Festivalprogramm

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PATRICK VOLLRATH

Feature Film | D 2019 | 90'

Made in NRW

A standard flight from Berlin to Paris. Co-pilot Tobias Ellis routinely prepares for take-off, which goes uneventfully as planned. But then a group of men tries to storm the cockpit, and Tobias finds ...


ALTE BANDE

DIRK KUMMER, KASPAR HEIDELBACH

TV-Movie | D 2019 | 85' | OV

Special Screenings

For decades now the old grifter „Boxer“ has been the secret king of the prison yard – but now dark clouds are gathering: First he is supposed to be transferred to a prison for seniors and then ...

Sun | 13. Oct | 20:00 h

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ARTIST TALK ABEL FERRARA

| | 60'

Artist Talks

In 45 minute workshop talks the recipients of this year’s Film Festival Cologne awards shine a light on their work and process.   Free admission, no ticket required.   Nobody is making films ...

Thu | 17. Oct | 15:00 h


ARTIST TALK AUGUST DIEHL

| | 60'

Artist Talks

In 45 minute workshop talks the recipients of this year’s Film Festival Cologne awards shine a light on their work and process. Free admission, no ticket required. As a child August Diehl was ...

Thu | 17. Oct | 14:00 h


ARTIST TALK NANFU WANG

| | 60'

Artist Talks

In 45 minute workshop talks the recipients of this year’s Film Festival Cologne awards shine a light on their work and process.   Free admission, no ticket required.   Documentary filmmaker ...

Thu | 17. Oct | 13:00 h


ARTIST TALK NICOLAS WINDING REFN

| | 60'

Artist Talks

In 45 minute workshop talks the recipients of this year’s Film Festival Cologne awards shine a light on their work and process.   Free admission, no ticket required.   High art and base ...

Thu | 17. Oct | 16:00 h


BACK TO LIFE

CHRISTOPHER SWEENEY

TV-Series | GB 2019 | 6x30' (6x30') | OV

Top Ten TV

18 years after a murder conviction Miri is released from prison and returns to her small British coastal hometown. There she is confronted with her strange parents, estranged childhood friends, a ...

Sat | 12. Oct | 19:30 h

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BACURAU

JULIANO DORNELLES, KLEBER MENDONCA FILHO

Feature Film | BRA, F 2019 | 131'

Best of Cinema Fiction

It’s the near future: In Brazil’s arid inland the inhabitants of the town of Bacurau are cut off from their water supply. And as if that wasn’t enough, a group of Western tourists attracts the ...


BEANPOLE

KANTEMIR BALAGOV

Feature Film | R 2019 | 137'

Best of Cinema Fiction

Leningrad, a few weeks after the end of the Second World War. Two young women try to start a new life for themselves – but the traumatic events of the recent past aren’t that easy to shake off. ...


BORN IN EVIN

MARYAM ZAREE

Documentary Feature | D, A 2019 | 95'

Special Screenings

Director and actress Maryam Zaree set out for a journey to find out about the violent circumstances of her birth in one of the world’s most infamous political prisons. Her parents were imprisoned ...


BREXIT – UNCIVIL WAR

TOBY HAYNES

TV-Movie | GB 2019 | 92' | OV

Top Ten TV

The name Dominic Cummings will not be familiar to most Germans. But knowing him might be decisive for understanding how the Brexit debacle could have come about. This gripping Channel 4 TV movie ...


BRONSON

NICOLAS WINDING REFN

Feature Film | UK, KY 2008 | 92'

Hommage Nicolas Winding Refn

With elegance, power and sardonic humour Refn directs this biopic of the infamous British felon Michael Peterson in a highly artificial and physical style. MAD MAX actor Tom Hardy is stunning as a ...


BRUDERLIEBE

JULIA HORN

Documentary Feature | D 2019 | 106' | OV

Made in NRW

After fourty-something Markus Becker falls into a coma following an accident, the doctors give him only a few days to live. But his brother Michael fights tirelessly for Markus, trying to keep him ...


BYNWR TALK WITH NICOLAS WINDING REFN, DAVID FROST & JIMMY MCDONOUGH

| | 75'

#freecultureforeveryone byNWR – Making The Most Eccentric Platform EverNicolas Winding Refn, Director and Screenwriter, CopenhagenDavid Frost, Client Director, THE BUREAU, LondonJimmy McDonough, ...


CATHERINE THE GREAT

PHILIP MARTIN

TV-Series | GB, USA 2019 | 2x60' (4x60') | OV

Top Ten TV

Coming from the German aristocracy, Catherine has dethroned her husband and proclaimed herself as Czar of Russia. But her liberal politics, court intrigue and a locked-up rival to the royal ...


CELEBRATE MIDSOMER MURDERS/INSPECTOR BARNABY

AUDREY COOKE

TV-Series | UK 2019 | 1x90' (6x90')

Special Screenings

It’s been over  20 years since Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby started to investigate murders in the secluded county of Midsomer. Over these  two decades there have been  several assistants, ...


CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST

JIN-HO HUR

Feature Film | COR 1998 | 97'

Celebrate Korean Cinema

A modern Korean melodrama that has an astonishingly strong and long-lasting legacy. The owner of a small photography shop meets a female traffic warden that uses his services to develop her pictures ...


CUNNINGHAM

ALLA KOVGAN

Documentary Feature | D, F, USA 2019 | 93'

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Merce Cunningham, one of the 20th century’s most important dancers and choreographers, would have turned hundred this year. With the help of rare archive material of the master himself, 3D ...


DAS FREIWILLIGE JAHR

ULRICH KÖHLER, HENNER WINCKLER

Feature Film | D 2019 | 86' | OV

Made in NRW

Jette wants to spend a voluntary year of social work in a Costa Rican hospital. Or is that rather her father’s plan, with the provincial doctor projecting his own wanderlust onto his daughter? And ...


DAS PFEFFERMINZ-EXPERIMENT

SHAHIN SHOKOUI, AGNESH PAKOZDI, CHRIS HEGEDUS

| D, USA 2019 | 86'

Special Screenings

In 1978 German rock’n’roll artist Marius Müller-Westernhagen published his debut album „Mit Pfefferminz bin ich dein Prinz“, which has gone on to garner cult status. 40 years later he ...


DEERSKIN

QUENTIN DUPIEUX

Feature Film | F 2019 | 77'

Best of Cinema Fiction

Georges‘ deerskin jacket doesn’t suffer any rival in love. The recent divorcee paid almost 8,000 Euros for it – but at least he got a used video camera for free with it. Now he poses as a ...


DER VERRÄTER

MARCO BELLOCCHIO

Feature Film | I, F, BRA, D 2019 | 145'

Best of Cinema Fiction

Tommaso Buscetta was the first high-ranking mafia lieutenant to break the organization’s vow of silence. His testimony lead to the arrests and convictions of hundreds of clan members in the late ...


DIE LIEBE FRISST DAS LEBEN – TOBIAS GRUBEN, SEINE LIEDER UND DIE ERDE

OLIVER SCHWABE

Documentary Feature | D 2019 | 92' | OV

Made in NRW

In 1996 Tobias Gruben died of an overdose aged 33. He was the singer and lyricist for the Hamburg alternative rock band Die Erde. But Oliver Schwabe’s documentary is just as moving if you’ve ...


DIE MANNS. EIN JAHRHUNDERTROMAN

TEIL 2 |

TV Mini Series | D 2001 | 1x105' (3x105`) | OV

Retrospective Heinrich Breloer

Thomas Mann: a literary genius, but as a private person extremely prim and questionable – and yet a loving family man. In his three-part magnum opus, held afloat by a superb ensemble cast, Breloer ...


DIE TOTEN VOM BODENSEE – DIE MEERJUNGFRAU

MICHAEL SCHNEIDER

TV-Movie | D, A 2019 | 89' | OV

Special Screenings

The ninth case of the German-Austrian detective team Zeiler and Oberländer starts with them being summoned to the shores of the Bodensee, where a young woman in a “mermaiding” outfit was ...


DIEGO MARADONA

ASIF KAPADIA

Documentary Feature | GB | 130'

Special Screenings

When people talked about Diego Maradona in the 80s, the only appropriate comparison was God himself. Asif Kapadia (SENNA, AMY) tells the story of Maradona’s rise and fall chronologically, with his ...


DRIVE

NICOLAS WINDING REFN

Feature Film | USA 2011 | 100'

Hommage Nicolas Winding Refn

Ryan Gosling plays a taciturn loner earning his money during the day as a Hollywood stuntman while drifting through the neon-glimmering streets of L.A. as a stone cold getaway driver at night. This ...


EASY LOVE

TAMER JANDALITAMER JANDALI

Feature Film | D 2019 | 89'

Made in NRW

Love is not really that “easy” in Tamer Jandali’s semi-documentary feature debut – and neither is sex. But there is an honesty and casualness in tackling this subject that has been rather ...


EINE GESCHLOSSENE GESELLSCHAFT

TEIL 1: DIE REKORDBETER |

TV-Movie | D 1987 | 1x91' (1x91' & 1x104') | OV

Retrospective Heinrich Breloer

A boarding school in Westphalia, the “economic miracle” years of German rebuilding after the Second World War are about to start. Five men from all walks of life were products of that school and ...


END OF SEASON

ELMAR IMANOV

Feature Film | D, GEO, ASE 2019 | 92'

Made in NRW

A family is coming apart: unemployed actor Samir just wants to be left alone; his wife Fidan thinks about taking on a job in Berlin and their son Mahmud just wants to get as far away from his ...


ES HÄTTE SCHLIMMER KOMMEN KÖNNEN – MARIO ADORF

DOMINIK WESSELY

Documentary Feature | D 2019 | 99' | OV

Made in NRW

During his audition for drama school he fell into the orchestra pit: It was the start to a tumultuous career in film, theatre and music. After his childhood in Germany’s Eifel area, Mario Adorf ...


EUPHORIA

SAM LEVINSON

TV-Series | USA 2019 | 2x 55' (8x55') | OV

Top Ten TV

Rue is 17 years old, just leaving rehab – and plunging straight back down her old party life. “Drugs are kind of cool”, says the student. “Until they wreck your skin. And your family. And ...


FIRE WILL COME

OLIVER LAXE

Feature Film | E, F, LUX 2019 | 85'

BENELUX meets NRW

Amador is released from prison and returns home to his mother in the woodland hills of Galicia. The ageing bachelor had been convicted of arson, and the neighbours eye him with pity and suspicion: ...


FOR SAMA

EDWARD WATTS, WAAD AL-KETEAB

Documentary Feature | GB 2019 | 94'

Best of Cinema Documentary

Many documentary films fight against the West forgetting that there still is a civil war raging in Syria. Waad al-Kateab’s und Edward Watts’ award winning film might just be the most effective ...


FRITZI – EINE WENDEWUNDERGESCHICHTE

RALF KUKULA, MATTHIAS BRUHN

Animation Feature | D, LUX, B, CZ 2019 | 86'

Special Screenings

Based on Hanna Schott’s children’s book this animation feature tells the story of fourth grader Fritzi in the East German city of Leipzig during the summer of 1989. She is supposed to watch her ...


GHOST TROPIC

BAS DEVOS

Feature Film | B 2019 | 85'

BENELUX meets NRW

After a long working day cleaning lady Khadija falls asleep in the subway. When she wakes up at the terminus, there’s no train back. Thus begins a nocturnal odyssey through Brussels during which ...


GOLDEN YOUTH

EVA IONESCU

Feature Film | F, B 2019 | 111'

BENELUX meets NRW

Glamour is not a question of money but of attitude – that’s the life motto of Rose and Michel in Paris at the end of the 70s. They party hard with their friends at the hip night club Le Palace ...


GÖTTER VON MOLENBEEK

REETTA HUHTANEN

Documentary Feature | FIN, D, B 2019 | 75'

Best of Cinema Documentary

Athos’ mother is from Finland, his father from Chile. The six-year-old lives in Brussel’s Molenbeek district, infamous for being an Islamist hotbed. With his best friend Amine and the cool Flo he ...


HAIL SATAN?

PENNY LANE

Documentary Feature | USA 2019 | 95' | OV

Best of Cinema Documentary

Satanist sect or civil rights movement? The Satanic Temple, founded in 2013, is one of the fastest growing religious communities in the US, with 50,000 members now fighting for the separation of ...


IF FOOTMEN TIRE YOU, WHAT WOULD HORSES DO?

RON ORMOND, JUNE ORMOND

Feature Film | USA 1971 | 52' | OV

Carte Blanche byNWR

The first of three legendary collaborations between onetime exploitation filmmakers Ron and June Ormond and Baptist minister Estus W. Pirkle, this film was rarely screened outside of churches and ...


JAM

SABU |

Feature Film | J 2018 | 102'

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A small-time crooner has to fend off a rather too enthusiastic female fan. A criminal recently released from prison takes revenge on his former accomplices – with his wheelchair-bound mother in ...


JUPP, WATT HAMWER JEMAHT?

JAN BONNY

Feature Film | D 2019 | 109' | OV

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This brilliant condensation and reworking of the RHEINGOLD film series of the Volksbühne Berlin delivers a biting satire of the art world, a reckoning of the Social Democratic politics of the ...


LA GOMERA

CORNELIU PORUMBOIU

Feature Film | RUM, F, D 2019 | 98'

Best of Cinema Fiction

Police officer Cristi gets involved with the mafia and is found out. From now on there are plainclothes policemen following him and bugging his apartment. Cristi’s solution is to learn the secret ...


LAND DES HONIGS

TAMARA KOTEVSKA, LJUBO STEFANOV

Documentary Feature | MAZ 2019 | 85'

Best of Cinema Documentary

Old Hatidze lives with her geriatric mother in the Macedonian mountains, earning her living with traditional bee-keeping. When a large family settles down close to her, she’s happy at first that ...


LOOK SHORT FILMS

Short Films |

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In NURSERY RHYMES a lullaby is sung in an unusual place. In HARD ON a mother and her daughter transform through papier mâché heads into grotesque figures. And in HORSE RIDERS an Easter ritual turns ...


MATTHIAS & MAXIME

XAVIER DOLAN

Feature Film | CDN 2019 | 119'

Best of Cinema Fiction

One kiss changes everything: For a student film project, Maxime is supposed to kiss his friend Matthias – and the play-acting awakens some long suppressed feelings in both men. But it couldn’t ...


MIDNIGHT FAMILY

LUKE LORENTZEN

Documentary Feature | US, MEX 2019 | 81'

Best of Cinema Documentary

The Ochoa family is running their own emergency ambulance service in Mexico City – which is not strictly legal. In the city’s rich neighbourhoods they engage in absurd races to help wealthy ...


MIKE WALLACE IS HERE

AVI BELKIN

Documentary Feature | USA 2019 | 88' | OV

Best of Cinema Documentary

Mike Wallace interviewed the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 in the middle of the Tehran hostage crisis. He put tough questions to Donald Trump as early as 1985 and he had Barbra Streisand tell him: ...


MONOS

ALEJANDRO LANDES

Feature Film | COL, NL, ARG, D, S, UR 2019 | 102'

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APOCALYPSE NOW meets LORD OF THE FLIES in this epic film trip by Colombian director Alejandro Landes. A group of young guerilleros is watching over a US hostage in the Andes mountains. But ...


MORGEN SIND WIR FREI

HOSSEIN POURSEIFI |

Feature Film | D 2019 | 97'

Made in NRW

After the Shah is overthrown in Iran in 1979 East German chemist Beate moves with her daughter and her husband Omid to his homeland – full of hope. But the early euphoria turns to horror as the ...


NIGHT TIDE

CURTIS HARRINGTON |

Feature Film | USA 1961 | 86' | OV

Carte Blanche byNWR

Dennis Hopper’s first starring role is as Johnny Drake, a sailor who spots the stunning Mora (Linda Lawson) in a beatnik jazz club, falls in love with her, and gradually is drawn into a strange ...


NINA WU

MIDI Z |

Feature Film | TWN 2019 | 103'

Best of Cinema Fiction

A psychological thriller that couldn’t be any more topical. Actress Nina Wu makes a living with supporting roles. But one day her agent phones her to audition for a starring role in the new film of ...


NISMAN

JUSTIN WEBSTER |

TV-Series | D, E 2019 | 2x52' (6x52')

Top Ten TV

In 1994 a bomb detonates in a Jewish cultural centre in Buenos Aires. 85 people die, three times as many are injured. This act of terror remains unsolved until 2003, when special prosecutor Alberto ...


NOCTURNE

VIKTOR VAN DER VALK |

Feature Film | NL, B 2019 | 80'

BENELUX meets NRW

Alex wanders through the night thinking about his debut movie. Inspiration seems to have left him – just like his girlfriend. And then there’s his sick mother and the producers waiting for his ...


OLGA'S HOUSE OF SHAME

JOSEPH P. MAWRA |

Feature Film | USA 1964 | 70' | OV

Carte Blanche byNWR

The notorious exploitation entry which jumpstarted an entire “roughie” genre of S&M-tinged exploitation films that lit up (or darkened?) New York City’s 42nd street grindhouse cinemas for ...


ONE CHILD NATION

NANFU WANG, JIALING ZHANG |

Documentary Feature | CHN, USA, D 2019 | 85'

Best of Cinema Documentary

Between 1979 and 2015 China enacted their infamous “one child policy”, dishing out draconic punishment to any family with more than one offfspring – with “excess children”, mostly girls, ...


PARASITE

JOON-HO BONG |

Feature Film | COR 2019 | 131'

Celebrate Korean Cinema

Ki-teak inhabits a damp basement flat in Seoul with his wife and two kids. But the charming scroungers manage to climb the social ladder: All four of them con their ways into jobs as domestic workers ...


PERFECT LIFE

LETICIA DOLERA, GINESTRA GUINDAL FORGAS, ELENA MARTIN |

TV-Series | E 2019 | 3x30' (8x30')

Top Ten TV

Control freak María gets dumped by her fiancée in the middle of buying a house together. So she makes a decision to throw caution in the wind. Maybe a bit too much though: after a bender of a night ...


POETRY

CHANG-DONG LEE |

Feature Film | COR 2010 | 139'

Celebrate Korean Cinema

Mija is leading a quiet life with her only grandson. But then two events shatter her world: She is told that she has Alzheimer’s, and that her grandson was involved in a felony crime. The fragile ...


POLEN 39 – WIE DEUTSCHE SOLDATEN ZU MÖRDERN WURDEN

ALEXANDER HOGH, JEAN-CHRISTOPH CARON |

TV-Documentary | D 2019 | 45'

Special Screenings

The German Wehrmacht’s attack on Poland that started the Second World War had its 80th anniversary this year. On this occasion the broadcaster phoenix in cooperation with arte has commissioned a ...


PORTRÄT EINER JUNGEN FRAU IN FLAMMEN

CÉLINE SCIAMMA |

Feature Film | F 2019 | 120'

Best of Cinema Fiction

An extraordinary commission brings the Parisian painter Marianne to an island off the coast of Brittany in 1770: She has to secretly paint a portrait of Héloïse who is about to be married off. But ...


PRESENT. PERFECT.

SHENGZE ZHU |

Documentary Feature | USA, HK 2019 | 124'

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Half a million Chinese people follow so-called “live streamers” on the internet, who record their everyday existence 24/7 online – and are financially rewarded for it by their fans. Zhu ...


PUSHER

NICOLAS WINDING REFN |

Feature Film | DK 1996 | 110'

Hommage Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn is only in his mid-twenties when he goes out and roughs up the European cinematic landscape with his widely regarded feature debut starring Mads Mikkelsen. In an artfully ...


PUSHER II

NICOLAS WINDING REFN |

Feature Film | DK, UK 2004 | 100'

Hommage Nicolas Winding Refn

The second part of the PUSHER saga puts Mads Mikkelsen’s skinhead lower class dealer front and centre. Recently released from prison he has to contend with his brutal criminal father and the ...


PUSHER III

NICOLAS WINDING REFN |

Feature Film | DK 2005 | 90'

Hommage Nicolas Winding Refn

Refn concludes his unique diorama of the Copenhagen drug dealing scene with another change in focus. This time we follow the addicted, middle-aged drug kingpin on his downward spiral. A deal goes ...


RAMY

CHRISTOPHER STORER, HARRY BRADBEER |

TV-Series | USA 2019 | 2x30' (10x30') | OV

Top Ten TV

Ramy is in his late twenties and still living with his parents in New Jersey. His is a devout Muslim but doesn’t take his religion too seriously: avoiding alcohol but not minding sex before ...


RINGSIDE

ANDRÉ HÖRMANN |

Documentary Feature | USA, D 2019 | 93'

Made in NRW

For eight years German documentary filmmaker Andre Hörmann has been following two young boxing prodigies from Chicago’s infamous South Side. Kenny and Destyne have a lot in common: They’re the ...


RUSSLANDS MILLENNIUMSKINDER

IRENE LANGEMANN |

Documentary Feature | D 2019 | 90'

Made in NRW

On December 31st 1999 Vladimir Putin took over power in Russia. Irene Langemann’s documentary portraits a handful of Russian youths from all parts of the country, that were born that very day: from ...


SEA OF SHADOWS

RICHARD LANDKANI |

Documentary Feature | A 2019 | 105'

Top Ten TV

The vaquita whale is about to go extinct – less than 30 specimen of this smallest of whales remain. Researching this issue, the Austrian documentary filmmaker Richard Ladkani (THE IVORY GAME) ...


SEARCHING EVA

PIA HELLENTHAL |

Documentary Feature | D 2019 | 84' | OmeU 

Made in NRW

Eva – 25, drifter, Berliner, poet, pet-owner, sex worker, virgo, recovering addict, housewife, feminist, model – declared privacy an outdated concept at the age of 14. This is the tale of a young ...


SHANTY TRAMP

JOSEPH G. PRIETO |

Feature Film | USA 1967 | 72'

Carte Blanche byNWR

Among the most legendary of all exploitation pictures shot in the Deep South of the USA is the exceptionally tawdry SHANTY TRAMP, starring Eleanor Vaill (billed here as “Lee Holland”) as the ...


SOPYONJE

KWON-TAEK IM |

Feature Film | COR 1993 | 113'

Celebrate Korean Cinema

Pansori is a century-old Korean tradition of musical narration, where a singer accompanied by a drummer declaims an epic text. Kwon-taek Ims film tells of a Pansori master, who wanders the rural ...


SPEER UND ER

TEIL 2: NÜRNBERG – DER PROZESS |

TV Mini Series | D 2005 | 1x90' (3x90') | OV

Retrospective Heinrich Breloer

Architect Albert Speer had a life-long obsession for the arts and for stone-chiseled beauty. That he made a deal with the devil in order to still this desire was something he deliberately ignored. ...


STERNE ÜBER UNS

CHRISTINA EBELT |

Feature Film | D 2019 | 90'

Special Screenings

Melli (Franziska Hartmann) is worried that she could lose her son Ben (Claudio Magno). After they have to leave their apartment, she’s living with him in an improvised camp in the woods. She hopes ...


SXSW-NIGHT: BOOKSMART

OLIVIA WILDE |

Feature Film | USA 2019 | 102'

Best of Cinema Fiction

Molly and Amy have been studying hard. They soon will go to elite colleges. But on their last day of school they have to find out that their fellow pupils are no worse off, despite of their constant ...


TAGE DES LETZTEN SCHNEES

LARS-GUNNAR LOTZ |

TV-Movie | D 2019 | 90' | OV

Top Ten TV

When the daughter of architect Eckert is killed in a car accident, detective Fischer takes on what seems like a straightforward case. But the investigation outgrows the initial accident pretty fast: ...


TAKE ME SOMEWHERE NICE

ENA SENDIJAREVIC |

Feature Film | NL, BIH 2019 | 91'

BENELUX meets NRW

The young Bosnian woman Alma navigates her live between two cultures and two phases of her life. She usually lives in the Netherlands with her mother, but is currently visiting her homeland to see ...


THE BARE NECESSITY

ERWAN LE DUC |

Feature Film | F 2019 | 109'

Best of Cinema Fiction

Marauding nudists roam the French Vosges mountain range. They also steal Juliette’s car, where, to make matters even worse, she had stored all her diaries. So the excentric young woman meets the ...


THE CORDILLERA OF DREAMS

PATRICIO GUZMÁN |

Documentary Feature | F, CHI 2019 | 85'

Best of Cinema Documentary

Patricio Guzmán, who has been one of South America’s premier documentarians for fifty years, concludes his essay film trilogy about the natural wonders and history of his lost homeland of Chile. ...


THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER

BENIAMINO BARRESE |

Documentary Feature | I, USA | 95'

Best of Cinema Documentary

Feminist, Marxist, model – Bernadetta Barzini has combined some contradictions in her lifetime. The Italian posed for Vogue when she was just 20 years old, was photographed by Richard Avedon and ...


THE HOUSEMAID

KI-YOUNG KIM |

Feature Film | COR 1960 | 110'

Celebrate Korean Cinema

What starts out like a typical Korean melodrama transforms, in the hands of Kim Ki-Young, quickly into a breathtaking psychological thriller. This classic that is on every list of the best South ...


THE LAST WAVE

RODOLPHE TISSOT |

TV-Series | F 2018 | 2x52' (6x52')

Top Ten TV

A strange cloud portends a coming disaster. Not much later, the participants of a surfing tournament at the French Atlantic coast vanish inside a giant freak wave – only to re-appear five hours ...


THE MAIDENS OF FETISH STREET

SAUL RESNICK |

Feature Film | USA 1966 | 64'

Carte Blanche byNWR

One-of-a-kind “experimental grindhouse” film is a series of kinky vignettes centered around a lonely, wandering soul, purportedly set in a 1928 Los Angeles that seems curiously infused with 1960s ...


THE ORPHANAGE

SHAHRBANOO SADAT |

Feature Film | DK, D, F, LUX, AFG, KAT 2019 | 90'

BENELUX meets NRW

In the late 80s 15-year-old Qodrat sells cinema tickets on the black market of Kabul, until the police takes him into an orphanage run by the Sowjets. In order to keep his head above water in this ...


THE PAINTED BIRD

VÁCLAV MARHOUL |

Feature Film | CS, SLO, UKR 2019 | 169'

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During the Second World War a boy flees from town to town in a nameless eastern European country. His aunt has died, who had his parents’ mission to save him from certain death in a concentration ...

Wed | 16. Oct | 09:15 h

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THE REPORT

SCOTT Z. BURNS |

Feature Film | USA 2019 | 118'

Best of Cinema Fiction

“Enhanced interrogation techniques” – behind this euphemism the CIA hides torture methods like waterboarding, which were applied after September 11th. Director Scott Z. Burns tells the true ...


THE SOUVENIR

JOANNA HOGG |

Feature Film | GB, USA 2019 | 119' | OV

Best of Cinema Fiction

This love can’t end well – at least Julie’s friends understand that. But the young film student herself can’t see that her lover Anthony is not only a wonderfully sarcastic snob but also has ...


TODESSPIEL

TEIL 2: ENTFÜHRT DIE LANDSHUT |

TV-Movie | D 1997 | 1x90' (2x90') | OV

Retrospective Heinrich Breloer

The “German Autumn” is at the centre of this two-part docudrama that became one of the defining German TV events of the 90s. The fall of 1977 started with the kidnapping of industrial leader ...


TOMMASO

ABEL FERRARA |

Feature Film | I, GB, USA 2019 | 116'

Best of Cinema Fiction

An ageing US film director in Rome tries to finally get a grip on his life, just for his young family’s sake alone. An addiction counselling group, yoga routines, a new movie project – everything ...


ÜBER DIE UNENDLICHKEIT

ROY ANDERSSON |

Feature Film | S, D, NOR 2019 | 76'

Best of Cinema Fiction

Another unique masterpiece of Europe’s most independent filmmaker. After Venice winner A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE Swedish director Roy Andersson has once again crafted a ...


VERTEIDIGER DES GLAUBENS

CHRISTOPH RÖHL |

Documentary Feature | D 2019 | 90'

Best of Cinema Documentary

As pope Benedikt XVI. Joseph Ratzinger wanted to lead the Catholic church to old glory. Instead he presided over its worst crisis: The reports of rampant sexual abuse by the clergy inspired hardly ...


VITALINA VARELA

PEDRO COSTA |

Feature Film | P 2019 | 124'

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Pedro Costa continues his inimitable excursion into Lissabon’s slums inhabited by Cape Verdean immigrants. Every single one of his exquisit images is artfully crafted out of the shadows. With his ...


WE EXIST

LUCIAN SEGURA |

Documentary Feature | S | 50'

Best of Cinema Documentary

Music from Africa and the Middle Eastern countries are combined with associative images of fugitives in the Mediterranean. No sensationalist shots, but poetic depictions of this ongoing tragedy’s ...


WEHNER – DIE UNERZÄHLTE GESCHICHTE

TEIL 1: HOTEL LUX |

TV-Movie | D 1993 | 1x105' (2x105') | OV

Retrospective Heinrich Breloer

“What is being said comes straight out of files, biographies and interviews. How it is said, though, is sometimes pure invention.” Already this first text on the screen of this two-parter makes ...


WILSBERG – INS GESICHT GESCHRIEBEN

DOMINIC MÜLLER |

TV-Movie | D 2019 | 89' | OV | FSK 12

Special Screenings

While on a trip to Bielefeld with his friend Ekki the antiques dealer and private detective Wilsberg once again gets himself in trouble. It’s all about a revolutionary new app processing personal ...


WIR WÄREN ANDERE MENSCHEN

JAN BONNY |

TV-Movie | D 2019 | 89' | OV

Special Screenings

The soft-spoken driving instructor Rupert seems uneasy when he returns to his hometown. And no wonder: This is where thirty years ago two police officers shot and killed his parents and his best ...


YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY

AMJAD ABU ALALA |

Feature Film | SUD, F, EG, G, NOR, KAT 2019 | 103'

Best of Cinema Fiction

When he was still a baby, it is foretold to his family that Muzamil will die on his twentieth birthday. His mother raises him a god-fearing boy, hoping that his morally impeccable life will change ...


YOUNG AHMED

JEAN-PIERRE DARDENNE, LUC DARDENNE |

Feature Film | B, F 2019 | 84'

BENELUX meets NRW

Ahmed is not your usual suspect: The 13-year-old with the curly hair looks more like a Harry Potter fan than a dangerous Islamic fundamentalist. But when Ahmed tries to murder his teacher, the state ...