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Baz Luhrmann‘s films have two modes: intoxicating hallucination and the downfall. This was the case in ROMEO + JULIET, but more obvious in MOULIN ROUGE!, still his best film, which re-invented the Hollywood musical, in THE GREAT GATSBY, and now also in ELVIS. It‘s clear from the first second that this is about a downfall. The film tells the story of one of the most hated villains in show business: “Colonel“ Tom Parker, the manager and bloodsucker of Elvis Presley, who prevented the musician from performing live for decades, drafted him in the army, let him film banal B-musicals, ... more


A Chiara

Jonas Carpignano is deeply connected to neo-realism. His stories are set in the present and his themes concern those with no lobby, whether its African refugees in the Italian small town of Rosarno (MEDITERRANEA, 2015) or Sinti aand Roma in the infamous Ciambra suburb Ciambra (PIO, 2017). Carpignano works with first time actors using natural light in real locations. His most recent film CHIARA is also set in the southern Italian region Calabria where his first films were set in, and the residential block of the marginalized, which has also appeared in PIO, reappears here too.

At the same ... more


Cop Secret

As the camera flies over the big city on the coast, it almost looks like America. When a building then explodes and a wild chase between motorcyclist and cop in a sports car ensues using lots of quick cuts, it looks exactly like America. But it‘s Reykjavik. And those of you who associate Icelandic comedies with laconic humor with depressing tendencies and strange loners will be disabused of that in COP SECRET. The film is a badass police comedy which makes fun of everything about action films and buddy comedies.

Bússi is the super cop of Reykjavik, he just has one problem: Hörður from ... more


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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


The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent

Nicolas Cage has proved that he talent in his performance as a depressed alcoholic in Mike Figgis‘ melancholy masterpiece LEAVING LAS VEGAS. A role which won him the Oscar and the crowning achievement of a decade in which everything seemed possible for the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola. But the 90s are long gone and in recent years his leading roles in blockbusters like THE ROCK and CON AIR seem like they‘re from a different era. And so Cage – with the exception of Michael Sarnoski‘s PIG, where he could once again show what he can really do – was mostly seen in direct-to-DVD ... more


AEIOU – Das schnelle Alphabet der Liebe

Anna is an actress and is having a bad day. She is dissatisfied with both her job as an audio book speaker and her handsy colleague. She quits even though her career has hit a snag. On her way home, her bag is stolen at her regular cafe. While everything in Anna‘s west Berlin apartment reminds her of her glory days, in reality she‘s barely getting any roles anymore. She is persuaded to start a part-time job as a language trainer and, wouldn‘t you know it, her first client is the bag thief. She is meant to prepare Adrian, an orphan in the care of the youth welfare service, for his ... more



Acapulco, Mexico: Neil (Tim Roth), his sister Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and her children are on an exceptionally luxurious vacation. Then they get a call that changes everything and forces them to abruptly leave paradise. Alice immediately reacts to the family emergency, packs all her things and books the next flight to England. Neil goes silent and stays behind at the airport in the last minute – he lost his passport. What follows is a silent tour de force in which not just the family, but primarily Alice asks: what is Neil doing alone in Mexico, when all social conventions would demand ... more


The Death Of My Mother

Juliane (Birte Schöink) whispers in her mother‘s ear very gently, very softly, She asks what it looks like, death. The answer, one possibility of many, is what Jessica Krummacher shows in her film. The Bochum director describes describes the fate of her own mother in her second feature. She shows a woman, Kerstin (Elsie de Brouw), who is in a Catholic nursing home. She‘s barely 64, but she is gravely ill and it‘s untreatable. She can‘t go on, she doesn‘t want to go on, yet her attending doctor can‘t help her end her suffering prematurely. So Kerstin only has one way out: she has ... more


Total Thrash! – The Teutonic Story

In the beginning of this historical summary of over 40 years of thrash metal in and from Germany, you first have to hear from about how thrash metal was tougher, more direct, faster, and more aggressive than any other kind of metal, and that Teutonic Thrash is something very special. The big German four, Kreator, Destruction, Sodom and Tankard, are mentioned in the same breath as Metallica and Slayer. But that‘s it as far as excitement goes. In TOTAL THRASH, the protagonists of the scene are very calm and jovial, and almost all of them have a beer in their hand, when speaking about how ... more


The Outfit

Everything is made to measure for Leonard (Mark Rylance): the tailor loves order. However, this means that being in Chicago in the year 1956 is the wrong place for him, because the only thing that‘s organized there is criminality. Gangs rule the streets, the families of Irish and French immigrants are waging a bloody war for dominance. Meanwhile, in Leonard‘s shop, which is runs with the help of his younger assistant Mable (Zoey Deutch), is a place of peace in the eye of the storm. But the chaos also hits his doorstep, and he has no choice but to lend the gangsters his workshop for their ... more