"Sasha, confronted with the everyday prejudice of his homophobic immigrant family, struggles with his urge to come out. When his beloved piano teacher Gerbhard Weber plans to leave the city, the young man is heartbroken. The only person in whom he can confide his feelings is his best friend Jiao. After a failed audition, Sasha swears never to play piano again, but a consoling telephone call from Gerbhard changes his mind, and causes a chain of events."
"A rural policeman begins to track down a mysterious dress-wearing, sword-wielding killer who is spending his nights lopping off the heads of the townspeople."
"An unsuccessful, frustrated writer develops megalomaniacal delusions about his own talents. Unable to write enough to keep his publisher's royalty advances coming, he seeks out a woman he imagines is a prostitute and interviews her and then takes a look at the 'gay scene,' where he quickly becomes a celebrity."
Schultze Gets the Blues
"Schultze is a recently retired miner who, like his father before him, entertains polka audiences with his accordion. When he discovers the fiery energy of Zydeco music on his radio, the rigid monotony of his daily routine takes a spicy turn. Schultze learns to play his accordion with a new snap and style. His new-found fascination ultimately leads him on a life-changing journey to the Louisiana delta."
Schweizer Helden (German)
"Sabine, experiencing a mid-life crisis, begins volunteering at an immigration center, teaching immigrants to speak German."
The Sissi Collection
"The Sissi trilogy presents through heartwarming storytelling and undeniable visual beauty a Cinderella story in scrupulous detail, in three chronologically biographical films that, together, take nearly six hours to watch. Made between 1955-1957 by German director Ernst Marischka, Sissi, Sissi: The Young Empress, and Sissi: The Fateful Years of An Empress chronicle, in not-strictly historical terms, Elisabeth of Bavaria's marriage to her cousin, Franz Josef (Karlheinz Böhm), for which she is crowned Princess of Austria and, later, Queen of Hungary. Nicknamed Sissi (Romy Schneider), Elisabeth possesses fairy tale beauty and charm, from her early days in her Austrian schlosse, where she raises dachshunds, doves, and pet deer, to her latter days as regal ambassador of love, honesty, and generosity. The three films, taken as one sprawling epic, are as saccharine and idealized as The Sound of Music, with similar alpine landscapes, rivers, and castles dotting the sets. But Romy Schneider's magnetism is as strong as Julie Andrews's, and as one watches her horseback riding, learning manners and politics, having a baby, winning the hearts of Hungarians and Italians, or suffering with tuberculosis, it is quite difficult to turn the films off! The costuming and ceremonial pomp alone is riveting and serves as a fascinating glimpse, even if fictionalized, into 19th century aristocratic life. Each character in Sissi's family, including the reproachful mother-in-law, Sophie (Vilma Degischer), who constantly reprimands Sissi for her lack of formality and sophistication, and her warm parents, Ludovika and Max (Magda Schneider and Gustav Knuth) add infinite depth to this ambitious tale..."
"Walter is a professional killer and has bungled a job. Now he has to leave the city and takes up an offer from crime boss Berger to protect his house in a remote region of the Carpathian Mountains. At his side is his old friend Mickey. By accident Berger's young and pretty wife, Sybille is killed and fearing Berger's vengeance, Walter and Mickey decide to hide her body. What at first seemed to be a nice holiday trip for Walter and Mickey soon become a fight for survival for all parties involved."
So weit die Füsse tragen = As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me
"Journey of German soldier Clemens Forell in his dramatic escape from a Siberian labor camp after World War II. Through bitter cold and life-threatening adventures, Forell is determined to reunite with his family."
"An aspiring singer falls in love, breaks hearts, and gets her own broken in the process, during the longings and frustrations of the gritty-glitzy Berlin during the 70s."
Sommer '04 an der Schlei = Summer '04
"Beautiful and assured, Miriam seemingly has the perfect life. But when her 15-year-old son invites his girlfriend to join the family on their Baltic Coast vacation, Miriam grows jealous of the teenage girl's brazen sensuality and becomes drawn into an extramarital affair with a charismatic German-American stranger that threatens to tear her family apart."
Sommersturm = Summer Storm
"Tobi and Achim have been best friends since childhood. As Achim's relationship with his girlfriend gets more serious, Tobi realizes he has deeper feelings for Achim than he can admit to Achim or even himself. A summer rowing camp allows Tobi to be himself for the first time."
Sophie Scholl: die letzten Tage
"The film depicts the last six days (February 17-22, 1943) in the life of Sophie Scholl from her own perspective: that of a courageous and vibrant young woman who is willing to face death for her belief in her ideals and those of the White Rose, an underground resistance movement to which she belongs. Through their resistance and protest against the Nazi regime, Sophie and her fellow members of the White Rose become synonymous with civil courage and a peaceful struggle against the rule of violence and oppression."
"'Soul Kitchen' is Zinos Kazantsakis's humdrum restaurant in a working-class neighborhood of Hamburg. The food is mostly frozen, unceremoniously zapped in the microwave, or thrown into a vat of bubbling grease. He loves his restaurant and his girlfriend Nadine, even after she leaves him for an assignment in China. Wanting to liven up the restaurant, Zinos hires an out-of-work three-star chef, lets his ex-con brother Ilias spin records, and seeks out new clientele. Soon Soul Kitchen is reborn as Hamburg's newest hot spot. On a whim, Zinos flies to China to rekindle his relationship with Nadine leaving his brother in charge. There is also a slipped disc, a hard-drinking, chain-smoking waitress, a scheming real-estate developer, a Turkish "physio-healer, " and a high stakes poker game in the mix. But the film is not about food or love; it's about family, life and human relationships, with a lingering nostalgia for a time when eating out implied getting dead drunk, stuffing one's face with cholesterol and kissing across the table."
"Viktor is a professional hit man, but when bizarre circumstances lead him to cross paths with a mysterious woman, he decides to risk everything for love. Now as the police close in on him, only the most daring plan will allow for their escape."
Spur der Steine = The Trace of Stones
"Foreman Balla is the head of a large construction site, and his co-workers stick close to him. But when a new Party Secretary is sent in to bring the site under control, along with a beautiful young engineer named Kati, a love triangle ensues."
Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer = The State vs. Fritz Bauer (German)
"Germany, 1957. Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. The lieutenant colonel, responsible for the mass deportation of the Jews, is allegedly hiding in Buenos Aires. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take crimes from the Third Reich to court ever since his return from Danish exile. However, there is little success so far due to the fierce German determination to repress its sinister past.Germany, 1957. Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. The lieutenant colonel, responsible for the mass deportation of the Jews, is allegedly hiding in Buenos Aires. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take crimes from the Third Reich to court ever since his return from Danish exile. However, there is little success so far due to the fierce German determination to repress its sinister past."
"The battle of Stalingrad lasted from September 1942 to January 1943, and was one of the greatest bloodbaths in military history: a million people dead from mutual slaughter, starvation, and the bitter winter cold. The awesome battle that thwarted Hitler's Eastern Front conquests is told from the viewpoint of four German soldiers sent from the North Africa campaign to join the Sixth Army to take the city, a vital crossroads and defense industry center. Encircled by Soviet forces, one by one, the men are killed or captured and the myth of Nazi invincibility is destroyed."
Die Stille nach dem Schuss = The Legend of Rita
"This political thriller, set in the final years of the Cold War, recounts the struggles of a young West German woman member of a terrorist group (loosely based on the real Baader-Meinhof gang). When the group disbands, she goes into hiding with an invented identity in East Germany. She struggles with the realities of a Communist state while keeping the distant ideal of socialism."
The Strange Little Cat
"A mother desperately trying not to implode and her youngest daughter who explodes constantly form poles between which sons and daughters, aunts and uncles, cats and cousins weave in and around each other in the tight domestic space of a middle-class Berlin flat."
Stronger Than Blood
"Tommy and Sule are like brothers: Through their short lives of 19 years, their friendship has become bulletproof. Their gang is their family, and they live life like there's no tomorrow. They dream of opening an auto body shop together, but Tommy gets caught up in a botched drug deal and is sent to a juvenile prison. When he is released six months later, Tommy wants to clean up his life and is desperate to find out who snitched on him. It's easier said than done."
"After being released from prison, Berlin street musician Bruno Stroszek finds himself lost in a world where he simply doesn't belong. So along with his prostitute girlfriend and an eccentric neighbor, Stroszek moves to America, where he's told, everyone is rich. It doesn't take long, however, after moving into a mobile home and taking a job as a mechanic, for Stroszek to realize that the streets of Railroad, Wisconsin aren't paved with gold."
The Summer House
"Like a violent thunderstorm on an erstwhile peaceful summer day, this searing psychosexual drama follow a seemingly happy family forn apart by the exposure of secrets and hidden desires."