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Berlin, I 🎥 Ü

Berlin is a city that many admire. This is a place where significant or tragic events took place more than once in the past, the traces of which can be found now. At the same time, Berlin is a place for dancing, drinking and freedom. Of course, the city is a place of creation for many. There are lots of films shot in Berlin and about Berlin. Six young screen writers from the Berlin film school DFFB selected six films worth seeing, which show the German capital under different angles and in different times.

„One, Two, Three“
(1961, directed by Billy Wilder, the script written by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond)




The history of Berlin is always the history of a divided city. Shot in 1961, at the peak of the cold war, the Billy Wilder film truly demonstrates the absurdity of the conflict between East and West. Dynamically and ironically, Wilder brings together the superstitions of both pictures of the world to a clash. Here the promise of freedom from Coca-Cola competes with the feeling of justice offered by the communist ideology, and a common factory worker challenges the boss of a corporation. Who will finally win will be shown by the film. And by history itself, of course.

„Berlin Alexanderplatz“
(11980, written and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder)




In 1980, the screen writer and film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder offered his own view of the capital of Germany in his series Berlin Alexanderplatz.

The film consists of 13 episodes and an epilogue. Each episode is shot based on one of the parts of the novel by Alfred Döblin. Fassbinder, who precisely followed the novel’s story, presented his own perspective. The critics were ruthless: the film was found to be too gloomy for the cinema goers of the 1980s. Now this screen adaptation of the novel has become an inseparable part of both the image of Berlin and of the history of the German cinema.

„Run Lola Run“
(1998, written and directed by Tom Tykwer)




Berlin, 1998: the city is on the verge of changes. Lola is rushing through its streets: a girl with bright red hair, she has to get the money to save her friend Manny. She starts her race three times, and each time, the story ends differently. The film Run Lola Run demonstrates in an artistic form how chances change our lives. At the same time, Lola shows that our decisions determine the ways we choose. Lola runs between these two extremes, between the chance and the freedom, along the streets of the city, the future of which may be any.

„In Face of the Crime“
(2010, directed by Dominik Graf, the script written by Rolf Basedow)




In Face of the Crime by Dominik Graf is simultaneously a spaghetti-western and a novel about modern morals, an excellent film and an exciting show. The borderline between crime and law runs its own ways. The policemen challenge the mob, classical mafia men deserve a happy end, and Russian Germans struggle against the smoking pauses they do not wish to have. In this nine-hours’ film series, Rolf Basedow describes the world we do not want to know but with which we will not want to part soon. If the German reality should be depicted as a film series, the series should be this.

„Oh Boy“
(2012, written and directed by Jan-Ole Gerster)




In this film, the viewer, together with the main hero Niko Fischer, walks around Berlin without any particular purpose and with no time strings attached. Hearing sweet jazz melodies and seeing black-and-white video, reminding us of Woodie Allen, we follow Fischer, a university dropout living in Berlin, who encounters different people on his way. These people, just like Fischer, are caught in a trap between the unchangeable past and the vague future. These are common people living in a city which is so uncommon that it seems to be impossible just to have a cup of coffee in it.

„The German Youth" ("Une jeunesse allemande")
(2015, written and directed by Jean-Gabriel Périot)




The German Youth is a documentary film by the French film director Jean-Gabriel Périot, which is an inner view of the conflict between the state and the youth of Western Germany of the 1960-70s. The film director uses only documentary coverage he collected over ten years of working in the archives. The film reconstructs the atmosphere of the time in FRG and in West Berlin, shows the moods of the society, and demonstrates the gradual radicalization of the Red Army Faction, as well as of the politicians and of the mass media. Among other documentary evidence, we see extracts from the documentaries shot by the leaders of the RAF Ulrike Meinhof and Holger Meins, never brought to public since then. Meins was a cinematography student in DFFB and took active part in the capture of the Berlin School, which is also shown in the film. This is an intense, intelligent and informative film.

The authors’ team Kollektiven:


Anastasia Gorokhova
Beliban zu Stolberg
Jacob Hauptmann
Michael Andres
Samuel Chalela
Sebastian Ladwig

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