Monthly Past screenings


WED. NOV. 12, 2014 – 7:00 PM Buy Tickets

This Ain't California is a film about the skate-boarding scene in the old East Germany of the 80ies, and about the ways how this scene shaped the anti-socialist mind-set that ultimately led to the fall of the Berlin wall.



WED. JAN. 14, 2015 @ 7.00 PM Buy Tickets

The new film written and directed by Academy Award winner Caroline Link!

On vacation in the Moroccan capital to visit his estranged theatre-director father, 17-year-old Ben finds himself fascinated by the bustling, colorful city — and by a beautiful young woman who hails from a far different world than his own.


The Vexxer (Neues vom Wixxer)

WED. MAR. 11, 2015 – 7:00 PM                                                

He's back ... meaner and more dangerous than ever... The Vexxer... Scotland Yard's funniest nightmare!

Thick fog is once again covering night-time London. Dark shadows fall on the city like a freshly ironed shroud. Sounds exactly like Edgar Wallace! But honestly, he also had nothing to do with this installment of the Skeleton-faced killer.




WED. APR. 8, 2015 @ 7.00 PM Buy Tickets

A naive dreamer attempts to circumnavigate the world on his motorcycle, surviving only on the money he makes along the way, until he finds what he wasn't even looking for.



WED.  MAY 13, 2015 @ 7.00 PM Buy Tickets

Director: Uwe Janson

Germany, 2014,  90 min.

Adapted from the original story “If Stones Could Cry” by Stephen Glantz. Jonas, a young man on the run, arrives in Berlin just in time to save Ruth's life. Evicted from her apartment, the sarcastic but warmhearted Ruth, an aging Jewish cabaret singer, saw no other way out than suicide. Jonas, meanwhile, is driven by a secret, and is fleeing from his love and his future.



WED.  JUNE 10, 2015 @ 7.00 PM Buy Tickets

Buddenbrooks – The Decline of a Family is the gripping cinematic adaptation of Thomas Mann's Nobel Prize-winning novel of 1900, starring Academy Award®-nominee Armin Mueller-Stahl in the lead role.




WED. JULY 8, 2015 – 7:00 PM  Buy Tickets

Isabell Šuba made it – or so she thinks! One of her short films is screening at the world’s largest film festival. But instead of red carpet and caviar, her chauvinistic producer and an overbooked hotel await her in Cannes.



WED. OCT. 14, 2015 – 7:00 PM

Directed by Cyrill Boss, Philipp Stennert

The faultless reputation of New York FBI agent Jerry Cotton is at risk: the Head of Internal Affairs, Daryl D. Zanuck, has accused him of double murder. Did Jerry shoot Sammy Serrano in revenge after being unable to prove the gangster boss guilty of the States Union gold haul?



WED. DEC. 9, 2015 - 7:00 PM

GDR/Poland, 1960, 95 min, Color -In German; English subtitles
Director: Kurt Maetzig

The first science-fiction film brought out in East Germany, The Silent Star is based on Stanislaw Lem’s mysterious novel, The Astronauts (1951). In it, an international expedition is sent to Venus to decipher a message found in the Gobi desert – and discovers it is a declaration of war on Earth.


DEFA Turns 70! – Käthe Kollwitz: Filmic Images of a Life

WED. MAY 11, 2016 - 7:00 PM

To celebrate DEFA's 70th birthday we are showing:

Käthe Kollwitz: Images of a Life

Dir. Ralf Kirsten,GDR, 1987, 95 min., color,

Käthe Kollwitz was 47 years old and a well-established artist in Germany and abroad, when Peter, her youngest son, volunteered to fight in WWI and was killed. This painful tragedy changed Kollwitz’s life and art forever.



WED. JULY 13, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Director: Christian Moris Müller

Stars: Theresa Scholze, Max Riemelt, Sebastian Schwarz

Katharina (Theresa Scholze) and Steffen (Max Riemelt) seem like the quintessential successful Berlin couple - they have well-paying jobs, a loving relationship and a spectacular apartment. One night, fed up with the predictability of their lives, they decide on a radical change: They're going to extinguish all traces of their existence and start over.



WED. OCT. 12, 20167:00 PM

(Switzerland, 2015)

Directed by: Paul Riniker

Cast: Jörg Schneider, Mathias Gnädinger, Beatrice Blackwell, Heidi Maria Glössner, Daniel Rohr

When Hans looks back, he must say: That was a good life! He saw the world, loved his wife Martha and yes, two, three things went wrong. But that doesn't need to be talked about. And now?


Windstorm 2 (Ostwind 2)


SUNDAY DEC. 04, 2016 – 3:00 PM

Summer vacation. Mika is overjoyed to see Ostwind again. But then she discovers strange wounds on the belly of Ostwind, for which no one has an explanation. Yet this is Kaltenbach verge of bankruptcy!



RESCHEDULED - TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Germany, 1947, 104 min, B&W

The film spans a ten-year period starting in 1933. Celebrated German film and theater actor Hans Wieland marries the Jewish actress Elisabeth Maurer. As Nazi anti-Semitic policies increasingly infringe on their lives, they struggle to survive. Then Hans is given an ultimatum by a friend who has become a Nazi official: save himself by divorcing his wife.


TONI ERDMANN – Opening Night on January 26, 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ 7:00 PM at CINEMA 21
Germany | Austria | Romania (2016) , 2 hr 42 min
Directed by Maren Ade
Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It's an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn't help the two to see more eye to eye.



SPECIAL SCREENING - Sunday, February 5, 2017, 7:00PM @ CINEMA21  BUY TICKETS

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 tells the story of the Austrian Jewish writer Stefan Zweig and his life while in exile from 1936 to 1942.
Best known in the US for his novellas The Royal Game, and Letter from an Unknown Woman, that was later adapted into a film directed by Max Ophüls, starring Joan Fontaine.
Stefan Zweig (next to Thomas Mann) was the most-translated German-speaking writer of his time, but having been driven into emigration at the peak of his worldwide fame, Zweig falls into despair at the sight of Europe’s downfall, which he had anticipated early on.


THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (Auf der anderen Seite)

WED. FED. 8, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Germany/ Turkey
116 min / In German,Turkish and English, with English Subtitles

Directed by: Fatih Akin,  Cast: Baki Davrak,Gürsoy Gemec, Cengiz Daner and Hanna Schygulla

Fatih Akin, the critically-acclaimed director of HEAD-ON, weaves overlapping tales of friendship and sexuality into a powerful narrative of universal love. Six characters are drawn together by circumstances-an old man and a prostitute forging a partnership, a young scholar reconciling his past, two young women falling in love, and a mother putting the shattered pieces of her life back together.


I’m Off Then: Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago (Ich bin dann mal weg)

WED. April 12, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Germany 2015
92 min / In German, with English Subtitles

Directed by: Julia von Heinz  Cast: Devid Striesow, Martina Gedeck, Karoline Schuch |

Overweight, overworked, overwrought – celebrated TV star Hape realizes he can't go on this way. He takes a six-month sabbatical, and embarks on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, the famed spiritual path of St. James' Way. He sets out in search of himself. A film about finding and seeking – amusing, moving and emotional.


SISSI (Sissi)

Remembering Romy Schneider on the

35th anniversary of her death


WED. May 10, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Austria 1955
102 min / In German, with English Subtitles

Directed by: Ernst Marischka,  Cast: Romy Schneider, Karl Heinz Bohm, Magda Schenider,

In the first of a trilogy of movies about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria, the young vibrant princess catches the eye of her sister's fiancé, Emperor Franz Josef.



WED. July 12, 2017 - 7:00 PM

96 mins. German 2016

Director: Max Zähle
Cast: Lucas Gregorowicz, Frederick Lau, Anna Bederke, Lars Rudolph, Heiko Pinkowski, Jan-Gregor Kremp

Mirko Talhammer (Lucas Gregorowicz) is beside himself when two strangers show up at his posh insurance office to remind him where he really comes from: a provincial scrapyard, where careers are not what counts and other things are more important: scrapping things, the family, and every once in a while, a good old fist fight.


TOUR DE FORCE (Hin und Weg)

WED. AUGUST 9, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Germany 2014, 95 min.

Director: Christian Zübert   Cast:  Florian David Fitz, Julia Koschitz, Jürgen Vogel |

Belgium, of all places! What's Belgium got besides chocolates and fries? No matter, this year it was Hannes' and Kiki's turn to choose the destination of their annual bike tour with their closest friends. They all look forward to the adventure, after all they know that what counts the most is the time they spend together.


SISSI: THE YOUNG EMPRESS (Sissi-die junge Kaiserin)

WED. September 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Austria 1956, 107 min

Directed by: Ernst Marischka,  Cast: Romy Schneider, Karl Heinz Bohm, Magda Schenider,

Through her Hungarian teacher, the young Empress Sissi is enchanted by Hungary, a country she has never visited, but feels an affinity with. The Council of Ministers wants to punish some Hungarian rebels, but Emperor Franz Joseph gives all the rebels amnesty, including their leader, Count Andrassy.



WED. OCTOBER 11, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Germany 2016, 94 min

Director & Screenplay Carl A. Fechner

Could Germany be using 100% renewable energy by 2030? It’s a belief held by Edy Kraus, a project developer whose idea is to generate energy from pellets made out of renewable resources and waste materials. He’s confident this goal is attainable even though every year the German economy currently spends around 100 billion euros on fossil fuels. Kraus is one of several green revolutionaries featured in POWER TO CHANGE – THE ENERGY REBELLION who are striving to develop renewable innovations.


MY GERMAN FRIEND (El amigo alemán)

WED. NOVEMBER 8, 2017 – 7:00 PM

Germany/ Argentina 2012, 100 min

Argentina, in the middle fifties. Sulamit is the daughter of German-Jewish refugees. Friedrich is the son of German-Nazis refugees. Both children are closely friends as times goes by between the fall of Peron's Government in 1955 and the years of prison, torture and death in Argentina since 1976 to 1983.


SISSI: THE FATEFUL YEARS OF AN EMPRESS (Sissi-Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin)

WED. December 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Austria 1957, 109 min

Directed by: Ernst Marischka,  Cast: Romy Schneider, Karl Heinz Bohm, Magda Schneider,

The young Empress Sissi is staying at the Godolle Palace in Hungary with her little daughter and some court people. Here she can be herself, liberated from all the strict court rules in Austria. She spends her days with Count Andrassy, riding in the woods. At a ball in his castle he declares his love for her.


KARL MARX CITY (Karl Marx City)

WED. JANUARY 10, 2018 - 7:00 PM

USA/ Germany 2016, Documentary , 89 min - Language: German/ English

Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to the proletarian Oz of her childhood to find the truth about her late father’s suicide and his rumored Stasi past. Had he been an informant for the secret police? Was her childhood an elaborate fiction? As she looks for answers in the Stasi’s extensive archives, she pulls back the curtain of her own nostalgia and enters the parallel world of the security state, seeing her former life through the lens of the oppressor. Reconstructing everyday GDR life through declassified Stasi surveillance footage, the past plays like dystopian science fiction, providing a chilling backdrop to interrogate the apparatus of control and the meaning of truth in a society where every action and thought was suspect.