About our cinema
The DFF cinema, which dates back to the Kommunales Kino that opened in 1971, is the heart of our institution. With its 131 seats, in our cinema visitors experience film culture directly, can let themselves get carried away and be touched by stories from around the world. Cinema is a sensual experience. The DFF always pays attention to the artistic value of the films shown, looks for special aesthetics, accompanies social and political debates and ensures the highest visual and acoustic quality with its modern projection technology. We screen works relevant to film history as well as outstanding contemporary productions, if possible always in their original version. The Kommunales Kino’s motto to show “different films differently” remains at the heart of our programming work. We contextualise films in film series and often invite guests for film talks.
As a rule, the programme focuses on two large series each month. Often one of them is closely related to our respective special exhibition. Sometimes they are classic retrospectives, sometimes they offer an overview of the film production of individual countries, sometimes they create an associative panorama on specific genres or themes.
The series Classics & Rarities shows classics from the canon of international film history as well as documentary, short and experimental films that are rarely shown on the big screen. The series “Was tut sich – im deutschen Film?” (“What’s going on – in German film?”) is dedicated to current German film production and is organised in collaborationr with the film magazine epd Film. After each “Was tut sich” screening, directors, actors and a film critic discuss the film with the audience.
Dialogue with the audience is also central to our Lecture & Film series. In cooperation with the Goethe University in Frankfurt, the film series focuses on a special topic each academic year, accompanying university seminars about filmmakers such as Chantal Akerman, Jean-Luc Godard or Agnès Varda.
As a classic midnight cinema, the Late Night Cult Movies series on Fridays and Saturdays offers the extreme and the unusual, the offside and the subversive – from trash to the artistic avant-garde.
Film Club Treppe 41 shows selected films alternating with Late Night Cult Movies. The club members present their current recommendations and invite the audience to talks and drinks.
Every Friday and Sunday afternoon, the DFF cinema shows films for children that are sophisticated as well as entertaining.
During the 2010/11 conversion, the cinema technology was extensively modernised. Since then, digital DCP copies can be played in 2K quality as well as DVD and Blu-Ray and all common video formats such as Beta-SP, Digibeta and HDCam. As an archive and museum cinema, our cinema also continues to screen all classic film formats – from Super 8 to 16 mm, 35 mm to 70 mm. Dolby Digital and dts guarantee best sound quality. Our screen measures almost three by seven metres.