FESTIVAL SUMMER

The Film Festival Cologne celebrates the return of cultural life in the Cologne cinemas and open air venues with its big Festival Summer.

In 30 screenings from July to October we present highlights from our 30th anniversary programme last year. This Best of will be complemented with movies that due to the pandemic have not seen the cinematic run they would have deserved. Now they can finally be seen up on the silver screen!


ACASĂ, MY HOME

Radu Ciorniciuc

| RUM, D 2020 | 86' | German subs.

A patch of idyllic nature right next to the metropolis of Bucharest. In this area of overgrown reed and criss-crossing waterways there’s an eleven-strong family living under the most basic of ...

Tue | 03. Aug | 21:30 h

ODONIEN

Talk after the film


OECONOMIA

Carmen Losmann

| D 2020 | 89' | German subs.

The glass fronts of Frankfurt’s bank district seem to imply transparency. But who really knows what goes on behind them? The bankers don’t like to show their hands. But despite this, Carmen ...

Wed | 04. Aug | 20:30 h

ODONIEN

talk before the film


ICH BIN GRETA

I AM GRETA | Nathan Grossman

| D 2020 | 97' | English subs

„I am Greta“ – this is how the world’s most prominent teenager starts almost every speech. In August of 2018 15-year-old student Greta Thunberg from Sweden starts a school strike for climate. ...

Thu | 05. Aug | 20:30 h

ODONIEN

Talk before the film


VERGIFTETE WAHRHEIT

DARK WATERS | Todd Haynes

| USA 2019 | 126' | German subs.

It’s David vs. Goliath: Robert Billot, a commercial lawyer from Cincinnati, takes on DuPont, the world’s largest chemical company, after he finds out that the popular non-stick pan coating Teflon ...

Wed | 11. Aug | 21:30 h

ODONIEN


SHANE

Julien Temple

| GB, IRL 2020 | 119' | German Subs.

A perfect combination: Julien Temple (THE GREAT ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SWINDLE), the Punk generation’s cinematic chronicler, takes on Shane MacGowan in his latest documentary masterpiece, the former ...

Thu | 12. Aug | 21:30 h

ODONIEN


SHORT FILMS

Diversity in front of and behind the camera is currently a hot topic of discussion in the film industry. Only rarely the focus of discussion really is on people with disabilities. Do filmmakers with ...

Thu | 19. Aug | 21:00 h

ODONIEN

Short film program with talk afterwards


SCHMETTERLING UND TAUCHERGLOCKE

LE SCAPHANDRE ET LE PAPILLON | Julian Schnabel

| F 2007 | 112' | German version

Jean-Dominique Bauby is a prisoner in his own body. The 43-year old editor in chief of the fashion magazine Elle has suffered a stroke and can move nothing but his left eyelid since then. But Bauby ...

Tue | 24. Aug | 21:30 h

ODONIEN


DER RAUSCH

DRUK | Thomas Vinterberg

Feature Film | DK 2020 | 116' | German Subs.

„Alcohol is my paramedic in times of need“, German popstar Herbert Grönemeyer once sang. For the four frustrated teachers at the centre of Thomas Vinterberg’s DER RAUSCH it is supposed to get ...

Wed | 25. Aug | 00:00 h

ODONIEN


ALLES IST EINS AUSSER DER 0

Klaus Maeck, Tanja Schwerdorf

| D 2020 | 94 | German subs.

The Chaos Computer Club is a hacker collective committed to data security, digital transparency, and social cohesion. ALLES IST EINS. AUSSER DER 0. looks at the history of this peculiar club and its ...

Tue | 31. Aug | 21:30 h

ODONIEN


LUX ÆTERNA

Gaspar Noé

| F 2019 | 51' | German Subs.

Gaspar Noé has a reputation as cinema’s enfant terrible, but sometimes he just wants to play. And since he is such a master craftsman, any of his films will always be worth the prize of admission. ...

Thu | 02. Sep | 20:00 h

Filmpalast


IRREVERSIBLE – THE STRAIGHT CUT

Gaspar Noé

| F 2020 | 86' | German Subs.

In an underground passage Alex is brutally raped and beaten. Her boyfriend Marcus and her ex Pierre go searching for the perpetrator – with deadly consequences. Enfant terrible Gaspar Noé has ...

Thu | 02. Sep | 21:15 h

Filmpalast


SHIRLEY

Josephine Decker

| USA 2020 | 107' | German Subs.

No biopic, but a psychological profile of an exceptionally gifted writer. For her new film, Josephine Decker (MADELINE’S MADELINE) practically burrows into the head of Shirley Jackson (“The ...

Tue | 07. Sep | 20:00 h

Filmpalast


DAS NEUE EVANGELIUM

Milo Rau

| D 2020 | 107' | German OV

Milo Rau tells the well-known New Testament story of Jesus anew: with non-professional actors from sub-Saharan Africa living in Italy, some of them illegally, as seasonal workers in precarious ...

Thu | 09. Sep | 20:00 h

Filmpalast


FIRST COW

Kelly Reichardt

| USA 2019 | 122' | German Subs.

A trip to Oregon’s pioneering days, where the first settlers put up their tents searching for gold and hunting beavers. Among them are the Chinese immigrant King-Lu and his buddy “Cookie” ...

Tue | 14. Sep | 20:00 h

Filmpalast


ASSASSINS

Ryan White

| USA 2019 | 104' | German subs.

In 2017 the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was killed in Kuala Lumpur with the deadly nerve agent VX. The two female “assassins” didn’t know what they were doing: they ...

Thu | 16. Sep | 20:00 h

Filmpalast


MANDIBULES

Quentin Dupieux

| F 2020 | 77' | German Subs.

As a director, Quentin Dupieux is unpredictable: after the murderous leather jacket from MONSIEUR KILLERSTYLE comes the monster fly. Best buddies Manu and Jean-Gab, both not be the brightest bulbs in ...

Tue | 21. Sep | 20:00 h

Filmpalast


MONSIEUR KILLERSTYLE

Quentin Dupieux

| F 2019 | 77' | German Subs.

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 ...

Tue | 21. Sep | 21:30 h

Filmpalast


MOFFIE

Oliver Hermanus

| RSA, GB 2019 | 104' | German Subs.

South Africa 1981: Nicolas is drafted into military service to defend his racially segregated homeland against the „back peril” and communism. His superiors revel in the humiliation of recruits ...

Thu | 23. Sep | 20:00 h


WORKING GIRLS

FILLES DE JOIE | Frédéric Fonteyne

| B, F 2019 | 90' | German subs.

Every day Axelle, Conso and Dominique drive together from France to Belgium to work at a brothel. In their time together they can forget their problems like broken hearts, annoying mothers and former ...

Tue | 28. Sep | 20:00 h

Filmpalast


SPACESHIP EARTH

Matt Wolf

| USA 2020 | 115' | English OV

In 1991 eight people had themselves sealed into a 3.14-acre complex in the Arizona desert. Their goal: To survive for two years completely cut off from the outside world in this environment equipped ...

Thu | 30. Sep | 20:00 h

Filmpalast


INSTINCT

Halina Reijn

| NL 2019 | 98' | German subs.

The experienced psychologist Nicoline starts her new job in a prison. She meets Idris, a sexual offender, who after five years is about to go leave prison on parole alone for the first time. Nicoline ...

Tue | 05. Oct | 20:00 h

Filmpalast


FEELS GOOD MAN

Arthur Jones

| USA 2020 | 94' | English OV

When world-wide success turns into a curse: If Matt Furie had known in 2005 what his character of Pepe the Frog would become, he may have never drawn it. FEELS GOOD MAN follows the crazy career of a ...

Thu | 07. Oct | 20:00 h

Filmpalast


UND MORGEN DIE GANZE WELT

Julia von Heinz

| D 2020 | 111' | German OV

A wealthy daughter in Antifa country: Luisa is „the new one“. Through her eyes the film dives deep into the strange world between serious activism and playful adventure that is the everyday ...

Tue | 12. Oct | 20:00 h

Filmpalast


THE ASSISTANT

Kitty Green

| USA 2019 | 87' | German Subs.

The assistant is the first one in the office in the morning, and she’ll be the last to leave at night. In between there are her boss’s meetings to organize, flights to book, letters to open, ...

Thu | 14. Oct | 20:00 h

Filmpalast


MINJAN

Eric Steel

| USA 2020 | 118' | German Subs.

Russian-born David studies at a Jewish university in mid-80s New York. The literature of James Baldwin, a beautiful bartender in the East Village and his friendship with an older gay couple lead ...

Tue | 19. Oct | 20:00 h

Filmpalast


Past films:


KIDS RUN

Barbara Ott

Feature Film | D 2020 | 104' | German OV

Day labourer and amateur boxer Andi just can’t get a break. He cares for his three kids from two ex-wives as best as he can, while always trying to keep his fragile temper in check. But the ...

Thu | 29. Jul | 21:30 h

ODONIEN


PROXIMA

Alice Winocour

Feature Film | F, D 2019 | 107' | German Subs.

Sarah is dreaming big, and she is about to make her dream come true: She was selected to spend one year aboard the international space station for a mission to explore Mars. Preparations are tough: ...

Tue | 27. Jul | 21:30 h

ODONIEN


DER RAUSCH

DRUK | Thomas Vinterberg

Feature Film | DK 2020 | 116' | German Subs.

„Alcohol is my paramedic in times of need“, German popstar Herbert Grönemeyer once sang. For the four frustrated teachers at the centre of Thomas Vinterberg’s DER RAUSCH it is supposed to get ...

Sat | 17. Jul | 21:30 h

MAKK


EMA

Pablo Larraín

Feature Film | CHI 2019 | 102' | German Subs.

In an impulsive act Ema and Gastón have given back their adopted child. They were unable to cope with the boy who turned out to be a firestarter – with tragic consequences. Now guilt is gnawing ...

Mon | 12. Jul | 21:30 h

ODONIEN