Urban Lens: Spotlight on Berlin
Ahram Online, , Sunday 30 Oct 2016
List of films to be screened within Urban Lens: Spotlight on Berlin section of the 9th Panorama of the European Film which runs between 2 and 13 November 2016

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Country: Germany

Year: 2015

Director: Jörg A. Hoppe

Genre: Documentary

Running Time: 92 min

Language: German, English

Subtitles: English

Music, art and chaos in the wild West-Berlin of the 1980’s: the walled-in city became the creative melting pot for sub- and pop-culture. Before the iron curtain fell, everything and anything seemed possible. B-MOVIE is a fast-paced collage of mostly unreleased film and TV footage from a frenzied but creative decade, starting with punk and ending with the Love Parade, in a city where the days are short and the nights are endless. Where it was not about long-term success, but about living for the moment – the here and now.

Heiner Carow Prize - Berlin IFF 2015

Nominated for the Depth of Field Competition - DocAviv IFF 2015




Country: Germany

Year: 2006

Director: Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck

Starring: Ulriche Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch

Genre: Drama

Running Time: 137 min

Language: German

Subtitles: English

East Berlin, November 1984, five years before its downfall, the East-German government ensured its claim to power with a ruthless surveillance system. Party-loyalist Captain Gerd Wiesler hopes to boost his career when given the job of collecting evidence against the playwright Georg Dreyman and his girlfriend. What he didn't anticipate, however, was that submerging oneself into the world of the target also changes the surveillance agent. The immersion in the lives of others - in love, literature, free thinking and speech - makes Wiesler acutely aware of the meagerness of his own existence.

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year - Academy Awards 2007

Best Film Not in English Language - BAFTA Awards 2008

Best Foreign Film - César Awards 2008Audience Award - Locarno IFF 2006



Country: Germany

Year: 2010

Director: Agostino Imondi, Dietmar Ratsch

Genre: Documentary

Running Time: 96 min

Language: German, English

Subtitles: English

The siblings Hassan, Lial and Maradona are talented musicians and breakdancers growing up in Berlin’s notorious Neukölln district. Hip Hop and streetdance are their language and their passion. Coming from Lebanon, their family lives in constant danger of being deported from Germany. To prevent this from happening, and to secure a residency permit for the whole family, Hassan and Lial have a plan: to use their artistic talents to provide the necessary financial support for their family.

Crystal Bear for Generation 14plus Best Film - Berlin IFF 2010

Documentary Award - Buster International Children’s FF 2010

Adult’s Jury Award for Documentary Feature - Chicago International Children’s FF 2010



Country: Germany

Year: 1998

Director: Tom Tykwer

Starring: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Running Time: 81 min

Language: German, English, Japanese

Subtitles: English

Lola gets a phone call from her boyfriend Manni. He left a bag containing 100,000 Deutsche Marks on the subway, and a bum made away with it. But Manni is expected to deliver the money at noon to a gangster otherwise he will probably get killed. His desperate plan; rob a bank. Lola's desperate plan; find the money somehow, somewhere, in 20 minutes. The story of Lola's run is told three times, each time with small differences, affecting the outcome and the fate of the characters.

Audience Award (World Cinema) - Sundance FF 1999

German Film of The Year, Outstanding Feature Film, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Cinematography - German Film Awards 1999

Nominated for Best Film not in English Language - BAFTA Awards 2000



Country: Germany, France

Year: 1987

Director: Wim Wenders

Starring: Bruno Ganz, Otto Sander, Solveig Dommartin

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Running Time: 125 min

Language: German, English, French

Subtitles: English

Wings of Desire is one of cinema’s loveliest city symphonies. Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin, can hear the thoughts, fears, hopes and dreams of all the people living below. But when he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, he is willing to give up his immortality and come back to earth to be with her. Made not long before the fall of the Berlin wall, this stunning tapestry of sounds and images, shot in black and white and color, is movie poetry. And it forever made the name Wim Wenders synonymous with film art.

Nominated for Best Film not in English Language - BAFTA Awards 1989 In Competition for Best Director - Cannes IFF 1987

Best Director, Best Supporting Actor - European Film Awards 1988


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