Panel: Misstrauen und Verheißung
Nicolette Krebitz (director and actress), Frédéric Jaeger (freelance film critic, director)
Host: Rüdiger Suchsland (film critic)
German cinema, its audience and yearning.
"The special thing about our situation is the audience's distrust of 'own' films," director Christoph Hochhäusler wrote soberly in a recent blog entry - triggering a small debate.
We want to continue this debate asking: How much trust does German film need, how much yearning? And how much distrust should the audience be given? Are people really too stupid? Or are German directors perhaps too sensitive and larmoyant?
A debate that goes to the heart of the current situation - and which should not be about Corona, nor about film funding, but about aesthetics and the relationship between makers and audiences.
11 May 2022
Nicolette Krebitz was born and raised in West Berlin. She studied ballet at Ballettzentrum Berlin and graduated from Fritz Kirchhoff School of Acting in 1992. Since 1982 she has worked as an actress in various TV and feature films. In 1999, she directed her first feature film, "Jeans." Since then she has been alternately in front of and behind the camera. Her third feature film "Wild" had its world premiere at the 32nd Sundance Film Festival in the feature film competition "World Cinema Dramatic Competition". In 2019, she received the "Art Berlin Award" in the category "Film and Media" from the Academy of Arts. Her fourth feature film "A E I O U - The Fast Alphabet of Love" is screening at this year's LICHTER Filmfest in the film series "Future German Film".
Frédéric Jaeger studied film studies and philosophy at the Free University of Berlin. He has been editor-in-chief of critic.de since 2004. Publications as a film critic in Berliner Zeitung, Spiegel Online, taz, Der Freitag, Die Presse and Kolik.Film, among others. Jury member in Cannes, Venice, Turin, Marseille, Locarno and Oberhausen, among others. Since 2013 he has been executive board member of the Association of German Film Critics. From 2015 to 2020, he was Artistic Director of the Week of Criticism Berlin. Since 2020 he is responsible for the program organization and the competition ON THE RISE at the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg.
Rüdiger Suchsland studied history, philosophy and political science. Today he works as an author, curator and filmmaker. His latest work is "Hitler's Hollywood. German Cinema in the Age of Propaganda 1933-1945." Long time editor of artechock (www.artechock.de) - he calls himself a "cultural activist".
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