New Delhi, March 31 The German embassy will host a film festival with a focus on the city of Berlin from April 7 to 18 at the India Habitat Centre (IHC) in the national capital.
Eight films, each of them portraying the city of Berlin from a different angle, will be screened.
The curated festival endeavours to put a spotlight on the city’s diverse history and its great variety of cinematic styles.
The aim of the festival is to display this variety of films about Berlin while covering a maximum of different directors and periods.
The opening film is the 2015 documentary about Berlin’s vibrant post-punk underground scene titled ‘B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West — Berlin 1979-1989’.
The second one is Walter Ruttmann’s 1927 classic titled ‘Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis’. It is essentially an emblematic ‘city symphony’ film structured to follow the life of Berlin as well as its inhabitants across the course of a single day from dawn to dusk.
Other films include ‘Sonnenallee,’ ‘Der Himmel Uber Berlin’, ‘Das Leben der Anderen’, ‘Good Bye Lenin!’, ‘Run Lola Run’ and ‘Victoria’.
Sharing his thoughts about the festival, Walter J. Lindner, German Ambassador to India, said, “Not many people know that Berlin played a crucial role in the great beginnings of film history alongside Bollywood and Hollywood over 100 years ago. The ‘Roaring Twenties’, the division of Germany and life in Berlin as the multicultural capital of a reunited Germany, all these significant developments have found their way into masterpieces of the German film industry. As diverse and colourful as the city of Berlin was and continues to be, so is its vibrant film scene. I am delighted that with our Berlin film festival we will now show some of these masterpieces to our Indian audience.”