfish tried to suppress the trauma that made…
A Blind Hero - The Love of Otto Weidt
At Yad Vashem, the Berlin brushmaker Otto Weidt is listed as one of the Righteous Among the Nations. But Weidt's story has otherwise been overlooked until now. A Blind Hero finally brings the story of his daring and cunning rescue…
Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story
Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story, the result of a remarkable pairing between fiction and non-fiction filmmakers, depicts an even more remarkable relationship. Erika and Klaus Mann, the brilliant eldest children of German author Thomas Mann, claimed…
Verdict on Auschwitz - The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial
The only documentary on the Auschwitz Trial held in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, from 1963 to 1965. Based on 430 hours of original audiotapes, this production is an unparellel document of the first Auschwitz Trial. In one of the…
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Porn Punk Poetry
A male prostitute who almost forgot the meaning of real feelings is falling in love with a young girl. By her tenderness he's experiencing a feeling of warmth. His world is out of joint and he realizes he's just as…
Backpack
In the thirst for adventure, young teacher Daniel heads off to his first big journey around the world. But on his first stop in the Indonesian megacity Jakarta, Daniel is totally over challenged by the foreign culture. He loses sight…
Heinrich Schütz - Father of the German Music
Heinrich Schutz was presumably the first internationally renowned German composer. In the 40 years he spent as court ,,Kapellmeister" in Dresden, he left a strong impression on musical life in Europe. His works in their clear beauty still seem up-to-date,…
A Collection of Contemporary German Film Shorts
A Collection of Short Contemporary German films from Filmakademie. Clip #1: "Mobile" - Clip #2: "366 Tage" - Clip #3: "Ich bin's Helmut" - Clip #4: "Wedding Cake" - Clip #5: "Oh Sheep" - Clip #6: "Loom" - Clip #7:…
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Call of Cuteness
All that is outsourced and kept out of sight, gets back to us in this consumerist nightmare. On a global playground the cat's body is devoured. Objects are fetishized & subjects made into things. They are the natural resources of…
The Ties That Bind - A Powerful Meditation on Political Responsibility and Personal Loss
'The Ties That Bind' is a powerful meditation on political responsibility and personal loss as seen through the story of the filmmaker's mother, who grew up in Nazi Germany. Using rare archival footage, extensive interviews and critical commentary, Friedrich constructs…
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Phantom
Flicker Alley, in partnership with the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Foundation is proud to present, Phantom , which marked a major turning point in the influential career and the groundbreaking style of cinema poet F.W. Murnau. In this beautifully reconstructed and restored edition from…
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Georg Baselitz - Making Art after Auschwitz and Dresden
In the fall of 2007, a brilliant retrospective exhibition of the work of Georg Baselitz opened at London's Royal Academy of Arts. It was curated by Norman Rosenthal, who had first exhibited paintings by Baselitz in the early 1970's. Baselitz…
Tangled Roots
More than 55 years after the end of World War II, Germans and Jews still struggle with the difficult legacies of war. Filmmaker Heidi Schmidt Emberling confronts her German father and Jewish mother about the devastating secrets and painful silence…
Couchmovie
In four episodes, the film portrays the encounters between "couch surfers" and their hosts in four different places in Europe. In Stuttgart, Swabian publisher Annette meets Pawel, a Polish happy go lucky, while in Spain, her niece Nina is expecting…