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Art as a million dollar project

In our capitalist society, works of art represent the ultimate status symbol. The art market is booming, prices are rocketing. Why is it that people are willing to spend millions of dollars on works by van Gogh, Klimt, Keith Haring or Gerhard Richter ...

Rights sold: Russia, Korea, Hungary, Italy, Taiwan

I Wore the Yellow Star

With photographs

Many members of the older generation remember how the Nazis determined the course of their childhood without having understood it at the time. What did the sons and daughters of Jewish parents go through?

Inge Deutschkron grew up in Berlin and personally experienced the consequences of ...

Rights sold: Romania, Russia

Summer Storm

A summer’s day that starts out all bright and sunny and by its end nothing is ever the same again – that is the day when Annika's cousin Ginie disappears. Just a short while ago the two of them had been sunbathing by the water’s edge with Annika's friends Steffi, Rüdiger and ...

Rights sold: English World Rights

Sweet Occupation

"If you look your enemy in the eye, he's no longer your enemy."

Five men in their middle years: convicted former terrorists Muhammad, Suleiman and Jamil from the occupied territories and Israeli refuseniks Chen and Amil. Five former prisoners who founded the Peace Movement after ...


Cross-countries

What is it we're looking for-in ourselves, in others, in faraway places?

Berlin, summer 2013: Clara, a young doctor, quite literally runs into Amal when their bicycles are involved in a minor collision. Amal, a 21-year old Iraqi student, has fled Baghdad and is applying for asylum ...


Who the Fuck is Kafka?

Hatred is an emotion, but peace is a conscious decision

A hotel in Rome. There's a knock at Lizzie Doron's door; when she opens it, she thinks she finds herself confronted by an Arab suicide bomber wearing an explosives belt. In fact Nadim has merely stuck his travel documents to ...

Rights sold: Czech Republic, Italy

The World Beyond Cinema

Lorenz, a former librarian and cinema usher, is now pushing 30 and working in a copy shop. One day he holds onto one of several copies of a diary he is binding for a diplomat. He gives it unread to his girlfriend Iris, a substitute teacher, so they can read it together. The diary is the ...


The Flow

"Near and far no longer matter; the only distance that counts lies in the space between the familiar and the alien."

Four people in four different countries: Ada from Berlin has made a documentary film about life on the Gaza strip with her friend Judith - but ...

Rights sold: Turkey

Things We Said Today

Western Pomeranian, 1999, in the small village of Bresekow. When old Frau Hanske dies, her daughter Ingrid flies in for the funeral with her family from Ireland. Ingrid had fled Bresekow many years ago. Her visit brings about many changes in the village, raising questions old and new, ...


Julius

Julius is the story of a young man striking out on his own. It's also the story of the eponymous protagonist's friendship with Martin, a sports-mad French student. And it's the moving and tragic love story of Julius and Jadwiga, and Julius's only seemingly ...


Swimming

Swimming is a special art. It is not only a sport or a way to stay afloat; it is also the most immediate experience of water and its variability. John von Düffel, author and long-distance swimmer, accounts for the various contacts of a swimmer with his element, of his exposedness, his ...


The Gift of the Stars

Inspiration is the greatest gift of all
The sage Zhuang Zhou has long been a thorn in the eye of Prince Yan, who views the great philosopher's discourse as highly rebellious. Yan orders one of his soldiers, Min Teng, to murder the philosopher. However, the soldier is taken ...