Look back in Achtung:
This April marks the 12th edition of achtung berlin – new berlin film award, the festival for up-and-coming hometown filmmakers (not to mention the third presentation of achtung’s Exberliner Film Award!). Get caught up on the fest’s history as we present 10 Days, 10 ‘achtung’ Films, a very special EXBlicks edition at Lichtblick Kino. The scope, diversity and adventurousness of these films mirror that of Berlin itself. „10 Days, 10 ‚achtung‘ Films“ is presented by Exberliner Magazine, realeyz.tv and Lichtblick Kino.
It all kicks off with local mumblecore hero Axel Ranisch’s “Dicke Mädchen” (2012) which along with Tom Lass’ “Papa Gold” (2011) was shot outside the confines of the traditional film financing system and represents a breath of DIY “fresh air” in German cinema. You’ll have the chance to see Marcus Lenz’ intimate drama “Close”, the festival’s first winner in 2005, as well as documentaries like “Der Tag” (2009), in which Uli M Schueppel collaborates with Einstürzende Neubauten member FM Einheit to explore 12 Berliners’ last days on Earth; and Julian Vogel’s “Palast” (2013), which melds architectural critique, social history and expert storytelling to portray life in the Sozialpalast housing complex in Schöneberg. Later entries include Danish DFFB grad Anna Sofie Hartmann’s “Limbo” (2015), a low key love story between an art teacher and her student that doesn’t fit into the usual Berlin LGBTQ mould.
Full program here.
As usual, screenings will be presented with guest Q&As and complementary wine! On March 13, attending „Dicke Mädchen“ director Axel Ranisch will be joined by achtung festival directors Sebastian Brose and Hajo Schäfer. Thanks to Sebastian, Hajo and the achtung team for all their support!