made in germany
For the eighth time, exground filmfest is awarding DAS BRETT to the best film in the “Made in Germany” series, endowed with prize money in the amount of EUR 3,000. Due to the fact that the inmate jury has been unable to participate for a number of reasons since 2020, we have again chosen to let the audience determine the winning film and recipient of the prize money sponsored by the festival. The selection consists of six fiction features and an experimental documentary film – the unifying theme here is love and its compulsions. The promising works, including a number of directorial debuts, take us to the Ruhrpott, Rügen, Iran, Great Britain, Lebanon and Las Vegas – or not. You can look forward to dramas, comedies, thrillers and experimental fare. Big names in German cinema are also on board: Devid Striesow, Aylin Tezel, Peter Lohmeyer and Alina Stiegler. Entanglements with the Russian mafia, the pending phase-out of coal, mother-daughter relationships, economic constraints, unusual romantic relationships and a botanical journey are all featured in this year’s competition.

Shorts as openers