MoMA’s 28th annual survey of contemporary German cinema is augmented by Berlin in Lights, a citywide celebration of the arts in Berlin, organized by Carnegie Hall.
Three films in Kino! 2007 are set in Berlin, including Hanna Schygulla’s short film Hanna Hannah; Igor Reitzmann’s documentary A Father’s Music, about the double life of his father, the conductor Otmar Suitner; and Birgit Moeller’s debut feature Valerie, set in a luxury hotel. Other works in this year’s edition are by such Kino! veterans as Robert Fischer and Ulrike Ottinger, whose subjects are named in their films’ titles, Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin and Prater, respectively; Christian Petzold, whose award-winning Yella is a gripping melodrama; Maria Speth, whose Madonnas presents a provocative portrait of a young woman; and Robert Thalheim, whose opening-night film And Along Come Tourists is about a young German sent to do service at the Auschwitz memorial in Poland.
Complementing these works is Kino! Berlin, a selection of Berlin-set films from the past ten years that celebrate the return of Berlin as a filmmaking capital. These include Wolfgang Becker’s Good Bye, Lenin!, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s The Lives of Others, and Tom Tykwer’s Run Lola Run, as well as the Hissen brothers’ Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Wrapped Reichstag. Of particular interest are Andreas Dresen’s well-regarded comic drama Night Shapes, which has yet to be distributed in the U.S., and the American premiere of Manfred Wilhelms’s wordless documentary about Berlin’s fourth architectural renaissance, Berlin—Pictures of a City. All films are from Germany and in German, with English subtitles, except where noted.
Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film, in collaboration with German Films Service + Marketing (Munich), and its New York representative Oliver Mahrdt. Presented with the support of the Goethe Institute, New York. Thanks to Christian Dorsch, Managing Director, and Nicole Kaufmann, Project Coordinator, German Films; and to all the participating filmmakers, producers, and distributors.