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07.03.2024

Productions by Calle Fuhr and Ran Chai Bar-zvi are part of “radikal jung” Festival 2024

The Munich Volkstheater has announced the program for this year’s “radikal jung” festival:
included are the productions DAS GROSSE HEFT by Ágota Kristóf (directed by / stage adaptation by: Ran Chai Bar-zvi) and DAS KRAFTWERK – Ein Theaterabend über Wasser, Kohle und die Ewigkeit by Calle Fuhr (directed by: Afram Tafreshian).

DAS GROSSE HEFT plays on Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 8:00 p.m.
DAS KRAFTWERK – a Theater Evening about Water, Coal and Eternity plays on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 8:00 p.m.

The aim of the festival is to promote the new generation of theater makers, to follow their thematic and aesthetic preferences and to present a modern theater landscape to both a professional audience and a broad public. The jury consisted of: Jens Hillje, Christine Wahl, C. Bernd Sucher and Florian Fischer.

The festival will take place from April 19 to April 27, 2024.
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26.03.2024

30.03.2024: Premiere HOUSE OF KARLS from & with Dlé

HOUSE OF KARLS
A very entertaining rap spectacle about Charlemagne
from & with Dlé
Director: Florian Hertweck
Music & text: Dlé (Florian Hertweck, Malcolm Kemp, Tim Knapper)
at Theater Aachen

What do we really know about Charlemagne? Christian emperor and womaniser, illiterate and educational reformer, “Builder of Europe” and bloodthirsty warmonger – the sources are biased and thin – the best conditions for a theatre play!

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26.03.2024

27.03.2024: Fritzi Wartenberg stages MALINA at Berliner Ensemble

MALINA
from Igenborg Bachmann
Stage adoptation: Fritzi Wartenberg
Directed by: Fritzi Wartenberg
am Berliner Ensemble

What does it feel like to be free in love and to be able to say “me” in a world that aknowledges no “us”?
Ingeborg Bachmann’s novel, adapted for the stage by Fritzi Wartenberg, examines what does it mean when one’s hopes do not coincide with social expectations.

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26.03.2024

16.03.2024: Premiere AUFSTIEG UND FALL DES HERRN RENÉ BENKO by & with Calle Fuhr

AUFSTIEG UND FALL DES HERRN RENÉ BENKO
from & with Calle Fuhr
in cooperation with  DOSSIER
at Volkstheater Wien

In his play, Calle Fuhr uncovers the evil machinations behind property speculation, gentrification and fraud. As he unveils one scandal after another in the most entertaining way, one can’t help but stunning. At the end, you begin to ask yourself who can actually be trusted.

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07.03.2024

8.03.2024: Premiere KEIMZELLEN by Rébecca Déraspe at Theater Duisburg

KEIMZELLEN by Rébecca Déraspe
Director: Michael Steindl
German translator: Gerda Poschmann-Reichenau

Aude and Lou are best friends. For 35 years they have been able to find solace in each other’s sorrows. Now Aude is pregnant and her fetus has trisomy 21. Lou insists on an abortion, Aude wants to keep the child.
The two ruthlessly argue about life and their own values – a declaration of love to female friendship.

The premiere will take place on Friday, March 8, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
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07.03.2024

7.03.2024: Premiere DER VEREIN by Steffen Link at Schauspielhaus Wien

DER VEREIN (THE ASSOCIATION) by Steffen Link
Director: Theresa Thomasberger

There’s not much to do in a small German town, which is why a group of adults get together to form a Bible reading group. Gradually, the self-appointed pastor becomes a fanatical leader who makes decisions about the lives of the members of his ‘association’.

The world premiere will take place on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 8:00 p.m. at Schauspielhaus Wien.
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30.01.2024

24.02.2024: ELLEN BABIĆ by Marius von Mayenburg at Berliner Ensemble

ELLEN BABIĆ by Marius von Mayenburg
Director: Oliver Reese

When Astrid invites her supervisor Wolfram Balderkamp for an informal work meeting, her partner Klara is outraged. Balderkamp teaches at the same school where Klara was Astrid’s pupil ten years ago. What happens when he remembers her?
Like a spider, Wolfram prowls through the apartment and weaves a dangerous questioning web: where did the two of them meet? and when exactly? What happened with this one girl on the school trip?

The German-language premiere will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 8:00 p.m.
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01.02.2024

20.02.2024: Berlin premiere for IT’S BURNING by Erol Afşin

Following its successful premiere at the 40th Munich Film Festival, Erol Afşin’s drama IT’S BURNING (ES BRENNT) has toured through national and international festivals.
The debut will screen for the first time in Berlin on February 20, 2024 at Maxim Gorki Theater at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets available under this link.

IT’S BURNING
D, feature, 88 min., 2022
Directed & written by: Erol Afşin

Amal, Omar and their son Ahmad are a happy Arab family living in Germany. In the playground, they meet a man named Franz. The situation gets out of hand when Franz insults and attacks Amal because of her headscarf. A court case is initiated. During the hearings, an incident occurs that will completely change the family’s life.
Based on a true story.

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16.01.2024

16.02.2024: Ran Chai Bar-zvi directs JUPITER BRÜLLT at Staatstheater Mainz (Premiere)

JUPITER BRÜLLT (Premiere)

Text by: Annika Henrich
Director: Ran Chai Bar-zvi

Scenes from the marriage of Martin and Katja – he is a coach, she is a therapist, both now are astronautics trainees – who fly to Jupiter in a space capsule…

The premiere will take place on February 16, 2024 at 8:00 pm.
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11.01.2024

9.02.2024: Seth Bockley’s Opera THE CRASH at Staatstheater Oldenburg

The Crash
A financial tragicomedy in two acts

Libretto: Seth Bockley
Composition: Russell Hepplewhite

It is 2008 and the US real estate bubble bursts. The Lehman Brothers investment bank announces insolvency. What follows is a global financial crisis and the search for the culprits.
British composer Russell Hepplewhite and American librettist Seth Bockley create a blackly humorous farce about a system that enabled a few players to amass wealth at the expense of ordinary people.
In English language with German surtitles.

Premiere on Februar 9, 2024 at 8:oo p.m.
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05.02.2024

8.02.2024: Tina Satter’s debut REALITY in German movie theaters

REALITY by Tina Satter © MAX

German cinema release for Tina Satter’s film REALITY starts on February 8, 2024. REALITY premiered to rave reviews at the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival.

Reality Winner, a young U.S. Air Force employee, is suspected of being a whistleblower. First, the FBI agents search her house. Then a grueling interrogation begins… Based on true events.

 

REALITY
Written and directed by: Tina Satter
Based on Tina Satter’s play IS THIS A ROOM, 2019
Starring: Sydney Sweeney (as Reality), Josh Hamilton, Marchánt Davis
USA, 2022, Seaview production

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30.01.2024

BUCKET LIST by Yael Ronen & Shlomi Shaban part of the Theatertreffen 2024

BUCKET LIST by Yael Ronen and Shlomi Shaban is one of the ten most remarkable productions invited to the Theatertreffen 2024. This was announced by the jury, consisting of Eva Behrendt, Janis El-Bira, Valeria Heintges, Martin Thomas Pesl, Katrin Ullmann, Theresa Luise Gindlstrasser (was involved until the end of 2023) and Sascha Westphal, on January 26, 2024.

The musical BUCKET LIST reflects on human memory mechanisms and questions artificial interventions in these mechanisms. The evening unfolds like gaps in the memory of a man for whom nothing seems the same after October 7, 2023.

BUCKET LIST premiered on December 9, 2023 at the Schaubühne Berlin in co-production with Théâtre de Liège.

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30.01.2024

Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay is part of FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS Campaign

Foto © German Films/ Marcus Höhn

The FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS initiative shines a spotlight on some of the most influential German talent currently working in the industry, representing just some of the many dynamic “faces” of German filmmaking today. Since its first edition, the annual campaign has established itself as a platform to give German film talent international visibility and draw the attention of the global film industry to some of the country’s most sensational newcomers and professionals.

The faces of the 2024 FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS – THE FILMMAKERS campaign are:

Jan Bülow (DIE UNIVERSELLE THEORIE, LINDENBERG, KAFKA), actor
Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay (ORAY, LOVE, GERMAN MARK AND DEATH), writer, director, producer
Banafshe Hourmazdi (NO HARD FEELINGS, LOVING HER, NO BEAST SO FIERCE), actor
Moritz Müller-Preißer (WIR SIND DATEN, HAEBERLI, GOTTES ANDERER PLAN), screenwriter and director
Mona Cathleen Otterbach (FRANKY FIVE STAR, MILK TEETH), production designer
Eva Trobisch (ALLES GUTE, IVO), screenwriter and director
Soleen Yusef (SAM A SAXON, DEUTSCHLAND 89, WINNERS), screenplay and director

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26.01.2024

arte TV Premiere for Roman Wegera’s WHEREVER PARADISE IS

Roman Wegera’s short film WHEREVER PARADISE IS has its TV premiere on January 27, 2024 on ARTE and can be streamed afterwards in the arte-Mediathek.

WHEREVER PARADISE IS
Script by: Roman Wegera
Directed by: Roman Wegera
DE, 28 min., 2023

For Anja – a Russian-German teenager, – Germany is nothing more than a gray backdrop. During the day she skips the school and makes up gangster scenes with her little brother, at night she eats sausage or challenges her boyfriend’s courage. Anja dreams of leaving for America one day, meanwhile the Russian-Ukrainian war in is also making itself noticeable in Germany.
As one day her mother receives a phone call, Anja decides to take care of herself and her younger brother.

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15.12.2023

15.12.2023: Ran Chai Bar-zvi stages BLUTBUCH by Kim de L’Horizon at Staatstheater Hannover

BLUTBUCH by Kim de L’Horizon
Director, set & video designer: Ran Chai Bar-zvi

What happens to a person when their tyrannical grandmother dies? Does a formative piece of a family history become buried or is one suddenly empowered to rewrite their own biography, to reinvent their identity, even their mother tongue?
Director and costume & set designer Ran Chai Bar-zvi stages Kim de L’Horizon’s cult novel BLUTBUCH (German premiere), exploring new narrative forms and switching between genres.

The premiere will take place on December 15, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
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21.11.2023

9.12.2023: Premiere BUCKET LIST by Yael Ronen & Shlomi Shaban at Schaubühne Berlin

BUCKET LIST by Yael Ronen & Shlomi Shaban
Directed by: Yael Ronen

In BUCKET LIST, Yael Ronen reflects on memory mechanisms: What would we to keep in memory before kicking the bucket? Can memories of unpleasant, painful and conflict-ridden events be readjusted with technological help? And if we start to artificially edit our personal memories, what does this step mean for the entire collective memory culture?

This musical marks Yael Ronen’s second collaboration with Israeli songwriter Shlomi Shaban. The duo impressed critics and audiences alike with their hit production SLIPPERY SLOPE at the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin (invited to the 2022 Theatertreffen).

The premiere of BUCKET LIST is on December 9, 2023 at 8 p.m. at the Schaubühne Berlin.
Further dates are: 13 Dec., 14 Dec., 15 Dec., 16 Dec. 2023, at 8 p.m.
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10.10.2023

9.11.2023: Premiere MITLÄUFER by Noam Brusilovsky at Marstall/Bayerisches Staatstheater Munich

MITLÄUFER (Followers) from Noam Brusilovsky
Directed by: Noam Brusilovsky
Research & Text Assistance: Lotta Beckers

With this research project, author & director Noam Brusilovsky works for the first time at the Munich Residenztheater. MITLÄUFER (Followers) is a historical examination of the contradictory biographies of those who reached the top echelons of the theater due to close cooperation with the Nazi regime.

The play premieres on 9 November 2023 at 8:30 p.m.
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09.11.2023

7.11.2023: Michel-Tremblay Award for Rébecca Déraspe

Rébecca Déraspe © Marc-Étienne

Rébecca Déraspe winns this year’s prestigious Michel Tremblay Prize for Drama. Déraspe was awarded for her latest play LES GLACES, which had its premiere at Théâtre de La Bordée in co-production with Théâtre de La Manufacture in fall 2022.

With a mixture of clarity and hope, anger and humour, Rébecca Déraspe presents a complex, committed and deeply human fiction about sexualized violence… One recognizes the undeniable talent, the great sensitivity and all the experience of the author in the harrowing monologues, the wonderful symbolic web that haunts the text, the dialogues of impeccable precision and the impeccably taut thread of the dramatic structure.” – from the jury’s statement

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30.10.2023

IT’S BURNING by Erol Afşin at the 37th International Film Festival Braunschweig

Following its successful premiere at the 40th Munich Film Festival, Erol Afşin’s drama IT’S BURNING (ES BRENNT) is currently touring through festivals in Germany and Turkey. At the 37th Braunschweig International Film Festival, the debut will screen in the “New German Films“-category on November 7 and 11, both at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets available under this link.

IT’S BURNING
D, feature, 88 min., 2022
Directed & written by: Erol Afşin

Amal, Omar and their son Ahmad are a happy Arab family living in Germany. In the playground, they meet a man named Franz. The situation gets out of hand when Franz insults and attacks Amal because of her headscarf. A court case is initiated. During the hearings, an incident occurs that will completely change the family’s life.
Based on a true story.

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24.10.2023

THREE THOUSAND NUMBERED PIECES in competition at the Cottbus Film Festival

Ádám Czászi’s second feature film THREE THOUSAND NUMBERED PIECES celebrates its German premiere at the Cottbus Film Festival. The film, which bitterly portrays the exploitation of a Romani theater troupe, is running in the competition with two screenings: on November 10th, at 5:00 p.m. in the Stadthalle & on November 11th, at 4:00 p.m. in Weltspiegel (Saal 2).
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THREE THOUSAND NUMBERED PIECES

Directed by: Ádám Császi
Written by: Ádám Császi, Balázs Lengyel
HUN, 2022, 93 min.

 

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23.10.2023

Erol Afşins drama IT’S BURNING winns Audience Award at the 3. Film Festival Oberschwaben

After the successful premiere at the 40th Munich Film Festival, Erol Afşin’s drama IT’S BURNING tours through festivals in Germany and Turkey.
At the 3rd Oberschwaben Film Festival, Afşin’s directorial debut wins the Audience Award.

IT’S BURNING (ES BRENNT)
DE, feature, 88 min., 2022
Written & directed by: Erol Afşin

Amal, Omar, and their son Ahmad are a happy Arab family living in Germany. At the playground, they encounter a man named Franz. The situation gets out of hand when Franz insults and attacks Amal because of her headscarf. The case goes to court, but an incident during the hearing changes everything for the family.
Based on real events.

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12.10.2023

23.10.2023: Ádám Czászi’s film will open the 7th International Festival of Romani Film

THREE THOUSAND NUMBERED PIECES

Directed by: Ádám Császi
Written by: Ádám Császi und Balázs Lengyel
Hungary, 2022, 93 min.

A white director is rehearsing a play with five marginalized Roma actors. His play is supposed to reflect on their true life stories of abuse, drug addiction, and crime. However, instead of portraying the depth of their experiences, the actors are being exploited and their pain is being capitalized.

THREE THOUSAND NUMBERED PIECES
23 October 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Screening & FAQ at Babylon Berlin

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17.10.2023

20.10.2023: Film evening with Eliza Petkova, Goethe-Institut Kyoto

Eliza Petkova, Shirin Sabahi and Zora Rux are three female filmmakers from Berlin and the current fellows at Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto. On October 20, at 4:00 p.m., they will show selected works from their cinematic oeuvre. Thus, Eliza Petkova will present her feature film ZHALEIKA (Director: Eliza Petkova, BG/DE, 92 min., 2016).
The artists will be available for direct exchange afterwards.

3 x Berlin
Goethe-Institut Villa Kamogawa
Kyoto, Japan

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18.09.2023

1.10.2023: Ran Chai Bar-zvi directs DAS GROẞE HEFT at Volkstheater München

Premiere DAS GROẞE HEFT by Ágota Kristóf
Directed by: Ran Chai Bar-zvi
at Volkstheater Munich

In search of his brother, a now grown-up twin reflects on their joint childhood in times of war, hunger and misery.
Ran Chai Bar-zvi directs for the first time at the Munich Volkstheater and incorporates into the narrative Ágota Kristóf’s two other books, “The Proof” and “The Third Lie”.

Premiere on October 1, 2023 at 8:00 p.m.
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30.08.2023

29.09.2023: Kate Tarker’s MONTAG – premiere at Staatstheater Karlsruhe

MONTAG
from Kate Tarker

Director: Lily Sykes
German by Cornelia Enger

German premiere on 29 September at 7:30 p.m.

Faith and Novella live in a small German town near an American military base. The two friends hide in Novella’s basement apartment and fantasize about an attack – probably fatal. Novella, a sex worker of Turkish descent, is disgusted by the contempt of her neighbors, and she is afraid of her ex-partner’s violent jealousy. Faith rebels against the hierarchies of the military. For seven sleepless days, they’ve been training, building barricades from the furniture and dancing until exhaustion to Beyoncé and club music.
A comedy about obcessions and a cheer for female friendship!
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23.08.2023

23.09.2023: Premiere DAS KRAFTWERK from Calle Fuhr at Staatstheater Cottbus

DAS KRAFTWERK
A theater evening about coal, water and eternity

by Calle Fuhr, in cooperation with CORRECTIV
Director: Aram Tafreshian

Premiere was on 23 September 2023
at Staatstheater Cottbus

Carla, a young journalist, returns to her hometown Cottbus. Shortly before his death, her late grandfather left her a folder with documents about the LEAG company, around Vattenfall, the Jänschwalde power plant, the Baltic Sea and the Gigawatt Factory. Carla’s research begins, and she encounters completely different characters: an activist whose home has already been dredged twice, a young man who is committed to LEAG’s green future. And the CEO of the company, who in turn has to ensure supply security in the event of a coal phase-out.
An interwoven story about the coal industry, based on exclusive research by the investigative journalistic collective CORRECTIV on the region’s water supply.

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15.08.2023

22.09.2023: Broadcast EXZESS – A Techno Opera by Noam Brusilovsky & Tobias Purfürst

recording EXZESS © rbb, Anke Beims

22 September, 7:00 p.m.
rbbKultur

Jessica and Brian, a tourist couple, visit Berlin’s most famous techno club. They are glad to have made it in, as not everyone is allowed inside the huge legendary industrial hall. Their plan: dance, take drugs, surrender to the sound. A few hours later, Jessica is found on the floor by club staff. The reason: intoxication with high a dosis of ecstasy. She passes away after a few hours.
The radiophonic techno opera EXCESS tells of dying in a club. In an uninterrupted techno set, the protagonist Jessica (Susanna Hurrell) sings her death aria. The tragedy is that Jessica is aware of her organs gradually failing but time cannot be flushed back. As in a classical opera, death becomes spectacular in this technoid epic.

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18.09.2023

FAUST (HAB’ ICH NIE GELESEN) nominated for Prix Europa

The radio play FAUST (HAB’ ICH NIE GELESEN) by Noam Brusilovsky is nominated for the Prix Europa, category: Audio Fiction.

For naturalization in Germany, Israeli-born theater director and audio-play author Noam Brusilovsky needs a confirmation of his outstanding artistic achievements in Germany from his employer the ÖRR. In return, the employer demands that Brusilovsky spontaneously steps in for a colleague and stages Goethe’s “Faust” as a radio play in the shortest possible time. Brusilovsky, however, has never read the classic – THE German-language oevre – which in no way prevents him from getting involved in the deal!

FAUST (HAB’ ICH NIE GELESEN) by Noam Brusilovsky
Duration: 75 min.
With: Bibiana Beglau, Itay Tiran, Walter Kreye, Matthias Leja, Almut Henkel a. o.
Music: Tobias Purfürst
Director: the author
Production: SWR / Deutschlandfunk 2022

The award ceremony will take place on Fritag, October 27, 2023 at the Haus des Rundfunks in Berlin.
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19.09.2023

Eliza Petkova arrived in Kyoto

Over the next three months, Eliza Petkova will be staying in Artist Residency at Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto, where together with screenwriter and director Zora Rox she will be working on a joint project consisting of several short films. The results will be presented to the public in December in the presence of the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany. The residency program is funded by the Goethe-Institut Japan.

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01.09.2023

EL CONDE by Guillermo Calderón & Pablo Larrain wins the Golden Lion for Best Screenplay at Venice Film festival

Guillermo Calderón, one of Chile’s most prolific theater and film makers, has been awarded the Golden Lion for Best Screenplay for EL CONDE, co-written with Pablo Larrain and directed by Pablo Larrain. The film premiered to critical success and will be streaming on Netflix starting September 15th. Guillermo Calderón and Pablo Larrain are frequent collaborators (EL CLUB, NERUDA, etc.) and Larrain’s production company fabula just produced Guillermo’s directing debut  MAQUILLAME OTRA VEZ  (available on NETFLIX).

 

EL CONDE
Chile, feature film, 110′
Production:Fabula (Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Rocío Jadue)

 

Image: Guillermo Calderón © Sandra Then

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02.05.2023

16.09.2023: les dramaturx to curate a symposium at Schauspielhaus Hamburg

CRUISING MYTHOLOGY searches for queer-feminist concepts in Greek mythology and makes an attempt in transferring them into today’s life practices through performances, installations and lectures. What can we learn about plants and animals from the adventure dyke Artemis? What does the six-armed Scylla tell us about polyamorous relationships? What does the song of the sirens reveal about male fears? Varios topics and theses related to antiquity will be examined for their usefulness for the city of tomorrow.

Symposium at Schauspielhaus Hamburg
16 – 23 September 2023

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22.08.2023

11.09.2023: Staged reading from Guillermo Calderón’s COLINA at Volkstheater Rostock

50 YEARS OF MILITARY COUP IN CHILE

50th anniversary of the death of Salvador Allende / 49th anniversary of the Chilean Exile Ensemble at the Volkstheater Rostock
11 September, at 8:00 p.m.
Patriotischer Weg 33
18057 Rostock

With this event, the Volkstheater Rostock commemorates the military coup in Chile and the death of Allende 50 years ago and honors the founding of the Chilean exile ensemble Teatro Lautaro at the house. Readings will include excerpts from Guillermo Calderón’s play COLINA (German translation by Franziska Muche).
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20.07.2023

PLANET B by Yael Ronen & Itai Reicher nominated for Friedrich Luft Prize

PLANET B from Yael Ronen & Itai Reicher has been nominated for this year’s Friedrich Luft Prize amongst other nine theater productions from the Berlin and Potsdam area (2022/23 season). PLANET B, directed by Yael Ronen, premiered at the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin on 6 June 2023 and has been acclaimed by critics accross Germany.
The Friedrich Luft Prize, named after the Berlin theater critic, has been awarded since 1992, and since 2021 jointly by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and the Berliner Morgenpost. It honors the best Berlin or Potsdam theater performance and is endowed with 7500 euros. The winning play will be announced on 25 August 2023.

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12.06.2023

20.07.2023: Premiere 7 MORTAL SINS with texts from Calle Fuhr & Lisa Wentz

7 MORTAL SINS
Texts from: Helena Adler, Uli Brée, Calle Fuhr, Felix Mitterer, Hubert Sauper, David Schalko, Johannes Schmidl and Lisa Wentz
Directed by: Gregor Bloéb
Shows on July 20 – August 12, 2023
Theater am Birkenberg, Telfs, AT

What is sin? What is virtue? There cannot be a right life amidst wrongs, can it?
The Tiroler Volksschauspiele have commissioned various playwrights to each rethink one sin. Lisa Wentz, who was recently awarded the 2023 Drama Prize by CAA Berlin, reimagines anger whereas Calle Fuhr explores the modern arrogance. In this way, seven short plays emerge between heaven and hell, dystopia and utopia, dance of death and lustful celebration of life at the same time.

Premiere is on July 20, at 8:00 p.m.
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11.07.2023

MAKING IT UP by Guillermo Calderón is available on Netflix

MAKING IT UP is a story of  Ana and Rita, two make-up artists who are completely broke. When the unpredictable Alex offers them a job, they just have to say yes – to the gig and to a big ol’ mess.
Guillermo Calderón’s flashy, electrifying directorial debut is now on Netflix.

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10.07.2023

Production development funding for Eliza Petkova’s THE WORKER

Hessen Film & Media Fund 2023 has awarded Eliza Petkova’s new feature THE WORKER with a Grant for Production Development.

DER ARBEITER (THE WORKER)

Produced by: Fourmat Film
Direction + script: Eliza Petkova
D/BG, 90 min.

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07.07.2023

SACD Prize for Upcoming Talent goes to Penda Diouf

Penda Diouf’s speech during award ceremony © SACD

Every June, the SACD Board of Directors honors established and young talents who have made their mark throughout the year, and awards prizes corresponding to the disciplines and repertoires of the SACD in France and Europe.
The Board of Directors, chaired by Anne Rambach, has decided to award 33 author:s again this year. The Upcoming-Talent Prize went to Penda Diouf.

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12.06.2023

6.07.2023: Premiere SLIPPERY SLOPE. Almost a Musical, Metropoltheater Munich

The five [Emre Aksızoğlu, Anastasia Gubareva, Riah Knight, Lindy Larsson, Vidina Popov] can all really belt out an excellent song, which they do, one timely and versatile Shlomi Shaban hit after another moving the action forward, to much applause, and ultimately even a standing ovation after the earworm finale. It’s a hell of a lot of fun. – Sandra Sarala, Exberliner

SLIPPERY SLOPE. Almost a musical
by Yael Ronen & Shlomi Shaban
Directed by: Philipp Moschitz

Premiere on July 6, at 7:30 p.m.
Metropoltheater Munich

A musician who has been canceled is now celebrating his comeback. He wants to save his sweetheart from a greedy producer. A promising newcomer launches her solo career and accuses her ex-partner of a power abuse. An editor stands up for the rights of the oppressed. And a young journalist aims to enveil the Truth. The good guys are the good guys and the bad guys are the bad guys.
But can it really be that simple? Who benefits most from which narrative – and whose narrative ultimately prevails? In this story, everyone uses everyone else, and the search for love and truth is also the aspiration for fame and power.

In German language, w/ songs in English.
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30.05.2023

27.06.2023: Premiere IT’S BURNING by Erol Afşin, Filmfest Munich

DE, feature movie, 88 min., 2022
Script & direction: Erol Afşin

Still from “It’s Burning“ © Stereo Films München GmbH

Amal, Omar, and their son Ahmad are a happy Arab family living in Germany. At the playground, they encounter a man named Franz. The situation gets out of hand when Franz insults and attacks Amal because of her headscarf. The case goes to court, but an incident during the hearing changes everything for the family.
Based on real events.

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11.05.2023

18.06.2023: Premiere MINNA VON BARNHELM in Heidelberg, costumes + stage set: Ran Chai Bar-zvi

Minna von Barnhelm
or the Soldiers’ Happiness
from Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Directed by: Ronny Jakubaschk
Costume & stage design: Ran Chai Bar-zvi

Premiere on 18 June at 8:30 p.m. in Dicker Turm, Heidelberg
As part of Heidelberger Schlossfestspiele festival

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02.05.2023

World premiere for Yael Ronen’s PLANET B at Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin

In “Planet B”, Yael Ronen and her co-writer Itai Reicher have not solely made a drama out of the highly topical environmental theme, but rather spun a witty sci-fi comedy in the light, Ronenian twist and development style. […] Errors and confusions, in which edge and center, cause and effect, but above all all all social themes and discourses fly around in the most beautiful way and unleash truths that are stuck in hard, is what makes Ronen’s theater so bright, funny and extremely human.” – Doris Meierhenrich, Berliner Zeitung (the quote originally in German)

PLANET B
World premiere was on June 8
Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin

Text: Yael Ronen & Itai Reicher
Directed by: Yael Ronen

A not-so-distant future: climate change has continued unabated, many species have already extincted, vast land areas are barely inhabitable… A race begins to see who deserves to survive. Welcome to the alien entertainment reality show, where humans compete with chicken, panda, ant, etc. for the repopulation of the Earth as the only surviving species!

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05.06.2023

10.6.2023: Athena Farrokhzad invited to poesiefestival berlin

Athena Farrokzhad © Märta Thisner

The 24th edition of the poesiefestival berlin will take place from June 9 to June 16, 2023 at Akademie der Künste on the Hanseatenweg.

Panel WRITING VIOLENCE on language of violence, w/ Athena Farrokzhad amongst others on Saturday,  June 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Panel WRITING MOTHERHOOD on describing existential questions of motherhood and its archetypes, w/ Athena Farrokzhad amongst others on Wednesday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m.

poesiefestival berlin is a project by Haus für Poesie in cooperation with Akademie der Künste and is supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and by Deutscher Literaturfonds e.V. as part of the “Neustart Kultur” program of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

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24.04.2023

16.06.2023: Helene Weigel Award ceremony for Fritzi Wartenberg

Fritzi Wartenberg © Anna Breit

This year’s Helene Weigel Theater Prize for outstanding artistic achievements goes to the emerging director Fritzi Wartenberg. The prize is awarded by the Berliner Ensemble ehere Fritzi Wartenberg has already staged two productions – Ella Hickson’s THE WRITER and ALIAS ANASTASIUS based on a text by Matter*Verse.

The award ceremony will take place on June 16 as part of the WORX-Werkschau, following the performance of THE WRITER (starts at 5:00 p.m.) at the Neues Haus.

Furthermore, Fritzi Wartenberg sets up a staged reading KANYE WEST ODER DIE VEGANEN FRIKADELLEN VON ALDI (text: Fritzi Wartenberg) at the Berliner Ensemble/Werkraum on Saturday, June 17 at 4:00 p.m.

The last production of ALIAS ANASTASIUS can be also seen there on June 17 at 6:00 p.m.

 

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25.05.2023

9.06.2023: CAA award for Lisa Wentz, staged reading at Schaubühne Berlin

Lisa Wentz © Ksenia Les

Lisa Wentz has been awarded the Contemporary Arts Alliance (CAA) Berlin Prize for Drama 2023.

The Contemporary Arts Alliance (CAA) Berlin is a platform for private commitment to the promotion of contemporary culture in Berlin. CAA Berlin awards a one-time scholarship to an emerging playwright in the Studio of the Schaubühne Berlin.

On 9th of June, at 7:30 p.m.: award ceremony and staged reading with ensemble members
Studio / Schaubühne Berlin
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07.06.2023

SILENT OBSERVERS by Eliza Petkova in postproduction

Still from SILENT OBSERVERS © Constanze Schmidt

Eliza Petkova has finished shootings for hew new film SILENT OBSERVERS in Bulgaria. The project was supported by EURIMAGES and is now in the postproduction phase.

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10.05.2023

7.06.2023: Tag XYZ – Lorenz Just’s book launch in Volksbühne Roter Salon

Tag XYZ is a text about the vicissitudes of political action and activism, about dreading collectives and yet sensing the urge to leave your own comfort zone, and about the dilation of your pupils in the dark.

Wolfram Lotz in conversation with Lorenz Just
On Wednesday,  7 June at 7:30 p.m. in Roter Salon, Volksbühne Berlin

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05.06.2023

29.05.2023: Tina Satter’s debut REALITY airs on HBO

REALITY by Tina Satter © MAX

HBO Films’ REALITY debuts MONDAY, MAY 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The film will air on HBO and will be available to stream on Max. REALITY celebrated it’s premiere on 18 February 2023 to rave reviews at the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival.

Written and directed by: Tina Satter
Based on Tina Satter’s play IS THIS A ROOM, 2019
Starring: Sydney Sweeney (as Reality), Josh Hamilton, Marchánt Davis

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10.05.2023

24.06.2023: Fritzi Wartenberg in conversation with Franka Frei on her new book

Franka Frei writes in her new book “Überfällig. Warum Verhütung auch Männersache ist.” (en. “Overdue. Why contraception is also a man’s business“) about pill policies, masculinity myths and a revolution that starts in the testicles.

Reading & talk with Franka Frei, Fritzi Wartenberg
On Saturday, 24 June at 8:15 p.m. in Werkraum of the Berliner Ensemble

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16.05.2023

22.05.2023: US cinema release for Natalia Sinelnikova’s debut

Natalia Sinelnikova’s feature debut WE MIGHT AS WELL BE DEAD had its world premiere at Berlin International Film Festival in 2022. It finally toured through over 20 international festivals.
It will preview at Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg in Brooklyn on May 22 before opening at Manhattan’s IFC Center on May 26. The film will then screen at LA’s Lumiere Cinema on June 2, with more cities and dates to follow.

 

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05.05.2023

„Ask, Mark Ve Ölüm – Love, Deutschmark, Death“ nominated for the German Film Award

The successful documentary film by Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay and Cem Kayas has been nominated for the German Film Award in the category “Best Documentary Film”.

After winning the German Film Critics’ Award in February, this nomination is another great success for the film, which through the music scene of Turkish guest workers tells and passionately revives the often forgotten piece of German history.

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11.04.2023

4.05.2023: DYKE DOGS SALON at schaubühne berlin

4 May 2023, 8:30 p.m.
DYKE DOGS SALON: »Vollversammlung/Prololesben«
A queer-lesbian cultural party by Lynn Takeo Musiol, Eva Tepest & guests

Tickets and information under this link

19.04.2023

30.04. + 1.05.2023: ANOUK & ADOFA from Marco Damghani is part of Autor:innentheatertage in Berlin

ANOUK & ADOFA from  Marco Damghani will be on view on 30 April and 1 May as part of Autor:innentheatertage at Deutsches Theater Berlin. The play is a production of Schauspiel Leipzig and has been running to sold-out audiences ever since.

ANOUK & ADOFA
Written & directed by Marco Damghani

Marco Damghani tells sensitively and honestly the story of a young couple trying to fulfill their lives, goals and dreams, even though they keep coming up against social limits. But both are also struggling with their own inner demons and these struggles put pressure on the relationship.

 

On view on 30 April at 6:30 p.m. and
on 1 May at 4:00 p.m. and at 8:00 p.m.

Aditionally Schere, Stein, Papier – Autor:innensalon with Marco Damghani
will takes place on 1 May at 9:45 p.m. in the Box of Deutsches Theater.
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11.04.2023

28.04.2023 Premiere: DIE REDAKTION from Calle Fuhr at Volkstheater Wien

Premiere on 28 April 2023, 7:30 p.m.
From Calle Fuhr, in cooperation with DOSSIER
Directed by: Calle Fuhr

With THE EDITORIAL Calle Fuhr has written a Hollywood-worthy thriller: we follow a team of journalists who uncover a major scandal. Based on true events around the journalist collective DOSSIER, Calle Fuhr leads us into the machinations of the environmentally destructive corporation (OMV), which uses taxpayers’ money to support corruption, washes its hands of the matter by subsidizing high cultural institutions, and undermines the freedom of press through targeted advertising policies and bullying.

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19.04.2023

28.04.2023 Premiere: THE TROJAN WOMEN at Schauspiel Cologne, costume: Ran Chai Bar-zvi

THE TROJAN WOMEN, adapted from Euripides
In German
Direction: Lucia Bihler
Costume: Ran Chai Bar-zvi

For THE TROJAN WOMEN, director Lucia Bihler and her team search for a contemporary narrative method to make the ancient material about the three surviving women and their fate after the 10-year siege of Troy tangible in a sensual way. Thus, in the first part of the play, the audience becomes part of the Trojan women’s home on stage, before being able to observe the suffering of the characters from the safe distance of the auditorium.

Premiere on 28 April at 7:30 p.m.
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16.02.2023

19.04.2023 DSE: HOUSE OF DANCE from Tina Satter (US) at the Schaubühne Berlin

Foto: Gianmarco Breadola

Having already opened the FIND Festival in 2022 with her production IS THIS A ROOM, Tina Satter will now direct at the Schaubühne for the first time. The German-language premiere of her play HOUSE OF DANCE goes deep into the heart of America, where the American Dream is still fighting for its life.

„I just wanna be ready for tryouts. I hate this town, and I am going to leave here and be a millionaire by the time I am 40.“

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11.04.2023

14.04.2023: TV-series FEELINGS runs at 19th achtung berlin film festival

Director and screenwriter Sueheyla Schwenk shot four episodes of the coming-of-age mystery series FEELINGS, presented at Berlinale Series Market 2023, produced by Studio Zentral for ZDF.

16-year-old Alva has the feeling of being different and not belonging to the world around. After moving to the countryside, she meets Esma, who doesn’t care about what others think. FEELINGS portrays teenage self-doubt and the power of friendship, hope and love.

Screenings take place on:
Fr., 14.4. at 6:00 p.m. in Acud
Sa., 15.4. at 5:45 p.m. in Babylon

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24.04.2023

13.04.2023: Calle Fuhr’s podcast KEIN KOMMENTAR is now online

Podcast KEIN KOMMENTAR
with Alina Schaller, Ashwien Sankholkar, Calle Fuhr

Since 2020, the journalists of the Austrian investigative magazine DOSSIER (including Ashwien Sankholkar) have been researching the OMV group and its former CEO Rainer Seele. There was hardly any critical reporting on the billion-dollar corporation before – because OMV is one of the biggest advertising partners in the Austrian advertising business and a major sponsor. However, it is not possible to advertise in the DOSSIER magazine due to it’s ad-free policy.
That’s why the research collective decides to embark on a high-risk investigation of the OMV’s shady businesses…

Available on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Amazon Music & Podbean.

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16.02.2023

13.04.2023 Swiss Premiere of GRAND HORIZONS from Bess Wohl (US) at the stages in Bern

Bess Wohl © Walter McBride

Translation: Lynn Takeo Musiol and Christian Tschirner
Directed by Roger Vontobel

“…an absolute theater must-see …” – Berliner Morgenpost

After the successful German premiere in December 2022 at the Schillertheater , the Swiss premiere at the Bühnen Bern now takes place.

Further dates in Berlin: Komödie am Kurfürstendamm at the Theater am Potsdamer Platz.
from March 10, 2023.

 

 

 

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11.04.2023

6.04.2023: Premiere of Ádám Császi’s THREE THOUSAND NUMBERED PIECES

The film THREE THOUSAND NUMBERED PIECES by Ádám Császi will have its Hungarian premiere on 6 April 2023. It shows rehearsals for a play about Hungarian romani lead by an outlived white director at a fictional Berlin city theater.

The world premiere of the film was in November 2022 at the Black Nights Film Festival Tallinn.

22.03.2023

1.04.2023 Premiere: MEISTER RÖCKLE by les dramaturx at Theater Magdeburg

MEISTER ROECKLE
A fairy tale based on Karl Marx

After bitter fields, it is now les dramaturx‘ (Lynn Takeo Musiol and Christian Tschirner) second production at the Theater Magdeburg. Visitors can expect a political fairy tale about Karl Marx’s preliminary studies for Capital, retold and performed by the two authors.

Premiere: 1 April 2023, 7:30 p.m.
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27.03.2023

26.03.2023: 20th Sofia Meetings Award for Eliza Petkova’s DISSONANCE

We congratulate Eliza Petkova on the 20th Sofia Meetings Award for her project in development DISSONANCE (BG). Eliza and her producer Veselka Kiryakova have been granted a script consultancy in the amount of 5.000 Euro with Steven Goldsmith, an Irish-American script doctor and writer.

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22.03.2023

9.03.2023 Cinema release for Eliza Petkova’s MAYOR, SHEPHERD, WIDOW, DRAGON

Eliza Petkova Poster film Mayor Shepherd Widow Dragon
Eliza Petkova’s film “Mayor, Shepherd, Widow, Dragon”

 

DE / BG, 2020, 97 min, OV with German subs
A film by Eliza Petkova

According to the legend, a dragon named Gincho is responsible for the disappearance of young women in the Bulgarian mountain village of Pirin. Almost only old people still live there without a doctor or priest, whose many empty houses are gradually being swallowed up by nature. But the committed mayor has not given up faith in the future. He wants to turn Pirin into a tourist attraction – and is trying to find a girlfriend on the Internet along the way. (Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2022)

German cinema release: 9 March 2023 at 8 p.m., in presence of the movie team at
Kino Krokodil, Greifenhagener Str. 32, 10437 Berlin.
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21.03.2023

Süheyla Schwenk is co-director of a new series for Disney+

Disney+ has announced a new in-house production. HABIBI BABA BOOM, written by Sascha Vredenburg and Omar El-Saeidi, is produced by Bantry Bay.

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16.02.2023

10.03.2023 premiere: ALIAS ANASTASIUS (AT) by Selma Matter and Marie Lucienne Verse directed by Fritzi Wartenberg

ICH KANN ALLES FÜR DICH SEIN will be Fritzi Wartenberg’s second work at the Berliner Ensemble. After her successful production of THE WRITER by Ella Hickson, she seeks a historical approach to the themes of gender, feminism and representation in her new directorial work.

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16.02.2023

02.03.2023 World premiere: BAVARIA from Guillermo Calderón in Marstall at Residenztheater München

After works in NYC, Basel and Stockholm, a new work by Guillermo Calderón appears. A piece about Chile and Germany, new beginnings and colonialism, folk songs and missionary work.

Director: Guillermo Calderón

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22.02.2023

Award of the German Film Critics for the film „Ask, Mark Ve Ölüm – Liebe, D-Mark, Tod“

On the occasion of the Berlinale, the film by Cem Kaya and Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay was awarded the prizes for best documentary and best editing by the Association of German Film Critics on Sunday.

This continues the success story of the film, which premiered at the Berlinale in 2022 and won the Panorama Audience Award.

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16.02.2023

FEELINGS – TV Series at Berlinale Showcase Up Next: Germany

Süheyla Schwenk © Matthias Scheuer

Director and screenwriter Süheyla Schwenk has shot four episodes of the coming-of-age mystery series FEELINGS, which will be presented at the 2023 Berlinale Series Market, produced by Studio Zentral for funk on behalf of ZDF.

Süheyla Schwenk is currently shooting a series for Bantry Bay and is in preparation for a television film for degeto/ARD.

 

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16.02.2023

18.02.2023 World premiere of Tina Satter’s debut film REALITY at the Berlinale

Tina Satter’s film is based on her successful play IS THIS A ROOM and will be screened at the Berlinale in the Panorama section.
IS THIS A ROOM was initially created as an Off-Broadway production. Due to its great success, the play then also ran on Broadway starting in the fall of 2021. Subsequently, the production made guest appearances at international festivals in Europe (including the Wiener Festwochen, FIND Festival/Schaubühne Berlin).
In parallel, Tina shot REALITY, starring Sydney Sweeney (pictured) and Josh Hamilton.

Young U.S. Air Force employee Reality Winner is suspected of whistleblowing. FBI agents first search her home, then begin a grueling interrogation.

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16.02.2023

07.02.2023 Premiere MAQUÍLLAME OTRA VEZ – the new Film from Guillermo Calderón

The cinema comedy by Guillermo Calderón, produced by Juan and Pablo Larraín’s company Fabula, will celebrate its world premiere in Mexico City on February 07.

In this Mexican-Chilean co-production, Guillermo, who has written numerous film scripts, including for Pablo Larraín (NERUDA, EL CLUB), makes his debut as a film director.

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01.02.2023

PISTEN by Penda Diouf awarded as AUDIO BOOK OF THE YEAR 2022

“In speaking of these deep, lingering wounds that colonialism and racism have inflicted, and how she speaks of them, Diouf does the only thing that can perhaps help heal trauma at least a little bit: She brings them out of the repressed, the concealed, the forgotten into our consciousness, and she does it in such a poetic and empathetic way that when we listen to them, they also deeply touch white people, descendants of the European colonial powers, and move them to think about the causes of these wounds and to relate to them.” – The jury’s statement on the selection of the 2022 Radio Play of the Year.

The award ceremony will take place on Friday, March 3, 2023, at the Funkhaus Köln.
Start: 6:30 pm, free admission,
Registration required at <koelner-kongress.de>.

PISTONS by Penda Diouf
dt. by Annette Bühler-Dietrich
Director: Christine Nagel
Production: NDR
length: 80 min

For the radio play and the jury’s detailed statement, please follow this link.

16.02.2023

23.02.2023 Dyke Dogs Salon from Lynn Takeo Musiol, Eva Tepest and guests

DYKE DOGS SALON is an event series curated by the eponymous collective consisting of Eva Tepest and Lynn Takeo Musiol. Together they have been writing, curating and performing since 2018.
Their maxim: Dyke is a riot. Dyke is tragic. Dyke is always inadequate.

Date: 23.02.2023, 19:30
Venue: Schaubühne Berlin and online

16.02.2023

24.02.2023 ICH BIN ALLES – ALS MIR DIE STADT GEHÖRTE with Magda Woitzuck, stage adaptation: Calle Fuhr and Charlotte Sprenger

The phenomenal podcast “SHIT HAPPENS – Memories of a Big Dealer” by Magda Woitzuck is brought to the stage by Calle Fuhr and Charlotte Sprenger in the districts of the Volkstheater.

The ex-drug dealer Andrea M. tells about her life as the biggest hashish dealer in Vienna in the 90s.
Direction: Charlotte Sprenger

You can listen to the podcast in the SWR Mediathek.

 

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16.02.2023

06.01.2023 Eliza Petkova selected for Villa Kamogawa Residency in Kyoto, Japan

Eliza Petkova © Kristina Popov

Congratulations to Eliza Petkova and her co-writer Zora Rux, who have been awarded a three-month residency at the beautiful Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto, Japan to work on their new project development.

More about the artist in residence program Villa Kamogawa.

16.02.2023

Start of filming for Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay’s new film HYSTERIA

After Mehmet’s stirring film debut ORAY, with which he won the BEST FIRST FEATURE AWARD at the Berlinale 2019, among others, the shooting of his new film HYSTERIA is about to begin.

Screenplay and direction: Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay
Production: filmfaust Cologne

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