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66KINOS

Synopsis: 

A journey through German cinemascape.

Philipp Hartmann made a film, toured the German cinema scene with it and made that into

a film too: an overview of an eclectic mix of cinemas all run by cinephiles. Shared love

entails shared suffering: every Kino is under threat.

Can something be a hobby if it’s your job? Can something be work if you love it so much?

These are the questions a cinema owner asks himself out loud in this documentary. In 66

Kinos, enthusiastic staff members at a range of cinemas answer these rhetorical questions

affirmatively. We pass popcorn machines and projection rooms on our way to the screen.

There is a downside. Turnover from food and drinks is crucial for earnings. Should one

switch from 'real' 35mm to digital? Should some of the cinema’s halls be reserved for

Hollywood blockbusters? And even then, this might not be enough. Will going to the

cinema be the same in a decade’s time? Or does its structure need to be fundamentally

redefined? It’s a conundrum, but the small entrepreneur’s hope prevails. (International

Filmfestival Rotterdam 2017)

 

This film could have simply offered the recount of an elderly director’s amusing and

narcissistic journey as he shows his latest film in 66 German movie theaters; however, it

ends up being a remarkable and kind essay on a practice at risk of extinction (or in an outand-

out mutation process). It is not incidental that 66 KINOS opens in an old, strippeddown

abbey turned into a movie theatre and closes with the words of an art curator on the

relation between cinema and art installations – while cinema has captured time, time also

captured cinema and transformed its very nature. At each cinema and in each city visited

by Hartmann, he gathers evidence of it. In face of the advent of an overbearing digital

ontology, Hartmann witnesses the last traces of an era without prophesying the

apocalypse – after all, he records in HD – but also without stopping to ask questions about

the future of cinema as a collective sensory experience. (Roger Koza)

Runtime: 
01:38:00
English subtitle: 
Yes

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Information for the Audience: 

Philipp Hartmann made a film, toured the German cinema scene with it and made that into

a film too: an overview of an eclectic mix of cinemas all run by cinephiles. Shared love

entails shared suffering: every Kino is under threat.

Can something be a hobby if it’s your job? Can something be work if you love it so much?

These are the questions a cinema owner asks himself out loud in this documentary. In 66

Kinos, enthusiastic staff members at a range of cinemas answer these rhetorical questions

affirmatively. We pass popcorn machines and projection rooms on our way to the screen.

There is a downside. Turnover from food and drinks is crucial for earnings. Should one

switch from 'real' 35mm to digital? Should some of the cinema’s halls be reserved for

Hollywood blockbusters? And even then, this might not be enough. Will going to the

cinema be the same in a decade’s time? Or does its structure need to be fundamentally

redefined? It’s a conundrum, but the small entrepreneur’s hope prevails. (International

Filmfestival Rotterdam 2017)

This film could have simply offered the recount of an elderly director’s amusing and

narcissistic journey as he shows his latest film in 66 German movie theaters; however, it

ends up being a remarkable and kind essay on a practice at risk of extinction (or in an outand-

out mutation process). It is not incidental that 66 KINOS opens in an old, strippeddown

abbey turned into a movie theatre and closes with the words of an art curator on the

relation between cinema and art installations – while cinema has captured time, time also

captured cinema and transformed its very nature. At each cinema and in each city visited

by Hartmann, he gathers evidence of it. In face of the advent of an overbearing digital

ontology, Hartmann witnesses the last traces of an era without prophesying the

apocalypse – after all, he records in HD – but also without stopping to ask questions about

the future of cinema as a collective sensory experience. (Roger Koza)

Directed by: 
Philipp Hartmann
Writing credits: 
Philipp Hartmann
Cast: 
cinema operators
Produced by: 
Philipp Hartmann
Music by: 
Johannes Kirschbaum
Cinematography by: 
Philipp Hartmann
Film Editing by: 
Philipp Hartmann, Herbert Schwarze, Maya Connors
Release Date: 
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Official sites: 
www.66kinos.de
Total votes: 863

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