Focus on Austria – Portand German Film Festival 2017

Little known yet widely influential, Austria’s film industry is unique among world cinemas. While naming your favorite Austrian films may be a challenging exercise, this landlocked country also boasts one of the world’s most controversial and influential directors: Michael Haneke. Without a doubt he is the most internationally successful Austrian filmmaker working today, and his cinematic impact resonates globally. However

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Moritz Bleibtreu to receive Portland German Film Festival Award 2017

German actor Moritz Bleibtreu will attend the screening of his movie BYE BYE GERMANY (Es war einmal in Deutschland) on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 @ 7.00 PM, Q&A will follow directly after the screening and he will receive the Portland German Film Festival Award 2017! (Schedule permitted.) Moritz Bleibtreu is one of few actors to traverse from German cinema to

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West Coast Premiere for WELCOME TO GERMANY (Willkommen bei den Hartmanns)

Director Simon Verhoeven’s WELCOME TO GERMANY (Willkommen bei den Hartmanns) will be opening this year’s Portland German Film Festival 2017. An outlandish, laugh-out-loud comedy about politics, cultural identity, xenophobia and everyday modern family issues that transcends borders as it touches on the current issues of today and how the influx of refugees from Africa and the Middle East may change

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Children’s movies at this year’s Portland German Film Festival 2017

Zeitgeist Northwest will present the 8th Annual Portland German Film Festival from Oct. 3 – 10, 2017 @ at Cinema 21. Stay connected with us and get updates on the films we are showing with facebook. Over the next month we will release our upcoming schedule, here are this year’s children’s movies. (All films are in German with English subtitles.)

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Remembering Rainer Werner Fassbinder on the 35th Anniversary of her death

Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a German director, film producer, author and actor, and a representative of the New German Film movement. The international film world sees him as Germany’s most significant filmmaker after World War II. He passed away 35 years ago on June 10, 1982. While Fassbinder maintained a professional career that lasted less than fifteen years, he completed

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Remembering Romy Schneider on the 35th Anniversary of her death

German film actress Romy Schneider died on May 29, 1982. Her incomparable charisma, versatility and turbulent private life, however, continue to fascinate. Schneider was born Rosemarie Magdalena Albach in Vienna into a family of actors that included her paternal grandmother Rosa Albach-Retty, her Austrian father Wolf Albach-Retty and her German mother, actress Magda Schneider. Romy Schneider’s first film, made when

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German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus dies at 81

Born August 5, 1935 in Germany, Ballhaus was an accomplished cinematographer, working closely with Rainer Werner Fassbinder on 16 films, beginning with 1970’s Whity and The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Satan’s Brew, Chinese Roulette, The Marriage of Marie Braun and Lili Marleen among others. Working with Fassbinder on the film “Martha,” he developed the 360-degree tracking shot that

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KINOFEST Seattle 2017 – our 2nd annual German language Film festival takes place Nov. 17-19, 2017

The Portland German Film Festival, in collaboration with Northwest Film Forum, will present the 2nd annual KINOFEST Seattle, November 17 – 19, 2017 at the Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. in Seattle. After our very successful start with KINOFEST Seattle 2016, we will return with our 2nd annual KINOFEST Seattle 2017, which will include the newest in German-language cinema with features, docs and

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Leading feminist filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta turns 75

The first female filmmaker to achieve international acclaim, Margarethe von Trotta is referred to as a “leading force” of the New German Cinema movement. As she turns 75, here are the highlights of her career. New projects in the making Margarethe von Trotta is now preparing her next film and working on a documentary on scriptwriter and director Ingmar Bergman, whose

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TONI ERDMANN – Germany’s Foreign Language Film nominee 2017

“Toni Erdmann,” a German-language tragicomedy that is one of the most surprising and lauded films of the year, capturing the well-meaning fumble that can occur when parents and children try to connect and it was just nominated in the Foreign Language Film category. But while centering on the relationship between a shaggy elderly jokester and his uptight adult daughter, “Toni Erdmann”

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STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE – special screening on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017

STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE (Vor der Morgenröte)   Sunday, February 5, 2017, 7:00PM @ CINEMA21 Director: Maria Schrader Screenplay: Maria Schrader, Jan Schomburg Austria, Germany, France, 2016, 106 min. ,German, English, Spanish with English subtitles. Starring: Josef Hader, Barbara Sukowa, Aenne Schwarz, Matthias Brandt, Charly Hübner     Discussion with writer-director Maria Schrader following the screening. Schrader’s film episodically

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GERMAN FILM & MEDIA AWARDS: BAMBI

The BAMBI award was brought into being in 1948. In a time when the fabric of everyday life was weaved from resignation and ruins, the symbol of the deer gave people hope. Originally, the BAMBI was a film prize for which the readers of Filmrevue magazine chose their favorite big screen star. As TV sets found their way into more

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Celebrating our 2 (two) year anniversary of monthly films in November 2016

In November of 2014 the Portland German Film Festival started to show a variety of GERMAN and GERMAN language films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland to give our audience the chance to experience the diversity, history and progress of German-speaking countries in Europe. Audiences having the chance to see these films on a regular basis at the CLINTON STREET THEATER on

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Academy award winner Xavier Koller to attend the Portland German Film Festival 2016

Swiss film director and screenwriter, Xavier Koller will attend the screening of his movie SCHELLEN-URSLI (The little mountain boy) (Schellen-Ursli) on Sept. 24, 2016 at CINEMA 21 (schedule permitted). Koller made movie history when he was the first Swiss native to win an Academy Award ® for his film Journey of Hope (Reise der Hoffnung), which won the Academy Award for

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Classic German movie at the Portland German Film Festival 2016

In 2015, the Portland German Film Festival started its series of German classic movies which will be shown at a matinee on Sundays @ 1.00 PM during the festival. This year’s classic film will be “GIRLS IN UNIFORM” (Mädchen in Uniform), starring Lilli Palmer and Romy Schneider.   Romy Schneider (1938 – 1982) was born as Rosemarie Magdalena Albach in

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Children’s movies at this year’s Portland German Film Festival 2016

Zeitgeist Northwest will present the 7th Annual Portland German Film Festival from Sept. 23 - 27, 2016 @ at Cinema 21. Stay connected with us and get updates on the films we are showing with facebook.

Over the next weeks we will release our upcoming schedule, starting with this years children's movies: SCHELLEN-URSLI (The little Mountain boy), HORDUR and MY FRIEND RAFFI.


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NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER at Portland German Film Festival 2016

The 7th annual Portland German Film Festival is introducing their first short film program. In 2015, ELLA a film by Paula Romy Riemann was the first short ever to be screened in our festival.   The short film program NEXT GENERATION was created by German Films in 1998 to introduce young talents from Germany to international audiences. Selected from film school

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THE PORTLAND GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL AND NORTHWEST FILM FORUM ANNOUNCE KINOFEST SEATTLE 2016

The Portland German Film Festival, in collaboration with Northwest Film Forum, will present KINOFEST Seattle, October 7-9, 2016 at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. in Seattle. KINOFEST Seattle will include the newest in German-language cinema with features, docs and shorts from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. All films will be in German with English subtitles.  Additionally, the festival will host filmmakers from all over the world to present

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DEFA turns 70! (1946 – 2016)

In 1946, just a year after Nazi Germany’s surrender, the Soviet Military Administration granted the first post-war license to the newly founded Deutsche Filmaktiengesellschaft (DEFA). Comprised of filmmakers who had returned from exile and others who had been waiting for a chance to work in the film industry of a democratic Germany, DEFA moved onto the old UFA premises and

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Cinema of the Weimar Republic (1918-1933)

The Weimar Republic period of German history, from 1918-1933, saw economic, stylistic and cultural changes in the German film industry that would have profound effects on the history of German cinema. World War I ended with the Treaty of Versailles, and any hopes of post-war prosperity were destroyed for Germany. Germany was blamed as the sole instigator of the war

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Celebrating our 1 (one) year anniversary of monthly films in November

In November of 2014 the Portland German Film Festival started to show a variety of GERMAN and GERMAN language films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland on every 2nd Wednesday of each month. Audiences having the chance to see these films on a regular basis at the CLINTON STREET THEATER. (Children movies will be playing on Sunday afternoons – please check our

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Some films from this years Portland Film Festival will be shown at OSU

If you missed this year’s Portland German Film Festival, you will have a second chance to see some of our films at the Seventh Annual International Film Festival at OSU in Corvallis from October 12th-18th, 2015.

The festival is hosted by the School of Language, Culture, and Society in the College of Liberal Arts and the screenings take place at Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th Street, Corvallis.

All films are free and open to the public. You need to obtain a ticket at the Darkside Cinema BEFORE entering the auditorium. Seats are limited - come early for guaranteed seating.


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Katja Riemann to receive Portland German Film Festival Award 2015

Katja Riemann, will be in attendance and receive the 2015 Portland German Film Festival Award for her body of work including dozens of movie roles and TV acting credits as this year’s festival kicks off with the American Premiere of A MISPLACED WORLD (Die abhandene Welt), the latest from legendary director Margarethe von Trotta on September 25, 2015. This will

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Children’s movies at this year’s Portland German Film Festival 2015

Zeitgeist Northwest will present the 6th Annual Portland German Film Festival from Sept. 25 – 29, 2015 @ at Cinema 21. Stay connected with us and get updates on the films we are showing with facebook. Over the next weeks we will release our upcoming schedule, starting with this years children’s movies. SAT. SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 @ 3.00 PM LOLA

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Portland German Film Festival Awards

Creative, inventive, courageous and assertive German Cinema is thriving by the work of individuals in the film industry, actresses/ actors, directors, etc. They are providing German movies with character and personality and for that the Portland German Film Festival has established 2 awards for individuals in the film industry. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD The selection criteria states that “the recipient should

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Classic German movies at the Portland German Film Festival

While the Portland German Film Festival is always trying to get the newest movies from Germany to Portland and has and will have several US Premieres of modern German movies, one should never forget the “classics”. For the first time the Portland German Film Festival will show classic German movies as a matinee on Sundays @ 1.00 PM during the

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Artur Brauner and the CCC Films

Artur Brauner belongs to the few producers who shaped the German film history strongly over the last 60 years. He stands as a symbol for the German Entertainment Film industry of the 50s and 60s and at the same time is producer of some of the most significant West-German Films in the latest German history. Born 1918 to the son

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Helmut Dietl, 1944-2015

The German film and TV industries were mourning on Monday the death of director, writer and producer Helmut Dietl from lung cancer. He was 70. Once described as “the German answer to Woody Allen”, Dietl was known to international audiences largely for his send-up of the fake Hitler diaries saga in the 1992 film Schtonk!, which was subsequently nominated for a

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65th Berlin International Film Festival and the 29th Teddy Awards 2015

The 65th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from February 5 – 15, 2015 and I was honored to be invited to be on the independent jury for the 29th Teddy Awards, which is an international film award for films with LGBT topics, presented by an independent jury as an official award of the Berlin International Film Festival (the

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38th Portland International Film Festival: February 5-21, 2015

The 38th Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) is starting on Feb. 5th, 2015. Zeitgeist Northwest and the OSU Language Department once again are proud sponsor of this years GERMAN/ GERMAN language movies.  BELOVED SISTERS 2/11: 6:30 PM, CINEMA 21 2/14 : 7:00 PM, MORELAND THEATER Directed by Dominik Graf (2014) 138 min. The aristocratic sisters Charlotte and Caroline both fall
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WIM WENDERS NOMINATED AGAIN FOR AN OSCAR ®

The German director Wim Wenders has been nominated for an Oscar® in the category of Best Documentary Feature. Other nominations went to the German co-productions CITIZENFOUR by Laura Poitras (DE/US, Praxis Films) and THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL by Wes Anderson (GB/DE, Neunzehnte Babelsberg Film). The composer Hans Zimmer has been nominated in the category of Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) for INTERSTELLAR.


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It’s a wrap!

5 days and 12 Films later, the Portland German Film Festival 2014 presented by Zeitgeist Northwest has come to an end. Thanks to the filmmakers, talent, sponsors, volunteers and the enthusiastic audience who made the festival such a success! Check out our monthly film series and we will be back in the fall of 2015!

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The Cinema of East Germany

The DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the only archive and study center outside Europe devoted to the study of a broad spectrum of filmmaking by East German filmmakers or related to East Germany from 1946 to the present.


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Happy 70th birthday Udo Kier!

Veteran German actor Udo Kier — who has in his career played everything from a vampire to Hitler to a monster baby – just turned 70th. Udo Kier will be featured in this year’s Portland German Film Festival with Jeremy JP Fekete’s documentary “ME…UDO…starring Udo Kier” which will play with the short GRAF KARPATOVICZ AND THE BLONDE BITE. His role

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PORTLAND GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014 – TRAILER

Watch the complete trailer for this years Portland German Film Festival here! The festival starts Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 @ 07.00 PM at Cinema 21 with Doris Dörrie’s The Whole Shebang (Alles Inklusive). The tickets will go on sale shortly. Like us on Facebook.

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