A Teutonic Overview At New German Cinema

More than two dozen features, as well as docus and experimental fare, have been lined up for the New German Cinema section of the Berlin fest, according to topper Heinz Badewitz.

The aim of the program, says Badewitz, is to give a comprehensive overview of German product, and this year German unification has made even more product available.

Badewitz says he looks primarily for fare which has the best foreign sales potential and not for pics which are geared only to a German audience.

DEFA quartet

There are, however, four features from the former state-run East German DEFA studios, including Herrmann Zschoche’s “Das Madchen Aus Dem Fahrstuhl” (The Girl From The Elevator).

Other pics in the section include “My Lovely Monster” by Michael Bergmann, “Spieler” by Dominik Graf, “Affengeil” by Rosa von Praunheim and “Rama Dama” by Joseph Vilsmaier.

The Intl. Forum Of Young Films selects about one-third of the program for New German Cinema, usually more offbeat fare, and this year it has included a docu from renowned German filmmaker Werner Herzog, “Echos Aus Einem Dusteren Reich” (Echoes From A Gloomy Empire).

As a service to foreign audiences and buyers, the majority of the features have English subtitles.

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