The Movie Program 2021

Live and in front of an audience again: After 2020's digital edition, the UFA Film Nights were held on Berlin’s Museum Island. On the three evenings of August 25 to 27, 2021, Bertelsmann and UFA presented masterpieces of Weimar cinema, all of which made international cinema history – in the open air, against a spectacular backdrop, and accompanied by live music.

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August 25, 2021

Ernst Lubitsch’s CARMEN from 1918 is loosely adapted from Georges Bizet’s opera of the same name, and was Lubitsch’s first major production. On Museum Island, the ensemble Kontraste accompanied the film with a new composition by Tobias Schwencke, commissioned by ZDF/Arte. Continue reading read more

The light of Asia

August 26, 2021

In opulent pictures and with musical accompaniment by the Silent Light Orchestra, this Oriental fairy tale tells the story of the Indian prince Siddhartha Gautama (Himansu Rai), who gives up his family, palace and earthly possessions and sets out on a long journey to find enlightenment. read more


August 27, 2021

Loosely based on Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” with a brilliant cast and nightmarish images that have lost none of their effect to this day, F.W. Murnau created an expressionist masterpiece that is regarded as the “mother of all horror films”. Rebel organist Cameron Carpenter provided the musical accompaniment. read more