Germany has had a vibrant film culture for as long as the medium has existed. It has had some highs (the experimentalism of the 1920s that influenced cinema worldwide comes to mind) as well as some lows (the cinema of the Third Reich), but it has always been intriguing for its relationship to its society.
Today the German film industry has to deal with the issues facing all European film industries: the impact of globalization on film production and distribution; the tensions between commercial viability and the desire to tell stories of local or personal interest; the competition among various distribution systems (cinemas, television, streaming services).
The drama, featuring “the most handsome lovers of the Berlinale,” explores the difficulty of existing outside of heteronormative and socially prescribed life plans in present-day Germany.
The Goethe-Institut Toronto's program curator talks about her interest in contemporary German cinema.
In a wide-ranging interview, filmmaker Marc Bauder discusses memory culture in Germany and his work on the Lichtgrenze.
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