With cinemas in Berlin most likely staying closed for a couple more months, the shared experience of watching a movie together seems far out of reach right now. But if you can’t go to the movie theater, maybe the movie theater can come to you. This is the idea behind the new project Windowflicks. Using the backyard firewalls of residential buildings as a screening canvas they project movies that the entire house or neighborhood can enjoy from their windows or balconies. It’s such a simple idea, to give back the pleasure of watching a film together to the people in these strange and testing times.
The film program was kindly provided by the arthouse cinema group Yorck and includes beloved classics such as Himmel Über Berlin, The Artist, Shaun the Sheep, Loving Vincent and Berlin romantic comedy Cleo. At the moment, the movies are all screened subtitled without sound to not disturb any neighbors that don’t want to participate, but soon screenings with sound are planned as well.
As I’ve mentioned before in my last article, now that we’ve entered the new decade, it’s hard to avoid drawing parallels between the 1920s and 2020s. The new film adaptation of the cult novel “Berlin Alexanderplatz” by Alfred Döblin is an attempt of setting some elements of the Weimar Republic plot in today’s Berlin.
The idea of watching porn films with strangers in a public screening might sound a bit wild at first, but as I’ve learned at our darkroom screenings during last year’s Uncensored Berlin exhibition at Blogfabrik it’s actually kinda thrilling. I’m not talking about some seedy sex kino thingy here but a proper official movie screening. I was surprised how patiently the guests of the exhibition sat quietly and curiously watching the entire length of almost an hour of the two films we showed by Noel Alejandro and Poppy Sanchez. Sometimes the entire darkroom was full of people watching.
I imagine the QueerPornScreening at Schwuz that is opening their Plastic club night to be similar, but even bigger. Certainly, the selection of films will be similar as I’ve also seen Noel Alejandro billed as one of the directors and that’s always a good sign. The curation of the screening is done by Pierre Emö, also not unfamiliar to guests of Uncensored Berlin because he was one of our muses. He’s appeared in multiple films by Noel Alejandro as well as Pornceptual. So he certainly knows what’s good!
If you’re up for some arousing, but tasteful – even artistic – films about queer sexuality you should certainly check out this screening. The next QueerPornScreening is already this Friday at 21h. The highlight will certainly be the premiere of Noel Alejandro’s new film Under The Rain that was filmed here in Berlin at an abandoned building. We’ve gathered a few trailers for you to whet your appetite.
Together with Staatsoper Unter den Linden we have again the honor to invite you and your friends to a unique Cocktail & Movie Night. On the 6th of November, we will first host a cocktail reception at the Kantine of the opera and then show the unique Argentinian movie “Wild Tales” by Damián Szifron at the Alter Orchesterprobensaal.
Wild Tales is putting all the Argentinian spirit for love, sex, violence, and absurdity in six short episodes that reunite in one extremely hilarious plot. No wonder the movie was internationally acclaimed by the critics and the audience. Now nearly four years after Wild Tales was nominated for the Oscar in the category of Best Foreign Language Movie, the director Damián Szifron is making his opera debut here in Berlin at the Staatsoper with his version of Samson et Dalila which premieres on the 24th of November.
The Berlin Film Nights are back! Our collaborative screening event with our friends from Mobile Kino is going into its 5th edition already and this time with a very special double feature of the movies Searching Eva and Dreißig. A little more info and the screening time further below.
We are planning another Berlin Film Night coming later this year where we want to screen a mix of shorter Berlin films and videos like we did in previous editions. For this, we are currently looking for submissions. So if you have a Berlin-related video work that you would like to show at the screening please shoot an eMail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will release more info on this event soon, so stay tuned!
We are forever on the lookout for new movies set in Berlin, and the most recent production that got out attention is Cleo – Erik Schmitt’s new film that is described as ”the Berlin answer to the film Amélie” on its website. Read on to find out a bit more and watch the trailer!
Berlin continues to be an inspiration for many filmmakers, and while in my humble opinion nothing could ever surpass the greatness of ”Himmel Über Berlin” directed by Wim Wenders, it’s always fun to check out new movies celebrating our city. ”Cleo” seems like a touching attempt at that. Of course, you can never tell until you’ve seen the whole thing, but the trailer ticks a few boxes for me.
The other day I spontaneously went to see the brand new Berlin movie Liebesfilm that was just released to cinemas. I hadn’t heard of the film before, to be honest – Berlin Bouncer has taken up most of the Berlin buzz I guess – so I didn’t have any specific expectations of the flick.
But to my delight, I was really enjoying what I was seeing. In contrast to most Berlin movies or TV shows of the last years, this film did not portrait the city and its inhabitants in a stylized and overdramatized kind of way. It felt very real and honest which made the film and its characters incredibly likable. Even that kooky, trashy little party at the beginning of the film felt like a much more earnest representation of Berlin nightlife than any exaggerated techno rave in some kind of stunning location that doesn’t even look like anything that would exist in Berlin – we’ve seen in too many times in many other movies already.
The story is as simple as it gets: Two unlikely lovers find themselves – completely wasted – in a party and start a joyful love affair. The snotty, rebellious attitude of them perfectly captures the personality of the archetype Berliner: totally impossible but also adorable at the same time. And even though this film is not really about the city itself at all I feel like I rarely saw a movie that felt more “Berlin” like this one.
photo: Martin aka Maha / cc.
In a world where streaming services are so widespread that it is possible to watch any movie on laptops, phones, tablets or TVs, going to the cinema continues to be a unique experience. To go out and sit in theatres, especially in cozy and intimate ones, means to elevate the simple movie-watching to the pure pleasure of being dragged into a mix of sounds, colors and feelings that you probably will not get by simply sitting on your couch at home.
We prepared a list of our favorite art-house cinemas in different areas of the city. Check it out! Close your laptop and go to the cinema! Let yourself be enchanted by the atmosphere of these cool spaces. Spending 8 euros on a movie ticket instead of a cocktail is not a bad idea for a weekend. It will be worth it!
To get in the mood for the Berlinale festivities, Audi invited us to their Berlinale Open House program at the Audi Berlinale Lounge at Marlene-Dietrich-Platz. During the entire run of the film festival, Audi and the Berlinale have put together an interesting and diverse program of panels, performances, and interviews, that are taking place in the comforts of their elegant and yet cozy lounge.
We loved the classy and glamorous feel of the place, with its dark walls, dimmed lights, stylish food and drinks, and the first class view right onto the Red Carpet. The location is one of a kind, since it is right next to the Red Carpet and thus part of the event. On Saturday, we went there to experience one of their new formats this year: Electric Minds.
Berlin is kind of a tough city for cinephiles, especially for those of us that (still!) don’t speak German. American films usually come out months later in Germany, and foreign films are either dubbed or subtitled in German. The biggest movies of the year usually come out in December, meaning that some titles still aren’t available in Berlin until February, March or even later, well after the awards have been given. And forget about downloading them (unless you have a VPN)!
But there is a bright side: the Berlinale is one of the film industry’s most prestigious festivals, and it’s actually the largest one in the world, based on annual attendance. Our international community is in luck because all the films are subtitled in English (and German too, sometimes). Instead of being late to the party, the party actually kicks off here: many of these are world premieres, without distribution deals even. So it really is a treat to attend a Berlinale screening.