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It’s May already and still no sign of Berlin’s Cinemas opening any time soon. To pass the time and stay in tune with Berlin’s cinematic spirit we have decided to compile a little anthology of Berlin films. Every day we will post a recommendation for a Berlin film classic or newcomer, most of which will be available someplace online. We are also happy to include recommendations from our readers. Tell us about your favourite Berlin films: editor@cinemaberlin.de.

Let’s get started with a deep dive into the 1980’s in West-Berlin: B-MOVIE: LUST & SOUND IN WEST-BERLIN. The fast paced montage of TV-features, videos and Super-8-films tells the story of one of the most exciting periods of the West-Berlin music scene. Mancunian Mark Reeder came to Berlin in 1978 as a representative of Joy Divison’s Factory label and serves as the film’s guide. He became the manager of Malaria! and got to know anyone and everyone in the movement. Reeder’s enthusiasm for the anarchistic period is infectious. He convinces Nick Cave to move to Berlin and lets him stay with him. He organizes concerts with the Toten Hosen and Der Wahre Heino in East Berlin and smuggles tapes from the West to the East in order to keep the East punk scene in the loop. After the reunification he founded the techno label MFS that released the first records of Westbam and Paul van Dyck.B-MOVIE works as a passionate call to do your own thing. Viewers who lived through the 80s will be happy to see long-gone clubs like Dschungel, Café Mitropa and Risiko once again. Younger people will be able to see an extremely exciting era presented in an authentic way. It’s available as VoD and BluRay/DVD in the usual outlets.