KINO! 2016 – Fresh German Films at Cinema Village


Serious issues and (tragic-offbeat) humor, well-known directors and promising new faces, fiction and documentary, a North American and five US premieres as well as festival successes from Toronto and Berlin, among others: the selection jury has picked a colourful cross-section of contemporary German filmmaking for the third edition of KINO! 2016 Festival of German Films in New York City (7 – 14 April 2016).

Mariette Rissenbeek, managing director of German Films: “A presence in the USA through a festival or theatrical release plays a very significant role for a film’s international visibility and exploitation. So, it’s very important for us to offer a platform to German cinema through the event in New York and promote a  greater awareness among the industry, the audience and the media ”

Organized by German Films, the event will show eleven new German feature films in the Cinema Village. And no less than ten guests from the fields of direction, acting, cinematography and writing have announced that they will be in town to answer questions from the New York audiences. In addition, there will be screenings of an Expressionist film classic accompanied by a DJ and the SHORT EXPORT MADE IN GERMANY 2016 program.

Isabelle Stever’sTHE WEATHER INSIDE will open the festival in the presence of the director and the lead actress Maria Furtwängler. Moreover, the directors Franz Müller, Klaus Maeck and Annekatrin Hendel as well as the DoP Martin Farkas will present their films at KINO!. The next generation of directors is represented by Mara Eibl-Eibesfeldt, Gerd Schneider and Tom Sommerlatte, who will be in New York with their debut features. And the author Daniel Kehlmann will be available for a Q&A on ME AND KAMINSKI, based on his eponymous novel.

The newly restored silent movie classic THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI by Robert Wiene will be screened as a special event in collaboration with Bertelsmann at the brand-new Metrograph cinema which only opened its doors this month. Raphaël Marionneau, one of the most well-known European chill-out DJs, will provide a musical soundtrack for the screenings.

As part of the accompanying program, the Deutsche Haus at New York University will host a panel discussion with the director Annekatrin Hendel and DoP Martin Farkas on THE FASSBINDER STORY. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Noah Isenberg and Laurence Kardish, the former MoMA film curator. The Goethe-Institut in New York is organizing a screening of the cult classic DECODER, to be followed by a panel discussion with the producer and screenwriter Klaus Maeck and the musician and DECODER cast member Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.

For the first time this year, KINO! will be accompanied by a VOD initiative organized in collaboration with the US streaming service Fandor and German Films. Parallel to KINO!, a selection of German films which drew attention at international festivals in recent years will be available online at the service’s “Festival Favourites” section. Moreover, Fandor is supporting the KINO! Audience Award with a free one year’s membership for the three viewers who are the most enthusiastic voters.

KINO! 2016 Festival of German Films is organized in collaboration with Bertelsmann and supported by the German Information Center, Goethe-Institut New York, Deutsches Haus at New York University and Fandor. The Village Voice is the media partner.

Location: Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003
Information: Tickets: $12 adults, $8 seniors/children (under the age of 13), click here for full festival program

More information about KINO! can be found in the festival brochure and on the festival website or via social media on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.