12 essential German films for every movie lover | Movie Review

Germany is a country with a long tradition in the seventh art and has great names like Fritz Lang, Tom Tykwer, Wim Wenders or Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Its film industry is recognized for its innovation and constant search for trends, as well as for having a strong influence of arts such as literature and theater.

Due to the above, and to celebrate the 2016-2017 Germany-Mexico Dual Year that will officially begin next June, we share a list of films that will take you into German culture:

“Goodbye to Lenin!” (“Good Bye, Lenin!”)

12 essential German films for every movie lover

Wolfgang Becker, 2003

Hailed as the best European film at the Berlin Film Festival in 2003, “Good Bye, Lenin!” It takes place in East Germany, at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The film offers a fleeting vision of one of the most important events in modern history, covering transcendental political and social issues.

“Against the wall” (“Gegen die Wand”)

Fatih Akin, 2014

He tells the story of Cahit and Sibel, two people who know each other in a hospital because they have attempted suicide. Cahit, who has not overcome the death of his wife, enters a self-destructive spiral and stamps his car against a wall; Sibel can no longer bear the pressure of his traditional family. Both live in Germany but are of Turkish origin and Sibel thinks that if they get married, she will finally get her freedom.

“Heaven over Berlin” (“Der Himmel über Berlin”)

Heaven over Berlin

Wim Wenders, 1987

Winner at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival, the legendary director Wim Wenders presents the story of two angels flying over the sky of Berlin, a city divided by the “wall of shame.” Determined to know the feelings of men, one of the angels is willing to lose his immortality.

“The Baader Meinhof complex” (“Der Baader Meinhof Komplex”)

Uli Edel, 2008

Based on the book “Der Baader Meinhof Komplex” by Stefan Aust, this film shows the actions carried out by the Red Army Fraction (RAF, Rote Armee Fraktion for its acronym in German), which emerged as a wing in the late 60’s militant of the student protest movement.

“M, the vampire of Düsseldorf” (“M”)

Fritz Lang, 1931

M, the Düsseldorf vampire is the first sound work of director Fritz Lang. Based partially on real events, this film deals with police investigation to catch a sadistic murderer of girls in the city of Düsseldorf.

“Marriage of Maria Braun” (“Die Ehe der Maria Braun”)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1979

This is one of Werner Fassbinder’s most acclaimed films; It tells the story of Maria Braun, a woman who marries a soldier who must return to war one day after her wedding. Forced to support herself and her family, Maria makes her way through the difficult postwar era.

“In a place in Africa”  (“Nirgendwo in Afrika”)

Caroline Link, 2001

Winner of the Oscar as best foreign film, is the film adaptation of the autobiographical novel by Stefanie Zweig, who fled at age six with her parents from Germany to Kenya, when the Nazi persecution against the Jews broke out.

“The experiment” (“Das Experiment”)

Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2001

Based on the book “The Black Box”, written by Mario Giordano, “The experiment” tells the story of Tarek Fahd, a taxi driver who wishes to recover his work as a journalist and decides to enter a mock prison experiment where participants have to stay for 14 days, giving a worse than expected result.

“The cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (“Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari”)

Robert Wiene, 1920

Considered one of the greatest exponents of German Expressionism, this is an unexpected film that tells the story of the mad Dr. Caligari and his faithful sleepwalker Cesare, both linked to a series of murders in the German town of Holstenwall.

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