Staff Picks

We asked our staff members to recommend movies they love and which can currently be found on streaming services and in the media libraries. The list, which we update regularly, should give you plenty of input for many hours of home cinema. Use the filters for a quick overview of your favourite genre or to find films suitable for kids. Please note that the availability of original or other language versions of the recommended movies depends on the streaming providers.

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Desert Hearts

DESERT HEARTS

USA 1985. D: Donna Deitch
This classic of queer cinema is not only one of the first films that portrayed a lesbian love in a positive light, but also impressed screen icon Greta Garbo so much that she called leading actress Helen Shaver personally.
Available on realeyz

FRIDAS SOMMER

SP 2017. D: Carla Simón
The film tells of Frida’s first weeks in the Catalan countryside with her new family after the death of her mother.
Available at Grandfilm on Demand

RAFIKI

KE 2018. D: Wanuri Kahiu
A film about courage, hope and the magic of first love: Kena and Ziki dream of travelling, of studying medicine and of no longer having to hide their love for each other under the guise of friendship.
Available at the Salzgeber Club

A BOUT DE SOUFFLE

Außer Atem. FR 1960. R: Jean-Luc Godard
Influential classic of French cinema and the Nouvelle Vague, which attracted attention particularly with its extraordinary visual language.
Available in the Servus TV Mediathek

ALIEN

GB 1979. D: Ridley Scott
Sci-fi horror film, which enjoys cult status not least because of its strong female lead character and the grandiose film design.
Available on Netflix

THE BIRDS

US 1963. D: Alfred Hitchcock
In Hitchcock’s horror classic, millionaire daughter Melanie pays a surprise visit to lawyer Mitch in Bodega Bay, where soon after strange bird attacks start to occur.
Available on Sky Ticket

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

DE/US 2014. D: Wes Anderson
With its symmetrical images and eccentric figures, this is a typical Wes Anderson film that tells of the events in the once magnificent Grand Budapest Hotel.
Available on Sky Ticket

DER KLAVIERSPIELER VOM GARE DU NORD

FR 2018. D: Ludovic Bernard
A story about the young Mathieu, for whom music becomes a way out of social deprivation when he is discovered playing the piano by the director of a conservatory.
Available on Amazon Prime

DIE BRILLANTE MADEMOISELLE NEILA

FR/BE 2017. D: Yvan Attal
When Neïla, who is of Arab origin, is racially insulted by her professor, it causes a scandal at the university. Now the professor must show his good will to calm the situation.
Available on Amazon Prime

GIRL

BE 2018. D: Lukas Dhont
The 15-year-old ballet student Lara would like to finally have gender-affirming surgery. When she is banned from dancing for health reasons, she can no longer stand the wait.
Available on Amazon Prime

MISSING LINK

US 2019. D: Chris Butler
The animated film about the journey of the natural scientist Sir Lionel Frost combines exciting fights, action-packed chases and loving characters with a great deal of humour.
Available on Netflix

BLACKKKLANSMAN

US 2018. D: Spike Lee
Black comedy about the first African-American who starts his police service in Colorado Springs in 1972.
Available on Amazon Prime

ON THE BASIS OF SEX

US 2018. D: Mimi Leder
Film about the lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which combines elements of biopics and court dramas and invites a discussion about role models and equality.
Available on Netflix

CLEO

DE 2019. D: Erik Schmitt
After the early death of her parents, Cleo became a loner. As an adult, she comes across a treasure map and finds hope: part of the treasure is a magical clock that can be used to turn back time.
Available on Amazon Prime

THE READER

DE/US 2008. D: Stephen Daldry
The drama revolves around the issue of coming to terms with the past of those born after the Second World War and raises questions about guilt, morality, responsibility, law and justice without providing answers.
Available on Netflix

SYSTEMSPRENGER

DE 2019. D: Nora Fingscheidt
Nine-year-old Benni is wild, aggressive and unpredictable: she is kicked out of foster families, residential groups and the special school. Actually she only wants one thing, to live with her mother again.
Available on Netflix

ON THE PRESIDENT’S ORDERS

GB/PH/US 2019, Drs: James Jones, Olivier Sarbil
Thriller-like documentary film about the bloody anti-drug war in the Philippine capital Manila.
Available on YouTube and Arte Mediathek

MA NUIT CHEZ MAUD

Meine Nacht bei Maud. FR 1969. D: Eric Rohmer
Through his Marxist friend Vidal, Jean-Louis, a young Catholic engineer, meets atheist Maud who turns his world view upside down and tempts him.
Available until 12.10.2020 in the ARTE media library

LE GENOU DE CLAIRE

Claires Knie. FR 1970. D: Eric Rohmer
Shortly before his wedding, the 35-year-old diplomat and writer Jérôme starts flirting with other women during his holidays in the French Alps.
Available until 12.10.2020 in the ARTE media library

AMELIE RENNT

DE/IT 2017. D: Tobias Wiemann
After a severe asthma attack 13-year-old Amelie has to start therapy in the South Tyrolean Alps. With 15-year-old Bart, she sets out to climb a mountain peak to get to a fire which is said to have healing power.
Available at Amazon Prime

LOLA AUF DER ERBSE

DE 2014. D: Thomas Heinemann
This tragicomedy tells the story of 11-year-old Lola and her friend Rebin, who lives illegally in Germany with his family in precarious circumstances.
Available on Amazon Prime

EIN TICK ANDERS

DE 2011 D: Andi Rogenhagen
A film about 17-year-old Eva, who lives with Tourette’s syndrome, which creates funny and difficult situations.
Available on Amazon Prime

LADY BIRD

US 2017. D: Greta Gerwig
A coming-of-age tragicomedy, which revolves around a strong-willed 17-year-old woman who insists on being called Lady Bird.
Available on Amazon Prime

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

US 2012. D: Derek Cianfrance
Atmospheric and captivating film about a fairground stuntman who suddenly finds out that he has a child.
Available on Amazon Prime

WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAYS

GB 2014. D: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
Entertaining family story with a good dose of black British humour.
Available on Amazon Prime

THE LAUNDROMAT

US 2019. D: Steven Soderbergh
Satire about the publication of the so-called Panama Papers – ingenious and entertaining.
Available on Netflix

THE DRESSMAKER

AU 2015. D: Jocelyn Moorhouse
Story about a woman who returns to her small hometown in rural Australia and shakes things up with her fashion creations.
Available on Sky Ticket

OUR PLANET

GB 2019, D: Alastair Fothergill
Mini-series that takes the audience on a journey around the world and shows fauna and flora in breathtaking pictures.
Available on Netflix

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VISAGES VILLAGES

Augenblicke: Gesichter einer Reise. Faces Places.
FR 2017. D: Agnès Varda
This highly entertaining, moving and multiple award-winning film is rightly considered a worthy legacy of the great Agnès Varda.
Available on iTunes and others

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#FEMALEPLEASURE

CH 2018. D: Barbara Miller
The film illuminates the sexual oppression of women as a global problem in a way that is both captivating and revealing.
Available on Amazon Prime and others

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MA VIE DE COURGETTE

Mein Leben als Zucchini. My Life as Zucchini.
CH/FR 2017. D: Claude Barras
A film full of depth and warmth, which is able to inspire children and adults alike.
Available on Amazon Prime and others

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TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE

US/GB 2013. D: Steve McQueen
Oscar®-winning film drama that illustrates the absurdity and insanity of slavery.
Available on Amazon Prime, Maxdome

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TONI ERDMANN

DE 2016. D: Maren Ade
An unusual father-daughter-story, carried by two great main characters, at the same time sad and incredibly funny.
Available on Amazon Prime and others

VORSICHT VOR LEUTEN

Germany 2015. D: Arne Feldhusen
Comedy by Arne Feldhusen (TATORTREINIGER, MORD MIT AUSSICHT) about two impostors in top form.
Available on Netflix

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FENCES

US 2016. D: Denzel Washington
Viola Davis received an Oscar for her role as Rose Maxson, who has been faithfully supporting her husband Troy for years, although he does not make it easy for her. Even when he cheats on her, she does her duty, but the marriage falls apart.
Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime

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NACHTS, WENN DER TEUFEL KAM

FRG 1957. D: Robert Siodmak
Commissioner Kersten solves a series of murders of women, which does not go down well with the Nazi regime: they don’t want it to be made public that a serial killer remained undetected for years.
Available in the arte Mediathek (until 21 April) and on Sky Ticket

INSIDE OUT

Alles steht Kopf. US 2015. D: Pete Docter, Ronaldo del Carmen
Adorable Pixar animated film about the voices in your own head.
Available on Disney+

I, TONYA

US 2017. D: Craig Gillespie
Tonya Harding achieved world fame as a figure skater with the so-called triple axel – but also through the connection to an assassination attempt on her colleague Nancy Kerrigan.
Available on Netflix

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NIGHTCRAWLER

Nightcrawler – Jede Nacht hat ihren Preis. US 2014, D: Dan Gilroy
A darkly cynical, exciting examination of the phenomenon of human curiosity, which borrowed from Michael Powell’s masterpiece PEEPING TOM from 1960.
Available on Netflix and others

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SEAWATCH3

DE 2019. D: Nadia Kailouli, Jonas Schreijäg
The protocol of a rescue mission, whose captain Carola Rackete involuntarily gained SEAWATCH3 is the protocol of a rescue mission whose captain Carola Rackete involuntarily gained wide-spread attention when she and her team rescued 53 people from Lampedusa and questioned the course of EU migration policy.
Available until 9 October 2020 on ndr Mediathek.

PORCO ROSSO

JP 1992. D: Hayao Miyazaki
Light-hearted animated film about an air pirate turned into a pig, which celebrates freedom like no other film.
Available on Netflix

LE CAIRE, NID D’ESPIONS

OSS 117 – Der Spion, der sich liebte. FR 2006. D: Michel Hazanavicius
Funny agent film parody that perfectly copies the aesthetics and motifs of early James Bond films and whose German dubbed version is extremely well done.
Available on Amazon Prime

DER NEBELMÖRDER

FRG 1964. D: Eugen York
An unjustly forgotten gem of a detective movie from Germany for all those for whom real crime entails the smell of cigarette smoke and a floppy hat.
Available on Amazon Prime

93 DAYS

NG 2016. D: Steve Gukas
A story from the film country Nigeria: 93 DAYS tells of the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria in 2014 and its successful containment by medical staff of a hospital in Lagos.
Available on Netflix

BRECHT

DE/AT/CZ 2019. D: Heinrich Breloer
TV two-part docudrama in which Tom Schilling and Burghart Klaußner give outstanding portrayals of the young and the old Bertold Brecht respectively. The movie also includes film footage and interviews with contemporary witnesses.
Available in the ARD Mediathek

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