22.04. ‐ 27.04.2025

The program of the 17th LICHTER Filmfest will be published on this page four weeks before the festival begins.

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Film Series Future German Film

When people talk about the future of German film, they usually think of young filmmakers. In order to show and support their films, quite a few young talent awards are offered. But what about the future of German film, regardless of the biological age of its filmmakers?

This is what the film series ZUKUNFT DEUTSCHER FILM is all about. Its curation focuses on German film itself! It wants to track down its opportunities and lines of development, to strengthen it where it has the most artistic confidence, and finally to show that German film, in its most successful cases, is far better than its reputation.





WED, 17. AprLichter FilmfestLichter Filmfest

18:30 h

Zeit Verbrechen: Der Panther

Section: Future German Cinema

Direction: Jan Bonny

Series, 2024

Language: German

Playtime: 76 min

Berlinale 2024


Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 18:30 h, Eldorado Filmtheater

The true story of an informant in the drug cartel. Lars Eidinger is the panther, constantly drifting through the German worlds under pressure. Jan Bonny has succeeded in making a sensational gangster flick in the same vein as ''Heat''. All of a sudden, the backdrop of Leverkusen seems to resemble the LA suburb.

20:30 h

Scorched Earth

Section: Future German Cinema

Direction: Thomas Arslan

Feature Film, 2024

Language: German

Playtime: 101 min

Berlinale 2024


Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 20:30 h, Mal Seh'n Kino

Professional gangster Trojan has been at it for a while. Quiet, suspicious, and full of caution, he moves through the criminal underworld. His next case seems to be going according to plan as well. With his accomplices, he steals a painting by Caspar David Friedrich from a museum in Berlin. But the dubious client thwarted their plans. The handover fails and soon, it is not about money anymore but instead about their very survival.

THU, 18. AprLichter FilmfestLichter Filmfest

19:45 h


Section: Future German Cinema

Direction: Eva Trobisch

Feature Film, 2024

Language: German

Playtime: 104 min

Berlinale 2024, Heiner-Carow-Preis 2024

Thursday, 18 April 2024, 19:45 h, Mal Seh'n Kino

Ivo, an outpatient palliative care nurse, faces imminent death every day. With pragmatic professionalism, she supports the seriously ill in their most intimate moments and does not shy away from the request for assisted suicide - not even when it comes from her close friend Solveigh. Inspired by the work of the Berlin School, the film glides through the everyday life of a strong personality, avoiding all morality and drama and instead focusing entirely on the people, their relationship conflicts, longings and last wishes.

20:15 h

The Boy who owns the World

Section: Future German Cinema

Direction: Robert Gwisdek

Feature Film, 2023

Language: German, Italian, French

Playtime: 92 min

57. Internationale Hofer Filmtage 2023


Thursday, 18 April 2024, 20:15 h, Kino des DFF

Basilio (Julian Pollina aka Faber) lives alone in an abandoned Sicilian mansion and writes music. He is haunted by a mysterious mentor (Denis Lavant) who pushes him to find his “true poetry”. When, shortly thereafter, Basilio meets the equally mysterious Karla (Chiara Höflich) his world begins to transform more and more into a poem. “The Boy Who Owns the World” by Robert Gwisdek is a film “that impresses with its atmospheric, surreal and fantastic imagery, defies convention and paves its own way both aesthetically and dramaturgically“

FRI, 19. AprLichter FilmfestLichter Filmfest

20:00 h

© Falco Seliger

Good News

Section: Future German Cinema

Direction: Hannes Schilling

Feature Film, 2024

Language: German, English, Thai with German subtitles

Playtime: 75 min

Max Ophüls Preis 2024: Award for the socially relevant film


Friday, 19 April 2024, 20:00 h, Mal Seh'n Kino

"Only bad news is good news." With this motto, journalist Leo searches for a story in Thailand that will help him regain his former reputation. He reports on the militant rebels living there but is unable to gain access to them. So he prefers to fabricate a spectacular false report. But when Julian suddenly turns up to take the photos for the article, this could reveal Leo's story to be fake news, forcing him to make a desperate dash for the front.

SAT, 20. AprLichter FilmfestLichter Filmfest

21:30 h



Section: Future German Cinema

Direction: Tilman Singer

Feature Film, 2024

Language: English, German, French with German subtitles

Playtime: 102 min

Berlinale 2024


Saturday, 20 April 2024, 21:30 h, Eldorado Filmtheater

17-year-old Gretchen (Hunter Schafer) has to move to a Bavarian Alpine resort with her father, her step-mother, and her young step-sister against her will. The parents have been friends with the manager of the atmospheric-picturesque property for many years and they are supposed to help the real estate to new success with their concept for a refurbishment. While the bored teenager takes on a holiday job at the reception, things soon prove to be much different from what they seem. Gretchen is being followed by a hooded woman on her way home from work at night and eventually ends up in the local hospital where the incidents escalate.

SUN, 21. AprLichter FilmfestLichter Filmfest

12:00 h

© Thomas Mauch

Subject: Filmmaking

Section: Future German Cinema

Direction: Edgar Reitz, Jörg Adolph

Documentary, 2024

Language: German

Playtime: 89 min

Berlinale 2024


Sunday, 21 April 2024, 12:00 h, Kino des DFF

In 1968, the renowned filmmaker Edgar Reitz and a film crew created an environment for four weeks in which a class of Munich girls’ high school was able to get to know the medium of film and experiment with Super 8 cameras themselves. 55 years later, at a class meeting, they reflect on the films that were made back then. This illustrates how essential film is and always will be to personal development and school education.

18:30 h

© Jakub Bejnarowicz


Section: Future German Cinema

Direction: Matthias Glasner

Feature Film, 2024

Language: German

Playtime: 180 min

Berlinale 2024: Silver Bear for Best Screenplay


Sunday, 21 April 2024, 18:30 h, Eldorado Filmtheater

A family that has not been a family for a long time. It is only when Lissy’s (Corinna Harfouch) husband Gerd (Hans-Uwe Bauer), who suffered from dementia, dies and she is struck down by an incurable illness that the mother and her two children are reunited. At the centre of this episodic film, however, is her son, conductor Tom (Lars Eidinger), who is working on his magnum opus with his depressive friend, composer Bernard (Robert Gwisdek). Finally, there is Tom’s highly intelligent sister Ellen (Lilith Stangenberg), a dentist’s assistant, whose love to dry martinis leads the viewer from one intoxication to the next. Sterben is tough and unsparing.