Since its creation, ARTE has advocated a common base of European cultural values by placing imagination and plurality at the heart of its project. This European ideal infuses all of its programmes, and digital enables the channel to share it with more and more Europeans. A real cultural policy cannot in fact be limited to insiders and it only makes sense if it is addressed to everyone and in particular to those who do not have access to culture or might feel excluded from it. This is why ARTE wishes to address the public where it is, on the digital networks. The ARTE Kino festival, launched in 2016, is therefore one of the emblems of this ambition that ARTE defends, to promote and circulate the richness of European auteur cinema for the benefit of as many people as possible. This will be all the more true in December 2022 when Internet users will be able to benefit from more direct access to the festival by watching the films on ARTE.tv and the YouTube ARTE Cinema channel.
For its seventh edition, from December 1 to 31, 2022, ARTE Kino Festival will present a selection of 12 European films by female and male directors, accessible free of charge in 32 European countries. Our intention is to invent a new link between the works, their often beginner authors and a large public curious to discover, as many new, relevant and passionate perspectives on very contemporary concerns and themes. In a rapidly changing landscape, these films, fiction and documentaries, draw up an inventory of the world in which we live, and decipher our relationship to History and new forms of storytelling. As in previous years, the editorial line of ARTE Kino Festival is sensitive to diversity and strictly respects gender parity in its selection.
These twelve feature films, from Romania, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Germany, Lithuania or Serbia, invitations to travel and encounters, pay homage to the cultural and linguistic diversity of Europe. Our selection gives pride of place to new authors and shows the diversity of their inspiration, their attention to geopolitical upheavals as much as to intimate crises. Navigating between documentary and fiction, or by breaking down the boundaries between the two, these films offer us melancholic or cheerful looks at a world in full metamorphosis, giving a special place to the hopes and questions of today’s youth.
Created on the initiative of the ARTE Kino Foundation, the festival has benefited from the support of Europe Media Créative, the patronage of CHANEL and the GOOSSENS art house which created the two trophies for the European Public Prize and the Young Jury .
The ARTE Kino Foundation also supports feature film projects through the “ARTE Kino International Prize”, a development aid grant, awarded at a dozen major film festivals. With “ARTE Kino Sélection”, supported by the patronage of Google, a film or cycle is offered free of charge each month on arte.tv and the ARTE YouTube Cinema channel. Since last year, ARTE Kino has been enriched with a new section with “ARTE Kino Classics”, which allows you to discover rare or essential titles from the history of European cinema.
Olivier Père, artistic director of ARTE Kino Festival
Rémi Burah, President of the ARTE Kino Foundation
The 2022 selection
Crai nou (bluemoon) by Alina Grigore – 2021 – Romania
For her successful transition to directing, Romanian actress Alina Grigore paints the portrait of a rebellious young woman fighting against her family.
Colors of Tobi by Alexa Bakony – 2021 – Hungary
This documentary strikes the right tone to tell the story of Tobi who decides to come out as a transgender person, supported by his family.
Destello Bravo (mighty flash) by Ainhoa Rodriguez – 2021 – Spain
Between fiction and documentary, this hybrid film focuses on the daily life of the inhabitants of a small village, with a very assertive visual style.
El Planeta by Amalia Ulman – 2021 – Spain – USA
The story of a funny and desperate mother-daughter relationship, against the backdrop of the economic crisis in Spain. A promising first film.
Heavy Metal Dancers by Gretta Sammalniemi – 2021 – Germany
This documentary on pole dance enthusiasts deconstructs clichés and highlights the positive virtues and feminist dimension of this sport.
hyperland by Mario Sixtus – 2021 – Germany
This futuristic thriller imagines a totalitarian and hyperconnected society where social networks control your destiny. Effective and nightmarish.
I giganti (Giants) by Bonifacio Angus – 2021 – Italy
A camera between longtime friends, in an isolated house in Sardinia. An uncompromising look at a masculinity on the edge of the abyss.
Linhas Tortas (Crooked Lines) by Rita Nunes – 2019 – Portugal
The story of a chance encounter on Twitter that turns into an obsession. A modern romance in the virtual age.
The Animograph, or I was born in a shoebox by Thierry Dejean – 2021 – France
The portrait of a brilliant inventor as discreet as he is visionary, Jean Dejoux, who designed a machine for making cartoons. Exciting.
San Remo by Miroslav Mandic – 2020 – Slovenia – Italy
This film with its fragmented structure makes us share the daily life of the resident of a retirement home with a wavering memory. Without pathos.
Summer Survivors by Marija Kavtaradze – 2018 – Lithuania
This unusual road movie, between drama and irony, brings together three suffering characters who will get to know each other. Moving.
heroji radnicke (Working Class Heroes) by Milos Pusic – 2022 – Serbia
This powerful social drama mixes professional actors with non-professionals to portray Serbia’s quasi-mafia construction scene.