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When filmmaker Derek Jarman died in 1994 he left behind not only a significant and influential body of work but also a garden he planted around his cottage at Dungeness (Kent).
The Kulturquartier silent green is putting this garden at the center of an exhibition that will run from 22nd of July to 22nd of August. Apart from a number of films (screened in cooperation with Kino Arsenal) including the recently restored THE GARDEN, Jarman's angry requiem for Great Britain, THE LAST OF ENGLAND, his monochromatic analysis of his AIDS-infection's final stage ... more



The Brotfabrik Cinema has a new open-air space behind its main building which will be used as a venue until September. From the 22nd to the 24th of July, three films from this year's Cine di Italiano festival will be screened, all of which are looking at rural Italy: The 2016 Berlin Film Festival winner FUOCOAMMARE has Gianfranco Rosi document the everyday life of the inhabitants and refugees on Lampedusa, intensively but without giving in to sensationalism.
GOLDEN DOOR (NUOVOMONDO, 2006) by Emanuele Crialese is about a farming family deciding to migrate to the "promised land", ... more

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Berlin Film Anthology: WINGS OF DESIRE

A city of light and darkness

After spending six years in America, and impressing audiences with his refreshingly European take on Americana, Wenders focused his attention on a familiar city from his homeland: Berlin. But aside from a vague idea about an angel falling in love, there was no script. more


Cinematic Berlin Shop

Mugs & More

We produced bear coffee mugs and a luxury edition of our poster because we absolutely love the design by Hans Baltzer.
It's available in our new Cinematic Berlin shop and half of the proceeds go to Berlin's independent cinemas. Visit our brand new shop at: more


Schlaf – Sleep

Marlene lives with her teenage daughter Mona in Hamburg. Their relationship is close. Marlene, an orphan, just has Mona. Not least because Marlene’s worrying nightmares brings them closer together. Sleep for her is a ghostly demon that invades her and steels some of her memories, breath, and abilities. Her daughter Mona holds her mother tight in these moments, catches her, leads her out of it. Inhale, exhale. The roles, protector and protected, seem to be reversed. One image from Marlene’s dreams is a hotel which seems to recognize in a newspaper ad. It takes her there, to the Harz ... more


My Little Sister

Sven and Lisa are twins – and theater people. He, the older one, is an actor. She, the “little sister,“ writes for the stage. They are well versed in words and emotions, However, they deal less well with Sven‘s cancer which they try to battle together. Sven, who lives in Berlin, has come to Switzerland to where the sister Lisa lives with her family in order to do that. Sven does better there for a short period of time and strongly believes in his big comeback and hopes to be able to perform as Hamlet on the Schaubühne very soon. But the bone marrow transplant that Sven received from ... more



Everything is on fire at Ema’s (Mariana Di Girolamo) – in the literal sense of the word. She gave back an orphaned boy which she recently adopted with her husband Gastón (Gael García Bernal) after he played with fire and severely injured his sister. Now she’s going around the city at night with a flamethrower to torch traffic lights and cars to can vent because Ema regrets her decision and wants her son back. But it’s too late for that. Everyone is making the professional dancer feel like she made a mistake and the already difficult marriage to Gastón seems to be over. But instead ... more



In her documentary OECONOMIA, Carmen Losmann has made it her lofty objective to understand the global financial system and make it understandable to others. The latter turns out to be quite difficult since the film‘s pace is fast and the amount of information is overwhelming. It would‘ve made sense to give the artistic side of OECONOMIA more space so that viewers had time to reflect on all the new ifnormation. The restrained camera angles of Losmann‘s cinematographer Dirk Lütter mirrors the slick aesthetic of the financial world in an appropriate way. The glass facades of EZB, BMW, and ... more



Daniel (Diarmaid Murtagh) spends his time in London without talking, because he has no one to talk to. He goes to the park with his dog during the day and is otherwise an onlooker of other people‘s communal activities. He has dinner with Bruno and repairs electrical appliances with the lights dimmed in his garage along the tracks. At nights he gets rid of the party trash on the playground so that the children can climb again the next day. We don‘t know anything about him besides how he lives now. But despite this, or perhaps because of it, we are close to him. The camera stays close ... more


Sag du es mir

SAG DU ES MIR, the debut film of Michael Fetter Nathansky, begins with a camera view on the train bridge of the Neustädter Havelbucht in Potsdam with renovated prefab buildings in the background. A woman comes on the bridge from the left, bending down over the railing, looking at the water. A man appears from the right and pushes her into the water. This act, which the entire film revolves around, is just seen from a distance at first, and the camera gets closer to the involved people only after. Silke (Gisa Flake) is the woman who is pushed to the water without getting seriously injured. ... more