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New Directions© Faktura Film

20 Years of Young Cinema from Germany
New Directions

New Directions looks back at the last 20 years of young German filmmaking. Dedicated to Germany's young generation of directors, the series presents the innovative power and impressive ingenuity of the younger German film scene in 20 exciting works.

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© Goethe-Institut

Perspektive Deutsches Kino, a section of the Berlinale dedicated to young German filmmaking, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. We have taken this as an opportunity for our very own look back at the last 20 years of exciting, innovative and daring works by young German filmmakers.

The result is New Directions, an online film series featuring 20 films as a retrospective of 20 years of exciting and innovative cinema by a new generation of filmmakers who are not afraid to experiment and challenge the film world with ever new perspectives. 

The online film series was curated by Aliza Ma and Toby Ashraf and presents twenty positions of young filmmakers from Germany of the last twenty years (2002 - 2022).  

The Films

Bungalow © Basis Film Verleih


Germany, 2002, 85 min.
Director: Ulrich Köhler
With: Lennie Burmeister, Devid Striesow, Trine Dyrholm
German with subtitles: DE, EN, ES, FR

The Forest for the Trees © Komplizenfilm

The Forest for the Trees

Germany, 2003, 81 min.
Director: Maren Ade
With: Eva Löbau, Daniela Holtz, Jan Neumann
German with subtitles: AR, DE, EN, ES, FR, PT, RU

Falscher Bekenner sq © Heimatfilm

I Am Guilty

Germany, 2005, 94 min.
Director: Christoph Hochhäusler
With: Constantin von Jascheroff, Manfred Zapatka, Victoria Trauttmansdorff, Nora Waldstätten
German with English Subtitles

Longing © Rommel Film


Germany, 2006, 88 min.
Director: Valeska Grisebach
With: Andreas Müller, Ilka Welz, Anett Dornbusch, Erika Lemke
German with English Subtitles

Torpedo © Filmgalerie 451


Germany, 2008, 40 min.
Director: Helene Hegemann
With: Alice Dwyer, Lars Eidinger, Jule Böwe, Caroline Peters
German with English subtitles

The Drifter sq © Filmgalerie 451

The Drifter

Germany, 2010, 97 minutes
Director: Tatjana Turanskyj
Cast: Mira Partecke, Katharina Bellena, Laura Tonke
German with English subtitles

The Robber © Geyrhalter Film

The Robber

Germany, 2010, 90 min.
Director: Benjamin Heisenberg
With: Andreas Lust, Markus Schleinzer, Roman Kettner, Hannelore Klauber-Laursen
German with English Subtitles

Heavy Girls sq © missing Films

Heavy Girls

Germany, 2011, 76 min.
Director: Axel Ranisch
With: Heiko Pinkowski, Ruth Bickelhaupt, Peter Trabner
German with subtitles: DE, EN, FR, ES, PT, IT

Lower Upper Cut © Filmgalerie 451

Lower Upper Cut

Germany, 2011, 89 min.
Director: Nicolas Wackerbarth
With: Kathleen Morgeneyer, Anne Müller, Luise Berndt
German with English subtitles

The Strange Little Cat sq © dffb

The Strange Little Cat

Germany, 2013, 72 min.
Director: Ramon Zürcher
With: Mit: Jenny Schily, Anjorka Strechel, Mia Kasalo
German with subtitles: DE, EN, ES, FR, IT, PT

Men Show Movies & Women Their Breasts © missing films

Men Show Movies & Women Their Breasts

Germany, 2013, 83 min.
Director: Isabel Šuba
With: Anne Haug, Matthias Weidenhöfer, Eva Bay
German with English Subtitles

Sieniawka © arsenal distribution


Germany, 2013, 126 min.
Director: Marcin Malaszczak
With: Stefan Szyszka, Stanislaw Cheminski, Jerzy Szlosar
Polish with subtitles: DE, EN

The Samurai © dffb

The Samurai

Germany, 2014, 79 min.
Director: Till Kleinert
With: Pit Bukowski, Michel Diercks, Kaja Blachnik, Janin Halisch, Ulrike Hanke-Hänsch
German with subtitles: EN, FR, PT

Limbo © dffb


Germany/Denmark, 2014, 80 min.
Director: Anna Sofie Hartmann
With: Annika Nuka Matthiasen, Sofia Nolsøe Mikkelsen, Laura Gustafsen
Danish with subtitles: DE, EN, FR, ES

The Impossible Picture sq © Filmakademie Ludwigsburg

The Impossible Picture

Germany/Austria, 2016, 70 min.
Director: Sandra Wollner
With: Jana McKinnon, Alexander E. Fennon, David Jakob
German with English subtitles

Selbstkritik eines bürgerlichen Hundes © Faktura Film

Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog

Germany, 2017, 99 min.
Director: Julian Radlmeier
With: Julian Radlmaier, Deragh Campbell, Beniamin Forthi, Kyung-Taek Lie
German with subtitles: AR, DE, EN, ES, FR, PT, RU

No Hard Feelings © M-Appeal

No Hard Feelings

Germany, 2020, 92 min.
Director: Faraz Shariat
With: Benny Radjaipour, Banafshe Hourmazdi, Eidin Jalali
German, Farsi with subtitles: DE, EN, AR, ES, FR, PT, RU, TR, ZH

Searching Eva © UCM One

Searching Eva

Germany 2019, 85 min.
Director: Pia Hellentahl
With: Eva Collé, Pietro Zambello
EN, DE, IT with subtitles: DE, EN, FR, ES

Nackte Tiere media luna new films UG

Naked Animals

Germany, 2020, 87 min.
Regie: Melanie Waelde
With: Marie Tragousti, Sammy Scheuritzel, Michelangelo Fortuzzi, Luna Schaller
German with subtitles: EN, ES, PT, LT

FREIZEIT or: the opposite of doing nothing © Caroline Pitzen

FREIZEIT or: the opposite of doing nothing

Germany, 2021, 70 min.
Director: Caroline Pitzen
With: Jasper Penz, Juno Groth, Lilly Marie Dressel, Maxim Hartig
German with subtitles: EN, ES, FR, IT