Self-determined — Perspectives of women filmmakers
The Retrospective of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival looks back on the cinematic output of female directors in the years from 1968 to 1999. The selection comprises approximately 30 programs of features, documentaries, and shorts from the Federal Republic of Germany before and after 1990, as well as from the former GDR. The filmmakers and their protagonists share equal parts interest in exploring living spaces of their own and the search for a cinematic language of their own. The majority of the films can be categorized as auteur films, and the directors frequently practice other trades beyond cinema. Each marked by shifting living and production conditions, the selected films reflect on the handling of body, space, and societal relationships, with work and everyday life; in many cases, the filmmaker’s personal story forms the basis of the narrative. Frequently, individual awakenings correspond with sociopolitical developments.
The Retrospective is complemented by numerous events at the Deutsche Kinemathek.