Keep Surfing


  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 91 minutes
  • Directed By: Björn Richie Lob and Björn Richie Lob
  • Country: Germany
This kinetic and fast-paced documentary will put you right on the Eisbach in the heart of Munich, where river-surfing was invented 35 years ago. Stunningly shot with cameras literally on the surfboards, you can sense the exhilaration as they take to the water. With cameos by surfing legends like Nick Carroll and Kelly Slater, Keep Surfing will make you want to hit the waves! |Read More
Sports, Documentary


  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 112 minutes
  • Directed By: Sebastian Dehnhardt and Sebastian Dehnhardt
  • Country: Germany
Six-foot-six Ukrainian brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko emigrated to Germany to begin careers in heavyweight boxing in 1996, and the sport was never the same. After a 15-year reign over the ring, they made history in 2008, becoming the first brothers in the sport to hold world titles at the same time. Through an engaging mix of candid interviews and absorbing fight footage, Klitschko offers a captivating glimpse into the makings of these champion boxing brothers. |Read More
Sports, Documentary
Laura's Star


  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Directed By: Piet de Rycker
  • Country: Germany
In this beautifully animated film, Laura's family moves from the country to the city. Laura is sad and lonely until one night a shooting star lands outside her window. With the help of this magical star, Laura finds happiness and friends in her new home. A tale about embracing life's changes, this colorful adventure is a perfect "first film" experience. Preceded by First Flight (8 min.). (Ages 4+) |Read More
Leonid's Story


  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 19 minutes
  • Directed By: Rainer Ludwigs
  • Country: Germany, Ukraine
A Soviet family searching for a modest paradise is swept into the immense Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, recalled through small episodes as Leonid's Story.

Screening as part of the Shorts: Long Story Short program. |Read More
Love & Engineering


Is there an algorithm for love? Atanas, a Bulgarian engineer living in Finland, is determined to find out. With the help of some of his geeky bachelor friends, he sets up a series of experiments to crack the code and develop a new, scientific approach to dating. This charming and lighthearted documentary follows Atanas and company as they research pheromones, chart brain waves, and try out “hacks” on blind dates in their quest to find romance in the modern world. |Read More
Comedy, Documentary, Romantic Comedy, Relationships, Science/Technology
Mama Africa


Packed with five decades of rare archival footage and captivating melodies, Mama Africa tells the incredible story of Miriam Makeba. First introduced to American audiences by Harry Belafonte, Makeba's songs exposed the injustice of Apartheid in South Africa to the world—resulting in a 30-year exile from her home country. Throughout her life, Makeba inspired millions through her powerful songs of joy, love, and revolution. |Read More
Documentary, Music
Man from the Embassy


  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 100 minutes
  • Directed By: Dito Tsintsadze
  • Country: Germany
The empty existence of a German official living in Tbilisi, Georgia, brightens when he forms a tenuous friendship with a 12-year-old girl living in one of the city's refugee camps. But corruption, violence and accusations of pedophilia taint their growing bond, echoing post-Soviet Georgia's uneasy relationship with the West. In Georgian and German. |Read More


  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Directed By: Julian Rosefeldt
  • Country: Germany
All current art is fake. Nothing is original. These are some of the statements exposed in artist Julian Rosefeldt's stunning piece. Starring Cate Blanchett, we witness a series of vignettes which draw upon artist manifestos that question the true nature of art. A chameleonic Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance as she transforms in each segment like never before. |Read More
Miss Else


  • Release Year: 1928
  • Runtime: 77 minutes
  • Country: Germany
A masterwork of silent cinema directed by Paul Czinner and starring the acclaimed German language theater actress Elisabeth Bergner. Else, a lively young girl, finds her existence suddenly crushed by the bankruptcy of her father (Albert Bassermann, another German theater icon). The print is a new archival restoration from the Cineteca di Bologna. Featuring live piano accompaniment. |Read More
Mr Long


Following an assignment gone wrong in Tokyo, professional Taiwanese hitman Mr. Long (Chang Chen) finds himself stranded without a passport in a run-down Japanese village. So naturally Long does what any cold-hearted killer would do in his situation: befriend the locals and open a wildly popular noodle cart. Moving artfully between scenes of slickly choreographed violence and charming, whimsical drama, Japanese director SABU’s latest is a refreshing twist on the gangster genre, offering a surprisingly tender and heartwarming fable of redemption. |Read More
Drama, Comedy
Ninth Day


  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Country: Germany
A young Gestapo officer and a Catholic priest engage in a battle of wills in this thoughtfully written and superbly acted drama of ideas based on the 1945 memoirs of of Father Jean Bernard, a Luxembourg priest, who was one of almost 3,000 clergymen set to hard labor in Dachau. A Kino International release. |Read More
Noah Land


  • Release Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 109 minutes
  • Directed By: Cenk Erturk
  • Country: Germany, Turkey, USA
A son strives to honor his terminally ill father’s last wish to be buried under a tree he planted as a child, but clashes with villagers who claim the tree is in fact a holy relic planted by Noah after the Great Flood. |Read More
Pandora's Box


Yesim Ustaoglu's (Journey to the Sun) latest is a gorgeous, expertly developed cross-generational dramedy. When an aging matriarch (90-year-old Tsilla Chelton) starts showing signs of dementia, her dysfunctional family in Istanbul must navigate a minefield of unresolved issues to care for her. Pandora's Box took the top prize and Chelton was named best actress at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s)
Patience Stone


A woman tends to her comatose husband, an injured rebel fighter in an unnamed, war-torn village, only whispering of her fear for their two young daughters' lives. Weeks go by, and as her desperation grows, she gives voice to previously unuttered thoughts and memories without regard for anyone’s reaction. In a mesmerizing performance, Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani portrays a woman who, under the most extreme circumstances, discovers the core of her identity. |Read More
Perfect Day


  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Directed By: Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige, and Ben Thompson
  • Country: Germany, France, Lebanon
In this portrait of a character and a society, Malek and his mother struggle with an insidious inertia 15 years after the Lebanese civil war in which thousands disappeared, including Malek's father. The title and situation recall the poignant optimism of Lou Reed's classic song, and the film's own award-winning original music is unforgettable. In Arabic. |Read More
Postcards From the Zoo


Acclaimed Chinese-Indonesian director Edwin (Blind Pig Who Wants To Fly) returns with a gorgeous, dreamlike fairy tale set inside Jakarta's wondrous Ragunan Zoo. Abandoned in the zoo as a little girl and raised among the wild menagerie, Lana finally embarks outside the peculiar confines she has always known—and into the seedier side of Jakarta—when she falls in love with a charming magician. |Read More