Berlin covers '70s Rebellion in sidebar


MUNICH -- The 58th Berlin International Film Festival, which runs Feb. 7-17, is presenting a one-off sidebar called Rebellion of the Filmmakers, dealing with the "turbulent, vibrant and also contentious" 1970s in German film, organizers said Monday.

Legendary Teutonic auteurs such as Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders made their names during that period. They and many of their contemporaries were nurtured by the film "publisher" -- actually a filmmakers' cooperative -- Filmverlag der Autoren.

A documentary about the Filmverlag's history called "Gegenschuss -- Aufbruch der Filmemacher" (Reverse Angle -- Rebellion of the Filmmakers) is the centerpiece of the series, which starts Feb. 9 with seven feature films at Berlin's Filmkunst 66 cinema. The world premiere of "Rebellion" will be at the Zoo-Palast theater Feb. 11.

"Rebellion" was made by award-winning German documentarian Dominik Wesseley. It was produced by Rainer Koelmel of Leipzig-based indie Kinowelt, which took over the Filmverlag in 1999, and written by the first managing director of the Filmverlag, Laurens Straub, who passed away almost one year ago.

The series will feature films "which have since become classics ... or which have unjustly been forgotten," the statement read. They are:

-- "Warum laeuft Herr R. Amok?" (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?) by Michael Fengler and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1970
-- "Ich liebe dich, ich toete dich" (I Love You, I Kill You) by Uwe Brandner, 1971
-- "Angst essen Seele auf" (Fears Eats the Soul) by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974
-- "Jeder fuer sich und Gott gegen alle" (Every Man for Himself and God Against All) by Werner Herzog, 1974
-- "Nordsee ist Mordsee" (North Sea Is Dead Sea) by Hark Bohm, 1976
-- "Im Lauf der Zeit" (Kings of the Road) by Wim Wenders, 1976
-- "Der Zauberberg" (The Magic Mountain) by Hans W. Geissendoerfer, 1982