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Sternchen (Ruby O. Fee) and Dani (Merlin Rose)© Rommel Film / Pandora Film / Photo: Peter Hartwig

Goethe on Demand

On Goethe on Demand, the streaming platform of the Goethe-Institut, we present a variety of online film programs, film festivals and film series that can be streamed from home. More information about the alternating film series can be found here. The films are presented in original language with subtitles. They are accessible online and free of charge after registration.

How it works

I like it when reality and dreams don't diverge.

Wim Wenders

Current film series

Gebrochene Tabus © AF Films

Film series online
Broken Taboos

To mark the 75th anniversary of DEFA, the series presents five films by filmmakers from the GDR. They deal with social problems such as housing shortages, unemployment, criminality, and non-conformist youth and music culture. As special historical documents, the selected films provide a socially critical insight into life in the GDR.  

Goethe on Demand: Widerstand © Pro-ject Filmproduktion im Filmverlag der Autoren

Film series online
Signs of Resistance

With documentaries from four decades, the film series Signs of Resistance presents 14 films about civil society engagement, protest and emancipation movements, culture of remembrance, migration and environmental issues.

More on German film

Serienfieber Illustration einer Hand mit Fernbedienung © Colourbox / Image editing Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

German Series in Canada
Binge Fever!

Television “Made in Germany” is having a golden moment with the rise of international streaming services. German series that appeal to global audiences through smart and original writing, diverse themes, talented lineups and opulent productions have never received so much attention. 

„Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn“ by Radu Jude,  Golden Bear for Best Film, Berlinale 2021 Photo (detail): © Silviu Ghetie / microFilm

Berlinale 2021
The streaming Berlinale takes the pulse of our times

The Berlinale's first online competition features powerful contemporary cinema, with the winning film resonating with our current state of mind.

Scene from the movie “Buddenbrooks”: The elaborate historical costumes were designed by Barbara Baum, who has been working as a costume designer in the film industry for about 50 years. Photo (detail): © picture alliance/Bavaria Film International/Everett Collection

Film production
Women Behind the Cinematic Scenes

While the public can recite the names of famous German actresses, the women behind the camera often go unrecognised. We introduce ten women from the German film scene everyone should know.