Cold War theme chosen for Berlinale

The next Berlin Film Festival will showcase Eastern European and German cinema from the Cold War that seemed to foreshadow the end of European communism, organisers said late on Tuesday.

Cold War theme chosen for Berlinale
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The Berlinale’s sidebar series “After Winter Comes Spring” comes in the run-up to the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 2009.

It will include feature movies and documentaries from the 1980s as well as animated, short and experimental films by well-known directors and fringe film-makers.

“These films made during the last decade of the Cold War convey a sense of the radical changes to come,” organisers of the festival to be held in February said in a statement.

“The works formulate the hope of a political or economic opening and, above all, artistic freedom. They pushed boundaries in both form and content, while boldly articulating the need for reform.”

Highlights include Krzysztof Kieslowski’s chilling take on the Fifth Commandment, “A Short Film About Killing” from 1987; Czech surrealist Jan Svankmajer’s 1982 classic “Dimensions of Dialogue”; and the award-winning 1988 documentary by Germany’s Helke Misselwitz which gives the series its name.

The Berlin Film Festival, now in its 59th year, was long a platform for Eastern European film-makers seeking free expression during the Cold War.

Many of the directors featured in the series have been invited to the reunited German capital to introduce their films, all of which have been reissued in new prints for the festival, and hold discussions with audiences.

The Berlinale, running February 5 to 15, ranks below Cannes and alongside Venice among the world’s top film festivals.

It will open with the premiere of “The International”, a spy thriller starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts and directed by German film-maker Tom Tykwer, who made cult film “Run, Lola, Run.”


Where to celebrate Diwali 2022 in Germany

The holiday of Diwali kicks off on Monday. Here's where you can celebrate all around Germany.

Where to celebrate Diwali 2022 in Germany

With over 100,000 Indians in Germany, and over 175,000 people of Indian descent, it’s little wonder that Diwali – the famous five day Hindi festival of lights starting this year on Monday October 24th – is being celebrated all around the Bundesrepublik

READ ALSO: Indians in Germany: Who are they and where do they live?

Even the House of Parliament in Frankfurt is honouring the holiday for the first time with a special reception on October 30th.

Diwali takes its name from the clay lamps or deepa (the event is sometimes called Deepawali) that many Indians light outside their home. With the days shortening in Germany, there’s all the more reason to celebrate light — especially over lively music, traditional dance and authentically spicy Indian cuisine.

We have rounded up some of the top events to celebrate around Germany, both the week of Diwali and afterwards, stretching into mid-November. If you have an additional event to suggest, email us at [email protected]

October 24th in Heidelberg

Happen to be in Heidelberg? Then it’s not too late to head to the Sweet Home Project, which will be cooking up a storm starting at 6:30pm. The menu includes an assortment of Indian sweets and savoury dishes. The collective only asks that participants bring along a candle (and a hearty appetite).

If you miss this event, and are still craving some (really) spicy traditional cuisine, the Firebowl Heidelberg is hosting a Diwali party on October 29th, replete with lots of food and drink and Bollywood beats the whole night. 

October 29th near Frankfurt

For those who fancy a Feier with a full-buffet, this celebration in Dreieich delivers through an all-you-can-eat dinner with traditional fare. Starting at 5pm and stretching into the early hours of the morning, the festive feast includes traditional Bollywood music by Derrick Linco. There’s also a dance party for kids, who receive free admission up to seven years old and €25 up to 14 years. Normal tickets go for €40 per person.

A previous Diwali celebration of traditional dance and music in Dresden. Photo: picture alliance / dpa | Sebastian Kahnert

November 4th near Düsseldorf

On November 4th at 6pm, the Deutsch-Indische Gesellschaft Düsseldorf will be hosting a family-friendly party in nearby Ratingen with classical Indian music and dance, a huge dinner and Bollywood music led by DJ SA-ONE. Tickets cost about €40 each, but children under six receive free entry. 

November 5th in Bonn 

The Indian Students Association of Bonn-Cologne will be hosting its biggest event of the year: for €10, event goers can try an array of Indian food, play classic games and tune into cultural performances. 

READ ALSO: Moving from India to Munich changed my life

November 12th in Essen 

Whether you like traditional bhajans or meditative ragas, this concert will capture many of the classic sounds of Indian music with artists such as Anubhab Tabla Ensemble, Debasish Bhattacharjee and Somnath Karmorak taking center stage. The performance starts at 5pm and costs €10. 

November 12th and 13th in Berlin

Indian food fans will get to enjoy 12 stands devoted to Indian cuisine and products, all coming from the local Indian community. The weekend-long festival will also include stand-up comedy from the Desi Vibes Comedy Group. Karaoke fans will also enjoy singing along with the Sounds of India group, followed by an after party on Saturday. All this only costs €2 at the door.