German Cinema

German Cinema

From the crowd pleaser SISSI which launched the career of Romy Schneider to arthouse gem THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS, Film Movement presents an assortment of films from Germany and Austria, including the debut feature of Toni Erdmann-director Maren Ade (THE FOREST FOR THE TREES), complex moral parable STYX, and a darkly Austrian take on the Western, THE DARK VALLEY.

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German Cinema
  • The Dark Valley

    A mysterious stranger arrives in a snow capped Austrian mountain village claiming to be a traveling photographer from America, yet is in fact an embittered gunfighter on a mission of vengeance.

    DIRECTED BY ANDREAS PROCHASKA
    AUSTRIA AND GERMANY / 2014 / ENGLISH
    STARRING SAM RILEY

  • Sissi

    Romy Schneider makes an impressive starring debut in the delightful Austrian comedy Sissi. The titular heroine is a preteen 19th century lass of noble birth, who charms everyone she meets. Especially impressed is young Franz Joseph, emperor the Hapsburg Empire. When Sissi comes of age, the empero...

  • Stations of the Cross

    Told in fourteen fixed-angle, single shot, individual tableaus that parallel Christ’s journey to his own crucifixion, STATIONS OF THE CROSS is both an indictment of fundamentalist faith and the articulation of an impressionable teen’s struggle to find her own path in life. Though from the outside...

  • The Forest for the Trees

    The debut feature by TONI ERDMANN director Maren Ade and Winner of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for World Cinema. Bursting with idealism, Melanie Pröschle, a young teacher from the countryside, starts her first job at a high school in the city. Desperate to fulfill her hope...

  • Amour Fou

    Inspired by the actual suicide of Heinrich von Kleist (author of THE MARQUISE OF O...) and Henrietta Vogel, AMOUR FOU is a Cannes Film Festival-nominated wry period dramedy, which went on to win 2 prizes at the Austrian Film Awards. Forever under-appreciated and melancholy, Heinrich is a young po...

  • Antares

    Academy Award-winner Gotz Spielman (Revanche) weaves this provocative tale of three troubled couples whose lives are connected by a lattice of coincidence, love and lies. A married nurse has a wild affair with a strange doctor; a cashier tries devious means to keep her cheating boyfriend in chec...

  • Kamikaze 89

    In his final acting role, legendary auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder (clad in an iconic leopard skin suit) stars as hardboiled detective Jansen. In a neon-drenched futuristic dystopia ruled by a multimedia conglomerate called The Combine, Jansen is sent on a labyrinthine investigation when their h...

  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder - The Last Year

    A documentary about the last year of the famous director and actor, directed by Wolf Gremm.

  • Bye Bye Germany

    Frankfurt, 1946. David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu) is determined to make the most of the ravaged postwar era by recruiting some friends from a displaced persons camp to sell linens at inflated prices to unsuspecting Germans. Most of the group have a simple motivation – to raise enough money to lea...

  • Styx

    ER doctor Rike (German Film Awards Best Actress winner Susanne Wolff) embarks on a one-woman solo sailing trip to Ascension Island in the Atlantic. When she comes across a sinking ship filled with refugees, Rike is suddenly torn out of her contented world. Pushed to her physical, psychological an...

  • Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision

    In the mid-19th century, hundreds of thousands Europeans emigrate to South America in a desperate bid to flee the famine, poverty and despotism that ruled at home. Jakob, the younger the son of hardened blacksmith Johann Simon, longs to escape the rural confines of his village, Schabbach. Hoping ...

  • Iceman

    In 1991, a melting glacier revealed the body of a man. At first, people assumed he was a hiker. Later, his true Stone Age origins were revealed…

    The Ötztal Alps, more than 5,300 years ago. A Neolithic clan settles near a creek. Their leader, Kelab (Jürgen Vogel), is the appointed keeper of the g...

  • Line 41

    LINE 41 documents a Holocaust and Lodz Ghetto survivor's return back to today's Lodz (Poland). Until now, Natan Grossmann had repressed his desire to learn about the fate of his brother he lost contact with in 1942. 70 years later, Grossmann starts a search for his missing brother. His search cro...

  • The Marquise of O...

    Already an established filmmaker by the 1976 release of THE MARQUISE OF O, an adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist's classic short story, the film stands as Eric Rohmer's "dazzling testament to the civilizing effects of several different arts, witty, joyous and so beautiful to look at" (The New York...

  • Remembrance

    Inspired by actual events, Remembrance depicts a remarkable love story that blossomed amidst the terror of a German concentration camp in Poland in 1944. In a daring escape Tomasz, a young Polish political prisoner, rescues his Jewish fiancee Hannah. With the Nazis in pursuit, Hannah and Tomasz m...

  • The Chambermaid Lynn

    Lynn (Vicky Krieps, PHANTOM THREAD) is the most meticulous chambermaid in her hotel, leaving no shelf undusted, no sheet untucked. Crippled by shyness, she rummages through guests' belongings and even hides under their beds, vicariously experiencing their conversations, meals and discreet interlu...

  • Storm

    Hannah Maynard, prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, is leading a trial against a former commander of the Yugoslavian National Army who is accused of the deportation and later killing of dozens of Bosnian-Muslim civilians. When a key witness commits suicide, it looks li...

  • Toyland

    Germany 1942: In order to protect her son Marianne Meiner tried to make him believe that the Jewish neighbors are going on a journey to "Toyland." One morning her son has disappeared along with the Jewish neighbors too. TOYLAND is a film about guilt, responsibility, small and big lies.

    DIRECTED ...

  • City Bomber

    A German architect walks a tightrope between two worlds, a loving father and a vengeful bomber, when his little daughter is trapped in front of a skyscraper he has scheduled to explode.

  • Sissi: The Young Empress

    Through her Hungarian teacher, the young Empress Sissi is enchanted by Hungary, a country she has never visited, but feels an affinity with. The Council of Ministers wants to punish some Hungarian rebels, but Emperor Franz Joseph gives all the rebels amnesty, including their leader, Count Andrass...

  • Sissi: The Fateful Years of an Empress

    The young Empress Sissi is staying at the Godolle Palace in Hungary with her little daughter and some court people. Here she can be herself, liberated from all the strict court rules in Austria. She spends her days with Count Andrassy, riding in the woods. At a ball in his castle he declares his ...