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Enfant Terrible

Oskar Roehler
2020 Germany

This biopic traces the impact of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the iconic and supremely talented director of the German New Wave. Fassbinder’s films critique the exclusionary aspects of traditional German society, while championing outsiders—foreigners, underprivileged groups, and small-time criminals. One of the most important European directors of his time, his success came at great personal cost.

Available on Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, YouTube, Spectrum On Demand

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Spotlight: Christian Petzold

Phoenix

Christian Petzold
2014 Germany, Poland

Nellie is a concentration-camp survivor who is unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery. She returns to Berlin in order to find her estranged husband, Johnny. Her goal becomes clear: she must figure out whether he betrayed her to the Nazis or not.

Available on Criterion Channel, AMC Plus, DIRECTV, Google Play Movies, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, YouTube

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Reconciliation

The Keeper

Marcus H. Rosenmüller
2018 Germany, United Kingdom

Bert Trautmann has a complicated past, having worked with the Nazis during World War II. However, his skills as a goalkeeper for Manchester's football team begin to change people's perceptions of him, and prove everyone deserves a second chance.

Available on Chai Flicks, Google Play Movies, Amazon Video, YouTube, Tubi TV, Kanopy

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German Shooting Star: Albrecht Schuch

Bad Banks

Christian Schwochow
2018-2020 Germany, Luxembourg

Ambitious Jana is confronted with the unscrupulous machinations of the world of finance. Her working life is determined by egotism, the pressure to succeed and machismo. How far is she willing to go, and how much does she want to sacrifice, for her career?

Available on Hulu

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Female Power: Sandra Hüller

Above Us Only Sky

Jan Schomburg
2011 Germany

After the loss of her beloved husband Paul, high-school teacher Martha is sent on a downward spiral as her seemingly happy relationship is slowly revealed to be a sham. Left to deal with the fallout, Martha questions just how much she really knew about her late lover as she enters into a relationship with a new man.

Available on realeyz

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German movie from 2016: Toni Erdmann

Toni Erdmann

Maren Ade
2016 Germany, Austria, Monaco
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German Angst

Fear of Fear

Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1975 West Germany

After having her second child, a German housewife suffers from post-partum depression. Without explanation, she falls into a continually misdiagnosed mental state. Her husband is distracted, her in-laws are unsympathetic, and she turns to alcohol and pills to alleviate her symptoms.

Available on Criterion Channel

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German movie from 1920: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Robert Wiene
1920 Germany
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German movie from 1922: Nosferatu

Nosferatu

F.W. Murnau
1922 Germany
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