Cinema (2018 | Issue 4)

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GERMANY CINEMA ACTION!Germany has a vibrant cinema scene. What’s Up, Germany? travels to Berlin, Munich and Hamburg in search of places dedicated to film and finds lots of action, from open-air cinemas to movie theme parks, festivals to museums.

Germany has film festivals dedicated to almost every genre. The creative energy is palpable at the country’s largest film festival, the Berlinale. Held in February every year, it is the second-largest celebration of cinema in the world. Then there’s Filmfest München during the summer, which ranks second only to the Berlinale in terms of importance. It screens blockbusters to low-budget films, and aims to encourage young talented film-makers. Another attention-grabber is Filmfest Hamburg. The third-largest international film festival in Germany, it attracted more than 40,000 people in 2017!

Niche Offerings

Founded in 1954, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is one of the oldest—and among the most important—festivals dedicated to shorts. It focusses on new trends and technological developments. Another major draw is the SCHLINGEL International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience. Priyanka Chopra’s Sikkimese production, Pahuna: The Little Visitors, won two awards at this festival recently. Cologne hosts the Feminale, which shows a variety of films made by women. The Green Screen festival is all about nature and wildlife. Even its trophy is made of sand!

Faster, Bigger, Better!

Movie Park Germany is a blockbuster theme park with different zones offering thrilling rides, Hollywood-inspired live shows and famous cartoon characters. Located in Bottrop-Kirchhellen, around 50km from Düsseldorf, it is a must-visit for children and the happy-hearted! Its rides are actually categorised as intense, moderate and soft!

Cinema under the Stars

Outdoor cinemas or Freiluftkinos are quite the rage in Germany, especially in Berlin. You’ll find them strewn across the capital, in parks, courtyards and old warehouses. Head to Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Potsdamer Platz, Spandau, Moabit or Hasenheide Park for an experience you’ll never forget. Most major cities in Germany have their own open-air cinemas that invite residents to step out under the stars on summer evenings to catch their favourite films!

Movie Museums

Germany has some seriously impressive film museums that seek to edify and entertain. So, if you’re interested to learn more about German film history, head straight to either Frankfurt’s German Film Museum or the German Cinematheque Museum of Film and Television in Berlin or the Potsdam Film Museum. Filmpark Babelsberg and Bavaria Filmstadt offer a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how movies are made, daring stunt shows and a 4-D cinema experience. Guided tours are available at all four venues and come highly recommended.

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Germans in Hollywood

Check out these German actors and actresses who have made it big in Hollywood:

  • Marlene Dietrich
  • Conrad Veidt
  • Diane Kruger
  • Nastassja Kinski
  • Ralf Moeller
  • Christian Berkel
  • Franka Potente
  • Til Schweiger
  • August Diehl
  • Tom Wlaschiha
  • Eric Braeden
  • Udo Kier
  • Elke Sommer