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cinefest 2015
12th International Festival of German Film-Heritage
Hamburg: 14 - 22 November 2015

organized by CineGraph and Bundesarchiv

Menschen im Hotel. Filmische Begegnungen in begrenzten Räumen

People in Hotels
Cinematic Encounters in confined spaces

Hotel Adlon
»Hotel Adlon« (1955, Josef von Baky)
Quelle: Deutsches Filminstitut - DIF, Frankfurt

Film and literature have long been fascinated with people of varying nationalities and socioeconomic backgrounds meeting in grand hotels or cruise ships. Conflicts and stories emerge from a complex constellation of people and offer a nearly limitless number of suspenseful plots within a microcosm of society. Fundamentally, the situation is different. People are travelling and most often are in places which are not familiar to them. Hierarchies among both the staff and guests often break down, and identities often turn out to be deceptive.

cinefest 2015 will screen a selection of films from silent cinema up until the present which share a theme: people meet by chance in a relatively confined space, experience something together, and then go their separate ways. These films will allow us to look through a magnifying glass at (film)historical reflections of the time when the films are set and made. The festival and international film conference will investigate the forms and methods in which these stories are told and place them in a cultural and historical context.

CineGraph - Hamburgisches Centrum für Filmforschung e.V.
Schillerstr. 43, 22767 Hamburg
Tel: +49-(0)40-352194 / Fax: +49-(0)40-345864
email: info(at)

in Cooperation with
Kinemathek Hamburg - Kommunales Kino Metropolis
Deutsches Historisches Museum / Zeughauskino, Berlin
Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden
Narodní filmový archiv, Prag
FilmForum Udine/Gorizia
Filmarchiv Austria, Wien
Cinémathèque Suisse Lausanne / Filmpodium Zürich

with frienldy support from
AV Visionen GmbH, Berlin
Arte, Straßburg
Bücherhallen Hamburg
DEFA-Stiftung, Berlin
Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin
Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF, Frankfurt
Due Baristi Espressobar, Hamburg
Filmmuseum Potsdam
Gästehaus der Universität, Hamburg

Media Partner: FilmDienst

CineGraph – Hamburgisches Centrum für Filmforschung e.V. is funded by the Hamburg Ministry of Culture.

After the event in Hamburg, parts of the film programme will also be shown in Berlin, Wiesbaden, Prague, Vienna and Zurich.

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cinefest 2015 Flyer

Flyer for cinefest 2015 (pdf)

Carl Mayer Retrospective

In March the Metropolis cinema in Hamburg is showing a retrospective with films from screenwriter Carl Mayer more




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