Whether it's a romantic comedy, a family film, a biopic or a thriller, 2021 brought a diverse selection of German film productions. In the category of best German films of 2021, we choose our top rated film of the year. Have fun reading on. Potential Spoiler Alert!
The film Toma features one of the most famous singers of all time, Serbian singer Toma Zdravkovic. Toma is a powerful, impressionistic portrait of the singer's life and times. The film follows his life from humble beginnings in Pecenjevci through the heights of fame and the depths of life. It is a great film about the soul of an artist.
2. Heikos Welt
The German film "Heiko's World" is an odyssey through Berlin's corner bars. Besides darts, beer and motherly love, the film is also about the relationship between mother and son. The film has perfect timing. Instead of planning the film as a heist movie, Dominik Galizia introduces a few "random" events that happen to Heiko in his daily life. These events inevitably contribute to the plot of the film.
Martin Rohde, who played Heiko, had no acting ambitions before the shoot. Heiko's World screened at the Munich Film Festival and won the award for best new German film.
3. Zwei ist eine gute Zahl
The drama by Holger Borggrefe and Elena Janssen, played by actors Philipp Dechamps, Sonka Vogt and Tim Boris is about a day at the lake. Nadia, Andrejs ex-girlfriend and the current girlfriend of Andrejs former best buddy Claudius, pays him a visit. She asks him for help and confronts Andrej with a shared and very dark secret.
The German drama "Zwei ist eine gute Zahl" also won awards at numerous independent film festivals around the world, including Best European Screenplay at the Festival International du Film de Bretagne and Best Feature Film at the Auber International Film Festival.
The film Schattenstunden, directed by Benjamin Martins, premiered at the Munich Film Festival in July 2021. Set during the Nazi era, it is based on the diary entries of Jochen Klepper, a Christian writer who was murdered by the Nazis, and his thoughtful wife Johanna. After the Holocaust, they decided to commit suicide to save their family and escape further persecution. The film is a touching biopic about these events and uses the diary entries to explore the family's life.
5. La Passi Segons Pep Amores
The film follows three friends - an entrepreneur and a music fan - who reunite to form a band. Despite their different characters, they share a common passion: music. The three men decide to make a film about their passion for music, and the film is produced by a team of three directors with different styles. While their road to the final concert is not without obstacles, they persevere and find the courage to make their dreams come true. Despite its weaknesses, "La Passi segons Pep Amores" is still a well-made film that should be seen.
6. The Kennedy Incident
The Kennedy Incident is a historical drama set in pre-war Europe. It follows John F. Kennedy, then twenty-one, as he becomes involved in a bittersweet love triangle with two young women. The film is directed by Mart Sander, an artist, author and television host.
In this film a bitter man is confronted with a rebellious young woman who helps him find his humanity. The film is cast with very good actors Luise Großmann and Hardy Krüger Jr.
The story of the film Leberhaken is very much like a showreel. In the beginning it was just a short scene that was supposed to show a boxing club, but the director Torsten Ruther decided to turn it into a full-length feature film.
The film "Qazi" is a drama about a young Pakistani refugee who is forced to emigrate to Germany to seek happiness and peace. The film is well written and directed, and Anil Fastenau has captured the essence of the character with his enthusiasm and charm. It also portrays the difficult situation refugees face in general. Absolutely worth seeing!
9. New Queer Visions: Parental Guidance
The film is not what you think! This series of short films explores the complexities of parenting queer children. The film has an important message: parents need to know that their children are allowed to show their identity in public. In some countries, it is illegal to be gay, but it is not always recognized as a valid identity. This film addresses this important issue in an educational and entertaining way. If you are looking for a movie that deals with this topic, look no further and watch New Queer Visions: Parental Guise.
10. Ein nasser Hund
The film is about the life of an Iranian boy, Soheil. The plot is set in the Berlin neighborhood of Wedding and follows a teenage gang member who tries to hide his Jewish identity from the neighborhood. The plot is simple and straightforward. This film will certainly make you think about what is happening to the world of religion and ethnicity. It is a film that will have a lasting impact on society.