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Scene from "Dark" (2016)
Watching movies and TV shows with subtitles is definitely one of the most convenient and entertaining ways to learn a language. Here's Hanno's top 10 German productions... Combine language learning with some very special insights into German everyday life and history.
1. Almanya (2011)
The heartwarming tragic-comedy written by Yasemin Şand Nesrin Şamdereli deals with the identity and belonging of former Turkish guest workers in Germany and their descendants.
2. Das Leben der anderen / The Life of Others (2006)
This melancholic film is about the monitoring of East Berlin residents by agents of the GDR's secret police and won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It is an absolute classic of the German film.
3. Gegen die Wand / Head-On (2004)
German-Turkish Fatih Akin portrays the love story of a young Turkish woman, born and raised in Germany, who gets married to an alcoholic and drug-addicted fellow countryman to escape her parents' moral ideas. The movie is really intense.
4. Weißensee (2010)
The TV series is set in East Berlin between 1980 and 1990 and follows two families on different political sides of the GDR and their entanglements.
5. Wolke 9 / Could 9 (2008)
The very intimate reflection on love and sex in old age by acclaimed German director Andreas Dresen had its world premiere at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
Scene from "Im Angesicht des Verbrechens" (2010)
6. Dark (2017)
This very recent show that combines mystery with Eighties nostalgia deals with strange events in a village in Northern Germany and the people connected to them. It turns out the connections between the protagonists even cross time and space.
7. Der bewegte Mann / The Most Desired Man (1994)
One of the few classic of German queer cinema: After his girlfriend kicks him out, Axel finds refuge at the apartment of a gay friend. And suddenly things get complicated.
8. Im Angesicht des Verbrechens (2010)
Two ambitious police officers, two Ukrainian girls dreaming of great happiness, a young man who wants to understand the murder of his big brother and Berlin's Russian Mafia. These are the ingredients for this very unconventional and totally underrated crime series.
9. Der Tatortreiniger (2016)
After a murder, there is always someone who has to clean up the mess. This comedy series shows that the job of a crime scene cleaner comes with a lot more baggage than you would expect.
10. Türkisch für Anfänger / Turkish for Beginners (2006-2009)
This not very deep but very entertaining show depicts the every day life of a German-Turkish step-family and their eldest daughter, Lena who is the narrator of the show. It was quite successful in Germany and runs over 3 seasons.
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