The Berlin Film Festival (February 15 - 24) will screen a film in a local prison for the first time this year.
The festival’s local outreach strand Berlinale Goes Kiez, which spotlights neighbourhood cinemas, has been extended to include a screening at the penal institution JVA in Tegel on February 23.
Lars Kraume’s (The People vs Fritz Bauer) Berlinale Special feature The Silent Revolution has been selected for the prison screening. Starring Joerdis Triebel (Emma’s Bliss) and Maxim Mehmet (The Red Baron), the film tells the true-life story of a class of sixth-grade students who in 1956 stood up to the East German regime. They initially showed their solidarity with the victims of the 1956 Hungarian uprising by staging a minute’s silence in class. Kraume will be on hand after to discuss the film with inmates.
Germany’s Oldenburg Film Festival has screened films in prisons since 2009. The Tribeca Film Institute has also screened films in prisons in the US.
Berlin neighbourhood cinemas selected this year to show festival films:
Saturday, Feb 17 – Toni & Tonino (Weißensee)
Sunday, Feb 18 – Neue Kammerspiele (Kleinmachnow)
Monday, Feb 19 – Tilsiter Lichtspiele (Friedrichshain)
Tuesday, Feb 20 – ACUDkino (Mitte)
Wednesday, Feb 21 – filmkunst 66 (Charlottenburg)
Thursday, Feb 22 – Neues Off (Neukölln)
Friday, Feb 23 – Kino Casablanca (Adlershof)