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What's on and what's exciting in the theatres, cinemas and exhibitions spaces of the German-speaking world.


What's on

A roundup of cultural highlights

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"Infini", choreographed by Urs Dietrich at the Bremer Theater in Bremen.


"The Changing Face of Childhood. British Children’s Portraits and their Influence in Europe". At the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, until July 15.

"Münchner Kreise - Der Fotograf Theodor Hilsdorf 1868-1944". At the Stadtmuseum in Munich, until November 30.

"Ernst Ludwig Kirchner - Die Deutschlandreise 1925/26" (Ernst Ludwig Kirchner - The German Tour 1925/26". In the Kunstsammlungen in Chemnitz, until August 5, 2007.

"Documenta 12". Major international exhibition of contemporary art, taking place once every five years. In Kassel, until September 23.

"sculpture projects muenster 07". Major international sculpture exhibition, taking place once every ten years. In Münster, until September 30.

"Cindy Sherman". A major retrospective of Sherman's work from the early black and white portraits to today. Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin, until September 17.

"A.R. Penck Retrospective". Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, until September 16.

"Robert Gober. Work 1976 - 2007." A major retrospective of the fabulous drainpipe artist at the Schaulager in Basel, until October 14, 2007.

"Douglas Gordon - Between Darkness and Light." Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, until August 12, 2007.

"Daniel Richter – A major survey". Retrospective of works by German painter Daniel Richter at Hamburg's Kunsthalle. Until August 5, 2007.

"Hannah Höch - Aller Anfang ist DADA!"
Show of over 160 photo collages and paintings by the major German modernist artist. At the Berlinische Galerie until July 2, 2007.

"erwin wurm: retrospective". At the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg. From April 27 - September 2, 2007.

The Bode Museum has reopened its doors in Berlin. The museum houses the sculptural treasures of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, writes that here Europe can behold its aesthetic, religious, intellectual and political history for the first time in three-dimensional form.


"Filmfest München". International film festival of the Munich Film School, until June 30 in Munich.

"Buongiorno, notte - Der Fall Aldo Moro" (Good Morning, Night). Italy, 2003. Drama by Marco Bellocchio. In Germany there was the RAF, in Italy the Red Brigades.

"Verstörung - und eine Art von Poesie. Die Filmlegende Bernhard Wicki" (film legend Bernhard Wicki). Germany, 2007. Documentary by Elisabeth Wicki-Endriss. On the extraordinary life of filmmaker Bernhard Wicki.

"Schindlers Häuser - Photographie und Jenseits, Teil 12" (Schindler's buildings). Architectural documentary by Heinz Emigholz. Showing buildings designed by Austrian-American architect Rudolph Schindler between 1921 and 1952.

"GG 19". Germany, 2007. Feature film in 19 episodes by Harald Siebler, Marion Kracht, Suzanne von Borsody, Johannes von Gwinner, Savas Ceviz and others. The film GG19, for Grundgesetz 19, portrays the 19 basic rights in the German Basic Law, or constitution.

"Söhne" (sons). Germany, 2007. Documentary by Volker Koepp. A German-Polish family story about the postwar years and a forgotten generation - the war-children in Poland and Germany.

"Valley of Flowers". Germany / France, 2006. Drama by Pan Nalin. A moving story of passion, death an rebirth, the film tells of a band of thieves who attack caravans in the Himalayas.

"El Custodio - The Minder". Argentina / Germany / France, 2006. Drama by Rodrigo Moreno. If the minister of planning gets out of his car, Ruben gets out of his car. If the minister turns left, Ruben turns left. The Minder is a film about a job which entails replacing someone's life for another's.

"Kurz davor ist es passiert" (it happened just beforehand). Austria, 2006. Drama by Anja Salomonowitz. A film on the global phenomenon of the global trafficking of women.

"Der große Ausverkauf" (The Big Sellout). Germany, 2006. Documentary (English info) by Florian Opitz. A gripping film about the complex topic of privatisation.

"Ein Lied für Argyris" (a song for Argyris). Switzerland, 2006. Documentary by Stefan Haupt. Argyris Sfountouris is just four years on June 10, 1944, when a SS division brutally massacres his family in retaliation for a partisan attack.

"Beyond the Gates" (German title: Shooting Dogs). UK / Germany, 2005. Drama by Michael Caton-Jones. 25 year old Joe helps as an aid worker in Ruanda. His optimism is directly opposed to the perspective of missionary Christopher, who's been in the country for 25 years.

"1:1 - One to One". Denmark / UK, 2006. Romeo and Juliet in a Copenhagen suburb. By Annette K. Olesen.

"Black Book". Netherlands / Germany / UK, 2006. Dutch underground drama by Paul Verhoeven.

"How to cook your life". Germany, 2007. Zen-master-cook documentary by Doris Dörrie.


"Rheingau Music Festival". The 20th annual festival of classical music in a variety of venues in and around Frankfurt. Until September 1, 2007.


"Fiesque" by Edouard Lalo. Grand Opera in three acts at the Nationaltheater Mannheim.

"Manon", by Jules Massenet, under Daniel Barenboim's fiery conducting at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin.


"Amphytrion" by Heinrich von Kleist. At the Schauspielhaus in Düsseldorf.

"The Tempest" by William Shakespeare. At the Burgtheater in Vienna.

"Über Tiere" by Elfriede Jelinek. At the Vienna Burgtheater. - let's talk european