German Film and Theatre


German cinema I: 1895 – 1933

German cinema can look back on a long tradition and was a pacesetter in the early years of motion pictures. Only recently Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, a science fiction film made in 1927, became the first and only film to date to be inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World register.

Ulrich Mühe portrays Stasi captain Gerd Wiesler in "The Lives of Others"

German Cinema II: filmmaking

Films “Made in Germany” achieve international recognition and win some of the top prizes. It has, however, been a long and winding road. The fact that the film industry had such a difficult time for quite a few decades can also be put down to Germany’s history.

"Der Kaiser von Atlantis"

Theatre - a genre constantly reinventing itself

Outside the country, German theatre frequently has a reputation for being brash and self-absorbed. It is, however, theatre with a much-admired system behind it. 

Film and Theatre

German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

German Films + Marketing GmbH

German Films

German Films + Marketing GmbH is the national information and advisory centre for the promotion of German films worldwide.

German films (Goethe-Institut)

Logo des Goethe-Instituts

From German film festivals to what's available on DVD - everything you want to know about German cinema can be found on the Goethe-Institut's film section. Screenings of German films are regularly organised by the Goethe-Instituts in London, Glasgow and Manchester.