ANNIVERSARY SUMMER

The Film Festival Cologne turns 30 this year and celebrates its anniversary with the film program in our anniversary summer in Cologne cinemas and open air.  From July to September we will present the best of three decades in 50 screenings, bringing cultural life back to the city and people back to the cinemas – especially important in times like these. In the series KinoKino, Life, Pop, Mavericks, War and USA, our anniversary films show the great role that cinema and storytelling play in our lives and society.


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CLOSENESS

Kantemir Balagov

Feature Film | R 2017 | 118'

The northern Caucasus region at the end of the 90s: Ilana is young, unconventional and full of energy. She often manages to escape the suffocating world of her village’s Jewish minority. But then ...

Fri | 25. Sep | 20:00 h

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HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT

Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie

Feature Film | USA 2014 | 94' | OV

An amour fou among junkies in New York. Harley loves Ilya. Ilya loves heroin above everything else. Harley tries to kill herself. She survives. Messes around with other men, always looking for the ...

Tue | 22. Sep | 20:00 h

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IM SCHATTEN

Thomas Arslan

Feature Film | DE 2010 | 85' | OV

Trojan is a tight-lipped professional who always knows exactly what he’s doing. With an old buddy and a more than friendly female lawyer he robs an armoured money transport. From this point on ...

Fri | 18. Sep | 20:00 h

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POPETOWN

Phil Ox

TV-SERIES | GB, F 2004 | 4x30' | OV

The Pope plays hide-and-seek all day, the cardinals are corrupt, and in the catacombs slave laborers are smashing wafers flat. Only good Father Nicholas is keeping the theocratic state from ...

Thu | 17. Sep | 21:00 h

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JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

David Gelb

DOCUMENTARY | USA 2010 | 82'

A small sushi bar in the basement of a high-rise office building in Tokyo: ten seats, no frills, no restroom – three stars in the Guide Michelin. Jiro Ono has been the man behind the counter here ...

Wed | 16. Sep | 21:00 h

Filmpalette


ALAN PARTRIDGE

Declan Lowney

Feature Film | GB 2013 | 90' | OV

After his career as a sports reporter, talk show host and reality TV personality Alan Partridge goes back to his roots: at a local radio station in quiet Norfolk. It’s just too bad that the station ...

Tue | 15. Sep | 20:00 h

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GEISTER

Lars von Trier

MINI-SERIES | DK, I, D, F, N, S 1994 | 277'

In the Kingdom Hospital in Copenhagen everything goes topsy-turvy: In the morgue, ghoulish pranks are being played; in the basement an assistant physician that is living down there transforms to a ...

Fri | 11. Sep | 20:00 h

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THE RAINBOW MAN/JOHN 3:16

Sam Green

DOCUMENTARY | USA 1996 | 41' | OV

Rollen Stewart a.k.a. the Rainbow Man – for his trademark rainbow coloured afro wig – spent from the seventies onwards years driving around the country in a never-ending quest to get on ...

Wed | 09. Sep | 21:00 h

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SHAMELESS

Jonny Campbell, Mark Mylod, Dearbhla Walsh

TV-SERIES | GB 2003 | 2x47' | OV

Meet the Galaghers: six children, housing estate in Manchester, mother’s cleared off, father’s an alcoholic. A constellation that reeks of gloomy social drama, depression guaranteed. But with ...

Tue | 08. Sep | 20:00 h

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THE WIRE

Clark Johnson, Steve Shill, Gloria Muzio

TV- SERIES | USA 2002 | 2x60' | OV

One of the most influencial series of the 21. century. In a bid against the flood of glossy proceedings such as CSI and WITHOUT A TRACE, HBO presented 2002 a surprisingly realistic series which ...

Fri | 04. Sep | 20:00 h

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ERROL MORRIS’ FIRST PERSON

ERROL MORRIS

DOCUMENTARY-SERIES | USA 2000 | 4x25' | OV

Via the Interrotron, a device enabling direct eye contact between interviewer, interviewee, and camera, Errol Morris (THE THIN BLUE LINE, THE FOG OF WAR) portrays in a ten-part series people whose ...

Thu | 03. Sep | 20:00 h

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REQUIEM FOR DETROIT?

Julien Temple

DOCUMENTARY | GB 2010 | 60' | OV

Detroit once embodied the optimism and dynamic quality inherent in the American Dream, whereas the state of affairs in the beginning of the 21st century was devastating: one in five houses stands ...

Wed | 02. Sep | 20:00 h

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GAME CHANGE

Jay Roach

Feature Film | USA 2012 | 118' | OV

In a gripping two hours, HBO’s made-for-television movie GAME CHANGE revisits the full story of Sarah Palin’s candidacy for Vice President in the US presidential elections 2008. This is a ...

Tue | 01. Sep | 20:00 h

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WEINER

Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg

DOCUMENTARY | USA 2016 | 96' | OV

In 2011, Anthony Weiner tripped over a sex scandal. The New York Congressmen had sent revealing pictures of himself via Twitter to a number of women. He had to resign. WEINER accompanies the ...

Mon | 31. Aug | 20:00 h

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DER WALD VOR LAUTER BÄUMEN

Maren Ade

DRAMA | D 2003 | 81'

Melanie, a young teacher from Swabia, is full of idealism as she takes up her first post in Karlsruhe. But she is soon confronted with the harsh reality of the daily grind at school and finds it ...

Sun | 23. Aug | 20:00 h

Filmforum NRW


MILCHWALD

Christoph Hochhäusler

Feature Film | DE 2003 | 86' | OV

On a shopping trip to Poland, Sylvia loses the plot after an argument with her stepchildren, Lea and Konstantin, and abandons them in the Polish no man’s land. When she returns later to collect ...

Sun | 23. Aug | 18:00 h

Filmforum NRW


MODELS

Ulrich Seidl |

DOCUMENTARY | AUT 1998 | 118' | OV

Vivian, Tanja and Lisa: three Austrian women, three models, three girlfriends looking for love and a career, Mr. Right and a perfect body. This documentary walks the line between reality and ...

Sat | 22. Aug | 20:00 h

Filmforum NRW


NEIGHBORING SOUNDS

O Som ao Redor | Kleber Mendonça Filho

Feature Film | BR 2012 | 131'

In a block of apartment buildings in the Brazilian coastal town of Recife everything appears to be going as usual: a housewife tries to calm a neighbor’s barking dog, a housekeeper has an affair ...

Fri | 21. Aug | 20:00 h

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BIGGIE & TUPAC

Nick Broomfield |

DOCUMENTARY | GBR 2002 | 108' | OV

Nick Broomfield (KURT & COURTNEY) is known for sticking his nose where there’s trouble to stir. In BIGGIE & TUPAC he pursues a lead: he suspects that the murder of rap stars Biggie Smalls, better ...

Wed | 19. Aug | 21:00 h

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MEIN LIEBSTER FEIND – KLAUS KINSKI

Werner Herzog

DOCUMENTARY | D, GB 1999 | 95' | OV

A movie about possibly the greatest love-hate-relationship in film history. From AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (1972) to COBRA VERDE (1987) director Werner Herzog kept on casting the actor Klaus Kinski ...

Sun | 16. Aug | 20:00 h

Filmforum NRW


THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER

Brady Corbet

SPIELFILM | F, GB, H 2015 | 115' | OmeU | KinoKino

Als Schauspieler hat Brady Corbet schon für Lars von Trier, Michael Haneke und Olivier Assayas vor der Kamera gestanden. Als Regisseur zeigt er sich ebenso ambitioniert wie seine Lehrmeister. Sein ...

Fri | 14. Aug | 20:00 h

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SEARCHING FOR THE WRONG-EYED JESUS

Andrew Douglas

DOCUMENTARY | USA/GB 2003 | 85' | OV

With the Jim White album THE MYSTERIOUS TALE OF HOW I SHOUTED WRONG-EYED JESUS the filmmaker Andrew Douglas begins an associative road movie through the Deep South of the USA. White is his travel ...

Wed | 12. Aug | 21:00 h

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24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE

Michael Winterbottom

Feature Film | GBR 2002 | 112' | OV

Factory Records was probably the most important record label in new wave history. 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE tells its history from the first Sex Pistols gig in Manchester in 1976 to the closing down of ...

Fri | 07. Aug | 20:00 h

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20.000 DAYS ON EARTH

Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard |

DOCUMENTARY-FICTION | GB 2014 | 97'

From junkie punk to Renaissance man: Who would have thought that the scrawny singer of a self-destructive Melbourne punk band (The Birthday Party) in the genre’s early days would come to be at the ...

Wed | 05. Aug | 21:00 h

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UNDER THE WIRE

Chris Martin

DOCUMENTARY | GB 2018 | 93'

Marie Colvin was a hero. Sporting her trademark eye patch, the Sunday Times war correspondent has been reporting from all major conflict sites in the world since 1985. In 2012 she and her ...

Fri | 31. Jul | 20:00 h

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THE REDEMPTION OF GENERAL BUTT NAKED

Eric Strauss, Daniele Anastasion

DOCUMENTARY | USA 2011 | 84'

By his own account, his troops have killed 20,000 people in the Liberian civil war under his command. The name “General Butt Naked” was bestowed on him because he stripped down whenever he ...

Thu | 30. Jul | 21:00 h

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MAGIC TRIP: KEN KESEY’S SEARCH FOR A KOOL PLACE

Alex Gibney, Alison Ellwood

DOKUMENTARFILM | USA 2011 | 90' | OV

What a trip! In 1964, best-selling author Ken Kesey (ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST) and a group of his friends made their way from California to the East Coast in a school bus covered in colorful ...

Wed | 29. Jul | 21:00 h

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BEAUFORT

Joseph Cedar

Feature Film | ISR 2007 | 125'

In the midst of enemy territory, Israeli soldiers in the fortress of Beaufort sit waiting to go back home. But Hezbollah is trying to win a final propaganda victory: though the Israeli pullback has ...

Wed | 29. Jul | 20:00 h

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WAR PHOTOGRAPHER

Christian Frei

DOCUMENTARY | CHE 2001 | 96'

James Nachtwey is probably the most famous war photographer in the world. Afghanistan and Bosnia, Rwanda and El Salvador, Somalia and South Africa: for 40 years he’s taken pictures when others ...

Tue | 28. Jul | 20:00 h

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THE ACT OF KILLING

Joshua Oppenheimer

DOCUMENTARY | DK, NW, GB 2012 | 159'

»I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade«, says Werner Herzog, himself a filmmaker of extremes, about THE ACT OF KILLING. Joshua Oppenheimer attempts in ...

Mon | 27. Jul | 20:00 h

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THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE

Marie Losier

DOKUMENTARFILM | F 2010 | 69'

A love story with a difference. In 1993, agent provocateur, and co-founder of the groundbreaking bands, Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, Genesis P-Orridge married former nurse and dominatrix Lady ...

Fri | 24. Jul | 20:00 h

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GONZO: THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON

Alex Gibney

DOKUMENTARFILM | USA 2008 | 118' | OV

He was an asshole, but a damn good author, is how one of his contemporaries describes Hunter S. Thompson. The legendary inventor of Gonzo journalism – a mixture of facts, fiction, and a dash of ...

Wed | 22. Jul | 21:00 h

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TANGERINE

Sean Baker

SPIELFILM | USA 2015 | 88'

Christmas in Los Angeles. Just released from a short term in prison, Sin-Dee Rella learns from her best friend that her boyfriend and pimp Chester has slept with another woman in the meantime. ...

Fri | 17. Jul | 20:00 h

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MONSTER ROAD

Brett Ingram

DOCUMENTARY | USA 2004 | 80' | OV | FSK 18 | Normabweicher

Animation filmmaker Bruce Bickford doesn’t need computers or a studio staffed with illustrators to make his visions come alive – some coloured clay suffices. However, his films have little in ...

Wed | 15. Jul | 21:00 h

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THE HANDMAIDEN

Park Chan-wook

Feature Film | KR 2016 | 145' | 16

An exquisite erotic thriller by OLDBOY-director Park Chan-wook, based on Sarah Water’s crime novel FINGER-SMITH (2002). The Korean filmmaker changes the scene from Victorian England to East Asia in ...

Fri | 10. Jul | 20:00 h

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BANKSY DOES NEW YORK

Chris Moukarbel

DOCUMENTARY | USA 2014 | 79'

In October of 2013 British graffiti artist Banksy made the entire city of New York his personal canvass. For a whole month, he would create a graffiti painting a day, plus some special odd events, ...

Tue | 07. Jul | 20:00 h

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JUPP, WATT HAMWER JEMAHT?

JAN BONNY

Feature Film | D 2019 | 109' | OV

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 ...

Thu | 02. Jul | 20:00 h

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