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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…
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…
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…
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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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…
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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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.
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…
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…
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…
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 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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Nazi Hunters
Nazi Hunters tells how a select band of secret agents and avengers hunted down some of the most evil men in history... And finally brought them to justice. Narrated by real-life Nazi hunters, every episode tells the story of an…
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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…
The Forgetting Game - How is History Written?
During the height of political tensions in 1960s Berlin, a little girl was peacefully transferred from East to West Berlin by her family's effort and love. Afterwards, her transportation was nearly erased from popular historical record, questioning what we choose…
Sunny
Hajo doesn't think much before he beats the living daylight out of somebody. Hajo is nineteen and very aggressive. Half a year ago he became a dad. He has to take care of his son instead of hanging out with…
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…
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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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,…