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Petzold/Hochhäusler: Berlin School Double Feature

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MUBI explores a decade in the life of the acclaimed Berlin School, an exhilarating movement of German cinema spearheaded in the early 1990s by directors like Christian Petzold and Angela Schanelec, and attracting new attention with Maren Ade’s Tony Erdmann. Travel back to the start of the millennium with Christian Petzold’s The State I’m In , then flash forward to Christoph Hochhäusler’s financial thriller The City Below, a 2010 Cannes Un Certain Regard selection.

The City Below

Christoph Hochhäusler Germany, 2010


If The State I’m In was a new German cinema at its start, Christoph Hochhäusler’s combination financial drama and romance showcases its maturity. The setting is 21st century capitalism, the playing field, glass-walled skyscrapers and flats. But the stakes—life, happiness, love—are utterly human.

The State I Am In

Christian Petzold Germany, 2000


After making several TV films, Christian Petzold’s razor-sharp debut—co-written with Harun Farocki—instantly centered a new generation of German directors who would make brilliantly insightful dramas that cleverly update popular genres to explore political and social tensions in their country.

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