Welcome to KINO!2018
@ The Landmark at 57 West
Once again, KINO!2018 delivers fresh German films to New York City, this year at a new uptown location from April 6-12. As we celebrate our 5th year as an independent festival, we are proud to present a program curated by New York film professionals—distributor Meghan Wurtz, journalist Karl Rozemeyer and festival consultant Marian Masone—who have selected a wide cross-section of high-quality, remarkable films that will challenge your views of the world.
KINO!2018 will showcase nine feature-length films— including three North American premieres, one US premiere, one East Coast premiere, three New York premieres and one Manhattan premiere—plus the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2017 line-up, also a North American premiere. All of this year’s programs will be held at our new venue: The Landmark at 57 West, an arthouse theatre complex located on the Upper West Side, which offers high-end technical projection and a modern ambiance. We are also delighted to welcome many filmmakers and creative talent from Germany who will attend the screenings and engage with our audience.
KINO!2018 kicks off with the New York premiere of the colorful drama IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHT, with director Matti Geschonneck as our special guest on April 6. Marian Masone will moderate a post-screening conversation on Opening Night.
For the first time, KINO!2018 will present the first two episodes of the high-profile German mini-series BAD BANKS—fresh from this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Just after the festival, Christian Schwochow’s latest effort premiered to huge critical and ratings success in Germany, and is expected to win over binge- watching audiences around the world.
In partnership with Bertelsmann, our Centerpiece event will feature the classic silent film VARIETÉ (1925), with live musical accompaniment by the famous artists Stephen Horne (piano) and Martin Pyne (percussion).
As part of KINO!2018, longtime partner Deutsches Haus at NYU will host a conversation called WHEN PAUL CAME OVER THE SEA—Borders and (In)Humanity, featuring Jakob Preuss (director of WHEN PAUL CAME OVER THE SEA). Moderated by Noah Isenberg, the panel will also feature Gabriella Etmektsoglou, Çiğdem Ipek and Christian Martin.
We’re thrilled to add a new roundtable discussion to the lineup this year, featuring an insightful conversation about women in film, featuring our guest filmmakers Lisa Blumenberg (BAD BANKS) and Marieke Schroeder (BARTALKS BY SCHUMANN), as well as other guests to be announced. Join us Sunday morning at Landmark 57 for this free talk.
Finally, we want to encourage our audience to vote online for the KINO!2018 Audience Award, powered again this year by our partner Fandor, the premier VOD platform for high-quality independent films.
We are looking forward to KINO!2018, and to once again introducing the past year’s top German cinema to the discerning and enthusiastic film fans of New York City. We hope to welcome you there!
– The Festival Team