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  18/2 -

Jasmila Zbanics low-budget Grbavica wins the Golden Bear for best film at this years Berlin Film Festival. [MORE] [ADD]




Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others) receives a record 11 nominations for the German Film Awards [MORE]

  11/1 -

Swiss writer/director Dani Levy’s Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler (My Führer - The Truly Truest Truth about Adolf Hitler), a parody about the German Fuhrer is released.  [MORE] [ADD]



  19/1 -

The Berlin Film Festival announces it will screen a newly-discovered colour print of the 1921 German version of Hamlet starring Asta Nielsen.   [MORE] [ADD]



  19/2 -

The Chinese film Tuya de hun shi (Tuya's Marriage) wins the Golden Bear award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.  [MORE] [ADD]

    Die Welle (2008)


  15/1 -

Til Schweiger’s latest comedy, Keinohrhasen comes under fire from parents because of a rating that permits children as young as 6 to see an explicit sex scene and numerous sexual references. [MORE]



  8/2 -

Director Til Schweiger announces his intention to establish a new domestic movie award along the lines of America’s People’s Choice Award after his romantic comedy Keinohrhasen (Rabbit Without Ears) is overlooked by the German Academy for the 2008 German Film Award nominations. [MORE]



  13/3 -

Dennis Gansel’s thriller Die Welle (The Wave) is released.   Jurgen Vogel plays a charismatic high school teacher who creates a fascist autocracy amongst his pupils.   The film is based on a real-life experiment conducted in a California high school in 1967. [MORE] [ADD]



  19/8 -

Film giant Internationalmedia declares itself bankrupt, and partly blames its problems on financier David Bergstein, an accusation he strongly refutes. [MORE]




11 extras injured during the filming of United Artists' Valkyrie sue the studio for $11 million, despite having signed waivers before agreeing to participate in the scene in which they were injured. [MORE]

  9/1 -

Uli Edel’s adaptation of Stefan Aust’s book The Baader Meinhof Complex, which tells the story of the early years of Germany’s infamous Red Army Faction (RAF), faces legal action from the widow of one of RAF’s victims over the accuracy of the story.   Edel will be forced to re-shoot certain scenes if the widow is successful. [MORE] [ADD]

  16/2 -

The Peruvian film The Milk of Sorrow wins the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. [MORE]

  26/5 - A federal court overturns a lower court’s decision to ban Rohtenburg, Martin Weisz’s film about the capture and trial of an infamous cannibal, three years after it was initially released following a complaint from real-life cannibal Armin Meiwes. [MORE]
    Metropolis (1927)
  12/2 -

A Gala screening of the newly-restored, full-length version of Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic Metropolis takes place at Berlin's Friedrichstadtpalast.   The film is also beamed onto a huge screen at the Brandenburg Gate and accompanied by Berlin’s Radio Symphony Orchestra playing Gottfried Huppertz’s original score. [MORE]

  20/2 - Semih Kaplanoglu's Bal (Honey) wins the Golden Bear Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, while Roman Polanski wins Silver Bear for Best Director for The Ghost Writer. [MORE]
  12/4 -

Werner Schroeter, a leading director of the New German Cinema of the 1970s and a pioneer of gay film-making, dies at the age of 65 after an operation in Kassel.   He had been suffering from cancer. [MORE] [ADD]

  23/4 - Michael Haneke's Das weiße Band (The White Ribbon) dominates the 2010 German Film (Lola) Awards, winning ten prizes, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Male Actor (Burghart Klaußner) [MORE]
  5/6 -

Exiled Iranian director Daryush Shokof, who had been missing for nearly two weeks, is discovered drenched near the Rhine River by three teenagers.   According to reports, the director claims he was abducted. [MORE]

  23/6 - Actor Frank Giering is found dead in his Berlin apartment at the age of 38.   He was best known for his role as a psychopath in Michael Haneke's 1997 film Funny Games. [MORE] [ADD]
  21/8 -

Christoph Schlingensief, the enfant terrible of the German stage who directed such films as The German Chain-Saw Massacre and 100 Years of Hitler, dies of lung cancer at the age of 49. [MORE] [ADD]



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