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cinefest 2020
17th International Festival of German Film-Heritage
Hamburg: 13 - 22 November 2020

organized by CineGraph and Bundesarchiv

Cinema, War, and Tulips
German-Dutch Film Relations

Hollandmädel (D 1953, J. A. Hübler-Kahla): Sonja Ziemann, Gunnar Möller
Quelle: DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, Frankfurt a.M. / Artur Brauner-Archiv

Stars like Johannes Heesters and Rudi Carrell are by far not the only connection between these two neighbouring countries in terms of film history. Along with their clichés and contrasts cinefestfocuses on commonalities in both the production and reception of films.
Between World War I and II, Dutch actors such as Truus van Aalten and Frits van Dongen (Philip Dorn) established a career in German film. At the same time, there were close contacts between avant-garde and documentary filmmakers in Berlin and Amsterdam (Joris Ivens, Hans Richter).
After 1933, Amsterdam was an early station in exile for directors like Hermann Kosterlitz (Henry Koster) and Detlef Sierck (Douglas Sirk). German filmmakers played an instrumental role in developing the Dutch cinematography of the 1930s.
In the post-war period, what took place under German occupation was the subject of numerous feature films with an everchanging perspective. Dutch documentary filmmakers (Ivens, Joop Huisken) and actors like Cox Habbema worked in the GDR.
At cinefest 2020, as usual, not only directors and actors are in the spotlight. German producer Rudi Meyer was a key figure in Dutch film production between the 1930s and 60s. Dutch cameramen like Robby Müller and producers such as Rob Houwer and Laurens Straub were central figures in the New German Cinema.

The 33nd International Film History Conference is integrated in the festival in Hamburg.

In preparation for the festival and conference there will be an internal screening 7 – 10 May 2020 in Berlin. For more information please contact kongress(at)

A select portion of the film program will also be screened in Berlin, Prague, Wiesbaden and other cities.

CineGraph - Hamburgisches Centrum für Filmforschung e.V.
Schillerstr. 43, 22767 Hamburg
Tel: +49-(0)40-352194 / Fax: +49-(0)40-345864
email: info(at)

in Cooperation with

EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam

Kinemathek Hamburg - Kommunales Kino Metropolis
Deutsches Historisches Museum / Zeughauskino, Berlin
Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden
Narodní filmový archiv, Prag
Cinémathèque Suisse Lausanne / Filmpodium Zürich
FilmForum Udine/Gorizia
Abaton Kino, Hamburg
Alabama Kino, Hamburg
Lichtmess Kino, Hamburg

with frienldy support from
Arte, Straßburg
DEFA-Stiftung, Berlin
Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin
DFF - Deutsches Filminstitu & Filmmuseum, Frankfurt
Due Baristi Espressobar, Hamburg
Filmarchiv Austria, Wien
Gästehaus der Universität, Hamburg
Österreichisches Filmmuseum, Wien
UCM.ONE GmbH, Berlin
Universität Hamburg – Institut für Medien und Kommunikation
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

CineGraph – Hamburgisches Centrum für Filmforschung e.V. is funded by the Hamburg Ministry of Culture.

After the event in Hamburg, parts of the film programme will also be shown in Berlin, Wiesbaden, Prague, Vienna and Zurich.

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