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Der Mann, der seine Haut verkaufte

A film by Kaouther Ben Hania. Starts February 24th at the fsk. In Arabic, English and French with German subtitles

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Sam Ali, a young sen­si­ti­ve and impul­si­ve Syrian, left his coun­try for Lebanon to escape the war. To be able to tra­vel to Europe and live with the love of his life, he accepts to have his back tat­too­ed by one of by the World’s most sul­fu­r­ous con­tem­pora­ry artist. Turning his own body into a pres­ti­gious pie­ce of art, Sam will howe­ver come to rea­li­ze that his decisi­on might actual­ly mean anything but freedom.


TN/FR/BE 2020, 104‘ min., Arabisch/Englisch/Französisch OmU, Regie: Kaouther Ben Hania, Kamera: Nestor Salazar, Schnitt: Marie-Hélène Dozo, mit Yahya Mahayni, Dea Liane, Koen De Bouw, Monica Bellucci

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a film by Ali Vatansever. Starts Frebruary 24th at the fsk. In Turkish with German subtitles. 

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The Fikirtepe district of Istanbul. Urban trans­for­ma­ti­on is sweeping away the poor com­mu­nities, and Syrian refu­gees take shel­ter in deser­ted buil­dings. Kamil and his wife Remziye risk losing their home. Unemployed for a long time, Kamil has no choice but to secret­ly accept a job on a con­struc­tion site. Not only is he taking the job from a Syrian refu­gee, he’s also working for the com­pa­ny that’s des­troy­ing the area next door. Oppression and anxie­ty in his neigh­bor­hood and at work, whe­re he’s accep­ted the low wages paid to refu­gees, gra­du­al­ly trans­form him. When Kamil disap­pears, Remziye has to face the con­se­quen­ces of his actions. (Cineuropa)enzen sei­ner Taten stellen.


DE, RO, TR 2021, 108 min., Türkische OmU
Buch und Regie: Ali Vatansever
Kamera: Tudor Vladimir Panduru
mit Erol Afsin, Saadet Aksoy, Kida Khodr Ramadan

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Filme von Derek Jarman

Sorry, this ent­ry is only avail­ab­le in German.

80 Jahre alt wäre der Maler, Autor, Regisseur und poli­ti­sche Aktivist Derek Jarman am 31.1.22 gewor­den. Er starb 1986 an den Folgen sei­ner AIDS-Erkrankung, die er auch in sei­nen Filmen zur Sprache brach­te. BLUE, sein letz­ter und for­mal wohl extrems­ter Film, wur­de von der Krankheit, durch die er erblin­de­te, bestimmt. Die Ton- Musik- und Sprechcollage vor mono­chrom blau­er Leinwand ist poli­tisch und per­sön­lich, poe­tisch und dis­kur­siv zugleich.

Jarmans Filme gel­ten als radi­kal, zor­nig und enga­giert. Er führ­te einen ste­ti­gen Kampf gegen die Thatcher-Regierung und zeig­te sich hier­bei als Queer- und AIDS-Aktivist, aber sein Thema war vor allem auch die Liebe, beson­ders die ver­hin­der­te, und körperliche.

Wir zei­gen sechs sei­ner Werke, die neu restau­riert und digi­ta­li­siert wur­den. Dazu gibt eine Doku über ihn, von Regisseur Julien Isaac und Tilda Swinton, die ohne Jarman nicht zu den­ken wäre (und umge­kehrt), und in allen sechs Filme mitwirkt:

Caravaggio (1986, 93‘), der bio­gra­fi­sche Ausschnitt vom ita­lie­ni­schen Maler ist wohl sein bekann­tes­tes Werk. (21.1. 17:45) [Tickets]

The Garden (1990, 95‘) ist eine sinn­li­che, sub­jek­ti­ve, schwu­le Passionsgeschichte mit Garten-nahem Atomkraftwerk.(22.1. 17:45) [Tickets]

Edward II (1991, 90‘) hat bei Jarman einen etwas ande­ren Stand als bei Mel Gibson seinerzeit.(23.1. 17:45) [Tickets]

Wittgenstein (1993, 75‘) – „hei­te­re, dia­log­si­che­re, her­vor­ra­gend gespiel­te Gesamtschau auf das Leben eines phi­lo­so­phi­schen Außenseiters“ (Lexikon des intern. Films) (24.1. 17:45) [Tickets]

War Requiem (1989, 92‘) ist die fil­mi­sche Umsetzung Benjamins Brittons Musikstücks, mit Laurence Olivier in sei­ner letz­ten Rolle. (25.1. 17:45) [Tickets]

Blue DF (1993, 74‘), gespro­chen von Derek Jarman, Tilda Swinton, Nigel Terry, John Quentin, und in der deut­schen Fassung von Ulrich Matthes, Sylvester Groth, Wolfgang Condrus, Eva Mattes. (22. & 23.1. 15:45) Blue OV [Tickets]

Derek (2008, 76‘) – ein Brief, ein Interview, eine Rückschau und Hommage (26.1. 17:45) [Tickets]

  • alle Filme lau­fen in Originalfassung mit deut­schen Untertiteln, Blue in dt. und engl. Fassung

End of Season

a film by Elmar Imanov. Starts February 17th at the fsk. InAzeri with German subtitles. 

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A fami­ly is com­ing apart: unem­ploy­ed actor Samir just wants to be left alo­ne; his wife Fidan thinks about taking on a job in Berlin and their son Mahmud just wants to get as far away from his par­ents as pos­si­ble. But then a dra­ma­tic inci­dent during a trip to the beach unco­vers the family’s weak spots pain­ful­ly. The film mas­ter­ful­ly navi­ga­tes bet­ween the­se three cha­rac­ters and por­traits them as both stran­gers and accom­pli­ces at the same time. Cologne-based direc­tor Elmar Imanov’s film recei­ved the FIPRESCI Critics Award at this year’s International Film Festival in Rotterdam.


DE/GE/AZ 2019, 92 Min., aze­ri OmU
Regie: Elmar Imanov
Kamera: Berta Valin Escofet und Driss Azhari
Schnitt: Ioseb „Soso” Bliadze
mit Rasim Jafarov, Zulfiyye Gurbanova, Mir-Mövsüm Mirzazade

END OF SEASON – Offizieller Trailer
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Petite Maman

a film by Céline Sciamma. Starts February 17th at the fsk. In French with German subtitles. 

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Eight-year-old Nelly has just lost her beloved grand­mo­ther and is hel­ping her par­ents clean out her mother’s child­hood home. She explo­res the house and the sur­roun­ding woods whe­re her mum, Marion, used to play and whe­re she built the tree­house Nelly has heard so much about. One day her mother sud­den­ly lea­ves. That is when Nelly meets a girl of her own age in the woods, buil­ding a tree­house. Her name is Marion.
Taking part in the Berlinale for the second time, Céline Sciamma’s fifth film is a work of gre­at inten­si­ty and matu­ri­ty. Expressed via Claire Mathon’s lumin­ous autum­nal cine­ma­to­gra­phy, the director’s gaze explo­res an important moment in the tran­si­ti­on to adult­hood with poe­tic pre­cisi­on. Once again, Sciamma exami­nes the big ques­ti­ons in life from a reso­lute­ly fema­le per­spec­ti­ve. The power of memo­ry and ima­gi­na­ti­on are explo­red in a uni­que, emo­tio­nal­ly reso­nant experience.


FR 2021, 72 Min., frz. OmU
Regie, Buch: Céline Sciamma
Kamera: Claire Mathon
Schnitt: Julien Lacheray
mit Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse, Stéphane Varupenne, Margot Abascal

Petite Maman – Official Trailer
im Kino mit deut­schen Untertitlen
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The other Side of the River

a film by Antonia Kilian. Starts January 27th at the fsk. In Arabic, Kurdish and German with German subtitles.

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Combat trai­ning ins­tead of for­ced mar­ria­ge and IS? 19-year-old Hala escapes from Minbij in North Syria across the Euphrates and ends up in the Kurdish mili­ta­ry. After her trai­ning she returns to her home­town as a poli­ce offi­cer with the inten­ti­on of saving her youn­ger sisters.


DE/FI 2021, 92 Min., Arabisch, Kurdisch, Deutsch mit deut­schen Untertiteln
Regie: Antonia Kilian
Kamera: Antonia Kilian
Ton: Nadya Derwish
Schnitt: Arash Asadi

The Other Side Of The River | offi­zi­el­ler deut­scher Trailer
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Are You Lonesome Tonight?

a film by Wen Shipei . Starts janu­a­ry 27th at the fsk. In Mandarin with German subtitles.

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On a dark night, Xueming hits a pede­stri­an with his car and flees the sce­ne. Desperate to escape his fee­lings of guilt, he deci­des to approach the dead man’s wife, Mrs Liang. Meanwhile, the body is dis­co­ve­r­ed – ridd­led with bul­lets. Chen, the detec­ti­ve in char­ge of the inves­ti­ga­ti­on, beco­mes obses­sed with the case. Years later, all three remain caught in a tan­gled web of memo­ries and lies, desper­ate­ly sear­ching for a truth that refu­ses to be revealed…


Originaltitel: Re dai wang shi
CN 2021, 95 Min.,
Regie: Wen Shipei
Kamera: Cedric Cheung-Lau, Xiaosu Han, Zhang Heng, Andreas Thalhammer
Schnitt: Zhu Lin, Will Wei, Dong Jie, Noé Dodson, Cao Hangchen
mit: Eddie Peng, Peiyao Jiang, Zhang Yu, Sylvia Chang 

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Moleküle der Erinnerung – Venedig, wie es niemand kennt

a film by Andrea Segre. Starts December 30th at the fsk. In Italian with German subtitles

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Some things are very dif­fi­cult for a father to share with his son and the lat­ter can only start to under­stand them when he beco­mes a father. In February-April this year, Andrea Segre, who has been living in Rome for years, was blo­cked by the lock­down in Venice, the city of his father Ulderico. He was working the­re on two theat­re and cine­ma pro­jects on the city’s gre­at blights: tou­rism and high water. While he was filming the city was fro­zen and emp­tied befo­re his very eyes, res­to­ring it to natu­re and its histo­ry, and in some ways to him as well. He collec­ted visu­al notes and spent that peri­od in his fami­ly home whe­re he del­ved into the past. Personal archi­ves in Super8 by the director’s father and the real prot­ago­nist of the film alter­na­te with mee­tings with Venetian inha­bi­tants, who talk about the rela­ti­ons­hip bet­ween the city and water whilst expe­ri­en­cing the unex­pec­ted arri­val of the gre­at void that has inva­ded Venice and a lar­ge part of the world. The who­le thing is kept tog­e­ther by the director’s off screen voice, Teho Teardo’s music and an atmo­s­phe­re of expec­tancy and ama­ze­ment that per­va­des the ent­i­re visu­al and exis­ten­ti­al mate­ri­al of this stran­ge journey.


IT 2020, 68 Min., ital. OmU,
Buch & Regie: Andrea Segre
Kamera: Matteo Calore, Andrea Segre
Schnitt: Chiara Russo

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The Assistant

A film by Kitty Green. In English with German subtitles.

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Another day at the office. Jane, the new assi­stant to a power­ful media mogul, is the first to arri­ve and, by the end of the film, will be the last to lea­ve. She does her job, endu­res her col­leagues’ con­stant hos­ti­li­ty and app­lies herself to her gro­wing pile of tasks with pain­sta­king pre­cisi­on: prin­ting out sche­du­les, arran­ging tra­vel, orde­ring lunch and tidy­ing up her boss’s office. Without him ever once put­ting in an appearan­ce in front of the came­ra, his exis­tence is none­theless all-per­va­si­ve – for both Jane and the audi­ence. We hear him on the other end of the pho­ne repri­man­ding Jane; we also wit­ness the array of attrac­ti­ve young women who are paying a visit to the com­pa­ny at his behest. Jane’s sus­pi­ci­ons and dis­com­fort spin out of con­trol as it beco­mes clear that she is part of an abu­si­ve sys­tem.
Assembled with visu­al rigo­ur and nar­ra­ti­ve quietu­de, Kitty Green’s grip­ping fic­tio­n­al debut homes in on opp­res­si­ve prac­ti­ces in a work­place and depicts the abu­se taking place behind clo­sed doors from the per­spec­ti­ve of tho­se who are its wil­ling or unwil­ling enab­lers. By the end, we may not have seen much, but we under­stand everything.


US 2019, 87 Min., engl. OmU,
Regie: Kitty Green
Kamera: Michael Latham
Schnitt: Kitty Green, Blair McClendon
mit Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen, Makenzie Leigh, Kristine Froseth


Niemand ist bei den Kälbern

a film by Sabrina Sarabi. Starts January 20th at the fsk. In German with English subtitles.

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It‘s high sum­mer in the midd­le of nowhe­re, Mecklenburg, Germany. Five houses, one bus stop, cows, and not­hing but fiel­ds. Twenty-four-year-old Christin (Saskia Rosendahl) lives on the farm of her long-term boy­friend Jan, twen­ty-five (Rick Okon). The exci­ting post-reuni­fi­ca­ti­on years that defi­ned her child­hood are long gone.
Her rela­ti­ons­hip is lov­eless. Her father drinks. Christin, too, keeps the cher­ry liqueur under her car seat. In the shim­me­ring heat of sum­mer, time seems to stand still – until for­ty-six-year-old wind ener­gy engi­neer Klaus (Godehard Giese) arri­ves from Hamburg and sets the world spin­ning again.


DE 2021, 116 Min., dt. O.m.engl. U.
Buch und Regie: Sabrina Sarabi
nach dem Roman von Alina Herbing
Kamera: Max Preiss
Schnitt: Heike Parplies
mit: Saskia Rosendahl, Rik Okon, Godehard Giese, Enno Trebs, Peter Moltzen, Anne Weinknecht

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