The feature film BERLIN BLUES (HERR LEHMANN) by Leander Haussmann as well as the short POSTCARD by Anna Matysik can be seen at this year's New Directors - New Films festival in New York (24.03. – 04.04.2004).

The non-competitive festival, which was founded in 1972 and is organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Film & Video Department of the Museum of Modern Art, is dedicated to nurturing newcomer directors. As only relatively few films are shown at the festival, an invitation is correspondingly prestigious; the programme is watched closely by independent distributors, among others.


It is the year 1989. HERR LEHMANN is the guru of a clearly delineated world of philosophers, artists, beer drinkers and other self-styled artists in Kreuzberg SO36 who defend their enclave and the right to put a halt every form of change in the midst of a hostile world. But his daily habits are thrown into confusion by inexorable disturbances and while great changes are in the air in the eastern half of the city and the whole of East Germany, Herr Lehmann has his hands full dealing with the new challenges appearing.


The short POSTCARD by the student of the Ludwigsburg Film Academy Anna Matysik tells the story of life inspired by a collection of postcards.

Cornelia Klimkeit