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Terror and Transgression in No Man's Land

Retrospective Takahisa Zeze

Takahisa Zeze is one of the most distinguished and prolific Japanese filmmakers of the present day. Over the course of his career, the obsessive director has devoted himself to a wide range of subject matter, narrative forms and genres, and since the late 1980s has realized more than 60 works in various segments of the Japanese film landscape. The retrospective "Terror and Transgression in No Man's Land" presents this extraordinary body of work in its entirety for the first time, presenting 18 works from 1989 to 2021 - many of them as German and European cinema premieres.

15. August 2021 - 27. August 2021

Chaos & Awakening


In 1920, Berlin's population doubled overnight. The incorporation of neighboring, previously independent cities and municipalities created the second largest city in the world in terms of area. With now 20 districts, the municipality strove to even out the great financial and social imbalances between the sometimes very different parts of the city. A "policy for all" aimed to provide the in people with a minimum standard of education, health, housing and recreation. The Greater Berlin Act became the basis for the city of today - for the metropolis of Berlin.

26. August 2021 - 08. September 2021

Wojciech Jerzy Has

The somnambulistic opus Sanatorium pod klepsydrą (The Hourglass Sanatorium), conceived after the student riots of March 1968, when a wave of anti-Semitic purges swept Poland, looks like a phantasmagoria between memory and evocation. Wojciech Jerzy Has was able to realize the project only after Kazimierz Kutz took over as director of the Silesia Film Studio in 1972 and pushed it through against fierce opposition from party elites. The Zeughauskino is showing this and seven other works by the Polish director.

17. September 2021 - 19. December 2021

Flappers, It-Girls, Funny Ladies

Lust and laughter in the American silent movies of the 1920s

Everyone used to know them: Mabel Normand and Marion Davies, Gloria Swanson and Clara Bow, Colleen Moore and the Talmadge sisters. In the silent era they were among the most popular actresses and their comedic films went from America around the world.

Moved by sound

The cinema and Ludwig van Beethoven

Ever since the 100th anniversary of his death, for which an elaborate silent film biopic with Fritz Kortner in the leading role was released, Beethoven anniversaries seem to be unable to exist without the cinema, just as, conversely, film is unable to shake off its dubious relationship with Beethoven's music. The retrospective Moved by Sound: The Cinema and Ludwig van Beethoven shows, however, that the cinematic appropriation of Beethoven is only in part the story of an unfortunate misalliance.