Toke Constantin Hebbeln – Wir wollten aufs Meer (2012)

In this vivid historical drama set in 1980s East Germany, two dockworkers and best friends who dream of escaping the repressive regime are forced to choose their loyalties when the state police promise them safe passage out of the country — if they inform on their co-workers and union leader. Read More »

Edda Baumann von Broen – Durch die Nacht mit… John Landis & Terry Gilliam (2012)

Gilliam war der kreativste Kopf der unvergleichlichen Komikertruppe Monty Python, bevor er als Regisseur Meisterwerke wie “Brazil” und “12 Monkeys” schuf – aber auch ebenso große Flops. Mit seinem Projekt “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” scheiterte er spektakulär. Dokumentiert wurde der katastrophale Dreh und dessen Abbruch in dem inzwischen legendären Film “Lost in La Mancha”. Read More »

Kai S. Pieck – Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen AKA The Child I Never Was (2002)

from allmovie:
A serial killer dispassionately discusses the nuts and bolts of his grisly avocation, as well as the youthful traumas which helped to mold him into a psychopath, in this disturbing independent drama from Germany, based on a true story. Young Jurgen Bartsch (Sebastian Urzendowsky) was raised in a family where his father (Walter Gontermann) barely acknowledged his existence and his mother (Ulrike Bliefert) displayed an inappropriate degree of affection toward him. When he reached puberty, Bartsch (played as a teenager by Tobias Schenke) was a young man confused and bitter about his growing sexual maturity, and possessing a deep hatred of those around him. Read More »

Douglas Sirk and Hajo Gies – Silvesternacht – Ein Dialog AKA New Year’s Eve (1978)

Encouraged by Fassbinder, with whom he became friendly after the then-enfant terrible of the German cinema visited him in Lugano, Sirk also did some teaching during the late 1970s at the film school in Munich, where he made three short films with his students. Read More »

Pepe Danquart – Schwarzfahrer aka Black Rider (1993)

Background/Synopsis wrote:
This is the story of a young black man who is verbally harassed by an older woman on a streetcar while the other passengers remain silent. But the schwarzfahrer shall eventually have his revenge. Read More »

Jan Ole Gerster – Oh Boy (2012)

The Berlin-set tale of an aimless twentysomething is a delightfully unforced comedy with a sure grasp of character and setting. THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

OH BOY is a charmingly self-ironic portrait of a young man and the city he lives in. Shot in vivid black and white, the film alternates between melancholy and humour, and shows the protagonist’s search for his place in a world where everything yet nothing seems possible. INDIWIRE

Low-Budget ‘Oh Boy’ Beats Epic ‘Cloud Atlas’ at German Film Academy Awards
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Ewald André Dupont – Varieté (1925)

Prologue: The murderer “Boss” Huller – after having spent ten years in prison – breaks his silence to tell the warden his story. “Boss”, a former trapeze artist, and his wife own a cheap side-show that displays ”erotic sensations”. But he longs for his former glamorous life in the circus. When he meets the orphan Berta-Marie, he falls under her spell and leaves his wife and young son behind. He makes Berta-Marie his partner in a new trapeze number. One day, the famous trapeze artist Artinelli takes note of them and engages them for his trapeze show in Berlin. Their salto mortale becomes an immediate sensation. Calculatedly and cold, Artinelli seduces Berta-Marie and destroys “Boss'” happiness. Written by Christian Taube Read More »