The GOETHE-DISPLAY of SCANORAMA 7 Films – 7 Generations

The GOETHE-DISPLAY of SCANORAMA 7 Films – 7 Generations

After nearly ten years of highly successful cooperation between the Goethe Institute and SCANORAMA film festival, an exciting new feature will crown this liaison: this year’s new GOETHE-DISPLAY for SCANORAMA consists of 7 films from 7 generations of filmmakers. 


Joya Thome, born in the nineties, is now in her mid-twenties, which makes her the youngest director of the display. Her father Rudolf Thome was the one who taught the craft of filmmaking to her. Her children’s film “Queen of Niendorf” is about a girl who joins a boy’s gang because she is bored of girlhood. In the end, she even advances to be the rebellious gang’s leader. Thus, a film about a strong and independent girl.


The next filmmaker was born in the eighties and is now in his thirties. Hence, Julian Radlmaier is too young to have experienced communism in practice, but still he has managed to produce a mad grotesque about the ideology. Julian Radlmaier has learned his trade from the legendary Werner Schoeter.


Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu was born in Moldova in the seventies. As assistant director to the German documentary filmmaker Volker Koepp and the Romanian filmmaker Christian Mungiu, she learned the craft of filmmaking. We will present her magnificent closing film for the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb).


Valeska Grisebach was born in the sixties. Her teacher was none other than Michael Haneke. Up to this day, she has not produced many films, but the few films she did produce always were a hit at the Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival). Her film WESTERN treats a collision of the East and the West.


Andres Veiel was born in the fifties. He is the leading figure and the anchor of orientation of many young documentary filmmakers. He was taught by the polish producer Krzysztof Kieslowski. His newest film is about Joseph Beuys who is the inventor of the “social sculpture”. For example at the opening of the documenta 7 in 1982, he presented his project “7000 Oaks – City Forestation Instead of City Administration”.


Werner Herzog has shot about 100 films, one of them in Lithuania. Herzog was born in the forties. His cinematic role models were the German filmmakers and film historians of the twenties. When his idol, the film critic Lotte Eisner fell ill, went from Munich to Paris by foot to visit her at her bedside. He produced his most famous films together with the international acting star Klaus Kinski in the roles of Aguirre, Fitzcarraldo, Woyzeck and Nosferatu. Klaus Kinski was so convincing in his role as Count Dracula alias Nosferatu, which is because he did not only act as a monster but he actually was one in real life. 


The first Nosferatu film (1921) was produced by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. His Count Orlok / Nosferatu, acted out by Max Schreck, is terrifying, scary, and dramatically unrivalled. NOSFERATU by Murnau is up to this day one of the best horror films, which has ever been produced. For this special screening in the frameworks of SCANORAMA, the Lithuanian composter Marius Salynas has written a soundtrack. After the film Nosferatu premiered in cinemas, Murnau received his first invitations to Hollywood. Five years later, he would move to Hollywood where he would win three Oscars already with his first film Sunrise, which was based on a Lithuanian screenplay.

7 German films, which represent 7 generations of filmmakers.