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cinefest 2018
15th International Festival of German Film-Heritage
Hamburg: 17 - 25 November 2018

organized by CineGraph and Bundesarchiv

Meister des Weimarer Kinos
Joe May und das wandernde Bild

Farmer aus Texas
Der Farmer aus Texas (1924/25, Joe May)

The centenary of the founding of the Weimar Republic offers an excellent opportunity to revisit the work and influence of one of the most important filmmakers in Weimar cinema.
Director and producer Joe May (1880–1954) moved from theater to Cinema with a short film for a theatre revue in Hamburg. He went on to start his own film studio in Berlin-Weißensee and a studio lot in Woltersdorf. During his career, he discovered and worked with many talented people (Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou, E.A. Dupont, Paul Leni and many others) and pioneered film-genres such as the detective film, melodrama, and cinematic riddles. Primarily, he is renowned for monumental films such as: Veritas Vincit (1918/19), the adventure series Die Herrin der Welt (1919), the exotic two-part Das indische Grabmal (1921), and Tragödie der Liebe (1922/23). After masterpieces such as Asphalt (1928/29) and sound-film comedy Ihre Majestät die Liebe (1930) the Nazis forced him into exile.
The Festival and Conference will not only focus on films by Joe May and those by his wife Mia (1884-1980) and daughter Eva (1902-22) but also on films by his “pupils”, international contemporary films and pre/remakes.
cinefest is also working in association with an internet portal by the Bundesarchiv with extensive pictures, posters and documents from the Weimar Republic.
cinefest –  15th International Festival of German Film Heritage is organized by CineGraph Hamburg and Bundesarchiv with the cooperation of many international institutions. cinefest presents film classics, lost treasures, and rediscovered milestones. It serves as a forum for cineastes, film-historians, archivists, and technicians in the context of a public festival. 

The 31st International Film History Conference is integrated in the festival in Hamburg.
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
Kinemathek Hamburg - Kommunales Kino Metropolis
Deutsches Historisches Museum / Zeughauskino, Berlin
Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden
Narodní filmový archiv, Prag
FilmForum Udine/Gorizia
Cinémathèque Suisse Lausanne / Filmpodium Zürich

with frienldy support from
Arte, Straßburg
AV Visionen GmbH, Berlin
Bücherhallen Hamburg
DEFA-Stiftung, Berlin
Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin
Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF, Frankfurt
Due Baristi Espressobar, Hamburg
Filmarchiv Austria, Wien
Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein GmbH
Filmuniversität KONRAD WOLF, Babelsberg
Gästehaus der Universität, Hamburg
Österreichisches Filmmuseum, Wien
Universität Hamburg – Institut für Medien und Kommunikation

Media Partner: FilmDienst

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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cinefest in Prague

From 9 - 13 April 2018 Ponrepo cinema in Prague presents a selection of the film programme from cinefest 2017 "Revolution, Restoration, and Transition" to the programme

Flyer cinefest 2018

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