Post-1989 German Cinema - GRMN3280

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Tobias Heinrich checkmark-circle


The fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 led to fundamental cultural and political re-alignments in German-speaking countries, unleashing a wave of cultural comment and creative activity. The 1990s and early twenty-first century saw a revitalisation of the film scene in both Germany and Austria, evident not only in highly acclaimed niche productions but also in a series of international box-office hits. This module will explore the themes and styles of 'post-Wende' German-language cinema, focusing on representations of the past and the phenomenon of ‘Ostalgie’; multiculturalism and migration; the transformation of Berlin post-1989; and the documentary turn in German and Austrian film since 2000.


Contact hours

Contact Hours: 20

Method of assessment

Film Review (1,000 words) – 40%
Critical Essay (2,000 words) – 60%

Indicative reading

Indicative Films:
Das Versprechen / The Promise (D: Margarethe von Trotta, 1995)
Lola rennt / Run Lola Run (D: Tom Tykwer, 1998)
Good Bye, Lenin! (D: Wolfgang Becker, 2003)
Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei / The Edukators (D: Hans Weingartner, 2004)
Sophie Scholl: Die letzten Tage / The Last Days (D: Marc Rothemund, 2005)
Das Leben der Anderen (D: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)
Auf der anderen Seite (D: Fatih Akin, 2007)
Die Fälscher / The Counterfeiters (A: Stefan Ruzowitzky, 2007)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge a representative selection of contemporary films that give nuanced and critical perspectives on German-language culture and history;
- Demonstrate knowledge of the basics of film theory and cinema history as relevant to German-language culture;
- Demonstrate knowledge of spoken German in a variety of registers and accents.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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