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From Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, starring Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur
The Lives of Others is a 2006 German drama film written and directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The story is set in East Germany in 1984 and focuses on the lives of Stasi Captain Gerd Wiesler and the playwright Georg Dreyman. Wiesler is assigned to spy on Dreyman and his girlfriend, the acclaimed actress Christa-Maria Sieland, who are suspected of engaging in anti-government activities. As Wiesler watches the couple, he discovers their goodness and virtue, and ultimately realizes the inhumanity of the state surveillance he is tasked with enforcing. As the story progresses, Wiesler is forced to confront the moral implications of his own choices. In the end, Wiesler takes a stand against the regime and helps Dreyman and Sieland escape from East Germany. The Lives of Others received universal acclaim and won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
From Wolfgang Petersen, starring Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch
The Boat is a 1981 German drama film directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It follows two brothers, Manfred and Martin, who are forced to work as ferry-boat operators in Nazi Germany. During their time running the boat, they come across various passengers who come to represent the good, the bad, and the ugly of the Nazi regime. As the war progresses, Manfred and Martin must face difficult choices on their journey of survival and resistance. Ultimately, they are forced to confront their own morality in order to save themselves and the lives of their passengers.
Miriam Stein, starring
Generation War is a sweeping epic drama set during World War II, following five German friends – Wilhelm, Friedhelm, Charlotte, Viktor, and Greta – from 1941 to 1945 as they grapple with their responsibilities as members of Hitler’s army, their relationships with each other, and their dreams for the future. As the war escalates, the friends find themselves on different sides of the conflict, struggling to survive and make sense of a world in chaos. Through their disparate experiences, we bear witness to the realities of war, from the terror of battle to the atrocities of the Holocaust, and ultimately, the devastating consequences of a generation torn apart.
From Fritz Lang, starring Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge
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Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist science-fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang. Set in a futuristic urban dystopia, the film follows Freder, the wealthy son of the city's master, and Maria, a poor worker, as they form an unlikely alliance to prevent a disaster caused by a mad scientist. Along the way, Freder battles his father's authoritarian rule and learns of the plight of the oppressed workers of the city. The film features iconic visuals and special effects, as well as an impressive and complex visual style. Metropolis is widely regarded as one of the most influential films of all time and a pioneering work in the science-fiction genre.
From Oliver Hirschbiegel, starring Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler
Downfall is a German-language historical war drama film starring Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler, and Heino Ferch. It is based on the book Inside Hitler's Bunker by historian Joachim Fest. The film focuses on the final days of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime in Berlin during the Battle of Berlin in 1945. It follows Hitler and his inner circle as they plan their defense against the advancing Allied forces while also trying to maintain a facade of normality. The film also looks at the human cost of war, depicting the psychological toll it takes on all of those involved, regardless of their political beliefs. As the battle for Berlin reaches its climax, Hitler and his remaining followers are forced to confront the reality of their impending defeat.
From Wim Wenders, starring Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois
Wings of Desire is a 1987 German fantasy film directed by Wim Wenders. Set in West Berlin, it follows an angel, Damiel (Bruno Ganz), who dreams of becoming human so he can share experiences with the woman he loves, Marion (Solveig Dommartin). Damiel is one of many angels who watch over the people of Berlin, helping to ease pain and suffering. He meets a young trapeze artist, Cassiel (Otto Sander), and the two discuss the meaning of life and the human condition. When Damiel is offered a chance to become human, he decides to take it. Wings of Desire is an exploration of loneliness, love, and mortality, as well as a meditation on the timeless connection between humans and angels. The film won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
From Fatih Akin, starring Birol Ünel, Sibel Kekilli, Güven Kiraç, Zarah Jane McKenzie
Head-On is a German-Turkish drama film written and directed by Fatih Akin. The film follows the story of two Turkish immigrants living in Germany, Cahit and Sibel. Cahit is a troubled and aimless man whose life has been filled with alcohol, drugs, and failed relationships. Sibel is an unstable young woman whose family is pressuring her to marry a traditional Turkish man. In a desperate attempt to be free from her family’s control, Sibel offers Cahit a marriage of convenience. The two of them then go on a tumultuous journey of self-discovery, confronting their own inner demons as they search for true freedom and happiness.
From Michael Haneke, starring Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur
The White Ribbon is a 2009 drama film written and directed by Michael Haneke. The story is set in a rural Protestant village in Germany on the eve of World War I, and follows the strange events that occur in the village, including a series of mysterious accidents and a group of children who are disciplined by their teachers and parents for unspecific mischievous behavior. As the village is plagued by escalating incidents, the children form a secret society to investigate the strange events and uncover a darker truth behind the village's recent troubles. Through the eyes of the children, the film examines the morality and human behavior of the adults in the village, and the consequences of their actions. The film ultimately reveals a disturbing history of abuse, repression, and violence that had been kept hidden for generations.
From Oliver Hirschbiegel, starring Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Berkel, Oliver Stokowski, Wotan Wilke Möhring
The Experiment is a 2001 German psychological thriller film directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and starring Moritz Bleibtreu, Oliver Stokowski, and Christian Berkel. The film is based on Mario Giordano's novel, Black Box and inspired by the real-life Stanford prison experiment of 1971. The film follows a group of 20 men chosen to participate in a psychological study. They are randomly divided into two groups: guards and prisoners. What begins as a money-making opportunity quickly deteriorates into a power struggle, as the guards become more and more aggressive and the prisoners struggle to survive. As the two sides become increasingly entrenched in their respective roles, a tragedy awaits them.
From Wolfgang Becker, starring Daniel Brühl, Katrin Sass, Chulpan Khamatova, Florian Lukas
Good Bye Lenin! is a 2003 German tragicomedy film directed by Wolfgang Becker. The story is set in East Berlin in the last days of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). The film focuses on Alex, a young man in his late twenties, and his mother Christiane. After Christiane suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma, Alex learns that his mother had been a fervent supporter of the GDR. Upon her awakening, it is Alex's responsibility to keep her from learning about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the GDR. To do this, he recreates the GDR in their apartment, including dressing up as an old-fashioned GDR politician. Throughout the film, Alex and Christiane grapple with the changing world, while also trying to navigate their new relationship. As Christiane's health improves and she takes steps to re-enter society, Alex must come to terms with the idea of letting go of his mother, who was his only family and his sole support system. In the end, Christiane learns the truth and ultimately is able to accept it and move on.
From Fatih Akin, starring Baki Davrak, Gürsoy Gemec, Cengiz Daner, Tuncel Kurtiz
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"The Edge of Heaven" is a 2007 German-Turkish drama directed by Fatih Akin. The film follows the intersecting lives of a German widow, her daughter, and a Turkish man, as well as a young Turkish woman who comes to Germany. Over the course of the film, the characters experience love, loss, and the difficulty of transcending cultural boundaries. The Edge of Heaven ultimately explores the idea of how disparate people can come together in a search for connection and understanding.
From Tom Tykwer, starring Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri
Run Lola Run is a 1998 German action thriller directed by Tom Tykwer. The film tells the story of Lola, a young woman who is desperately trying to save her boyfriend, Manni, from his criminal debt. With only twenty minutes to spare, Lola has three chances to run around Berlin and find a way to help Manni. Along the way, Lola meets a variety of characters and experiences a series of unexpected events. With each attempt, her actions have a ripple effect on the lives of other characters and the outcome of the story. In the end, Lola finds a way to help Manni and her actions show that anything is possible.
From Sebastian Schipper, starring Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit
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Victoria is a German drama film that follows a young Spanish woman, Victoria (Laia Costa), who moves to Berlin. Over the course of one night, Victoria meets four local men and is drawn into a criminal underworld. She impulsively joins the men on a bank robbery, and they soon find themselves on the run from the police. As the night progresses, their friendship intensifies and Victoria discovers the strength she never knew she had.
From Michael Haneke, starring Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch, Frank Giering
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Funny Games is a 1997 psychological horror film written, produced and directed by Michael Haneke. It follows a family as they are subjected to a series of sadistic and violent games by two mysterious, seemingly polite young men. The family is held hostage in their own home and forced to participate in the games, which become increasingly more dangerous. As the games progress, the family's will to survive is tested as they are forced to confront their darkest fears. The film ultimately serves as a critique of the morality and destructive effects of violence in media and society.
From Götz Spielmann, starring Johannes Krisch, Irina Potapenko, Andreas Lust, Ursula Strauss
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Revanche is an Austrian drama film directed by Götz Spielmann. The story follows Alex (Johannes Krisch), an ex-convict who works as a bouncer in Vienna. After meeting a young prostitute named Tamara (Irina Potapenko), Alex falls in love with her and decides to leave his troubled past behind. When Tamara is tragically killed, Alex embarks on a quest for revenge against the police officer (Andreas Lust) who caused her death. Along the way, Alex must confront the ghosts of his own past and the realities of his present struggles. Along with the main story, the film also examines themes of guilt, redemption, and justice.
From Jan-Ole Gerster, starring Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Justus von Dohnányi, Andreas Schröders
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From Uli Edel, starring Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Bruno Ganz
From Maren Ade, starring Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl
From Ulrich Seidl, starring Maria Hofstätter, Christine Jirku, Viktor Hennemann, Georg Friedrich
From Christian Alvart, starring Norman Reedus, Christian von Aster, André Hennicke, Waltraud Witte
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From Fatih Akin, starring Marc Hosemann, Jonas Dassler, Adam Bousdoukos, Margarete Tiesel
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