Kino-Passion is an ongoing project which brings together a community of people interested in film through monthly screenings and discussions. The monthly events are absolutely free to attend and are open to anyone and everyone.
In a city so iconic for its contribution to the film industry, creating ways for people to affordably participate in film culture is such a vital act of community work. Established in 2015 by the Passionskirche and run ever since by a group of volunteers, the project was intended from the beginning as a way to make cinema accessible for those who can’t necessarily afford cinema tickets and subscription services. All are welcome at the monthly meetings: “old or young, rich or poor, healthy or ailing, wearing leather jackets or silk blouses, miniskirts or old jumpers.”
The films being screened can be anything from early 20th century, industry-defining classics to recent box-office hits, with little-known indie flicks in between. No genres are off the table, and every film is hand-picked for its cinematic significance and discussion value. Each discussion is led by a guest moderator with a particular insight into the film and the themes at hand. Even if you’re just looking to brush up on your film knowledge, this monthly event will give you a broad but meaningful overview of important moments in cinema.
Next month’s screening on December 21st is Wes Anderson’s stop-motion classic Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009). Based on the Roald Dahl story with an updated screenplay co-written by Noah Baumbach, the film follows a family of foxes trying to escape the clutches of a band of farmers. Anderson takes on the humour of the story with his usual meticulous visuals and thematic explorations of complex family dynamics.
These screenings are worth attending if only for the unique atmosphere of watching a film in the beautiful and historic Passionskirche. But what really makes these events so special is the open community of cinema lovers they have created, and the lively discussions after the film.
Entry is free, with donations welcome. No prior registration required.
Words by Elise Shepley