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German Cinema

Germany is a country of film legends. In the 1920s, Berlin's famed Babelsberg studios was one of Hollywood's top competitors. It was also a laboratory for a new form of high art where Fritz Lang crafted the vivid dystopia of Metropolis and Marlene Dietrich melted hearts with a bat of her lashes in The Blue Angel. Today, a new generation of filmmakers is winning international acclaim with smart takes on tough topics. In 2007, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's spy thriller The Lives of Others snagged an Oscar for Best Foreign Film and showed the world that German films can keep international audiences gripping their popcorn.

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Your Guide to German Film: the Goethe-Institut

So you're a true German film buff? Or wish to become one? Well, then, the Goethe-Institut is your one-stop-shop for in-depth background information and current news on the entire German cinematic universe. Festivals, fimmakers, films, archives, a Berlinale blog, and much, much more--all in English! Check it out before (and after) you go ins Kino!

German Films

German Films Service + Marketing GmbH is the national information and advisory center for the promotion of German films worldwide. It was established in 1954 under the name Export-Union of German Cinema as the umbrella association for the Association of German Feature Film Producers, the Association of New German Feature Film Producers and the Association of German Film Exporters. In 2004, the company was reorganized and now operates under the name: German Films Service + Marketing GmbH.

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Studio Babelsberg

Founded in 1912, Studio Babelsberg is the oldest large-scale studio complex in the world and one of Europe’s leading service providers for major motion pictures, independent films and TV productions. The legendary stages and backlots have always been the place for the best creative talents and a synonym for high quality filmmaking. Director legends like Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Josef von Sternberg or Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau have created their world-famous movie classics here. Even the young Alfred Hitchcock worked here as assistant director and said: “Everything I had to know about filmmaking I learned in Babelsberg”. Current references include Quentin Tarantino’s INGLORIOUS BASTERDS, Roman Polanski’s THE GHOST WRITER, Roland Emmerich’s ANONYMOUS, 3D productions THE THREE MUSKETEERS and HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS as well as George Clooney's THE MONUMENTS MEN, Wes Anderson's THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, Brian Percival's THE BOOK THIEF and Marjane Satrapi's THE VOICES.


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The Berlinale

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Berlin: an exciting, cosmopolitan cultural hub that never ceases to attract artists from around the world. In the middle of it all, the Berlin International Film Festival, or Berlinale: a great cultural event and one of the most important dates for the international film industry. Some 400 films, more than 300,000 sold tickets, almost 20,000 professional visitors from 124 countries, including around 3,700 journalists: art, glamour, parties and business are all inseparably linked at the Berlinale.

The German Film Academy

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The German Film Academy (Deutsche Filmakademie e.V.), located in Berlin, was founded in 2003 and today counts 1,600 members from all creative areas in the industry. One of the most important tasks of the German Film Academy is to elect the winners of the German Film Award, and to organize the annual awards ceremony.