The Local View ? Neighbourhood Cinemas and Alternative Film Projects

Many small neighbourhood cinemas invested in the future. The digital options for showing films are opening up new vistas for alternative projects. Not all of them are legal.... more more

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Cloud 9 at 70 plus

Thursday 11 September, 2008

Emotional chaos in the elderly and the best aesthetic for folds and wrinkles. Birgit Glombitza talks to Andreas Dresen about geriatric love and sex, and his new film "Wolke 9".

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And isn't it baronic

Wednesday 16 April, 2008

Billed as the inspirational story of one of the greatest legends of all times, "The Red Baron" is flying, driving and healing Germany at dizzy cinematic heights. There are just not enough superlatives to do this film justice. By Ekkehard Knörer.
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"We have stars but no sky"

Thursday 13 September, 2007

"Yella", the new film by director Christian Petzold, hits the screens in Germany today. He talks to Christiane Peitz about working with actress Nina Hoss, abandoning Hitchcock, and his personal bugbear, the amphibian film.
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Relentless in acting and anger

Friday 27 July, 2007

Fighting the system of informers in the GDR was his life's task. It made him ill - and famous. On the death of Ulrich Mühe. By Matthias Heine
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No morals without style

Thursday 31 May, 2007

Rainer Werner Fassbinder died 25 years ago. His ex-wife, the actress and chanteuse Ingrid Caven, is outraged at the way the Fassbinder legacy is being misrepresented. She talks to Katja Nicodemus about the cult of genius, lies and the Utopian days of great cinema.
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Reality pingpong

Wednesday 6 December, 2006

Many young German directors are filming with an eye toward authentic stories. Reality is their key. And talking is kept to a minimum. Matthias Luthardt's film "Pingpong" is a paradigm of this Nouvelle Vague Allemande. By Hanns-Georg Rodek
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Everyone has his reasons

Monday 29 May, 2006

In his film debut, Benjamin Heisenberg develops a credible drama in which the fear of terrorism is part of a broader sense of social disorientation. "Sleeper" tells a story of personal betrayal in a world that is as rational as it is paranoid. By Sven von Reden
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The ghosts are leaving the shadows

Wednesday 29 March, 2006

Former GDR dissident and poet Wolf Biermann is pleasantly disappointed that a young aristocratic Wessi like Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck can breathe such convincing life into the Stasi phantoms of his past. The film "The Life of Others" might just be the start of Germany's properly in-depth confrontation with its second dictatorship. Winner of the 2007 Oscar for Best Foreign Film
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Gangs of Neukölln

Monday 13 March, 2006

Detlev Buck's latest film "Tough Enough" is set in Berlin's notoriously hard-edged Neukölln district. In an interview with Daniela Sannwald, the director talks about urban ghettos, language barriers and the mafia.
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Dismay at the Arthouse

Monday 20 February, 2006

This year's Berlin Film Festival proved that director Dieter Kosslick is honouring his committment to be political, proportional and popular. Ekkerhard Knörer only regrets that aesthetic criteria got left by the wayside.
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Berlin's ghosts

Thursday 22 September, 2005

Christian Petzold's most recent film "Gespenster" ("Ghosts"), which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year, has now opened in German cinemas. Anke Leweke raves about this ghost story, set in Berlin's here and now.
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Wim Wenders won't give up

Tuesday 6 September, 2005

Sometimes the strong points of a director cannot be had without the weak ones. "Don't Come Knocking" is Wim Wenders' best film in a long time. By Katja Nicodemus
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Rocking Istanbul

Monday 13 June, 2005

After winning the Golden Bear in Berlin for his last film "Head On", Fatih Akin has now made a documentary on Istanbul's music scene. A talk with Daniel Bax on the film "Crossing the Bridge", tour guides and Vikings, music divas and the responsibilities of critical acclaim.
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Rebels who move the furniture

Wednesday 8 June, 2005

Polish cinemas are full of films by the younger generation of German filmmakers. Their common theme seems to be rebellion. Or, as Adam Krzeminski sees it, rebellion lite.
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Heroic stupidity

15 March, 2005

Looking for the genius in the engineer: Werner Herzog's monumental documentary "The White Diamond" follows a Zeppelin-builder through the jungle of Guyana. A heroic journey to the borders of embarrassment and beyond. By Dietmar Kammerer
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