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FU-BEST 13: European Cinema in the 21st Century

InstructorDr. Philipp Stiasny
Credit Points6 ECTS / 3 U.S. credits

Spring semester only


The course invites you to explore and critically reflect upon the state of German cinema since the year 2000 in a European context. At first, you will be introduced to historical, cultural and critical paradigms pertaining to the situation of European cinema. Secondly, we will focus on films produced in Germany. The course will cover the following subjects: film and authorship; art cinema and popular cinema; the concept of national cinema and world cinema; the formation of history, memory, and cultural identity in film; film production and film culture.

You will be introduced to a number of key German and European films from the last two decades. You 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.

The course assumes no prior knowledge of German, German films, or film theory in general. It is taught in English and all films have English subtitles.

Please note: There will separate viewing sessions each week. It is highly recommended to attend the viewing sessions. For those unable to attend, it is mandatory to make sure you’ve watched each film independently before class.