A wide-ranging and eclectic selection, the 26th annual survey of contemporary German cinema encompasses fiction and documentary. Five of the eight features in this year’s program are made by Kino! veterans: Jutta Brueckner, Andreas Dresen, Dani Levy, Gordian Maugg, and Christian Petzold. Manfred Wilhelms, known in Germany for his documentaries, is presented for the first time in the United States with a film about a Berlin-born New Yorker, the photographer Henry Ries. Eleven students from German film schools are included in a single program, Next Generation; featured also is Franz Mueller’s graduate thesis, Science Fiction. The exhibition concludes with Marc Rothemund’s Sophie Scholl—The Final Days, which recounts a grim chapter in German history. All films in German with English subtitles, unless otherwise noted.
Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film and Media, in collaboration with German Films Service + Marketing (Munich), and its New York representative, Oliver Mahrdt.