The Hot Tub Cinema hasn’t made it from London to Berlin yet, but the times of watching movies in a theatre with red velvet seats or cuddled up in bed are over none the less. We want to get out, sit in a deckchair or a blanket underneath the stars while the films flicker on an outside screen. Summer has finally come and it’s time for some Open Air film fun! Recommendations after the jump.
Berlin has plenty of open air theatres and the programs go from old classics (Scarface, The Big Lebowski, Dirty Dancing) to recent releases (The Broken Circle, Rust and Bones, Side Effects). It can be overwhelming searching through all they offer, especially as they show a different film every day.
I usually check the program once I’ve decided that the weather is inviting and stable enough for a night out at the movies, but here is where I am hoping to find something on those nights this summer.
Since the beginning of June and through to September 7th the Freiluftkino Hasenheide will bring you all sorts of great films. Currently their program is only planned until July 3rd, but there’s plenty of promising stuff to be seen.
27. 6. Scarface (D: Brian DePalma, USA 1983)
Brian dePalmas cult classic from the eighties is a must see and not only that but one should really watch it once a year.
3. 7. Shame (D: Steve McQueen, UK 2011)
Michael Fassbender plays a sex-addict realizing his inability to feel anything during his encounters is breaking him.
Films begin at 9:45 pm every night. Tickets are 7 €. All info here.
If weather permits the Freiluftkino Mitte will also run through September. Their focus is on older films and cult films that you don’t usually get to see on the big screen so easily.
20.6. Last Tango in Paris (D: Bernardo Bertolucci, I/F 1972)
Marlon Brando and Maria Schrader play an odd couple who meet in an empty apartment to have sex. This was one of the first films to show explicit sex in a mainstream film and it’s really quite hot.
27.6. Taxi Driver (D: Martin Scorsese, USA 1976)
Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro, New York in the 70s and a maniac with guns. I refuse to say more. If you haven’t already seen it: GO!
Screenings commerce at 9:30 pm. Tickets are 5€. All Info here.
In the breathtakingly beautiful backyard of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien the Freiluftkino Kreuzberg shows a great selection of art house films from all decades.
26. 6. The Great Dictator (D: Charlie Chaplin, USA 1940)
Chaplin’s classic humorously deals with the Nazi or any other Regime. Definitely a black and white film worth seeing.
4. 7. Spring Beakers (D: Harmony Korine, USA 2013)
The „Kids“ director Korine caused quite a debate with this film about American teenagers on their school break in Mexico. I’ve heard both great and horrible things and can’t wait to see it.
Films start at 9:45 pm, Tickets cost 6,50 €. All info here.