ARTS & CULTURE

  • GOOGOOSH – MADE OF FIRE

    GOOGOOSH – MADE OF FIRE

    The singer Googoosh was a cult figure and pop icon in Iran in the 1960s and 70s who rose to international fame. Put under house arrest after the revolution, her career lay dormant for more than 20 years before her astonishing comeback in the 1990s. Her moving story makes her a voice of resistance and a symbol of hope.

  • REMARKABLE WOMEN – PAINTERS FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO CLASSICISM

    REMARKABLE WOMEN – PAINTERS FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO CLASSICISM

    The film portrays four remarkable European female artists from the Renaissance to Classicism, who carved unusual careers in very different social settings: star of the Renaissance, Sofonisba Anguissola, self-made Baroque artist, Judith Leyster, Angelica Kauffmann, a trailblazer at the time of Goethe, and Marie-Guillemine Benoist, a portraitist during the French Revolution.

  • KANT – THE EXPERIMENT OF FREEDOM

    KANT – THE EXPERIMENT OF FREEDOM

    Immanuel Kant was already an important philosopher during his lifetime. Three hundred years after his birth, the film shows for the first time Kant’s close connection to his native Königs-berg, a place he never left. Everything he knew came from books or everyday observations. Using sophisticated animation techniques, the film takes us back to 18th-century Königsberg between Europe and the Russian Empire.

  • POL POT DANCING

    POL POT DANCING

    Chea Samy, a celebrated dancer at the Cambodian Royal Palace, raises a boy as her own at her home on the palace grounds. Years later, as a forced labourer under the Khmer Rouge, she realises her foster son is Pol Pot. The film tells the almost unknown story of the history and reign of Pol Pot and its connection to classical Cambodian dance.

  • JOHNNY & ME – A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME WITH JOHN HEARTFIELD

    JOHNNY & ME – A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME WITH JOHN HEARTFIELD

    Graphic artist Stefanie is in the middle of a creativity crisis. In a museum, she is captivated by the satirical photomontages of the world-famous artist and Nazi opponent John Heartfield. Miraculously, she finds herself in his studio. She embarks on an adventurous journey through Heartfield’s extraordinary life 100 years ago.

  • JEW SUESS 2.0

    JEW SUESS 2.0

    Anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, driven to new extremes by the COVID crisis. This film documents the visual roots of this new anti-Semitism, taking a historical look at the visual propaganda of the Nazis.

  • YES WE CAN – CONTEMPORARY BLACK ART

    YES WE CAN – CONTEMPORARY BLACK ART

    Michelle and Barack Obama are the first Black presidential couple to be represented at the National Gallery, and for the first time ever, Black artists were commissioned to do the portraits. The Obamas have paved the way for a new generation of artists. How do these artists understand their work and how do they regard their success?

  • IRVIN YALOM – STARING AT THE SUN

    IRVIN YALOM – STARING AT THE SUN

    Irvin Yalom is a well-known psychiatrist and celebrated author. He has produced numerous bestselling novels. How did Yalom become the man he is today? The film follows him in his everyday life and creative process, and offers the audience emotional moments but also fascinating insights into the life of the 91-year-old writer.

  • DANCING PINA

    DANCING PINA

    Pina Bausch revolutionised modern dance with her choreography. But what remains of her legacy? Two spectacular dance projects show how a young generation of dancers from all over the world is rediscovering Pina‘s choreography – A visually intense and emotional journey into the world of modern dance and beyond.

  • HONG KONG – CENSORSHIP, PROTEST, ART

    HONG KONG – CENSORSHIP, PROTEST, ART

    Ai Weiwei’s middle finger – deleted. Pillar of Shame – removed. The film Revolution of Our Times – banned. Bit by bit, critical art is being eliminated in Hong Kong. How are the creatives reacting? Are they giving in or fighting back? Based on the examples of various artists, the film shows how protest and art are still possible despite censorship.

  • AFRICAN STYLES

    AFRICAN STYLES

    Africa’s fashion avant-garde is diverse and thriving. In the continent’s major cities as well as in the African diaspora, creatives are setting trends with provocative, visionary designs and transforming the world’s often clichéd perception of Africa. Eight exciting designers offer us a glimpse of the creations of tomorrow!

  • ART IS A STATE OF MIND

    ART IS A STATE OF MIND

    Art is a State of Mind is an inspiring road trip with the conceptual artist and jack-of-all-trades Bernhard Zünkeler in search of his very subjective definition of success; an encounter with extraordinary international artists and art projects in Germany, Cuba and the United States; and a consistent discourse on what art can and must be today.