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  • Das Meer am Morgen (2012)

    Translation coming soon!
    Length: 89 Min. Format: 16:9, Colour
    Premiere (DE): 14.02.2012, Berlin, IFF - Panorama
  • Ulzhan (2007)

    The endless expanses of Kazakhstan, as far as the eye can see - and beyond. The Frenchman Charles (Philippe Torreton) is stranded here. A family tragedy has left him with no will to live; it is time to put an end to it all. His aim is the sacred mountain Khan Tengri where, in times past, the shamans withdrew to die in peace. This stranger has tr...
    Length: 105 min. Format: 35mm Cinemascope Colour
    World Premiere: 21.05.2007, Cannes, IFF
  • Strike (2005)

    Can a single person change the course of history? Hardly. Such legends are born at a later time. But a single person can be the catalyst for a powerful development. Agnieszka (Katharina Thalbach) is a small woman. She was an orphan, is the mother of an illegitimate child, Catholic, a Socialist Workers hero, a welder and a crane operator in the ...
    Length: 104 Min. Format: 35mm Colour
    Premiere (CA): 11.09.2006, Toronto, IFF
  • Enigma Variations (2005)

    In an interview with the Nobel Prize winner for Literature Abel Znorko (Mario Adorf), who lives in seclusion on an island off the North Norwegian coast, the journalist Erik Larsen (Justus von Dohnanyi) questions the personal background to the writer’s last publication, an autobiographical epistolary novel consisting of correspondence between t...
    Length: 80 Min. Format: 35mm Colour
    First broadcast: 09.09.2005, ARD
  • The Ninth Day (2004)

    Translation coming soon!
    Length: 97 Min. Format: 35mm Colour
    Premiere: 02.07.2004, München, Filmfest; Cinema (DE): 11.11.2004; TV-Premiere: 06.04.2007, Arte
  • Ten minutes older (2001)

    Famous directors from independent contemporary cinema realise their personal interpretations of the subject of time: Bernardo Bertolucci, Mike Figgis, Jiri Menzel, Istvan Szabo, Claire Denis, Volker Schlöndorff, Michael Radford, Jean-Luc Godard. Volker Schlöndorff: ENLIGHTENMENT The view of an old and wise mosquito on the mysteriousness of tim...
    Length: 109 Min. Format: 35mm Technicolor
  • The Legends of Rita (2000)

    West Germany in the 1970s. The time is marked by a spirit of anarchy and rebellion. Rita Vogt (Bibiana Beglau) is seduced into the terrorist movement through her sense of justice and her love for Andi. A few years later, realizing that the RAF movement is falling apart, she goes underground, hiding out in East Germany. With the help of the Stasi...
    Length: 103 Min. Format: 35mm Eastmancolor
    Premiere: 16.02.2000, Berlin, IFF (FBW "especially valuable")
  • Palmetto (1998)

    Harry Barber (Woody Harrelson) has to serve two years in prison - for a crime that he didn't commit. Now back outside, Harry doesn't have to wait long before an opportunity arises for him to settle his outstanding scores with the rest of the world. The seductive Rhea Malroux (Elisabeth Shue) offers him $ 50,000 if Harry will help her to kidnap h...
    Length: 115 Min. Format: 35mm Technicolor
    Premiere: 02.04.1998
  • The Ogre (1996)

    Abel Tiffauges (John Malkovich) grows up unloved and without parents in the 1920s in a French boarding school, but he is, nonetheless, convinced from an early age of his higher calling. When he wishes that the school would burn down to save him from a punishment, the building is soon standing in flames. Years later, he is living as a car mechani...
    Length: 118 Min. Format: 35mm Colour
    Premiere: Venedig 1996, IFF; German Premiere: 12.09.1996, Cologne (FBW "valuable")
  • Billy, how did you do it? (1992)

    Translation coming soon!
    Length: 270 Min. Format: 16mm Colour
    Premiere: August 1992
  • Voyager (1991)

    Walter Faber (Sam Shepard) is a man in his fifties. A successful engineer. The cosmopolitan American studied in Zurich and now travels around the world for the international organization, UNESCO. Back in the 1950s, this was still considered a great adventure. On his return flight from Venezuela, his plane, an ultramodern Super Constellation, has...
    Length: 117 Min. Format: 35mm Colour
    Premiere: 21.03.1991 (FBW "especially valuable")
  • A Handmaid's Tale (1989)

    This is the story of the handmaid Kate (Natasha Richardson) set in the near future. She lives in a faraway country, once the United States of America, which is now ruled according to the laws of the Old Testament. The few women who can still bear children are called "handmaids" and are allocated to the families of the ruling class. Kate was he...
    Length: 108 Min. Format: 35mm Colour
    Premiere: 10.02.1990, Berlin, IFF (FBW "especially valuable")
  • A Gathering of old Men (1987)

    When a sheriff arrives at the home of a black man to investigate the murder of a white farmer in the deepest South of the USA, he finds 18 elderly black men and Candy (Holly Hunter), the white plantation owner, already there, each holding a recently fired rifle and claiming to be the killer. The sheriff must present the murderer to his white fri...
    Length: 91 Min. Format: 35mm Colour
    Premiere: Cannes 1987, IFF; German Premiere: 24.09.1987, Hamburg (FBW "especially valuable")
  • Death of a Salesman (1985)

    One the few American classics, the stage play "Death of a Salesman" was written by Arthur Miller at the age of 32 and premiered in 1949. This film version, which was produced for US television, centres on the conflict between the 63-year old travelling salesman Willy Loman (Dustin Hoffman) and his son Biff (John Malkovich). Loman, whose best yea...
    Length: 136 Min. Format: 35mm Colour
    Premiere: 07.05.1986, Munich (FBW "especially valuable")
  • Un Amour de Swann (1983)

    Volker Schlöndorff about Un Amour de Swann: "I must have been sixteen or seventeen,... I devoured "Un Amour de Swann" in one weekend, lying appropriately under the apple trees in the garden of my boarding school. ... Proust revealed three worlds to me: the French language, the corresponding society and the unknown regions of love and jealousy. ...
    Length: 111 Min. Format: 35mm Colour
    Premiere (FR): 22.02.1984, Paris
  • War and Peace (1982)

    In the style of Germany in Autumn, another cooperative venture by German authors and filmmakers, dealing with a political subject: the danger of war and desire for peace in the face of the increasing number of nuclear weapons in East and West. A collaborative effort by Heinrich Böll, Alexander Kluge, Volker Schlöndorff and others, the film is ...
    Length: 123 Min. Format: 16mm + 35mm + Video - copied to 35mm
  • Circle of Deceit (1981)

    A man rushes for cover in the bullet-ridden streets of Bab Edriss, the former business district of Beirut's historical quarter. The setting is real. Militiamen are still engaged in lengthy combat. Standing in the midst of this landscape of ruins is the Hotel Commodore. From here, reporter Laschen (Bruno Ganz) and his photographer Hoffmann (Jerzy...
    Length: 110 Min. Format: 35mm Colour
    Premiere 15.10.1981, Wiesbaden (FBW "especially valuable")
  • The Candidate (1980)

    Made with an eye to the autumn of 1980 when the German parliamentary elections took place, The Candidate examines Germany’s history past and present and Franz Josef Strauß, the man who, as the CDU/CSU candidate, aspires to be elected to the most important political office in the land. In this extensive documentary, a cooperative venture by fo...
    Length: 129 Min. Format: 35mm Colour and b/w
    Premiere: 18.04.1980, (FBW "especially valuable")
  • The Tin Drum (1979)

    1924. Oskar Matzerath (David Bennent), a precocious child, is born in the "Free City" of Danzig. Already as a little baby within the arms of his mother, he begins to observe the world around him with scepticism. The boy's third birthday leads to serious consequences: he stops growing in protest to the nature of the world around him. While both m...
    Length: 145 Min. Format: 35mm Colour
    Premiere: 03.05.1979, Berlin, Mainz, Wiesbaden (FBW "especially valuable")
  • Germany In Autumn (1978)

    Eleven directors attempt to illustrate the situation and atmosphere in the Federal Republic of Germany after the abduction of Hanns-Martin Schleyer and the collective suicide of the arrested terrorists in Stammheim in the autumn of 1977. It is a broad range of disparate approaches which differ in their quality and methodology: from a social-crit...
    Length: 123 Min. Format: 35mm Colour and b/w
    Premeiere: 03.03.1978, Berlin, IFF (FBW "especially valuable")
  • Portrait of Valeska Gert (1977)

    Valeska Gert was famous in the Twenties for her performances as a “grotesque dancer” with Anita Berben in Berlin, at the Prolet-Kult in Moscow and at the Theatre des Champs Elysées in Paris. She appeared in films by Pabst and Renoir, is supposed to have been Sergei Eisenstein’s great love, ran a night club in New York during the war, a c...
    Length: 60 Min. Format: 16mm Colour and b/w
    Premiere: April 1977, Oberhausen, IFF
  • Coup de Grace (1976)

    The Baltic states, 1919. A civil war divides the country. Sophie (Margarethe von Trotta), a woman in her late 20s, is living in the Baltic castle Kratovice. Sophie's brother Konrad (Rüdiger Kirschstein) and his friend Erich von Lhomond (Matthias Habich) arrive with a horde of volunteers of various nationalities who invade Kratovice like an occu...
    Length: 97 Min. Format: 35mm b/w
    Premiere: 22.10.1976, Hamburg, Frankfurt/Main, Cologne (FBW "especially valuable")
  • The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (1975)

    Katharina Blum (Angela Winkler) - young, attractive, bright, sensitive - falls in love at a carnival party with a chance acquaintance and spends the night with him. The next morning, her apartment is stormed by the special branch in search of the man - the suspected deserter Götten (Jürgen Prochnow) – but he has already left. This brief asso...
    Length: 106 Min. Format: 35mm Colour
    Premiere: 09.10.1975, Berlin, Palette (FBW "especially valuable")
  • Georgina’s Reasons (1974)

    The beautiful, cool and seemingly prim Georgina Gressie (Edith Clever) secretly marries the penniless navy lieutenant Raymond Benyon (Joachim Bissmeier) against the wishes of her rich parents in New York and makes him swear to never tell anyone about this marriage unless she allows him to do so. This promise, initially given without any reflecti...
    Length: 63 Min. Format: 35mm Colour
    Premiere: 27.04.1975, ARD
  • A Free Woman (1972)

    "A Free Woman records the losing battle a divorced woman in her thirties fights in Munich to attain belated self-fulfillment. The die is cast in a briskly impersonal society geared to male dominance and early training for career women. This attractive, capable young woman, needing love and encouragement, determinedly sidesteps her former slot of...
    Length: 101 Min. Format: 35mm Colour
    Premiere (IT): Sep 1972, Venedig, IFF
  • Die Moral der Ruth Halbfass (1971)

    Translation coming soon!
    Length: 89 Min. Format: 35mm Color
    Premiere (DE): 14.04.1972, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Hannover (FBW "valuable"); TV-Premiere (DE): 04.06.1974, ARD
  • Der plötzliche Reichtum der armen Leute von Kombach (1970)

    Translation coming soon!
    Length: 102 Min. Format: 16mm up to 35mm, b/w
    Premiere (DE): 26.01.1971, ARD; Cinema (DE): 29.01.1971, Frankfurt am Main, Lupe 2, (FBW "especially valuable")
  • Michael Kohlhaas (1969)

    “A handsome, straightforward adaption of the 1810 novella written by Heinrich von Kleist, about a rigorously honest man named Michael Kohlhaas, a successful horse dealer who, when the courts refuse to uphold his claim against a rich landowner, takes the law into his own hands. The setting is a small German principality and the time the mid-16t...
    Length: 100 Min. Format: 35mm Colour
    Premiere: 11.04.1969, Cannes, IFF (FBW "valuable")
  • Baal (1969)

    An adaptation of Bertold Brechts first stage play written in 1918 at the age of 20 as his reaction to a drama by Hanns Johst on the life of the poet Grabbe. Schlöndorff’s production – with the late Rainer Werner Fassbinder as Baal - is an attempt to find a form of representation between the category of film and TV play which would better su...
    Length: 84 Min. Format: 16mm Colour
    First broadcast: 07.01.1970, HR 3
  • Der Paukenspieler (1967)

    Five directors - Helmut Meewes, Franz Seitz jr., Volker Schlöndorff, Rolf Thiele and Bernhard Wicki - were given the task of making short films based on titles of drawings by Paul Klee. Volker Schlöndorff's contributed the episode entitled EIN UNHEIMLICHER MOMENT.
    Length: 13 Min. Format: 35mm b/w
    Premiere: 23.01.1981, Frankfurt am Main, Kommunales Kino (FBW "valuable")
  • A degree of murder (1966)

    It is evening-time: Marie (Anita Pallenberg) is getting ready for bed. There is a ring at the door: it is her boyfriend Hans (Werner Enke), but she isn't keen to see him anymore. However, she hesitantly opens the door when his knocking and shouts gets ever louder. He packs his things, wants to leave her, but not without sleeping with her one las...
    Length: 87 Min. Format: 35mm Colour
    Premiere: 19.04.1967, München, Filmcasino (FBW "valuable")
  • Young Törless (1965)

    Törless (Matthieu Carrière) is a pupil in an ancient and remote boarding school in Austria-Hungary, shortly before the First World War at the beginning of the 20th century. The school class has developed into a kind of small society with a well-developed ruling clique. Törless is an individualist who finds it difficult to fit into this societ...
    Length: 87 Min. Format: 35mm b/w
    Premiere: 09.05.1966, Cannes, IFF (FBW "especially valuable"); German Premiere: 20.05.1966, Lübeck
  • Wen kümmert's (1960)

    Volker Schlöndorff about Wen kümmert's: “Around Frankfurt the Rote Hand was searching for Algerian campaign soldiers who had deserted the French Army and crossed the border into Germany. I wanted to show how in an apparently peaceful Germany, the French colonial conflict continued to exist by being silently tolerated. I enlisted my Moroccan ...
    Length: 12 Min. Format: 35mm b/w

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