Berlin International Film Festival 2012

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El Bulli: Cooking in Progress El Bulli: Cooking in Progress
El Bulli: Cooking in Progress and Sleeping Sickness
Above Us Only Sky (Über uns das All) (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Jan Schomburg; Writer: Jan Schomburg; Stars: Sandra Hüller, Georg Friedrich, Felix Knopp)
After her husband disappears, Martha begins to realize how little she knew him, and how his life with her was a charade. But instead of coming to terms with her loss, she meets another man…
The Albanian - Shqiptari (Der Albaner - Shqiptari) (Country: Germany / Albania; Year: 2010; Director: Johannes Naber; Stars: Nik Xhelilaj, Xhejlane Terbunja, Ivan Shvedoff)
One-way trip to the dark side of the European dream. This is the story of the Albanian Arben, who leaves the poorest country of Europe for the richest. He needs money to marry. He will pay a hard price.
Anonymus (Country: USA / Germany / UK; Year: 2011; Director: Roland Emmerich; Stars: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Rafe Spall, David Thewlis)
Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, ANOYMOUS speculates on the issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds: who was the author behind William Shakespeare?
Baikonur (Country: Germany / Russian Federation / Kazakhstan; Year: 2011; Director: Veit Helmer; Writer: Sergej Ashkenazy, Veit Helmer, Daniela Baumgärtl; Stars: Alexander Asochakov, Marie de Villepin, Sitora Farmonova)
A magic love-story between a young boy from a remote village and a female space-tourist, who got lost after returning to earth.
The Big Eden (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Peter Dörfler; Writer: Peter Dörfler)
Rolf Eden is Germany’s last playboy. He is Germany’s king of Disco and part of Berlin’s history, he organised the first beauty contests and made Striptease popular in prudish West Germany.
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Stopped On Track and Hut In The Woods
Bloot Brothaz (Blutzbrüdaz) (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Özgür Yildirim; Stars: Sido)
BLOOT BROTHAZ is the story of Otis and Eddy, two pals since whenever. They share the little they have, and above all, a love for music. Their friendship crumbles when they sign at a major label...
Burnout (Abgebrannt) (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Verena S. Freytag; Writer: Verena S. Freytag; Stars: Maryam Zaree)
Pellin is a young single tatoo artist with 3 children. She loves her children but can't handle family and job. She is totaly burned out. Her last chance is a mother-child-cure at the seaside of Germany.
The City Below (Unter dir die Stadt) (Country: Germany; Year: 2010; Director: Christoph Hochhäusler; Writer: Christoph Hochhäusler, Ulrich Peltzer; Stars: Mark Waschke, Nicolette Krebitz, Robert Hunger-Bühler)
Bank manager Roland starts an affair with Svenja, a clerk’s wife. Roland has transferred her husband to keep him out of the way.When She hears about this, she ends the affair, what makes Roland falter.
Colour Of The Ocean (Die Farbe Des Ozeans) (Country: Germany, Spain; Year: 2011; Director: Maggie Peren; Writer: Maggie Peren; Stars: Álex González, Hubert Koundé, Nathalie Poza, Sabine Timoteo)
Two refugees arriving in the Canary Islands meet a sympathetic tourist and a suspicious police officer.
Combat Girls (Kriegerin) (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: David Wnendt; Writer: David Wnendt; Stars: Alina Levshin, Jella Haase, Gerdy Zint)
It’s the hometown of Marisa, a young female Neo-Nazi. A new girl appears in her gang. Marisa gets into trouble with two foreigners. She sets a series of events in motion which turn her life up side down.
Gerhard Richter Painting Gerhard Richter Painting
Gerhard Richter Painting and Klitschko
Cracks in the Shell (Die Unsichtbare) (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Christian Schwochow; Writer: Heide Schwochow, Christian Schwochow; Stars: Stine Fischer Christensen, Ulrich Noethen, Ronald Zehrfeld, Anna Maria Mühe)
Fine gets her first big part in a stage play. She slips into another identity and puts herself in the hands of her director who lets her go through hell without psychologically rescuing her.
The Crocodiles - All for one (Vorstadtkrokodile 3) (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Wolfgang Groos; Stars: Nick Romeo, Fabian Halbig, Manuel Steitz, Javidan Imani)
One of the crocodiles needs an organ transplant by a close relative to save his life. Time is running out, but real friends never give up! With the help of Hannes’ mom the gang comes up with a plan...
El Bulli: Cooking in Progress (Country: Germany; Year: 2010; Director: Gereon Wetzel; Writer: Anna Ginestí Rosell, Gereon Wetzel; Stars: Ferran Adrià, Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch, Eugeni de Diego, Aitor Lozano)
A look into the creative and culinary processes behind one of the world's most famous restaurants.
Enemy Of The State (Vaterlandsverräter) (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Annekatrin Hendel)
The film is a psychological profile of a man of extremes: writer Paul Grazik. It tells a story about the GDR, its critics and the Stasi of the kind that has never been told before.
Famous Five (Fünf Freunde) (Country: Germany; Year: 2012; Director: Mike Marzuk; Stars: Valeria Eisenbart, Quirin Oettl, Justus Schlingensiepen, Neele Marie Nickel)
The FAMOUS FIVE spend their first holidays together and plunge into an exciting adventure: George’s dad has been kidnapped! The kids take up the trail of the gangsters and uncover a breathtaking plot.
The Fourth State (Die vierte Macht) (Country: Germany; Year: 2012; Director: Dennis Gansel; Writer: Dennis Gansel, Pierre Peters-Arnolds; Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Kasia Smutniak, Max Riemelt, Mark Ivanir, Rade Serbedzija)
Celebrity journalist from Berlin travels to Russia to forget his personal and professional worries and immerse himself in Moscow’s wild party scene. But a chance encounter with a young activist draws him into a web of political intrigue that ends up costing him dearly.
Gerhard Richter Painting (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Corinna Belz; Stars: Gerhard Richter)
A look at the creative process and inner life of the celebrated abstract painter.
Hell (Country: Germany / Switzerland; Year: 2011; Director: Tim Fehlbaum; Stars: Hannah Herzsprung, Stipe Erceg, Lars Eidinger, Lisa Vicari)
The sun has turned the world into baked wasteland. Marie, Leonie, Phillip and Tom are heading for the mountains to find water. As they are lured into an ambush their real battle for survival begins…
Hut In The Woods (Hütte im Wald) (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Hans Weingartner; Writer: Hans Weingartner; Stars: Peter Schneider, Timur Massold, Henrike von Kuick, Julia Jentsch)
A young man befriends an orphaned boy, and they try to escape the world by building a cabin in the woods.
Hotel Lux (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Leander Haußmann; Writer: Leander Haußmann, Uwe Timm, Volker Einrauch; Stars: Michael Herbig, Jürgen Vogel, Thekla Reuten, Valery Grishko)
Berlin, 1930s. Cabaret star Hans Zeisig cracks up his audiences with his Stalin-Hitler-show, but with the political atmosphere changing, he is forced to flee. He sets out for Hollywood, but makes it to Moscow's Hotel Lux instead.
Insurance man (Versicherungsvertreter - Die erstaunliche Karriere des Mehmet Göker) (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Klaus Stern)
In 2009, Mehmet Göker’s MEG AG was Germany’s second-largest health insurance brokerage. His aim was to become the world’s most important finance broker. But things did not work out that way.
Joschka & Mr. Fischer (Joschka und Herr Fischer) (Country: Germany / Switzerland; Year: 2011; Director: Pepe Danquart; Writer: Pepe Danquart)
Danquart’s film is a time machine hurtling through the decades with Joschka Fischer at the helm gazing out - often in astonishment - at the epochs that shaped him, as he did them.
Klitschko (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Sebastian Dehnhardt; Writer: Sebastian Dehnhardt)
The film traces the Klitschko’s path through life, their childhood on Soviet Military Bases marked by socialist drill, their move to Germany and later to the United States, and finally their rise to international boxing super-stardom.
Lollipop Monster (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Ziska Riemann; Writer: Ziska Riemann, Luci Van Org; Stars: Nicolette Krebitz, Sarah Horváth, Jella Haase)
Two girls, Ari and Oona, dream of breaking free, they follow their instinct and through their friendship Oona learns how to extrovert her anger and Ari finally feels some kind of self-respect.
THE LOOK - Charlotte Rampling (Country: Germany / France; Year: 2011; Director: Angelina Maccarone)
There are many myths around “Charlotte Rampling”. Some call her taboo breaker, while others call her style icon. In THE LOOK it is her "perspective on life", an inside view.
My Joy (Country: Ukraine, Germany, Netherlands; Year: 2010; Director: Sergei Loznitsa; Writer: Sergei Loznitsa; Stars: Viktor Nemets, Vlad Ivanov, Vladimir Golovin)
A truck driver gives a lift to a sex worker and finds himself caught up in a world of which he previously knew nothing.
Raising Resistance (Country: Germany / Switzerland; Year: 2011; Director: Bettina Borgfeld, David Bernet; Writer: David Bernet, Bettina Borgfeld, Christin Stoltz)
RAISING RESISTANCE delivers a sensitive and visually impressive survey of humans in a global hot spot and shows us that even weeds can become resistant to pesticides.
Remembrance (Die verlorene Zeit) (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Anna Justice; Writer: Pam Katz, Anna Justice; Stars: David Rasche, Alice Dweyer, Dagmar Manzel)
Inspired by actual events, REMEMBRANCE depicts a remarkable love story that blossomed amidst the terror of a German concentration camp in 1944 in Poland. Anna Justice captures survival, love, courage and their consequences in a “must see” adaptation of a script by Pam Katz.
Rubbeldiekatz (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Detlev Buck; Writer: Anika Decker, Detlev Buck; Stars: Alexandra Maria Lara, Matthias Schweighöfer, Sunnyi Melles)
Alex's acting career is not going well untill he gets a part in a film as a woman next to Hollywood star Sarah. They both get along great until the inevitable happens: Alex falls in love with Sarah.
Sleeping Sickness (Schlafkrankheit) (Country: Germany, France, Netherlands; Year: 2011; Director: Ulrich Kohler; Writer: Ulrich Kohler; Stars: Pierre Bokma, Jean-Christophe Folly, Jenny Schilly, Hippolyte Girardot)
Absorbing and boldly original drama revolving around a German doctor in present-day Cameroon.
Stopped On Track (Halt Auf Freier Strecke) (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Andreas Dresen; Writer: Andreas Dresen, Cooky Ziesche; Stars: Steffi Khnert, Milan Peschel, Talisa Lilli Lemke, Mika Nilson Seidel)
A raw, compelling study what happens to a ordinary family when a husband and father becomes terminally ill.
Summer Window (Fenster zum Sommer) (Country: Germany / Finland; Year: 2011; Director: Hendrik Handloegten; Writer: Hendrik Handloegten, Hannelore Valencak; Stars: Nina Hoss, Fritzi Haberlandt, Lars Eidinger, Mark Waschke)
Juliane's happiness seems perfect. She is head over heals in love and has just begun a new life with August. One morning, however, she wakes up to find that she has been mysteriously thrown back into her past – to the time before she met her new love. Is what seems at first glance a cruel setback actually a second chance...?
This will be the life (Morgen das Leben) (Country: Germany; Year: 2010; Director: Alexander Riedel; Stars: Ulrike Arnold, Judith al Bakri, Jochen Strodthoff)
A film about people who are all around the age of forty but still haven't gotten where they think they ought to be by that age. Three people who are filled with longing. Judith. Ulrike. Jochen.
Three Quarter Moon (Dreiviertelmond) (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Christian Zübert; Stars: Elmar Wepper, Mercan Türkoglu, Marie Leuenberger)
The world of grumpy taxi-driver Hartmut Mackowiak comes crashing down on the news that his wife is leaving him after 30 years of marriage. Suddenly, he has to organise his life anew – which allows him to become even more of a loner. That is, until the day he has the six-year-old Hayat and her mother as a fare in his taxi. Shortly after, the little girl appears, evidently alone and not able to speak a word of German, looking for help to find her mother who had left her with her grandmother. Although Hartmut initially doesn’t want to have anything to do with her, he gradually succumbs to Hayat’s stubborn devotion and decides to help her find her mother. Little does he know that it may also be a case in fact of the little girl helping him to learn to cherish life again...
Tom Sawyer (Country: Germany / Romania; Year: 2011; Director: Hermine Huntgeburth; Writer: Sascha Arango, Mark Twain, Peer Klehmet, Sebastian Wehlings; Stars: Louis Hofmann, Leon Seidel, Heike Makatsch, Benno Fürmann)
Tom Sawyer has nothing but pranks and mischief on his mind. Luckily for him, he has a friend who loves adventures as much as he does, Huck Finn. Tom and the orphan boy, who lives in a barrel at the edge of town, spend every free minute together. One day, one of their missions takes Tom and Huck to the town’s cemetery at midnight…
Under Control (Unter Kontrolle) (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Volker Sattel)
The documentary “Under Control” unfolds a panorama of atomic energy in Germany. Its broad perspective reveals the real challenges and enormous efforts that nuclear power demands from humankind. The control over the nuclear fission process is not depicted chronologically but rather as a prism of places and sites that not only refracts the stations of the German atomic age but also reflects beyond the current situation. The examination of a technology once synonymous with progress also touches on elements of the history of civilization.
Under Snow (Unter Schnee) (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Ulrike Ottinger; Writer: Ulrike Ottinger)
In a poetic way Ulrike Ottinger leads us into the reality of the snow landscape in the Japanese region Echigo, where the locals live with and under the heavy snow fall half of the year.
Wader Wecker Vater Land (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Rudi Gaul)
Hannes Wader and Konstantin Wecker, two famous, but very divers political singer-songwriter are on a corporate tournee. It's a portrait about their lives, their songs and on political influence.
Way Home (Vergiss dein Ende) (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Andreas Kannengießer; Writer: Nico Woche; Stars: Renate Krößner, Dieter Mann, Hermann Beyer, Eugen Krößner)
Completely devastated, Hannelore secretly follows her neighbor to the Baltic Sea, leaving her estranged husband at home. What she does not know: Guenther is determined to take his life.
Westwind (Country: Germany / Hungary; Year: 2011; Director: Robert Thalheim; Writer: Ilja Haller, Susann Schimk; Stars: Friederike Becht, Luise Heyer, Franz Dinda, Volker Bruch)
Hungary 1988 – The 'Winds of Change' are about to rise when the 17-year-old twins Doreen and Isabel from Eastern Germany arrive in a summer training camp.
Wickie And The Treasure Of The Gods (Wickie auf großer Fahrt) (Country: Germany / Malta; Year: 2011; Director: Christian Ditter; Writer: Christian Ditter, Runer Jonsson, Neil Ennever; Stars: Jonas Hämmerle, Waldemar Kobus, Valeria Eisenbart, Günther Kaufmann)
When will little Wickie finally become a real Viking? This question is giving his father Halvar sleepless nights. But when Sven the Terrible kidnaps Halvar, Wickie unexpectedly gets his big chance.
Yoko (Country: Germany / Austria / Sweden; Year: 2011; Director: Franziska Buch; Writer: Gerrit Hermans; Stars: Tobias Moretti, Justus von Dohnányi, Jessica Schwarz, Jamie Bick)
One day 11 year old PIA discovers the mysterious Yeti child YOKO in her treehouse. The beginning of a fabulous friendship, if there wasn’t the malicious hunter Thor van Sneider, who wants YOKO back…

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