Film director Wim Wenders has joined forces with distributor Christoph Ott of ottfilm and exhibitors Gerhard Gross and Burkhard Voiges of the Hackesche Hoefe cinemas to re-launch one of Berlin's oldest cinemas, the KANT Kino, which first opened its doors in 1912.

Most recently, the cinema in Berlin's Charlottenburg district had been part of the troubled Kinowelt empire before being closed down at short notice at the beginning of last October.

Voiges will co-ordinate the programming for the cinema's five screens, which will be aiming to provide a mixture of sophisticated arthouse and quality commercial films. In the opening week, for example, the main screen will have with a first-run presentation of Ocean's Eleven while the other screens will be showing subtitled prints of such films as Ferzan Ozpetek's Le Fate Ignoranti, Alex de la Iglesia's La Comunidad and two Godard reprises Alphaville and A Bout De Souffle.