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For Sama (with engl,. Subtitles) presented by Human Rights Filmfestival Berlin with Q&A
Thu 13 August, 8.30 p.m.

FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her. FOR SAMA was awarded the Prix L’Œil d’Or for Best Documentary at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. It also won the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the SXSW Film Festival, and the Special Jury Prize for International Feature Documentary at the Hot Docs Festival.


British Shorts Summer Edition 2020
Fri 14 August, 9 p.m.

The fabulous Lichtspielklub short film festival outdoor adventure! British Shorts Film Festival brings the most exciting, funniest, strangest and most thrilling short films from the home of dirty weather directly to sunny Berlin. Drama, comedy, thriller, animation, experimentals, docs, sci-fi and music videos straight from the island! For the sixth time British Shorts presents a summer edition at Freiluftkino Insel im Cassiopeia featuring awarded short films, some of the team's favourites and other highlights from the last edition of the festival. (All short films in English language)


Sun 16 August, 8.30 p.m.

The choice is made. Harrscharf in the truest sense of the word has won the camp classic and John Waters commercially most successful film HAIRSPRAY before the music and break dance - hip hop classic BEAT STREET!

We simply show Beat Street at the end of the season anyway! But for today there is the comedy performance musical about teenager dreams in the 60ties HAIRSPRAY !

Forever interested in the kitsch built into past eras, director John Waters chooses the TV dance show craze of the early ´60s for his playful focus in Hairspray. Ricki Lake plays Tracy Turnblad, just one of several alliteratively named characters coming of age in 1962 Baltimore, where "The Corny Collins Show" is the most popular American Bandstand-type program, watched by hundreds of young dreamers each day after school. Being chosen to dance on it is the ultimate status symbol and every young girl´s dream, and Tracy improbably wins a featured spot when she infiltrates a dance contest and makes a better impression than her favored rival, the catty Amber von Tussle (Colleen Fitzpatrick). Always able to have fun, even when she´s being mocked by the jealous popular girls, Tracy wins the affections of Amber´s boyfriend and soon begins leading a movement to integrate the dance show, which has previously featured blacks only in a once-weekly theme night. She is arrested following a demonstration at a local theme park owned by Amber´s father (Sonny Bono), who subscribes to the same theory of race relations as "The Corny Collins Show." Tracy´s adventures are also filtered through her loving but eccentric parents (Divine and Jerry Stiller) and involve a humorous cultural clash with pot-smoking beatniks (Ric Ocasek and Pia Zadora).(Rotten Tomatoes)


Wed 19 August, 8.30 p.m.

Filmmakers can bring their short films and present them to the audience! And once a year Open Screening celebrates an outdoor-special at Freiluftkino Insel im Cassiopeia plus: for the very first time it will include an award ceremony for the "Open Screening Film of the Year", supported by 25p cine support Berlin! Filmmakers can still qualify for a nomination by presenting their short film at the July edition of the Open Screening at Sputnik Kino.