1 Run Lola Run
Lola Rennt, 1998
A breathless thriller, this film revolves around Lola, who needs to deliver 100,000 Deutsche Marks in 20 minutes or else her boyfriend will be dead! And so she starts running. Director Tom Tykwer tells the story in three different ways, with the smallest of changes affecting the outcome dramatically. Put on your running shoes and run with Lola through the streets of Berlin!
2 Nowhere in Africa
Nirgendwo in Afrika, 2002
This Oscar-winner by Caroline Link is about a family of Jewish refugees who migrate to a small farm in Kenya before World War Two. It is an adaptation of Stefanie Zweig’s autobiographical novel and is sure to move you.
3 Good Bye, Lenin!
A tragicomedy by Wolfgang Becker, Good Bye, Lenin! enjoys cult status. It revolves around Alex, an East Berliner who tries his best to hide the fact that the Berlin Wall has fallen from his socialist and ailing mother, since she may not be able to withstand the shock. In this funny yet emotional movie, Alex recreates East Germany within the four walls of their apartment!
Gegen die Wand, 2004
Fatih Akin’s breakout film tells the tale of a love affair that is too complicated to have a happy ending. It won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Born in Germany to Turkish parents, Akin usually focusses on ethnic identity and cultural stereotypes.
5 The Downfall
Der Untergang, 2004
This movie by Oliver Hirschbiegel was so well-received in Germany and across the world, it’s no surprise that it was nominated for an Oscar. Actor Bruno Ganz delivers a powerhouse performance as Hitler during his final days in the bunker.