A film about the love of cinema, a voyage of discovery through 100 years of German film, which shows us that all which seems so far away, is, in reality, so close. Eye to Eye charts the great moments of German cinematic history. Unforgettable images are paraded before our eyes and make us feel like watching the classics again.
Acclaimed German filmmakers such as Caroline Link, Doris Doerrie, Michael Ballhaus, Tom Tykwer, Wim Wenders, Dominik Graf, Christian Petzold, Andreas Dresen, Wolfgang Kohlhaase and Hanns Zischler, use film extracts to illustrate to us the films that have been particularly important to them; they investigate the essence of German film. Thus, layer by layer, the film uncovers what so often has obscured our view of German film history. Eye to Eye is an homage to what we love about German cinema. —german-films.de
Michael Althen, born October 14, 1962, in München started to write film reviews as a freelance author at the age of 19. After finishing school, he studied German philology and journalism, but dropped out of university before he graduated. From 1984 on, Althen worked as a film critic for famous newspapers and magazines such as “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, “Die Zeit”, and “Der Spiegel”. In 1998, he succeeded Peter Buchka as the managing editor of film reviews at “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, before he became an editor of the arts section of “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” in 2001.
Over the years, Althen has become one of the most famous German speaking film critics with his trenchant reviews, portrays, and essays. He has written books about Robert Mitchum and Dean Martin and has “declared his love for the cinema” in an autobiographically influenced book called “Warte, bis es dunkel ist” (2002). Althen won the Grimme award for his TV documentary “Das Kino bittet zu Tisch – Essen im Film” in… read more