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The Kaiser in Afghanistan

Today’s films are German. But what does “German film” really mean at this year’s Berlinale?

Perspektive Deutsches Kino | photo: Morten Vejlgaard Just

Perspektive Deutsches Kino | photo: Morten Vejlgaard Just

“Booooo!” I’m hunting down the German film today, the big question being: how is German cinema doing these days? Not exactly well, if you ask the press after the screening of Feo Aladag’s Inbetween Worlds (Zwischen Welten), which has garnered the most boos to date at the festival. On the way out of the cinema, I get to talking with an outraged Indian journalist who calls it a piece of German war propaganda. I wouldn’t go that far, but this moral military tale from Afghanistan would definitely have fare better with a little less formulaic genuflecting to Hollywood.

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Berlinale Exclusive Day 9: Final Decisions

Photo (cc) flickr user SORAT-Hotels

Photo (cc) flickr user SORAT-Hotels

On the 9th day of the Berlinale, Johannes Lehnen talks about selecting the winner of the “Perspektive Deutsches Kino” award.

And the winner is…”Zwei Mütter”!  Ok, ok, it wasn’t the Golden Bear.  Actually it wasn’t a bear at all.  But it was the trophy of the DFJW prizes.  And that is, at least, the only prize in the category “Perspektive Deutsches Kino.”  And then we couldn’t resist a bit of praiseworthy name-dropping.  Santiago Gil created a short film that could not be overlooked with “Chiralia.”  It was generally a very good year for “Perspektive,” and many of its films that weren’t premiered will come to the theaters.  “Metamorphosen” contains minutes-long landscape takes and is in the process one of the most exciting documentaries that I have ever seen.

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