Istanbul Modern presents Brand New Films from Germany

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

biz ruya gorurkenPresenting its seventh selection of Brand New Films from Germany, Istanbul Modern Cinema, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Istanbul and with the contributions of Cinema Sponsor Türk Tuborg A.Ş., continues to bring prominent German films to movie lovers in Istanbul.

Focusing on the physical or mental walls surrounding us, this year’s selection includes German films having received acclaim or won awards in various international festivals within the last year.


Germany | HDD, Color, 90’ | German

Director: Christian Petzold

Cast: Matthias Brandt, Barbara Auer, Justus von Dohnányi, Daniel Sträßer, Luise Heyer

This year, one of the episodes of the cult German TV seriesPolizeiruf 110 was directed by Christian Petzold, a leading director in recent German cinema. In this crime series, which has been broadcast since 1971, each episode treats of a separate case and different inspectors alternate in the lead role. InCircles, both directed and written by Petzold, we watch Hanns von Meuffels, a police inspector from Munich, as he tries to solve a murder case. A woman’s body buried under a pile of leaves in the woods, as if they wanted it to be discovered as quickly as possible... Lying right next to her is her dog, killed just like the victim. The melancholy familiar to us from Petzold’s feature films also prevails inCirlces. This television drama, which earned much critical acclaim in Germany, will have its first Turkish screening in the “Brand New Films from Germany” selection.


Germany | DCP, Color, 101’ | German

Director: Margarethe von Trotta

Cast: Katja Riemann, Barbara Sukowa, Matthias Habich, Robert Seeliger

Veteran director Margarethe von Trotta’s new filmThe Misplaced World, whichpremiered at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, is about characters who confront their past. A photograph on the Internet disrupts the lives of Paul and his daughter Sophie. Paul claims that this opera singer who lives in New York is his deceased wife, in other words Sophie’s mother. Upon her father’s insistence, Sophie sets out to meet this stranger.The Misplaced Worldstars Katja Riemann, one of the most popular actresses of German cinema, alongside the director’s favorite actress Barbara Sukowa.


Germany | DCP, Color, 112’ | German

Director: Christoph Hochhäusler

Cast: Florian David Fitz, Horst Kotterba, Lilith Stangenberg, David C. Bunners

Known forI Am Guilty (Falscher Bekenner), which was also released in Turkey, Christoph Hochhäusler’s new film is an example of genre cinema. Reminiscent of the political thrillers of the 1970s,The Lies of Victorstells the story of journalist Fabian Groys who discoversa much bigger scandal while investigating the army’s treatment of disabled soldiers. The film premiered at last year’s Rome Film Festival and has earned acclaim at international festivals.

my friend rockefellerMY FRIEND ROCKEFELLER, 2015

Germany, USA | Blu-Ray, Color, 86’ | English

Director: Steffi Kammerer

My Friend Rockefellerhad its world premiere last month at the prestigious documentary festival CPH:DOX. The film is about one of the most fascinating hoaxes of all time. “The longest-running con in FBI history”... This is how the FBI refers to the case of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter. In the beginning of the 1980’s Gerhartsreiter traveled from Germany to America. He used different names and identities to fool the people around him and often got what he wanted. The identity that stayed with him the longest was that of Clark Rockefeller, in other words a member of the famous Rockefeller family. In the 1990s, Gerhartsreiter moved to New York where he introduced himself as an art collector by the Rockefeller name. A story you will eagerly watch as new surprises unfold around each corner.

The film’s director Steffi Kammerer will attend the screening on Saturday, December 19 at 15.45, which will be followed by a Q&A.


Germany, France | DCP, Color, 117’ | German

Director: Andreas Dresen

Cast: Merlin Rose, Julius Nitschkoff, Joel Basman, Marcel Heuperman

An adaptation from Clemens Meyer’s novel of the same name, which has also been published in Turkey,As We Were Dreamingcompeted for the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. This daring film reunites two leading names in German cinema, director Andreas Dresen and screenwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase. Taking place in Leipzig in 1990, the film tells about a group of youngsters who find themselves in an entirely different world as new opportunities open up before them. While East Germany is in its final days, our heroes discover techno music, drugs, and club culture. Providinga striking portrait of the era, As We Were Dreamingwas nominated in the category for Best Editing at the German Film Awards.


Germany, Norway | DCP, Color, 90’ | German

Director: Sonja Heiss

Cast: Laura Tonke, Hans Löw, Leander Nitsche

Hedi Schneider leads a peaceful life with her husband and son. When things are going badly Hedi is able to smile and make fun of life. Until the day she starts having panic attacks. The everyday life of this woman in her thirties is suddenly jeopardized. The support of her family does not help Hedi, and even makes things worse.Hedi Schneider is Stuck, the second feature film by Sonja Heiss afterHotel Very Welcome, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, in the Forum section. This first-rate character comedy with a modern sense of humor was also praised for the performance of its leads.


Germany | DCP, Black & White, 123’ | German

Director: Burhan Qurbani

Cast: Jonas Nay, Trang Le Hong, Devid Striesow, Joel Basman, Saskia Rosendahl

Thexenophobic riots that took place on August 24, 1992 in Rostock shocked the newly unified Germany. The focus ofWe are Young. We are Strong. is on the events that led up to riots by thousands of people and culminated in the burning of a building that housed Vietnamese immigrants. This frightening day is told through the intersecting stories of three characters: The Vietnamese Lien, who is willing to risk everything to stay in Germany; Stefan, who finds himself at the center of the riots together with his violence-prone friends; and the politician Martin, who can see the events leading up to the riots due to his son Stefan’s situation, but, in the interest of his career, is late in taking action. Featured in many major international festivals throughout the year,We are Young. We are Strong.won the Öngören Award for Democracy and Human Rights, given in honor of Mahmut Tali Öngören at the Nuremberg Turkey - Germany Film Festival.


Germany | DCP, Color, 92’ | English

Director: Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, Heiko Lange

This wonderful documentary, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival this year and received the Heiner Carow Prize, is also an exhilarating journey back in time. A witty montage of music videos, concert footage, television reports, and personal archive material, the film takes us to the days when “the Wall” was still up; to a West Berlin steeped in the frenzied, creative, and avant-garde underground culture of the 1980s. As we follow the adventures of the music-obsessed Mark Reeder who came from Manchester to Berlin in 1979, we encounter many famous names including Nick Cave, Blixa Bargeld, Gudrun Gut, and Christiane F.


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