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In cooperation with our partners from the cultural scene in Mannheim and Heidelberg, we present highlights from our program and beyond throughout the year.

›Pacifiction‹
Director: Albert Serra

28 June 2024, 7 pm
Karlstorkino Heidelberg
free entry

  • Apocalyptic Cinema: As part of our cooperation with the Käte Hamburger Kolleg for Apocalyptic und Postapocalyptic Studies (CAPAS) at Heidelberg University, we will be presenting ›Pacifiction‹ by Albert Serra.
  • Language: French with German subtitles

What is it about? More than mere storytelling: those who love cinema for the power of its imagery, sensuality, and dreamlike qualities will find a veritable bounty here. Not since David Lynch’s ›Inland Empire‹ has cinema been brought back to its essence to such an extent: the moving image, the body within it. In ›Pacifiction‹, this is combined – and this for the first time – with sprawling, boundless, voluptuous orgies of dialogue. Benoît Magimel shines in the role of an inscrutable French politician stationed in Tahiti. He looks after things, hears out the population, hurries from meeting to meeting, often in dubious locales. A rumor is circulating that the French will resume nuclear testing, which threatens his authority. But enough said. You need to see this film and its musically dense, haunting atmosphere for yourself. A cinematographic experience!

Director and artist Albert Serra (1975) has so far mainly adapted historical material. His film ›Story of My Death‹ won the Golden Leopard in Locarno in 2013. ›Liberté‹ earned him the Special Jury Award in Cannes in 2019.

›Afire‹
Director: Christian Petzold

12 July 2024, 9:30 pm
Open Air Screening at the Mathematikon of the University of Heidelberg

  • Apocalyptic Cinema: As part of our cooperation with the Käte Hamburger Kolleg for Apocalyptic und Postapocalyptic Studies (CAPAS) at Heidelberg University, we will be presenting ›Afire‹ by Christian Petzold.
  • Language: German

What is it about? A summer at the Baltic Sea. It's hot and hasn't rained for weeks. In a vacation home somewhere between the forest and the sea, childhood friends Leon and Felix meet the mysterious Nadja and lifeguard Devid. While Leon is struggling with his second novel, Felix is drafting an application portfolio for the University of the Arts. These are days out of this world. Days full of hope and love, but also full of jealousy, tensions and sensitivities. In the not too far distance forest fires blaze. On both ends, a spark is all it takes for the flames to spread. And in the final moments, nothing is the same as it was before. - Christian Petzold's captivating latest work about the crisis as a possible new beginning was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Berlinale 2023.

Christian Petzold is probably the most important German director of the past 25 years. Attributed to the Berlin School, he has long held an exceptional position. For his films such as ›Die innere Sicherheit‹, ›Gespenster‹, ›Barbara‹ or ›Transit‹, he has received numerous awards, including the 2020 Schiller Prize of the City of Mannheim.

›Perfect Days‹
Director: Wim Wenders

20 July 2024, 21:45 pm
Open Air Screening at Cinema Quadrat, Mannheim

  • As part of our cooperation with the Summer Open Air Cinema at Cinema Quadrat we are presenting Perfect Days by Wim Wenders on 20.07.2024.
  • You can find more information on the website of Karlstorkino Heidelberg HERE.
  • Language: Japanese with German subtitles

What is it about? Hirayama cleans public toilets in Tokyo. The taciturn elderly gentleman goes about his work with devoted precision and dignity. Living alone in a small apartment, his daily life is regimented like clockwork. During the week, he gets up early, listens to cassettes of English rock music on his drive to work, and reads sophisticated literature in second-hand paperbacks every evening. During his work breaks, he takes photographs. He seems perfectly content with his simple, solitary life. Then, several unexpected encounters bring to light a past that Hirayama seemed to have left behind. - Wim Wenders’ new film is a meditation, as poetic as it is profoundly moving, on the beauty of everyday things and the infinitely winding paths of human life.

In 1968, Wim Wenders showed his short film ›Same Player Shoots Again‹ at the International Film Week Mannheim. In the 1970s he became internationally known as one of the pioneers of New German Cinema. In 2004 he accepted the Master of Cinema Award at the IFFMH.

›Homecoming‹
Director: Catherine Corsini

28 Juli 2024, 21:30 pm
Open Air Cinema at the Völkerkundemuseum Heidelberg

  • As part of our cooperation with the Film Days of the Mediterranean, we are presenting ›Homecoming‹ by Catherine Corsini on 28.07.2024.
  • You can find more information on the website of Karlstorkino Heidelberg HERE.
  • Language: French with German subtitles

What is it about? Every family has its secrets. When Khédidja arrives in Corsica with her two daughters, the rebellious Farah and the level-headed Jessica, it is both a return and a new beginning. They move into a bungalow at a campsite and Khédidja starts working as a nanny for a wealthy Parisian family. Bit by bit, however, things on the vacation island build a momentum of their own and the threesome find themselves entangled in conflicts that are both new and old. The gentle lapping of the sea swells into an emotional rip tide, bringing to the surface pressing questions regarding the family’s biography: what links the father’s untimely death and the small Corsican village where the family lived 15 years ago? ›Homecoming‹ is a confrontation between two generations who are marked by migration and in search of personal memories, experiences and a future of their own making.

Catherine Corsini is a multi-award-winning French director and screenwriter. Her work focuses on female characters. ›Homecoming‹ is now her twelfth feature and premiered 2023 in competition at Cannes.

Past film events 2024

›Robot Dreams‹
Director: Pablo Berger

25 May 2024, Cineplex Mannheim
1:30 pm Cinema tour with a look behind the scenes and homemade popcorn
2:00 pm start of screening

  • As part of our cooperation with the Children's Day of the City of Mannheim, IFFMH and Cineplex will be presenting the Oscar nominated animated reature film ›Robot Dreams‹ by Pablo Berger on 25.05.2024.
  • Tickets at a standard price of €5 each (children and adults) are available from the Cineplex.
  • Language: no dialogue

What is it about? New York in the 80s! Life hums, honks and howls in the trendy neighbourhood of the East Village. But Dog is lonely and passes the time watching TV and eating snacks – until he buys himself a robot. Everything is nicer when you’re together, and the summer zips by as if on roller skates. But soon the two have to part ways. Forever? The film, based on a well-known comic book, works perfectly well without dialogues. Its lucid images express themselves through a wealth of tremendous detail and irresistible wit. A story full of twists, a lovingly crafted trip back to the late 20th century and, above all, a moving and delightful homage to the value of friendships.

Pablo Berger, born in Bilbao in 1963, is best known for ›Blancanieves‹ (2012), a silent film in black and white that was selected as Spain’s Oscar entry. ›Robot Dreams‹ is his first animation. It premiered at Cannes, won one of the top prizes at Annecy and was nominated for an Oscar as best animated feature film in 2023.

›Housekeeping for Beginners‹
Director: Goran Stolevski

19 May 2024, 8 pm
Karlstorkino Heidelberg

  • As part of our cooperation with the Queer Festival Heidelberg, we will be presenting ›Housekeeping for Beginners‹ by Goran Stolevski on Sunday, 19.05.2024.
  • Language: Macedonian with German subtitles

What is it about? Dita’s estate is the entirely unusual home of a wildly diverse group of queer people. When Dita’s partner becomes terminally ill, she takes an oath to raise her two daughters. But Dita neither wants to be a mother, nor do the children want to accept her as one. In order to save this patchwork family though, Dita has to go even further – all the way to marrying the only man currently available.
Goran Stolevski’s third feature once again proves his exceptional skills: with speed and relish, he thrusts the viewer right into a community of supposedly incompatible characters. He thus explores the possibility of love and family beyond conventional ideas of gender and relationships. A very contemporary film and a must-see.

With ›You Won’t Be Alone‹, Goran Stolevski, who grew up in Northern Macedonia and lives in Australia, won our 2022 Newcomer Award. In 2023, his second film ›Of an Age‹ is also screening in the section FILMSCAPES. Moreover, we are proud to welcome the successful director as a juror at IFFMH this year.

›Get Out‹
by Jordan Peele

16 March 2024, 8:30 pm
Karlstorkino Heidelberg

  • The screening is part of this year's Weeks against Racism, and will be presented by the IFFMH together with the Intercultural Center Heidelberg on Saturday, 16.03.2024 at 20:30 pm at the Karlstorkino Heidelberg.
  • You can find more information on the website of Karlstorkino Heidelberg HERE.
  • Language: English with German subtitles

What is it about? African-American photographer Chris Washington visits his white girlfriend Rose Armitage's parents on their estate. They present themselves as friendly, liberal and open-minded. But bizarre incidents soon arouse Chris' suspicions. Eventually he discovers a terrible secret that gradually develops into a real nightmare for him. - Director Jordan Peele's debut is a self-confident masterpiece of black cinema. It combines horror with comedy elements in an original way, analyzes the most diverse facets of everyday racism and doesn't hold back with side-swipes at Hollywood.

Its international success and numerous awards, including the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, speak for themselves. And the important cinema magazine "Sight and Sound" even voted this multi-layered work one of the best films of all time.

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