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On this month’s show: the surprising success story of Kenyan gangster drama "Nairobi Half Life,” and the astounding performance of young actress Fritzi Bauer in "Barbara". We also bring you highlights from the new German psycho thriller "Das Kind” and take a peak at "Measuring the World” - the new film from director Detlev Buck and the first-ever 3-D Period Movie.


Authentic Kenyan Drama.

"Nairobi Half Life" from director Tosh Gitonga is a box office hit in Kenya and is the country’s official contender for the best foreign language film Oscar. The true-to-life gangster drama was produced by German director Tom Tykwer and backed by support from the Deutsche Welle Academy.

Shooting Star Jasna Fritzi Bauer

Germany’s contender for next year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar is "Barbara" - a period drama set in 1980s East Germany. The film is already a success story for actress Jasna Fritzi Bauer, who shines in a supporting role. Bauer went straight from acting school to a job with Vienna’s Burgtheater, one of Europe’s most acclaimed theaters. Now she seems poised to conquer the film world.

The Serial Killer and "Das Kind”

The new German psycho thriller "Das Kind” tells the gruesome tale of a serial killer who tracks down and kills pedophiles. Thrillers are rare in German cinema and director Zsolt Bács tips his hat to several Hollywood classics in this effective, low budget shocker.

Measuring the World with Detlev Buck

Detlev Buck one of Germany’s most successful, and most versatile, German directors. He’s done comedy, social drama and even children’s films. Now, Buck is trying his hand at something completely different: the world’s first 3-D period film.


Cinema in brief

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    The legendary German auteur puts his photo collection online at the Deutschen Kinemathek

  • Mercy
    A gripping personal drama from director Matthias Glasner, set North of the Polar Circle

  • Oh Boy
    One man goes it alone in this feature debut from director Jan Ole Gerster