From blockbusters to documentaries, what we see on the screen shapes our lives. DW looks at the movies making a difference.
Berlin is the unequivocal capital of the German film industry. So why are Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger wandering the streets of Cologne? One man is responsible - and he's fighting an uphill battle. (21.01.2013)
The world's first retrospective on the work of the Oscar-winning director has just opened - in Berlin of all places. Scorcese is accredited with countless blockbusters, but also with technical improvements to film. (15.01.2013)
Nazif Mujic starred in "An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker," about the difficult lives of a Roma family. After winning a Silver Bear, he's returned to his village in Bosnia - and continues to face a harsh reality. (01.03.2013)
Natascha Kampusch made headlines the world over when she escaped in 2006 after eight years in captivity. Now the shocking story of her lost childhood has been made into a film. (28.02.2013)
Stars from cinema and television have gathered in Beverly Hills for the 70th annual Golden Globes to celebrate this years’ winners. Austrian director Michael Haneke’s film "Amour" took home best foreign language film. (14.01.2013)
This year's Oscars nominations have seen the youngest-ever contender, Quvenzhane Wallis, put forward as best actress. The oldest nominee ever in that same category comes from a film by German-born Michael Haneke. (10.01.2013)
French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann receives the Berlin International Film Festival's highest award - the Honorary Golden Bear - on Thursday. The Frenchman gained international fame with his epic "Shoah." (14.02.2013)
This year's CINEMA fairbindet ("CINEMA connects") prize at Berlin's film festival went to the co-production "Art/Violence". DW Akademie project manager Charles Achaye-Odong was one of the jury members. (26.02.2013)
Actor Gerard Depardieu has defected to Russia, on tax grounds. Brigitte Bardot wants to do the same, in apparent criticism of France's animal rights record. Does this mark a trend among French actors? (08.01.2013)
The film "Poklosie" delves into the dark history of Polish complicity during the Holocaust. Director Wladyslaw Pasikowski's work has sparked fresh debate in Poland by posing the question: How anti-Semitic were the Poles? (07.01.2013)
German politics isn't all eurozone rescues and foreign interventions. Things are a lot more humble out in the provinces. A new film takes a look at the day-to-day work of one regional parliamentarian. (09.09.2012)
The Berlin International Film festival has a tradition of featuring political cinema. This year, young directors from Europe focus on the continent's past, present and future. (13.02.2013)
The South Korean movie 'Pieta' has won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival. Director of the film, Kim Ki-duk, says his film is a criticism of extreme capitalism. (10.09.2012)
The Berlinale Talent Campus brings up-and-coming filmmakers and actors together with old hands from the business. DW talked to the director of the program, Matthijs Wouter Knol, about the springboard for young talent.
During the 1920s, the world of film looked to Germany, with movies made in Berlin considered particularly innovative. The aesthetic legacy of the Weimar Republic inspired many directors, above all in Hollywood.
The Berlin International Film Festival is one of the most important cinema showcases in the world. The 63rd Berlinale kicks off on February 7, but who's in the running for a coveted gold or silver bear? (08.02.2013)
Director Margarethe von Trotta's new film examines the confrontation between German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt and the Nazi Adolf Eichmann during his trial in Jerusalem. But it's no ordinary biopic. (10.01.2013)
German filmmaker Werner Herzog doesn't fit into any boxes. He rejects the constraints of the studio and films on location instead, making humans and nature equal players. Nevertheless, he shot to fame in Hollywood. (05.09.2012)
3D TVs themselves are no longer a hot topic at Berlin's IFA Consumer Electronics Fair. Instead, customers now are more interested in bringing quality 3D movies to the home entertainment systems in their living rooms. (02.09.2012)
Tensions between Iran and the US were intensifying in 2008 when American basketball player Kevin Sheppard went to play for the Iranian league. A German filmmaker has brought his unusual story to the cinema.
"Sweet Poison" is a German documentary that looks at three development aid projects in Africa that went badly wrong. The film's director proposes a drastic remedy. (08.10.2012)
New Zealand-born musician Hayden Chisholm toured Germany to learn about its rich folk music tradition - and why the Germans have a problem with it. His back-to-the-roots journey was captured in a new documentary. (11.10.2012)
In the German capital, a showcase of documentary films at this year's Berlinale illustrates the medium's potential to reclaim the past and envision the future, says DW's Helen Whittle. (15.02.2013)
DW talks to Joshua Oppenheimer, whose film has caused a sensation at the Berlinale. In 1965-66, some million so-called 'communists' were massacred in Indonesia. Their killers tell the story in 'The Act of Killing.' (15.02.2013)
Mitra Farahani's documentary film "Fifi Howls From Happiness" captures the last two months in the life of Iranian artist Bahman Mohasses. Farahani talked to DW about the film, the man and his legacy. (25.02.2013)
How do artists perceive the invasion of personal privacy? From the NSA affair to the former East Germany's mastery of citizen espionage, DW takes a look at how spying has influenced four artists.
Do you have to grow up in the ghetto to be a good rapper? Alligatoah is proof you don't. But while he may have had a "normal" childhood, he doesn't shy away from touchy topics, like drugs, cross-dressing and terrorism. His fans, it seems, love a bit of controversy.
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