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New German Cinema: The Berlin School

10.02.2014 - Maren Ade, Christoph Gröner, Benjamin Heisenberg, Christian Petzold, Rajendra Roy

    Many of the acclaimed German art house films that have made the festival rounds in recent years have the distinctive characteristics of the Berlin School. This movement has been associated with intimate characterdriven dramas such as Christian Petzold‘s The State I Am In and Barbara. Petzold is joined by fellow filmmakers Benjamin Heisenberg (Superegos) and Maren Ade (Everyone Else) to imdiscuss their award-winning work in the context of the movement. Rajendra Roy, Chief Curator of Film at MoMA, who co-curated a Berlin School programme in New York, will join them.


    Maren Ade

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    German director and producer. She co-founded production company Komplizen Film in 2001. Her debut feature THE FOREST FOR THE TREES won the Special Jury Prize in Sundance in 2003, and EVERONE ELSE won several awards at the Berlinale 2009, including the Jury Grand Prix. She has since produced several award-winning films including Ulrich Köhler’s SLEEPING SICKNESS, which won the Silver Bear for best director at the Berlinale 2011, Miguel Gomes’s TABU, which won the Alfred Bauer Award and FIPRESCI Prize in 2012, and Benjamin Heisenberg’s SUPEREGOS.

    Christoph Gröner

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    Christopher Gröner is a film festival programmer and film journalist who has written for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Welt and the trade magazine Blickpunkt: Film, among others. He is a programmer for Filmfest München, where he handles the New German Cinema section and other world premieres. Additionally, he works as a competition programmer for the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and is a consultant on German-speaking regions for the Zurich Film Festival.

    Benjamin Heisenberg

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    German director, screenwriter and artist. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Television and Film Munich. In 1998 he was co-founder and remains co-editor and co-publisher of the German film magazine Revolver. His feature films include SLEEPER (2005), THE ROBBER (2010), which premiered in the Berlinale Competition in 2010, and SUPEREGOS (2014), which can be seen in the Berlinale Panorama in 2014. His projects in development are titled “Noricum” and “Quartett”.

    Christian Petzold

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    Christian Petzold studied German and Theatre at Freie Universität Berlin and film at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). While there, he worked as an assistant director to Harun Farocki and Hartmut Bitomsky. His film DIE INNERE SICHERHEIT (The State I Am In) won the German Film Award in Gold. After showing his films GESPENSTER (Ghosts) and YELLA in the Berlinale Competition, he won the Silver Bear for Best Director with BARBARA in 2012. TRANSIT is showing in Competition this year.

    Rajendra Roy

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    Rajendra Roy is the Chief Curator of Film at MoMA New York, where he manages a collection of over 30,000 works and has helped create exhibitions on Pedro Almodóvar, Wim Wenders, Tim Burton and Mike Nichols. He co-authored the book “The Berlin School: Films from the Berliner Schule” (2013). He is co-chair of the selection committee for New Directors/New Films, presented with the Lincoln Center Film Society. Previously, he was artistic director and programmer for the Hamptons International Film Festival and a member of the Berlinale Competition selection committee.