Film program cinefest 2021

The program is set! Look forward to over 30 films that we will present as part of cinefest from Nov. 4 to Nov. 28, 2021 at the Metropolis Kommunales Kino, Abaton Kino, Alabama Kino and online on Metropolis+.

34th International Film History Conference

19 – 21 November 2021
In addition to the on-site event, which will take place at the Metropolis Cinema, there is also the possibility of participation via online stream. Accreditation is required for participation in the conference.

Cooperation mit arabesques

In cooperation with arabesques, the German-French cultural festival in Hamburg, we present on Thursday, November 25 at 5:00 p.m. at the Metropolis Cinema, the film NAPOLEON (1927, Abel Gance) with introduction by Kevin Brownlow.

The Festival



Movies belong in the cinema! A permanent partner of cinefestis the Metropoliskino in Hamburg, where the festival films - many still as 35mm copies - shine in the light of the screen!

cinefest goes online


There will be an online version of cinefest in 2021. In addition to the cinema program, some films are also shown in the Metropolis cinema's virtual cinema hall, Metropolis+. Participation in the conference is also possible via live stream.


The 34th International Film History Conference is an integral part Bestandteil of cinefest in Hamburg. It will take place from 18 (opening) to 21 November 2021. Speakers and participants from germany and abroad will deepen the theme of the festival in lectures and discussions (conference languages: German or English). A hybrid event with both physical presence and online streaming is planned.


In accordance with its multimedia orientation, the festival offers discussion forums on technical, cultural, economic, legal, archival, and film historical topics in cooperation with professional associations and media representatives.


Two honorary awards will be presented at the festival: the Reinhold Schünzel Award for many years of service in the care, preservation and dissemination of German film heritage to one or more persons. The Willy Haas Award, award for an important international publication on German-language film or film in Germany.


cinefestregularly presents silent films with live musical accompaniment.


Our guests at cinefest


As a preview to the cinefest, the Abaton cinema shows on 4 and 9 November two films by Slovakian cinematographer Igor Luther, whom Volker Schlöndorff called "the most brilliant cinematographer I have ever worked with."


There will also be a cinefest encore program in 2021. On 24 November the Alabama Cinemao shows Henri-Georges Clouzot's Le Corbeau (The Raven)and on 25 November the Metropolis cinema shows the mega event Napoleon by Abel Gance.


Following the events in Hamburg, parts of the film program will go on tour to Berlin, Wiesbaden, Prague, Vienna and Zurich.

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