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As the capital of a country that played a key role in the twentieth century as the scene of global crises and conflict, Berlin has long been of interest to foreign film productions. Many of the works by non-German producers, directors and screenwriters that were set and often even filmed in Berlin are nevertheless virtually unknown among the city’s citizens, even among cinephiles and film historians. After all, these films were not screened here for a long time and are often difficult to obtain.

One hundred years after the creation of Greater Berlin, this retrospective brings back to the screen around two dozen such rarities: foreign pictures on Berlin directed between 1924 and 1995, many of them widely recognized and successful at the time of their release, many of them works by renowned artists. (Jan Gympel)

This retrospective is curated by Jan Gympel and supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, the city’s cultural fund.