Veterans versus neophytes
German cinema has a great deal to offer at this year’s Berlinale. Along with old masters back in the running, young aspiring filmmakers are introducing themselves and portraying the host country in various shades.
Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog, two of the foremost exponents of the German film scene, are screening in the main competition at the Berlinale again. Wenders’ Every Thing Will Be Fine shows the impact of a tragic accident on the parties thereto, whilst Herzog’s Queen of the Desert chronicles the life of an English woman – scholar, administrator, cartographer and spy – exploring the Middle East in the early 20th century. But alongside such great internationally renowned names, we shouldn’t overlook the other German hopefuls in the main competition. Andreas Dresen’s Als wir träumten (“As We Were Dreaming”) is a study of a group of young people experiencing the decline of East Germany first-hand as they grow older. And Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria tells the story of strangers on a road trip together across Berlin. So we have German history versus a modern portrait of the German capital.