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FU-BEST 13: Contemporary Cinema in Germany and Europe (Spring only)

InstructorDr. Philipp Stiasny
Credit Points5 ECTS / 3 U.S. credits

Spring semester only


This course invites students to explore and critically reflect upon the current state of German cinema in a European context. It falls into three parts: the first part will introduce students to historical, cultural, and critical paradigms pertaining to the current situation of European cinema. The second part will discuss a selection of German and European films screened at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) during the semester in which the course is offered. The third part will then focus on films (co-)produced in Germany and distributed across several European countries. The three parts will cover the following subjects: film and authorship; art cinema vs. popular cinema; the concept of national cinema; the formation of history, memory, and cultural identity in film; film production and film policy; film culture and the role of film festivals.

Students will be introduced to a number of key 'post-Wall' German and European films from 1990 to the present. They will acquire knowledge of theoretical discourses and critical concepts relevant to understanding and appreciating formal aspects of European cinema, and to examining contemporary German films in relation to their historical and cultural contexts.

Film screenings and in-class discussions with invited guest speakers will be part of the course.

Please note: Each week after the regular session the film for the coming week will be screened. Attending these viewing sessions from approx. 7.15 to 9.00 p.m. is mandatory.