Vicky and Nicky

Up to now quick-witted Vicky's life has been bound up with old things in plentiful supply as  she runs the pawnbroker shop in Berlin Kreuzberg.

A Year of the Quiet Sun

The movie takes us back to Poland in the year 1946. In a war torn city in the reclaimed Polish territories a polish artist and an American soldier meet and fall in love.

André Heller Watches His Fireworks

Summer 1984. An audience of 50.

Faithful to the original

“Faithful to the Original - the Classics and the Directors” provides an overview of vital, living theatre in the form of extracts from classical pieces staged by well-known directors:

In the Beginning Was The Thief

The hand holding the non-filter cigarette shakes, but the close-up of the television camera, examining every wrinkle and the stubble on his chin in an open search for the thief, the poet, the myth of Genet which verges on voyeurism, reveals eyes

Siggi, the Street Cleaner

One of the city's road-sweepers seems to be leading a content, self-sufficient life until it all comes to an abrupt end one morning when he finds a box during his rounds. Beneath a layer of cigarettes it contains 300.

The 24-Hour City

A round-the clock-portrait of Berlin from an underground, freaked-out perspective. Documentary shots filmed as life races by, staged absurdities, sequences to catch the impetus of an extraordinary metropolis.

The Deportation

Elke Steube, an 18-year-old schoolgirl, reveals to her parents that she has entered a fictitious marriage with a Kurdish Turk.

The Dreamer

The film portrays the problems of people around the age of 40, who have already lived the larger part of their life, but on the other hand aren't willing or able to go on like this.

The Park

Once again Botho Strauß rehearses a satyric drama in our society, governed as it is by the concept of the Last Judgement. He penetrates our technological present by using the myths of nature from the past.

Triumph of Love

Luc Bondy's production of THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE aims to take the Marivaux figures away from the audience, so that distance engenders clear-sightedness.

Behind The Door

Since the death of her mother 18 years ago, Pia Gonnermann, 24, has been living alone in a feudal villa as a rich heiress.

Class Enemy

Six schoolboys between 16 and 18 are waiting in their classroom for their new teacher. Every teacher who was supposed to teach this class up to now has given up.


The mode of existence forced on the title figure, Erendira, reveals basic historical experiences fundamental to the past of Latin America; slavery, rape, expolitation and the vision of Utopia based on a leap into the future which is to destroy the

Hermann´s Battle

To impose total subjugation over the Teutonic lands Varus, the Roman general, secretly tries to play Marbot, leader of the Suevi, off against Hermann, Prince of the Cheruscans. Hermann sees through the Roman intrigue and pretends to fall for it.

Journey into a secret life

An imaginary biography of Jean Genet, poet and high priest of evil. "Revolt is something I allow myself", said Jean Genet in 1975.

Love is Not an Argument

A woman at about 40, married for the last 20 years to a successful lawyer and herself head of a design studio, falls in love with a younger man.

The Family or Schroffenstein

The two noble families, Rossitz and Warwand, are related, and since the succession of both lines has been settled by a decree stating that if one family dies out the combined property shall go to the surviving family, they keep close, suspicious and

Fleeting Acquaintis

Dieter Wellershoff’s film Fleeting Acquaintances tells a story of everyday life.

Heinrich Penthesilea by Kleist

The staggered title indicates that the subject matter is more than the affair and kinship between the Greek demi-god and the Amazonian princess, who find no solution to the pressing problem of their love - who is to dominate whom - until Penthesilea


The Schaubühne Theatre rehearsed for over a year before the 9-hour epic in three parts had its premier in October 1980. Several translations and versions of the text were used as a basis for the production, to ensure that the 2.

The River of Stone

Two 10-year-old children experience - by proxy - the struggle between the need for environmental protection and the demands of a progressive transport policy.

The Unapprochable

Daughter of an American dancer and French father, Leslie Caron was already a prima ballerina in Paris when recommended by Gene Kelly as his dancing partner in Vincente Minnelli's An American in Paris (1951).

After Midnight

Sanne Moder, an 18-year-old girl with a ready tongue, is sent by her father to Frankfurt, to stay with her aunt. Working for the domineering and bad-tempered woman in her stationer's shop, Sanne falls in love with the son, Franz.

Be Tender Pinguin

Each day the attractive Nina brings lonely hearts together at her dating agency. But she doesn't seem to have made the best choice for her own partner.

I´ve Felt at Home Everywhere

Irmgard Keun, a writer from Cologne, left her Germany in 1936, disgusted by the sight of German fascism. In 1940, still hunted by the Nazis, she returned illegally.

Kamikaze 1989

Oddball, sci-fi, thriller mash up. Somewhat similar to ALPHAVILLE in it's setting. World famous director Fassbinder steps in front of the camera in what would be his final film.


Two life stories: Malou, born in France, married to a German jew, driven by circumstances to South America - the panorama of the pre-war generation, mirrored in a woman's extraordinary destiny.

One Way Ticket

A young man manages to get out of East Germany and comes to West Berlin, where his one aim is to arrange for his girlfriend to follow him so they can head off together for sunnier climes.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Last Works

This portrait shows Rainer Werner Fassbinder both as an actor - taking the leading role in the film KAMIKAZE 1989, also directed by Wolf Gremm, - and as a director working on QUERELEL, his adaption of the work by Jean Genet.

Skeleton in the Cupboard

Herr and Frau Schmidt are having breakfast. Herr Schmidt doesn't want to go to work - he has a "terrible headache". Somebody rings the doorbell and a man enters, introducing himself as "Olaf from Head Office".

The Dreamer

Everybody has heard of that before: dreams in which you dream you wake up, get up and experience some strange events, only to wake up afterwards? Dreams like this happen to most of us very rarely. To Mr.

no terraced House for Robin Hood

Greskämper, industrial manager closed down his factory in fictitious small town Bramme; the workers are out on the street, Greskämper had been kidnapped by terrorists, however, released after paying a ransom.

Valse Triste

The story unfolds with the logic of a dream. The external course the plot takes is unreal. However, it reflects the hopes, fears and desires of the characters in very concrete terms.

Big and Small

“Where to? – No reply.” The pairing of a question screamed into an empty room and the depressed reply flung back at herself describes most clearly the condition of the central figure in this piece.

Henry Angst

Henry Angst receives a farewell letter in which an indescribably cheerful death is promised, which calls into question his life as he has lived it up to now. Thereupon he leaves his wife and quits his job.

House of Dreams

The house of dreams is given a new face: sunlight collectors are installed on the roof, and the facade is polished to a high gloss.

Times of Panic

After a concert performance Udo and his crew return to their hotel to celebrate this success. Unnoticed by his friends, however, Udo is kidnapped during the party.


Erich Kästner (1899-1974) - writer and screenwriter, playwright and author of children's books, journalist and publicist, humorist and satirist - was an eyewitness in 1933 to the burning of his books by the Nazis.


The electronic versions of the old one-armed bandits are the MONARCH's aim in the appropriate bars, and his only source of income. With a trick only he knows he is able to “crack open” almost every machine in certain spotted out bars.

Only Worth Half as Much

In spring 1978 the metal industry for the first time was confronted with skills problems. Together with his crew director Thomas Mitscherlich watched the industrial dispute in Reutlingen for six weeks.

The Great Runaway

All of them want to go they want to break out, to make the great escape, adults as well as youngsters, and Schocker and Richy as well.

The Indecent Profit

The criminal investigation department and cartel officers appear in the main office of a raw-material factory for synthetic material.

Triologie of Reunion

The exhibition of a medium-sized art club seems to be endangered. Even more in danger are the arty club members, the petty bourgeois art-jet-set.

Willi And His Comrades

His report card in school reads: "Willi Klein is a dreamer. In serious danger of failing High School”.

Death or Freedom

The Franconian Earl of Buttlar is the father of two sons: Fritz and Ludwig who differ from each other in their characters.


We see the young officer cadet "Heinrich" at his commissioning, we see the music making young man, already bewildered by the Prussian military service, we see the enthusiastic man, full of animosity against the French, we take part at the

The Brothers

The film tells the story of the rise and fall of three generations, 1963-1976, Mariensiel-Heidelberg. Doctor Fachmin, a country doctor, descendant of an old-etablished family, married another time.

Family Bliss

The film starts out with the wedding of the worker's couple Manfred and Manuela. They enter into marriage in the hope of having a long and happy union.

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