What about the German film? LICHTER approaches this question in a very special way this jubilee year. In addition to the industry-specific theme lab 2017 and in preparation for the major congress 2018, the festival presents a FIVE DAY PROGRAMME with selected highlights of film making with the new series ZUKUNFT DEUTSCHER FILM” [FUTURE OF GERMAN FILM]. It includes works by established directors as well as those from a highly esteemed young generation – to be seen at the KINO DES DEUTSCHEN FILMMUSEUMS. In addition, various panels cater for an exchange on the spectrum of the German film.

The German film is ranking highly! Two productions were nominated for an Oscar this year. The success story TONI ERDMANN (director: MAREN ADE) went into the race for the BEST FOREIGN FEATURE FILM. The production WATANI: MY HOMELAND has been nominated as the BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY. TONI ERDMANN’s film rights are also debated in fierce negotiations. The US is planning a remake and rumour has it that JACK NICHOLSON could take the lead role.

However, the exchange also works very well in reverse. More and more German actors dare to go to Hollywood, some of them (DANIEL BRÜHL, HEIKE MAKATSCH, DIANE KRUGER) with great success. In the end, however, they all enjoy returning to their own, cinematic roots.


There is no doubt that the German film has long since disabused many international critics, who were only too happy to accuse it of pathological gloomy severity. LICHTER wants to do this changed perception justice in a very special way and will contribute to the analysis of the state of the German film in the coming issue. The series ZUKUNFT DEUTSCHER FILM presents a total of five films, which show German filmmaking in all its facets. The narrated stories are as diverse as their directors themselves. Besides this year’s Berlinale success, TIGER GIRL, by director JAKOB LASS, we are looking forward to a much respected and celebrated graduation film from this year, the SELBSTKRITIK EINES BÜRGERLICHEN HUNDES by JULIAN RADLMAIER. The films VANATOARE (director: ALEXANDRA BALTEANU) and MARIJA (director: MICHAEL KOCH), on the other hand, are concerned with social issues that couldn’t be more political. They are about protagonists, more specifically women, who live at subsistence level and who are confronted by the fact that their dream of a better future radically collides with the dreary partly destructive reality. GAZA SURF CLUB, the subsidised and much celebrated production by the filmmaker PHILIP GNAUDT from Bad Soden / Taunus, is dedicated to the young generation in Gaza who, despite many obstacles, is fighting for their passion – surfing.


Besides presentations, which are aimed at a broad audience, the main focus is on exchanges within the industry. The possibility to delve deeper into the production of films and to articulate an outlook on the future of the German film is provided for in various workshops.

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