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Der traumhafte Weg© Filmgalerie 451

Goethe on Demand

In cooperation with Filmgalerie 451, the Goethe-Institut presents an online streaming programme called Goethe on Demand. It contains an exquisite selection of films that is free of charge on Vimeo until 30 June 2020.

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Der lange Sommer der Theorie ©Goethe-Institut

Feature Film
The Long Summer of Theory

Director: Irene von Alberti
Duration: 1 hour 21 minutes
Subtitles: English, Spanish


Music and Apocalypse (Weitermachen Sanssouci) © Filmgalerie 451

Feature Film
Weitermachen Sanssouci

Director: Max Linz
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Subtitles: English, Spanish

Berlin Stories © Filmgalerie 451

Feature Film
Berlin Stories

Director: Irene von Alberti, Miriam Dehne and Esther Gronenborn
Duration: 1 hour 32 minutes
Subtitles: English

Films by and about Roland Klick

The name Roland Klick (b. 1939) stands for a cinema that is emotionally and visually intense, character-led and action-packed. Known for a tumultuous career and cult classics like Deadlock and White Star with Dennis Hopper, Klick also made Supermarket (1974), a gritty genre drama about a small time crook set in Hamburg, considered by some to be his masterpiece.

Roland Klick - The Heart Is A Hungry Hunter © Filmgalerie 451

Roland Klick - The Heart Is A Hungry Hunter

Director: Sandra Prechtl
Duration: 1 hour 19 minutes
Subtitles: German, English, French

Ludwig © Filmgalerie 451

Short Film

Director: Roland Klick
Duration: 15 minutes
Subtitles: English

Supermarkt © Filmgalerie 451

Feature Film

Director: Roland Klick
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Subtitles: English

Films by and about Christoph Schlingensief

Christoph Schlingesief (1960 – 2010) packed many lives into one. Active in film, theatre, opera, radio, and TV, he stirred up debate and controversy in culture and politics. He insisted on people taking notice of social issues such as the situation of asylum seekers (Foreigners Out! from 2002) and challenged political structures by founding a political party in which anyone could be a candidate (Chance 2000 from 1998). He would often put himself centre-stage, dealing and receiving blows, and remained a tireless and relentless agitator and communicator until his early death from cancer aged 49.

>> Article: Christoph Schlingensief - The Undergroundartist

Christoph Schlingensief und seine Filme © Filmgalerie 451

Christoph Schlingensief and His Films

Director: Frieder Schlaich
Duration: 1 hour 16 minutes
Subtitles: English

Die 120 Tage von Bottrop © Filmgalerie 451

Feature Film
The 120 Days of Bottrop

Director: Christoph Schlingensief
Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes
Subtitles: Spanish, Polish, English

Chance 2000 – Abschied von Deutschland © Filmgalerie 451

Feature Film
Chance 2000 – Farewell to Germany

Director: Christoph Schlingensief
Duration: 2 hours 11 minutes
Subtitles: English

Ausländer raus! Schlingensiefs Container © Filmgalerie 451

Foreigners out! Schlingensief's Container

Director: Paul Poet
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Subtitles: English, German, French

Films by Angela Schanelec

Coming from theatre, Berlin-based director Angela Schanelec (b. 1962) has pursued a uniquely independent path for over 20 years. Her films often revolve around characters who are searching for something, who are adrift or driven by an impulse. We are invited to observe them as they are trying to make sense of relations and changes, take inexplicable actions. Given the time to pay attention to every detail, we are presented with riddles and gaps and are rewarded with an awareness of our own thoughts and senses.

In 2018 the Goethe-Institut London dedicated a retrospective to her, titled Always Somewhere Else – The Films of Angela Schanelec in Dialogue.

Nachmittag © Reinhold Verschneider

Feature Film

Director: Angela Schanelec
Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes
Subtitles: Portuguese, English, French, Italian, Spanish, German

Der traumhafte Weg © Filmgalerie 451

Feature Film
The Dreamed Path

Director: Angela Schanelec
Duration: 1 hour 27 minutes
Subtitles: German, English, French, Arabic, Czech, Spanish, Latvian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese

Films by Frieder Schlaich

Irene von Alberti and Frieder Schlaich have been a steady and productive presence in German cinema for decades. After starting the Filmgalerie 451 as a video rental shop in Stuttgart in 1987, they moved into making, producing and distributing films and are now based in Berlin. Working with filmmakers such as Heinz Emigholz, Christoph Schlingensief, or Angela Schanelec, and distributing work by directors like Werner Schroeter (and also by many young unknown filmmakers) on DVD, they have stayed clear of the mainstream. Two of Irene von Alberti’s films can be found in our little Berlin section (see above).  Among the films directed by Frieder Schlaich available on demand are his two films about the fate of migrants from Latin America, 'Cause I Have the Looks (Weil ich Schöner Bin,  2012) and Naomi’s Journey (Naomis Reise, 2017). Both of these films have strong women at their centre as does his portrait of the great photographers Grete Stern and Ellen Auberbach The Third Eye (Das Dritte Auge, 1991 - 1995).

Das dritte Auge © Filmgalerie 451

Das dritte Auge

Director: Frieder Schlaich
Duration: 44 minutes

Without english subtitles

Weil ich schöner bin © Filmgalerie 451

Feature Film
'Cause I Have the Looks

Director: Frieder Schlaich
Duration: 1 hour 21 minutes
Subtitles: English, German, Czech, French, Spanish, Portuguese

Naomis Reise © Filmgalerie451

Feature Film
Naomi's Journey

Director: Frieder Schlaich
Duration: 1 hour 32 minutes
Subtitles: English, Spanish, German


More films on demand

The invisible Frame © Filmgalerie 451

Feature Film
The Invisible Frame

Director: Cynthia Beatt
Duration: 59 minutes
Subtitles: English, German, Arabic, Persian, Spanish, Portuguese, French

Beethoven - Days of a Life © Filmgalerie 451

Feature Film
Beethoven - Days of a Life

Director: Horst Seemann
Duration: 1 hour 43 minutes
Subtitles: English, French, German, Latvian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Flight to the Penguins © Frank Mücke

8 Short Films for Children
Kid’s Animation Special - DEFA Children’s Animation Films Without Words

1954 - 1988
Directors: Monika Anderson, Lutz Dammbeck, Sieglinde Hamacher, Heinz Nagel, Günter Rätz, Otto Sacher, Christl Wiemer, Hans-Ulrich Wiemer
Duration: 1 hour 21 minutes
Subtitles: no dialogue

MONDO LUX – Die Bildwelten des Werner Schroeter © Filmgalerie 451

MONDO LUX – Die Bildwelten des Werner Schroeter

Director: Elfi Mikesch
Duration: 1 hour 37 minutes
Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian

Fünf Dinge, die ich nicht verstehe © Filmgalerie451

Feature Film
Things I Don't Get

Director: Henning Beckhoff
Duration: 1 hour 11 minutes
Subtitles: English, French

Parabeton – Pier Luigi Nervi und römischer Beton © Filmgalerie 451

Feature Film
Parabeton – Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete

Director: Heinz Emigholz
Duration: 1 hour 39 minutes


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Films in the Onleihe © Goethe-Institut

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