Perspektive Deutsches Kino is coming of age. For the past 18 years, the Berlinale has dedicated itself with this section to supporting promising German filmmakers and talents who are self-confidently searching for their own form of artistic expression.
“It was a good idea when I took office 18 years ago to devote a new section of the Berlinale called Perspektive Deutsches Kino to a young generation of German filmmakers. This commitment to German cinema was first successfully curated by Alfred Holighaus, and later by Linda Söffker,” comments Festival Director Dieter Kosslick on the section’s history.
A large screen, the thrilling atmosphere of an A-list festival, and 500 viewers in a sold-out premiere cinema provide incentive, energy and tailwind all at once. Directors — including Sonja Heiss, Thomas Stuber, Nicolas Steiner, Anne Zohra Berrached, Dietrich Brüggemann, Nicole Vögele — have all presented their first films here and many of them have gone on to qualify for the Berlinale’s Competition.
“As with all beginnings, debut films have something magical about them that we try to let shine. For many filmmakers, the hopeful journey into the future of cinema begins with us here,” says section head Linda Söffker.
The topics preoccupying young filmmakers have not changed much. Rightly, things often revolve around love, identity, freedom, and self-realisation. Yet over the years the stories and their protagonists have become more international — as borne out by the twelve documentaries and fiction films in this year’s programme.