Germania, anno zero

(Germany Year Zero)

A Journey in the Festival’s History

Italy, France, Germany  ·  1948  ·  DCP 2K  ·  Black and White  ·  73'  ·  o.v. German

Chosen by Pierre-François Sauter.
On Demand

5-15 | 8 | 2020  ·  Sub. French

Disponibile in Svizzera – Available in Switzerland

On Demand

5-15 | 8 | 2020

Available on MUBI for the international audience: film availability varies depending on your location


Thursday 13 | 8 | 2020, 20:30  ·  PalaVideo  ·  Sub. Italian


Friday 14 | 8 | 2020, 10:00  ·  PalaCinema Sala 1  ·  Sub. Italian


Saturday 15 | 8 | 2020, 12:30  ·  PalaCinema Sala 1  ·  Sub. Italian

In the aftermath of the Second World War, thirteen-year-old Edmund traverses the physical and spiritual ruins of Berlin, confronting the abyss of remorse and the innocence of sacrifice. As the final part of an unofficial war trilogy, following Rome, Open City (1945) and Paisà (1946), Roberto Rossellini’s film – which won the Grand Prix and the prize for best screenplay at Locarno in 1948 – is a grief-stricken, unswerving denunciation of the historical and moral contradiction expressed in the title: the open wound of a country still afflicted by its ideological heritage, and at the same time craving a fresh start for its men and women.

selected by Pierre-François Sauter
Director of Far West

With Germany Year Zero Roberto Rossellini chooses to show the damage caused by Nazism. And he does so with great ambition: shooting this film in 1947 in the real settings of ruined Berlin, two years after the end of the war. This film is not without flaws, in certain aspects it is dated, but it is a film that impressed me by the economy of its narration and by the strength of the quasi-documentary sequences shot in apocalyptic settings, which echo his point. Against this ruinous background, which evoke the violence and horror of war, Rossellini films a world that has suffered total destruction, both materially and morally. He shows the annihilation of all values caused by Nazism. He chooses to film on the side of those who took part in Nazism and were defeated. He shows his characters as lost people, victims of their own blindness and of issues that are beyond them. Rossellini films the journey of Edmund, a twelve-year-old boy who tries to find his way in a world where profit and selfishness are the only things that matter. Germany Year Zero is a radical and tough film that leaves no one untouched. This film continues to resonate with me, seemingly still retaining all its relevance today, as if to remind us that ideological drifts that lead to horror are always possible.

– Pierre-François Sauter




Roberto Rossellini


Edmund Meschke, Ernst Pittschau, Ingetraud Hinze, Franz-Otto Krüger, Erich Gühne


Salvo D'Angelo, Roberto Rossellini, Alfredo Guarini


Robert Juillard


Renzo Rossellini


Roberto Rossellini


Eraldo Da Roma


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Union Générale Cinématographique (UGC)

Deutsche Film (DEFA)

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Cinémathèque suisse


Cinémathèque suisse

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