Below I have created an extensive list of resources for German films. Hopefully it will of use for those interested in German cinema and to that end I would like to thank the people/organisations would produced them.
Also don’t forget to order the dvds from Worldonlinecinema.com, a small, over 20 year old company, who are trying to keep an interest of German language and culture alive in the UK. We are not a internet behemoth that wants to sell all things at the cheapest price, but a company with a love for the subject.
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AIMÉE & JAGUAR (15) GERMANY 1999 FARBERBOCK, MAX £19.99 – TITLE UNAVAILABLE, DVD AWAITING RE-ISSUE.
Set in 1943 Berlin the film follows two women experiences,one a mother with four children, the other a member of the Jewish underground.
ALLES AUF ZUCKER! 2004 GERMANY LEVY, DANI – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Heart-warming comedy of two families reunited after the collapse of the Berlin wall.
ALMANYA – WILLKOMMEN IN DEUTSCHLAND 2011 GWERMANY SAMDERELI, YASEMIN – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
German Turkish family decide to go back to live in Turkey
ALPHABET 2013 AUSTRIA WAGENHOFER, ERWIN – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
A documentary about the modern education system stifling imagination, creativity, and independent of thought.
ANONYMA – EINE FRAU IN BERLIN/ANONYMA – THE DOWNFALL OF BERLIN (15) GERMANY 2008 FARBERBOCK, MAX DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Berlin in the final days of World War Two, a woman – known only as ‘Anonyma’ (Nina Foss) – endures repeated rape by Russian soldiers, and tries to wrestle a modicum of control over her destiny by using sex as a tool for survival, forging an uneasy sexual alliance with Russian leader Major Andrei Rybkin
AUF DER ANDEREN SEITE/EDGE OF HEAVEN (15) 2007 GERMANY AKIN, FATIH £19.99
Widower Ali seeks out companionship with the prostitute Yeter, setting in motion a chain of events that will link three families across different cultures, countries and generations.
BAADER-MEINHOF KOMPLEX (18) 2008 GERMANY EDEL, ULI £17.99
Berlin in 1967, a horrific riot inspires Ulrike Meinhof to join forces with Andreas Baader to fight the West German state.The pair moves from activism into terrorism, as form and lead the revolutionary terrorist organisation Red Army Faction.
BELLA MARTHA/MOSTLY MARTHA (PG) 2002 GERMANY NETTLEBECK, SANDRA £19.99
A bittersweet comedy about acceptance and the pressures of modern-day life. Martha Klein is the uncompromising head chef in a Hamburg restaurant, whose work is her life until a handsome Italian sous-chef arrives to work with her.
BERLIN 36 (15) GERMANY 2009 HEIDELBACH, KASPAR £15.99
In the days leading up to the 1936 Olympics, the fate of high jumper Gretel Bergmann hangs in the balance as it is decided whether or not a Jewish athlete can be a part of the German Olympic team.
BERLIN – ECKE SCHÖNHAUSER/BERLIN SCHOENHAUSER CORNER/ (PG) 1957 GERMAN KLEIN, G. £14.99 – TITLE UNAVAILABLE, DVD AWAITING RE-ISSUE.
Film about East German teenagers in 1950s .
BLACK BOX BRD 2001 GERMANY VEIEL, ANDRES – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Documentary about RAF terrorist Wolfgang Grams.
BLUE EYED 1996 GERMANY VERHAAG, BERTRAM – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Documentary about Jane Elliott, a former teacher in the midwest USA, has committed herself to leading a fight against prejudice, ignorance and racism in society.
DIE BRÜCKE/THE BRIDGE (15) 1959 GERMANY WICKI, BERNHARD £15.99
Poignant, anti-war drama about a group of German boys’ attempts to guard a bridge in the dying days of WWII. As the defeated ranks of the Wehrmacht try to escape the advancing American troops, seven boys from a local village are seconded to guard a strategically worthless bridge. Fired up by the patriotic ideology on offer, the boys’ resolve is put to the test when American tanks suddenly appear, intent on crossing the bridge.
BUDDENBROOKS 2008 GERMANY BRELOER, HEINRICH – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel.
CHIKO (18) 2008 GERMANY YILDIRIM, OZGUR £12.99
Turkish-German director Ozgur Yildirim directs this gritty drama set in the suburban ghettos of Hamburg. Chiko his best friend Tibet are two second-generation Turkish immigrant teenagers who dream of money, power and respect – all attributes local drug lord seems to them to possess.
DEUTSCHLAND, STUNDE NULL ALLEMAGNE, ANNÉE ZÉRO/GERMANY, YEAR ZERO (PG) 1947 ITALY ROSSELLINI, ROBERTO IN ITALIAN £14.99
Set among the ruins of Berlin in post-war Germany, the film charts the attempts of a 13 year old boy to support his family.
EFFI BRIEST (U) 1974 GERMANY FASSBINDER, RAINER WERNER £15.99
Adaptation of Theodor Fontane’s novel set in the late 19th century. 17-year-old Effi Briest (Hanna Schygulla) is pushed into marrying aristocrat Baron Geert von Instetten (Wolfgang Schenck). Unhappy in her marriage, she is seduced by Major Crampas (Ulli Lommel), which causes scandal in her highly regulated society.
When von Instetten learns of their affair, Effi finds herself thrown out of the household with nowhere to go and no one to turn to.
DAS EXPERIMENT (18) 2001 GERMANY HIRSCHBIEGEL, OLIVER £19.99
Thriller based on the 70s Sanford University experiment in which a group of people play prisoners and prison gaurds. An investigative journalist incites a rebellion among the prisoners to juice up his story
DIE FÄLSCHER/COUNTERFEITERS (15) GERMANY 2007 RUZOWITZKY, STEFAN £5.99
True story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936 and using concentration camp labour to carry out the forgeries.
Level: AS, A2, GCSE, Scottish Highers Subject: Citizenship, Film Studies, German, History, Media Studies
Level: AS, A2, Subject: Film Studies, German, Media Studies
FREE RAINER – DEIN FERNSEHER LÜGT 2007 GERMANY WEINGARTNER, HANS – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
DIE FREMDE/WHEN WE LEASE (12) 2010 GERMANY ALADAG, FEO – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Set in Germany a young woman of Turkish descent, fights for he independent against the wishes of her family.
FREMDER FREUND 2010 GERMANY ALADAG, FEO – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Two young men from different cultures share a flat
GHETTO 2005 GERMANY JUZENAS, AUDRIUS – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Set in Jew Getto of Vilnius 1942.
Level: A2, GCSE Subject: General Studies, German, History, Media Studies, Politics
HANNAH ARENDT (12A) 2013 GERMANY TROTTA, MARGARETHE VON £17.99
In this drama based on a true story, Barbara Sukowa stars as the German-American political theorist who caused a storm of controversy with her views on the trial of the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann.
IM TOTEN WINKEL – HITLERS SEKRETÄRIN 2002 AUSTRIA HELLER,A/SCHMIDERER, O – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
IMPORT, EXPORT (18 ) 2008 AUSTRIA SEIDL, ULRICH £17.99
Import, Ukrainian nurse leaves her child behind with her mother, traveling to Austria to look for work and new opportunities, Export, Austrian Security guard makes the opposite journey into Eastern Europe, seeking to escape his debts and the increasing urban violence and alienation.
JENSEITS DER STILLE/BEYOND SILENCE (15) 1996 GERMANY LINK, CAROLINE £15.99
German drama starring Sylvie Testud as Lara, the spirited daughter of two deaf-mute parents. Since early childhood, Lara has acted as a translator and mediator between her parents and the outside world. Now a young woman of 18, Lara is given a clarinet by her revered aunt, and learns to play with rapid success.
KLASSENLEBEN (E) 2005 GERMANY SIEGERT, HUBERTUS £19.99 – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Documentary about class at the Fläming-Grundschule in Berlin. The class is unique in its diverse makeup of pupils which include children with physical and mental handicaps, ones who are highly intelligent, some who fit in well and others who have inter-social problems.
KNALLHART/TOUGH ENOUGH (15) 2006 GERMAN BUCK, DETLEV £14.99 – TITLE UNAVAILABLE, DVD AWAITING RE-ISSUE.
When Miriam splits up with her wealthy lover, she and her 15-year-old son Michael are forced to move to run-down Berlin-Neukolln from their previous home in well-to-do Zehlendorf.
KOMBAT SECHZEHN 2005 GERMANY BORSCHT, MIRKO – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
16 year old Georg moves from Frankfurt/Main to Frankfurt/Oder and falls in with a Neo Nazi group
KRABAT/KRABAT AND THE LEGEND OF THE SATANIC MILL (12) 2008 GERMANY KREUZPAINTNER, MARCO £19.99
Fantasy drama about a young man who becomes an apprentice in a mill where he learns the art of sorcery in this 18th Century version of Harry Potter.
Level: AS, A2, GCSE, Scottish Highers Subjects: Citizenship, Film Studies, French, Media Studies
DER KRIEGER UND DIE KAISERIN/THE PRINCESS & THE WARRIOR (15) 2000 GERMANY TYKWER, TOM £15.99
After Sissi is hit by a lorry but her life is saved by Bodo (Benno Fürmann), she determines to get to know him Bodo and look for a chance to repay his kindness.
KROKO 2003 GERMANY ENDERS, SYLKE – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
16 years old Julia calls herself Kroko and plays the role of a tough and ruthless girly gang leader in Berlin-Wedding
LEBEN DER ANDEREN/LIVES OF OTHERS (15) 2006 GERMANY H. VON DONNERSMARCK, F £19.99
Five years before the downfall of the DDR, party-loyalist Captain Gerd Wiesler hopes to boost his career when given the job of collecting evidence against the playwright Georg Dreyman and his girlfriend.
Level: AS, A2, GCSE Subject: Film Studies, German, History, Media Studies
LICHTER 2002 GERMANY SCHMID, HANS-CHRISTIAN – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Set among the inhabitants of the Poland Germany border.
Level: AS, A2, GCSE Subject: German,English, Film Studies, Media Studies
LORE (15) 2012 SHORTLAND, CATE DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
When her father, an officer in the SS, and her Nazi-supporting mother are taken into custody by allied troops at the end of the war, Lore (Saskia Rosendahl) and her siblings must travel across Germany to their grandmother’s house in Hamburg. On their travels, the group encounter a number of fearful and suspicious people, but it is only when they meet a kind-hearted young Jewish man, Thomas (Kai-Peter Malina), that Lore begins to reassess the feelings of hatred so deeply instilled in her by her parents.
LUTHER 2003 GERMANY TILL, ERIC – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Film about Martin Luther
MEER IS NICH 2007 GERMANY KELLER, HAGEN £19.99 – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
17 year old Lena is about to finish school in East Germany and is not sure what the future holds
MEIN BESTER FEIND/MY BEST ENEMY (12) 2011 GERMANY MUMBERGER, WOLFGANG £15.99
Second World War thriller in which the Jewish son of a Viennese art gallery owner holds the key to an artifact which could change the course of the war.
METROPOLIS (U) GERMANY 1926 B/W. FRITZ LANG DVD – £22.99 BLU RAY – £24.99
Early Science Fiction story of a dehumanized future society. This newly restored version now includes 25 minutes which had been discovered in Argentina in 2008
Level: A2, GCSE Subject: Art & Design, German, Film Studies, Media Studies, Politics
MUXMÄUSCHENSTILL 2004 GERMANY MITTERMEIER, MARCUS – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Mux is on a Mission: He has appointed himself to to model his world according to his ideas.
NAPOLA – ELITE FÜR DEN FÜHRER/BEFORE THE FALL (15) 2004 GERMANY GANSEL, DENNIS £15.99
With the Second World War in full swing, two teenaged boys are enrolled in a National Political Academy (NaPolA), a youth facility for the training of future Nazi leaders. One is a working-class boy with a talent for boxing, and the other is the Governor’s sensitive, poetry-loving son. They must both lay aside their innocence and humanity as they prepare to join the Nazi elite.
DAS NETZ – 2003 GERMANY DAMMBECK, LUTZ – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
The film explores the ideas and histories of counter culture visionaries which let to the creation of the internet.
DER NEUNTE TAG 2004 GERMANY/LUXEMBURG SCHLÖNDORFF VOLKER – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Loosely based on Jean Bernard’s Nazi-era prison diary, the film deals with the Catholics church and its relationship with the Nazi regime.
PREUßISCH GANGSTAR 2007 GERMANY IRMA-KINGA STELMACH I K/WERNER, B – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Story of three long people living in Brandenburg
REQUIEM (15) 2006 GERMANY SCHMID, HANS-CHRISTIAN £19.99
Based on the true story of a 23-year old student in Germany who died of starvation following an exorcism in 1976, the film provide a chilling insight into the nature of possession and blurs the lines between pious religiosity and the dark side
DER ROTE KAKADU 2006 GERMANY GRAF, DOMINIK – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
A coming-of-age story set in Germany in the 1960s.
DAS SCHRECKLICHE MÄDCHEN/NASTY GIRL (PG) 1990 GERMANY VERHOEVEN, MICHAEL £19.99
Delicious black comedy about a modern German schoolgirl whose essay ‘My Town during the Third Reich’, stirs up memories of Nazi deeds long forgotten and ignored.
SOMMERSTURMSUMMER STORM (15) 2004 GERMANY KREUZPAINTNER, MARCO £19.99 – TITLE UNAVAILABLE, DVD AWAITING RE-ISSUE.
Heartening story about the complexities of growing up.
SOUL KITCHEN 2009 GERMANY AKIN, FAITH – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Comedy about a young Greek man living in Germany who own restaurant and juggling dealing with his brother, girlfriend and eccentric chef
STATUS YO! 2003 GERMANY HASTREITER, TILL – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Energetic hip-hop film that tell the story of one eventful night in the Berlin.
STRAJK – DIE HELDIN VON DANZIG 2006 GERMANY/ POLEN SCHLÖNDORFF, VOLKER – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
How a poorly educated woman becomes one of the founders of Poland’s Solidarity movement.
Level: AS, A2, GCSE, Subject: German, History, Media Studies
VIER MINUTEN/FOUR MINUTES (15) 12006 GERMANY KRAUS, CHIRS £17.99
Tough young piano prodigy-turned criminal Jenny is serving time in a women’s prison in Germany. She meets her match in the elderly Traude, who has been teaching piano to the inmates. An upcoming pianist’s competition is an opportunity not to be missed, so the pair plot a daring escape
German Language study guide – VIER MINUTES ARBEITSMATERIAL ZUM FILM
DAS WEIßE BAND/THE WHITE RIBBON (15) GERMANY 2009 HANEKE, MICHAEL DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £24.99
In a village in Protestant northern Germany, on the eve of World War I, the children of a church and school run by the village schoolteacher and their families experience a series of bizarre incidents that inexplicably assume the characteristics of a punishment ritual. Who could be responsible for such bizarre transgressions?
DIE WELLE/THE WAVE (15) 2008 GERMANY GANSEL, DENNIS £17.99
In an attempt to engage his students in politics, a high school teacher takes the controversial decision to turn the classroom into a Nazi-style dictatorship. But what starts out as an innocent social experiment ends in tragedy when the roots of fascism begin to take hold of the students.
WER WENN NICHT WIR?/IF NOT US, WHO? (15) 2011 GERMANY VEIEL, ANDRES £15.99
Fictionalised portrait of the tumultuous relationship between two 1970s German left-wing political militants: Bernward Vesper (August Diehl) and Gudrun Ensslin (Lena Lauzemis). As Gudrun becomes more and more politically involved, the couple’s relationship comes under increasing strain and she eventually leaves Bernward and their baby son for the charismatic political rebel Andres Baader (Alexander Fehling); founder of the Red Army Faction terrorist group depicted in the 2008 film ‘The Baader-Meinhof Complex’.
Level: AS, A2, GCSE, Subject: German, History
WIE FEUER UND FLAMME/NEVER MIND THE WALL 2001 GERMANY WALTHER, CONNIE – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Story of two lover who can finally link up after the fall of the Berlin Wall
DAS WUNDER VON BERN/MIRACLE OF BERN (PG) 2003 GERMANY WORTMAN, SONKE £19.99
Set in the summer of 1954 when the West German team won the World World Cup and the country finally emerged from the shadow of the Second World War.
YELLA (12) 2007 GERMANY PETZOLD, CHRISTIAN £19.99
Yella leaves her home in the East Germany for a promising job and a new life, but as success is within reach, she finds herself haunted by truths from the past.
ZWEI MÜTTER/TWO MOTHERS (18) GERMANY 2013 BERRACHED, ANNE ZOHRA £15.99
Two Mothers is an intense exploration of the trials and tribulations a same sex couple encounters in their desire to become loving parents.