Believe it or not, the entirety of German cinema isn’t solely comprised of Christopher Waltz and David Hasselhoff. Rather, German cinema has a rich history which began during the latter part of the 19th century and went through major changes up until the 20th century. Today the German film industry remains prosperous and continues to release its own high-budget movies and net lucrative box office returns. To help offset the cost of producing big-budget films, some German producers partner with American TV and film producers. These strategic partnerships have not prevented Germany from producing its own successful film studios including Studio Hamburg, Bavaria Film, UFA and Constantin Film. Additionally, Germany has produced several notable films which have received world-wide acclaim, including Tom Tykwer’s “Run Lola Run”, Wolfgang Becker’s “Goodbye Lenin!”, and Oliver Hirschbiegel’s “Downfall”.
2012 was a good year for the German cinema with the movie “Amour” winning several awards including Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival as well as Best Foreign Language at the 85th Academy Awards. This critically-acclaimed drama was produced by German, French and Austrian film producers. Another movie that made it big last year is “Barbara” by Christian Pertzold, which won numerous awards at the 2012 German Film Awards and 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. These movies help to inspire other filmmakers to keep producing high quality movies.
Here are some of the must-watch German films in 2013:
Margarethe von Trotta, who directed the movie Rosenstrasse in 2003, returns with another spectacular work on the drama “Hannah Arendt”. This movie tells the story of a famous historical figure who shared her horrifying tale during the Nuremberg Trials to New York Times.
Night Train to Lisbon
Best known for his role as Simon Gruber in Die Hard: With a Vengeance, Jeremy Irons stars in the adaptation of the best-selling novel “Night Train to Lisbon” by Pascal Mercier. Director Billie August brings out the best in each character including Raimund Gregorius, who is a Swiss professor that abandoned his career to experience a life-changing journey.
If you prefer watching something funny, then you might want to check out “Schlussmacher”. This German comedy is directed by Matthias Schweighofer and Til Zweiger. “Schlussmacher” is a movie about a guy who makes a living by breaking up with people. As you can imagine, someone with such a hilarious career choice ends up in a crazy adventure.