GOETHE FILMS: Stronger Than Blood
Presented by the Goethe-Institut
Over the last two decades, a thriller sub-genre has carved out a popular and critically acclaimed niche in German cinema: gangster films by (arthouse and mainstream) filmmakers —Arslan, Yildirim, Akin and others— with star actors —Ünel, Bleibtreu, Löw— often of immigrant or métissage descent. Some films tell hard-hitting street crime stories, some are tender explorations of inner-city life and love. All introduce us to fresh, complex (and predominantly male) characters that appeal well beyond their own worlds as they navigate conscience, honour and responsibility for their actions.
STRONGER THAN BLOOD (Germany 2010, 108 min) written and directed by Oliver Kienle (writer of BAD BANKS), starring Jacob Matschenz (NEVER LOOK AWAY), Burak Yiğit (VICTORIA), Aylin Tezel (7500), Liv Lisa Fries (lead in BABYLON BERLIN)
Awards & Festivals:
Bavarian Film Awards 2011 Best Young Actor for Jacob Matschenz & Burak Yiğit
First Steps Award 2010
German Camera Award 2010 Best Editing
3 Max Ophüls Festival Awards 2010
“A powerful, forward-looking film, dynamic, young, playful and entertaining.” – Ophüls jury
Tommy and Sule are like brothers to each other: nothing will ever get between them. But then Tommy gets caught dealing drugs and has to serve his sentence. Fresh out of juvenile prison, he swears off drugs for good. But when the going gets tough, the only support he finds is from his best friend Sule, who presents him "the master plan": one last drug deal to finance their own auto body shop.
Oliver Kienle was born 1982. After studying German in Würzburg, he went on to the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. His graduation film STRONGER THAN BLOOD received multiple awards and launched his busy career. He is head writer for the much lauded TV series BAD BANKS and currently in production for ISI & OSSI (2020), Germany’s first Netflix movie.
All GOETHE FILMS are open to audiences 18+.
Part of the Goethe-Institut's focus on German film.
"DEALER" by Thomas Arslan
"CHIKO" by Özgür Yildirim