Moviemento Kino in Kottbusser Damm has a long and rich history as the oldest cinema in Berlin.
Going through many owners since its first screening in 1907, the cinema has had many different names and many a varying clientele.
Now one of Berlin’s leading independent cinemas, Moviemento has an ever-changing wonderful program, which highlights art house, original language features, documentary, children’s films, plus sophisticated mainstream films and readings. Located in Kreuzberg, this cosy and warm cinema is the place to be for young international and local artists, and film lovers who yearn to see something a little different or in their own language.
Down Under Berlin has been getting up close and personal with Moviemento owners Iris Preafke and Wulf Sörgel for a few years now as this cinema is hosting the 6th instalment of the Down Under Berlin Film Festival, as well as many other DUB events throughout the year.
Our first of the “10 Questions with-” series for this season – we asked Wulf a few questions so you could get to know them a bit better before the festival comes around this year.
1. How long has Moviemento been established?
Under the name Moviemento, the cinema has been running since 1984. We took over in 2007.
2. What were you doing before then?
We both worked in other cinemas, and I also used to be a film distributor back then.
3. Why did you feel the desire to open a cinema?
It is great fun to run a space for vivid alternative culture.
4. When did DUB first screen their festival films at Moviemento?
2011 was the first year we hosted Down Under Berlin and it’s a pleasure to have them back again each year.
5. You work with many film festivals. What’s the appeal to a festival taking over your cinema for a week each year? Is it good for business?
It is fun for us and for the audience. And therefore it might be good business wise as it might attract new audiences to the space who might be coming back. But a festival seen as a singular event makes usually no sense as a business at all.
6. What are your favourite films of all time?
Iris says: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Paper Moon and E.T.
I have too many of them to name just some, but it goes in totally another direction: European films likeBed and Board by Truffout, no Hollywood at all.
7. What is the first thing that comes into your head after these words-
Sorry, that kind of questions do not work with me!
(fair enough! Moving right along….)
8. Now that a lot can be found on line, do you feel there has been a decline in recent years of the cinema going public?
Not at all. And there is no need to feel that way, as there are the numbers.
9. What is your favourite genre of film?
There are good films in all genres.
10. What does good filmmaking mean for you?
To tell a story visually.
To book tickets to a film screening at Moviemento Kino, you can either turn up a little earlier than your desired screening and buy them at the ticket counter, or call 692 47 85.
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Kottbusser Damm 22, Berlin – Kreuzberg
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Charmaine Gorman is an Australian actress and writer living in Berlin with her family. As a content writer and editor, she works for many clients around the world, and along with her husband, is the founder and content manager of the online travel guide My Guide Berlin.