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cinefest 2016
13th International Festival of German Film-Heritage
Hamburg: 19 - 27 November 2016

organized by CineGraph and Bundesarchiv

Broken Language
Exiled Film Authors and Writers

to the archive

cinefest 2016 looks into the careers of script writers and authors who were forced to go into exile due to their race, religion, or political orientation, from a variety of situations which included but were not limited to Nazi-Germany. Successful authors often experienced a particular struggle reestablishing their careers in a foreign country. Writing styles that had been considered sophisticated and artistic were not immediately accepted in different cultures and languages. Nevertheless, some were able to reestablish themselves in a foreign language and culture, often combining their cultural experiences with the customs of the foreign country to create interesting new mixed genres.

A few emerged as directors or producers, for example Billie/Billy Wilder, Hermann Kosterlitz/Henry Koster, or Rudolf Katscher/Cartier. Hamburg born Felix Joachimson established a career in the USA writing scripts for musicals and as a TV producer under the name Felix Jackson.

The festival and conference will focus on works that were made before, during, or after authors were exiled into different linguistic environments and will look into them in both cultural and historical contexts.

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
Cinémathèque Suisse Lausanne / Filmpodium Zürich

with frienldy support from
Arte, Straßburg
AV Visionen GmbH, Berlin
British Film Institute, London
Bücherhallen Hamburg
DEFA-Stiftung, Berlin
Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin
Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF, Frankfurt
Deutsch-Tschechischer Zukunftsfonds, Prag
Due Baristi Espressobar, Hamburg
Filmarchiv Austria, Wien
Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein GmbH
Filmuniversität KONRAD WOLF, Babelsberg
Gästehaus der Universität, Hamburg
Herbert und Elsbeth Weichmann-Stiftung, Hamburg
Hotel Vorbach, Hamburg
Omnimago, Ingelheim
Österreichisches Filmmuseum, Wien
Slovenský Filmový Ústav, Bratislava
Slowakisches Institut, Berlin
Universität Hamburg – Institut für Medien und Kommunikation

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 in Prague

From 9 - 13 April 2018 Ponrepo cinema in Prague presents a selection of the film programme from cinefest 2017 "Revolution, Restoration, and Transition" to the programme

Flyer cinefest 2018

cinefest 2018 flyer (pdf)





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