Wolfgang Fischer’s Styx, starring Susanne Wolff, “begins as a high-seas adventure in isolationism” and “ends as a confronting portrait of the thin towline connecting us all as humans—but not connecting us all equally.”  (The Washington Post, 3/13/19; Little White Lies, 4/23/19)

At last we have Berlin Bouncer, a documentary about the “regular people that stand between clubbers and a weekend of debauchery.”  (The Guardian, 4/16/19)

Christian Petzold’s adaptation of Anna Seghers’s 1944 novel Transit is “unstuck in history. . . unfolding like a remake of ‘Casablanca’ as written by Franz Kafka.”  (Indiewire, 2/17/18; The New York Times, 2/28/19)

Here’s the long 1972 interview with director Fritz Lang you didn’t know you were missing.  (MUBI Notebook, 12/4/18)

The Invisibles is “two movies spliced into one” — a set of interviews with four German Jews who survived in hiding in Nazi Berlin, and a scripted drama that reimagines their stories.  (The New York Times, 1/24/19; NPR, 1/29/19)

Film critics and Ai Weiwei agree: there’s not a lot to love about Berlin, I Love You.  (The Hollywood Reporter, 2/7/19; The New York Times, 2/7/19; RogerEbert.com, 2/8/19; The New York Times, 2/19/19)

In memoriam: Bruno Ganz (1941-2019): Beloved and gifted actor, best known for playing the angel Damiel in Wings of Desire (1987) and a raging Hitler in Downfall (2004). He held the prestigious Iffland Ring. (The Guardian, 2/16/19; The New York Times, 2/16/19)

Industrial designer Dieter Rams introduces his ten timeless principles of good design (from the 2018 documentary Rams).  (Open Culture, 2/11/19)

The documentary short A Night at the Garden depicts the 1939 German American Bund rally in Madison Square Garden. It’s nominated for an Oscar—but it can’t be advertised on Fox News.  (The Washington Post, 2/11/19; Slate, 2/14/19)