From a comic book villain to Jesus, Willem Dafoe has portrayed every possible role during his career. With 100 movies in his filmography and counting, the Berlinale awards the American actor with an honorary prize.
Who will win the Golden Bear? Midway through the Berlin International Film Festival, it's still too early to start serious predictions. Here though we look at works that have received most praise from the critics.
Along with sexual harassment in the film industry, there's a huge gap in female representation in the media. A panel was held in Berlin to discuss the situation. It was briefly interrupted by far-right activists.
The Retrospective section is one of the highlights of every Berlinale. This year, the festival commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War by devoting its program to (restored) Weimar-era cinema.
In an interview with DW, one of the most popular women authors in Iran and Germany talks about the impact of censorship on her work, and why she devotes her time to educate women in writing.
German director Christian Petzold's latest work is adapted from a WWII novel – but the refugee story is set in a timeless context. The cinematic experiment brings the past into dialogue with the present.
A source of joy for some, junk food for others. The baked dough traditionally topped with tomato and cheese evokes emotions that international artists have translated into appetizing artworks.
Many people have an idea what Berlin looks like. But how does it sound? DW columnist Gero Schliess had a listen.
He's renowned for his remix of Jamaican artist OMI's song "Cheerleader" and of Chaka Khan's classic, "Ain't Nobody." The young platinum-selling German DJ Felix Jaehn now releases his first studio album, "I."
German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel has returned to Germany after spending more than a year in a Turkish prison, jailed without charges. His release comes as six fellow journalists were sentenced to life in prison.
Jean-Michel Basquiat was the first black superstar of the art world. The popular Barbican exhibition entitled "Boom for Real" is now on show in Frankfurt, featuring an artist whose work is as contemporary as ever.
A film that deals with menstrual awareness is not being released in Pakistan, unlike neighboring India, where it opened in theaters last week. Many Pakistanis took to Twitter to express their anger.
Run-down façades, punks and ordinary workers: An exhibition in Berlin shows the works of Harald Hauswald, who simply wanted to document everyday life — without knowing that the Berlin Wall would one day come down.
19 films, 10 days, 8 bears. The German director Tom Tykwer presides over the six-member jury that will decide who will be awarded the Golden and Silver Bears at this year's Berlinale.
The Berlin International Film Festival has opened with Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs," a stop-motion adventure featuring the director's ultra-stylized approach. It also happens to be a political allegory.
Amid statements of protest against sexual harrasment in the film industry, international screen stars have graced the red carpet for the Berlinale's opening film, Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs."
Here's how the #MeToo debate has been fueled even before the Berlin film festival kicked off.
The 68th edition of Germany's largest film festival starts this Thursday and will showcase almost 400 new productions.
He was the first cartoonist ever to win a Pulitzer Prize – for a Holocaust survivor story, the world-renowned comic "Maus." The celebrated graphic novelist today turns 70.
Is German a harsh language? Not if you're talking to your sweetheart. From "mouse-bear" to "Schnucki," Meet the Germans presenter Kate Müser discovers lots of cute and funny nicknames Germans use for their loved ones.
Pucker up, buttercup! For Valentine's Day, we look at the best smooches of all time — from those on the big screen to the most memorable real life kisses captured on camera.
The legendary German group has always drawn from Russian art, even though they visit the country only sporadically. DW's Miodrag Soric reports on Kraftwerk's latest gig, which wasn't as groundbreaking as the band itself.
A German cultural foundation has been bequeathed photos, films, manuscripts and letters that belonged to the controversial filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, best known as the director of several Nazi propaganda movies.
The South Korean actress who has accused director Kim Ki-duk of sexual abuse has denounced the Berlin film fest.
The Berlin International Film Festival's director, Dieter Kosslick, reveals what makes this year's program special.
Gerd Nefzer has created stunning visual material for many international blockbusters. The German special effects artist talked to DW about his work on "Blade Runner 2049," for which he received an Oscar nomination.
Former US President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have unveiled their portraits at a ceremony in Washington.
Winner of last year's Golden Lion, the director of "The Shape of Water" will return to Venice — as jury president.
The Greek-French director released the political thriller "Z" in 1969. The story of the assassination of an anti-war activist became a global hit and reinvented the genre. Costa-Gavras has inspired directors ever since.
Sony Pictures has apologized after a furor erupted over a scene in which the main character causes an allergic reaction.
New York's Attorney General has sued Harvey Weinstein's ex-studio for failing to protect staff from sexual harassment.
The week-long festival organized by the Goethe Institut is the largest of its kind in the US — and outside of Europe. Director Fatih Akin's recent Golden Globe win with "In the Fade" has boosted interest in German film.
New government, new foreign cultural policies? Johannes Ebert, Secretary-General of Germany's Goethe-Institut, speaks about the culture institute's plans for cross-cultural dialogue.
His satirical posters, full of wit and ridicule, critically tackle German society and politics, from Amazon to Angela Merkel. As Staeck nears his 80th birthday, Essen's Folkwang Museum presents the work of the art rebel.
The recent Sundance prize-winner and latest film by Syrian director Talal Derki deftly captures the moment when children let go of their youth and become jihadi fighters. Derki let go of his identity to make the film.
The Oberbaumbrücke served as a backdrop in the movie "Run Lola Run" by Tom Tykwer and in the action thriller "Unknown" with Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger. A filming trip from Berlin via Eisenhüttenstadt to Neuschwanstein.
Basel locals call their carnival "liebe Frau Fasnacht" (dear Lady Fasnacht). In 2017 it was given intangible heritage status. Now, for the first time, Basel is partying with an official UNESCO title.
The German capital is hugely popular. But what is its tallest structure? When did the Wall fall? And what do Berliners mean when they talk about a Schrippe? Test your knowledge of Berlin.
Many lovers typically exchange roses, sweets, jewelry and other gifts on Valentine's Day — but here are a few unexpected ways of expressing love.
Dresden's Frauenkirche was destroyed during the Second World War, has become a landmark and tourist attraction.
"Circle day" — that's how some Germans refer to February 5, 2018. It's the day when the Wall has been gone for as long as it stood. DW's Klaus Krämer shares his recollections of Germany's division and reunification.
DW's web documentary shows how artists built a new life after fleeing their home country.
They escaped war and violence. But what comes afterwards? DW's multimedia feature shows how artists who had to flee have built a new life - in a culture and via a language they weren't familiar with at all.
In "Musica Maestra" Alondra de la Parra takes us on her musical journeys: on stage, backstage or during her free time.
Find interviews, reports and more about the music festival in Beethoven's birth city.
Conductor Kristjan Järvi dreamed up something special with his Baltic Sea Philharmonic: the Waterworks tour.
From the Baltic Sea Philharmonic's "Waterworks" tour, "Aguas da Amazonia" by Philip Glass.
Subtle racism and where it comes from.
In this multimedia special, DW explores how artists around the world advocate for freedom.
The legendary Castro Theatre in San Francisco is celebrating new German cinema at the biggest German-language film festival outside Europe, and the stars of the scene are in attendance.
The colorful extravaganza that is Nice’s carnival has begun. Plus, German DJ Felix Jaehn has put out a debut album, and a new video game is out with a very special look.
The highlights from 11 episodes of “Night Grooves” with Anastacia, Conchita, Albrecht Mayer, Silly, Marlon Roudette, Midge Ure, Leslie Clio, Johnny Logan, Nik Kershaw, Eko Fresh, Nils Landgren and more.
From opera stars Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo to jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, all of Sarah's guests on the program have bravely accepted the Sarah's Music Horn Challenge. Here are some of our absolute favorites!
Felix Jaehn's debut album; Kraftwerk -- live in Moscow, and an interview with Lukas Rieger.
Buzz-worthy films at the Berlinale 2018: The new Christian Petzold movie 'Transit', an unusual Western 'Damsel', and Irish competition drama 'Black 47'. And a portrait of European 'shooting star' German actor Franz Rogowski.
Online tips for raising kids, ground-level lights for phone users and Saint Petersburg’s White Nights.
A trip to the Allgäu region, Zugspitze Mountain and the Bavarian Forest.
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