Current issues

Made in England: The Films of Powell and Pressburger (David Hinton)
Report by Peter Paul Huth (closure)
There are some well-travelled cineastes and regular festival-goers who call Bologna their favourite festival. The atmosphere is relaxed and democratic, there is no VIP area, no stars who have to be shielded from the common people. The participants come from 70 countries, as is proudly noted. Final report by Peter Paul Huth.
Peter Paul Huth reports on the start of the 2024 Berlinale.
"If Everybody Just Leaves" by Nazira Abzalova and Karin Wegsjö has won the film prize of the Swedish Church, the Angelos Award, at the film festival in Göteborg 2024.
Georgian director Otar Iosseliani, a great poet of cinema, died on 17 December 2023 at the age of 89. Due to Soviet censorship, he emigrated to France in 1982, where he made his most famous film in 1984: "Les favoris de la lune" (The Favourites of the Moon). Film critic Andrey Plakhov, who now lives in Germany, pays tribute to his work.
Chronological and alphabetical list (international and national)
In Frankfurt, the Protestant Film Jury in Germany honoured the American film "Past Lives" by Celine Song as FILM OF THE YEAR 2023.
Documentary "Rap and Reindeer", directed by Petteri Saario, wins award of the Finnish Church Media Foundation.
66 editions of a major international festival of non-fiction films (documentaries and animations) is in itself a sign of significant attention. Leipzig has long established and defended its name as an important centre for world cinema of the two types mentioned, and this holds true especially strongly for the documentary production.
In the east of Germany, somewhere between Leipzig and Dresden, the city of Chemnitz turns into a children’s walhalla every year, just before the start of the autumn holidays. That’s when the SCHLiNGEL film festival starts – and children take their classes at the cinema rather than at school.
Follow-up to Peter Paul Huth's coverage of the 80th Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica.
Peter Paul Huth looks at the films of Venezia 80, the festival's international competition.