16.04. ‐ 21.04.2024

The Ghost That Haunts Europe: The new authoritarianism


The democratic crisis is no longer confined to just Eastern Europe. Authoritarian and extremist parties are gaining strength all across the continent. They share a goal, similar to Hungary or Poland, of profoundly changing the political and legal structure of their respective countries. Instead of the “United States of Europe” there is increasingly talk of a “Europe of fatherlands” – driven by fantasies of isolation and national chauvinism. How can we deal with the evil spirit of the new nationalism and anti-democracy? To what extent does this trend also carry a hostility towards modernity? Where is the role of film in this? Should it position itself clearly – despite the risk of complicity?

With: Jan Bonny, Marcus Stiglegger, Roger Behrens, Alex Wissel, Elisabeth Bronfen

Moderator: Rüdiger Suchsland

17 April 2024

17:00 h, Festivalzentrum (Plenum)

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Duration 120 min

Panel in German with live translation to English

Congress Future German Cinema