10 new hopes of German cinema 2016

The nightmare

The German-speaking film industry meets every year at the Max Ophüls Prize in Saarbrücken. What are the issues that concern young directors? The focus in 2016: young women in search of identity.

Movie The Nightmare

The nightmare

“Der Nachtmahr” by director Akiz was one of the outstanding films in the competition for this year’s Max Ophüls Prize and was recognized by both the youth jury and the ecumenical jury. It’s about a young girl who is plagued by fears and visions of terror. An uncanny being visits her every night – possibly just an expression of her imagination.

Film Luca dances softly

Luca dances softly

At this year’s Max Ophüls Prize, many films revolve around growing up, because young directors of course also tell a lot about themselves. So also “Luca dances quietly”: The film is more realistic than “The Nightmare”, but also shows the difficulties in jumping into adult life.

Looping film

Looping

Director Leonie Krippendorff puts three women at the center of her feature film debut “Looping”. Leila, Frenja and Ann are facing different stages in their lives. All three are in crisis. In a psychiatric clinic, their paths of life cross.

Film Her Composition

Her Composition

The upcoming films at the German-language Max Ophüls Prize sometimes break the national borders. Stephan Littger’s debut “Her Composition” is based in New York. There the young malorie studies at the music conservatory Kompostion. She too is experiencing a crisis of meaning from which it is difficult to find out.

Lena Love film

Lena Love

Florian Gaag’s contribution “Lena Love” was a classic cut – because the young director shows his protagonist Lena in a completely normal environment. Lena is a student and lives with her parents in a suburb of a German city. Lena also has problems: with her classmates and especially with the pitfalls of the modern media world.

Film Agnes

Agnes

In contrast to many of his colleagues, Johannes Schmid is already a relatively experienced director. “Agnes”, a film based on a novel by Peter Stamm, is his third feature film. You can see that in the work. In terms of both the subject and its implementation, “Agnes” is a very mature and demanding film about a complicated love affair.

Vacation film

Vacation

One of the few comedies in the competition for the Max Ophüls Prize is the film “Holidays” by Bernadette Knoller. In her feature film debut, the young director also tells of the needs and fears of a young woman in crisis. Law graduate Vivi hopes to find relaxation on a North Sea island – Knoller shows Vivi’s self-discovery with a lot of humor and the absurdities of everyday life.

Film Fado

Fado

The young director Jonas Rothlaender also traveled abroad for his debut. “Fado” is about the relationship between doctor Fabian and his ex-girlfriend Doro, who now lives in Lisbon. Rothlaender focuses on his male protagonist, who travels to Portugal and is driven by pathological jealousy. “Fado” was also awarded at the Max Ophüls Prize.

Film scrap!

Scrap!

In addition to the many films about the self-discovery of girls and young women, contributions such as “Schrotten!” by Max Count out of the frame. Count, who has already won a student Oscar, tells in “Schrotten!” a family story between civility and petty crime. In the center: two brothers who are hostile to each other, but then gather together.

Film Sex & Crime

Sex & crime

A film like “Sex & Crime” also fell out of the scope of this year’s competition for the Max Ophüls Prize. Paul Florian Müller’s feature film debut is a farce about a writer of sex & crime novels. For the finale of his film, the young director uses splatter effects à la Quentin Tarantino. “Sex & Crime” was thematically and formally one of the outsiders in Saarbrücken this year.

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