Discussion “Perspectives on German Cinema”

The history of German cinema can look back on a number of great achievements: the 20’s, but also the 60’s and 70’s have had lasting stylistic influences. Names such as Fritz Lang and Rainer Werner Fassbinder remain unforgotten. Expectations of the following generations of German cinema rose all the more, with the result that the latter found itself under great pressure to justify itself. Moreover, standards have shifted in any case following the Hollywood and post-Hollywood eras. Thus German cinema has often been stigmatised as moving between war drama and provincial farce. Similar prejudices can be observed from the perspective of the Chinese public, which at the same time represents a massive audience potential due to its size. How then can German cinema position itself in a suitably contemporary fashion? Does it need to do so in the first place? How is German cinema perceived in China? And in turn, how can its entire diversity be noted in China as well? We shall discuss perspectives on German cinema together with our guests Theresa von Eltz, Florian Gallenberger, Daniel Carsenty and our Chinese audience.

11/18/2016 - 19:00
Director, After Spring Comes Fall

Daniel Carsenty was born in Frankfurt in 1982. He worked as a journalist for the WDR and RTL. From 2008 until 2014 he studied cinematography at the Film University Babelsberg.

Director, 4 Kings

After Theresa graduated with an MA in History from Oxford University, she studied Fiction Directing at the National Film & Telivision School in Beaconsfield (UK). Her first short Film Gecko was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 2007. The script for Theresa’s first feature film-Vier Könige- was nominated for the Deutscher Drehbuchpreis early in 2014.

Director & Honorary Patron of the 4th Festival of German Cinema

Florian Gallenberger, Honorary Patron of the 4th Festival of German Cinema.

Born in Munich in 1972, Gallenberger studied directing at the renowned Munich Academy of Television and Film. He won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2001 with graduation film Quiero ser (I want to be ...). Gallenberger’s debut feature, SHADOWS OF TIME (2005), won the Bavarian Film Award as Best First Feature Film. In 2009 JOHN RABE won 4 German Academy Awards, including best film.