Blogposts in February 2017:


The next round of the celebrations to mark the DFFB’s fiftieth anniversary begins in March:

The Retrospective will run from 20th-30th March 2017 at the Arsenal Cinema. At last a chance to see some of the over 1,000 films created over the last 50 years at the DFFB.

Here is the link to the complete programme.

The symposium THE SHOCK OF THE REAL is also being held on the weekend of 24th-26th March. We will be looking at present and future forms of reality in film. How do filmmakers use cinematic means and other arts to rouse and stir their audiences? We will be discussing approaches and developments with filmmakers from the USA, Europe and Germany. Some talks will be held in English, some in German.

Here is the link to the full symposium programme des Symposiums.

Our brochure THE SHOCK OF THE REAL provides an overview of all the events, screenings and talks in March.

Published on February 23, 2017

FADO wins "2016 Best Feature Debut“ Prize

from the German Film Critics Association / Verband der deutschen Filmkritik

Last night in Berlin, Jonas Rothlaender was among the lucky winners at the award ceremony for the 2016 German Film Critics Association Prizes; he won the 2016 Best Feature Debut Prize for his degree film FADO (Director/Screenplay:Jonas Rothlaender, Screenplay: Sebastian Bleyl, Cinematography: Alexander Haßkerl, Production: Luis Singer, Dennis Schanz, Ole Lohmann, Tara Biere).

The jury statement on the prize:

“(…)Jonas Rothlaender’s first feature film FADO is a psychological study of a jealous man, turning the spotlight on a feeling – precise, emotional and rather inspired, a very mature debut: reality and a surreal conceptual universe are deftly intermeshed, the actors are directed with an incredibly sure hand; every sentence, every scene, every metaphor is spot on (…)“

Our warmest congratulations!

Published on February 14, 2017

Helene Schwarz turns 90

Today, on 13th February 2017, our wonderful Helene Schwarz is celebrating her 90th birthday.

Helene Schwarz began working at the dffb in its early days, back in 1969, initially as the staff member in charge of study-related issues and subsequently as Assistant to the Director of Studies. Even after she retired, for many years she took care of the DVD archive and the entrance exams, as well as finding the time to help anyone who popped by her office or managed to make a lunch date with her despite her ever-full diary.

The entire dffb, students, staff and lecturers, wish you all the best for a very happy birthday!

Ralph Eue has written in much more detail about Helene Schwarz and her importance for the dffb on the dffb Archive webpage: Helene Schwarz Herz und Gedächtnis der dffb (in German)

Published on February 13, 2017

DFFB at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival

Several DFFB films, as well as films by DFFB lecturers and alumni, are screening at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, which begins next week.

SELBSTKRITIK EINES BÜRGERLICHEN HUNDES/SELF-CRITICISM OF A BOURGEOIS DOG - Julian Radlmaier’s degree film is the closing film in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino, which showcases emerging German directors.

© Markus Koob/Faktura Film

Screening schedule
Friday, 17.2. 2 p.m. CinemaxX 5 Berlinale press screening
Friday, 17.2. 7.30 p.m. CinemaxX 3 Berlinale premiere
Saturday, 18.2. 8.30 p.m. CinemaxX 1 repeat screening

In addition, HELLE NÄCHTE by DFFB alumnus Thomas Arslan is screening in Competition, as is the new documentary film by DFFB lecturer Andres Veiel,BEUYS

And that’s not all! Films by two other DFFB alumni will be screening too: CASTING by Nicolas Wackerbarth will be presented in the Forum section, and Raoul Peck has two films at this year’s Berlinale – LE JEUNE KARL MARX in the Berlinale Special section and I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO in Panorama.
The latter film was also recently nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary category.

EFM screenings at the DFFB-Kino
As part of the European Film Market there will also be market screenings (not open to the general public) of four DFFB films in the DFFB cinema (Filmhaus Sony Center, Potsdamer Straße 2, 9th floor).

15.02. / 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

VANATOARE (Director: Alexandra Balteanu)
15.02. / 11 a.m.

SCHULTERSIEG (Director: Anna Koch)
15.02. / 1.30 p.m.

VIOLENTLY HAPPY (Director: Paola Calvo)
15.02. / 3.45 p.m.

Launch event for SHOCK OF THE REAL at Berlinale Talents

From 24th to 26th March, the symposium SHOCK OF THE REAL will be held in the Filmhaus at Potsdamer Platz in cooperation with the film journal REVOLVER, and will examine the importance of reality and truth in film through discussions with filmmakers from Germany, Europe and the USA.
The conversation between DFFB Director Ben Gibson and filmmaker and DFFB alumnus Raoul Peck during the Berlinale Talents event on 16.02. at Hebbel am Ufer – HAU2 is conceived as a launch event for the symposium in cooperation with Berlinale Talents.

Published on February 01, 2017