Future German Cinema
The initiative "Zukunft Deutscher Film" dedicated to German filmmaking generally and specifically and set the objective to work closely with relevant institutions in the field of film to reinforce the relevance of German cinematic art beyond borders.
As part of the LICHTER-On-Demand Film Program, the 13th LICHTER Film Festival celebrates German film art with a series of films of the Future German Cinema.
A film by Alexander Kluge, Khavn De La Cruz
Interview with director Alexander Kluge available here
Language: German, Subtitles: English
Gender exchange in the Orpheus myth: An angelic-like Lilith Stangenberg is the celebrated star of the underground rock scene in the slums of Manila. As her Euridiko dies, she follows him into the underworld. With the power of her songs, she not only frees her lover. Orphea wants immortality for everyone. Alexander Kluge and the Filipino exceptional artist Khavn use this rock musical to present the standardized idea of what film art can be. Association chains packed in wild montages and a ride through the cultural history from Adorno to Ingmar Bergman lead to the realization that there must be a twist in Orpheu's failed death dance. Orphea not only wants her love back, she also wants a new beginning of art. In this sense, the two directors are true romantics.
Experimental Essay Film, D 2020, OmeU, 99min., with: Lilith Stangenberg, Ian Madrigal
A film by Melanie Waelde
Language: German, Subtitles: English
Interview with director Melanie Waelde available here
Honorable mention at the GWFF Award Best Debut Film at the 2020 Berlinale
Youth, lost in the boondocks. Katja and her friends run into each other, catch hits with fists, kiss each other and run away from each other again. Closeness and pain are one and the same. Between social housing in industrialized apartment blocks, the freedom of a drivers license and dysfunctional homes, in their last winter together before they graduate, they dream of the world out there and still they do not know whether they want to let each other go.
The raw physicality with which the „naked animals“ caterwaul at each other here, has long been unseen in German cinema. Like the confined 4:3 format of the camera, the teenagers do not know the horizon. There is just the way straight ahead, against the wall. In the center of Melanie Waeldes coming-of-age feature film debut: the tremendously winning intensity of strength and vulnerability of leading actress Marie Tragousti.
Fiction Film, D 2020, OmeU, Duration: 83 Min., with: Marie Tragousti, Sammy Scheuritzel, Michelangelo Fortuzzi, Luna Schaller, Paul Michael Stiehler
Der zweite Anschlag
A film by Mala Reinhardt
Interview with director Mala Reinhardt avaiable here
Language: German & Turkish, Subtitles: English
DOK Leipzig 2018: Commendable mention by the jury of the Ver.di Award for Solidarity, Humanity, and Fairness
Nominated for the Leipziger Ring Film Award and the Young Eyes Film Award
“Let’s ask ourselves how many in this room here know the people affected by the NSU.How many of the victims’ stories can we remember?” Ibrahim Arslan poses this ques-tion at an event of the “Unraveling the NSU Complex” tribunal. Racist attacks and kill-ingsrecur in Germany with a terrifying continuity. The media’s interest is thereby al-most exclusively focused on the perpetrators. In Der Zweite Anschlag, the victims get to speak themselves: About the terrorist at-tacks of the NSU, the racist arson attack in Mölln and the Rostock-Lichtenhagen riots. The protagonists’ stories weave together, since all of them advocate for a complete investigation and an end of the terror. Their accusations are aimed at a state that does not take action, a police force that has a structural right-wing problem of its own, and a population that encourages and supports this or looks away. A film that must be seen.
[trigger warning: Racism, right-wing terror]
Documentary, D 2018, German and Turkish with English subtitles, Duration: 62 Min., with: Mai Phương Kollath, Ibrahim Arslan, Osman Taşköprü, Özge Pınar Sarp, AyşeGüleç, Gülüstan Ayaz-Avcı
A film by Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss
More than twenty caravans are spread out along a main road in Lower Saxony. They are decorated with heart-shaped lights and colourful curtains. What sounds cosy are actually mobile brothels in which young women sleep, eat and most of all wait for customers. The dull atmosphere of the abandoned surroundings threatens to overwhelm as one of the women is murdered and the precarious situation of the sex workers becomes apparent.
The filming of the documentary took three years, and it is a serious and impressive insight into an environment in which everyone fights for themselves alone. The film is carried by its three protagonists that offer an intimate view into their lives and their efforts to escape their hopeless microcosm.
The first feature film by director Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss was acclaimed at festivals in Los Angeles, Braunschweig and Osnabrück among others and is currently in the running for the Deutscher Filmpreis.
[Trigger warning: sexual violence]
Documentary, D 2019, Length: 103 min