Angela Schanelec, Max Linz, David Dietl, and other DFFB Alumni at the Berlinale

The 69th Berlin International Film Festival presents nine films created with the participation of DFFB alumni.


ICH WAR ZUHAUSE, ABER (I WAS AT HOME, BUT) from graduate Angela Schanelec screens in competition. The film tells the story of a mother and her 13-year-old son, who returns home without a saying word after disappearing for a week.

  • Tuesday, 12.2., 16:00, Berlinale Palast (World Premiere)
  • Wednesday, 13.2., 9:30, Friedrichstadt-Palast
  • Wednesday, 13.2., 12:30, Haus der Berliner Festspiele
  • Wednesday, 13.2., 18:00, Friedrichstadt-Palast
  • Thursday 14.2., 15:30, Odeon, Berlinale Goes Kiez


Alumnus Jonas Weydemann produced SYSTEMSPRENGER (SYSTEM CRASHER) by Nora Fingscheidt, which is screening in competition. The drama focuses on a nine-year-old girl (Helena Zengel), who is proving to be too much to handle for all the pedagogical systems involved in her case.

  • Friday, 08.02., 15:30, Berlinale Palast (World Premiere)
  • Saturday, 09.02., 9:30, Friedrichstadt-Palast
  • Saturday, 09.02., 12:00, Haus der Berliner Festspiele
  • Saturday, 09.02., 20:30, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1), Berlinale Talents
  • Thursday, 14.02., 17:00, JVA Plötzensee, Berlinale Goes Kiez (no tickets required)
  • Sunday, 17.02., 18:30, Berlinale Palast


Max Linz’s film WEITERMACHEN SANSSOUCI (MUSIC AND APOCALYPSE) (camera: Carlos Andrés López) celebrates its world premiere in Forum. The Institute for Cybernetics and Simulation Research is threatened with closure—this is the starting point for this satire about the transformation of the university system into a turbo-capitalist research machine.

  • Tuesday, 12.02., 18:30, Delphi Filmpalast
  • Wednesday, 13.02., 13:45, CineStar 8
  • Friday, 15.02., 20:00, Cubix 9
  • Sunday, 17.02., 19:30, Colosseum 1


Uli M. Schueppel presents DER ATEM (THE BREATH) (camera: Cornelius Plache) screening in Panorama. The film shows a collection of existential experiences taking place at night in Berlin—fragments of portraits, stitched together to form a composition.


  • Wednesday, 13.02., 21:30, Zoo Palast 1
  • Thursday, 14.02., 12:30, CinemaxX 7
  • Friday, 15.02., 22:00, Colosseum 1
  • Saturday 16.02., 20:00, International


David Dietl’s documentary BERLIN BOUNCER (camera: Eric Ferranti/Raphael Beinder, produced by Martin Heisler/Gabriele Simon)—also preoccupied with Berlin at night—celebrates its world premiere in Perspektive Deutsches Kino. This documentary tells the story of three legendary Berlin bouncers—Frank Künster, Smiley Baldwin and Sven Marquardt—working in the once-divided city and in today’s nightclub metropolis.

  • Sunday, 10.02., 22:30, CinemaxX 1,
  • Monday, 11.02., 22:00, Colosseum 1
  • Saturday, 16.02., 20:00, CinemaxX 1


Ute Aurand’s film RASENDES GRÜN MIT PFERDEN (RUSHING GREEN WITH HORSES) will screen in Forum Expanded. RASENDES GRÜN MIT PFERDEN (RUSHING GREEN WITH HORSES) is a collection of short observations and encounters filmed between 1998 and 2018.

  • Friday, 8.2., 16:15, Kino Arsenal
  • Saturday, 9.2., 17:00, Werkstattkino des silent green


The film UMWEG (DETOUR), directed in 1982 by Ute Aurand and Ulrike Pfeiffer, screens in Retrospektive.

  • Tuesday, 12.2., 16:30, CinemaXX 8
  • Wednesday 13.2., 21:30, Zeughauskino


Screenplay graduate Ariana Berndl wrote the script for OH BEAUTIFUL NIGHT with director Xaver Böhm, and the film screens in Panorama. Although Juri is young, his life is dominated by the fear of dying. Nocturnal panic attacks are familiar to him.

  • Tuesday, 12.02., 20:00, International
  • Wednesday, 13.02., 12:30, CinemaxX 7
  • Thursday, 14.02., 22:00, Colosseum 1
  • Friday, 15.02., 17:45, CineStar 3
  • Saturday, 16.02., 19:30, Zoo Palast 2


The cinematography for BORN IN EVIN by Maryam Zaree, screening in Perspektive Deutsches Kino, was executed by DFFB graduate Siri Klug. The children who were born in Iran’s most notorious prison Evin and then grew up in the West witnessed torture, murder, and human rights violations. German-Iranian actress Maryam Zaree is one of these children. When she learns that she was born in Evin, Zaree sets out to search for other children also born there in order to better understand her own story.


  • Saturday, 09.02., 19:00, CinemaxX 3
  • Sunday, 10.02., 12:00, Colosseum 1
  • Sunday 10.02., 20:00, CinemaxX 1


We wish you a fantastic festival and film experience at the Berlinale!

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