Welcome to Filmgalerie 451
Filmgalerie 451 produces, distributes and publishes films which take risks regarding form and content. Many of the directors working with us are outsiders in film business, who seek their innovative ways off the beaten track. Among them are "classics" of German cinema like Werner Schroeter and Roland Klick, experiments by Christoph Schlingensief and Heinz Emigholz, as well as young cinema by Ulrich Köhler, Angela Schanelec, Robert Schwentke and the films of the Filmgalerie 451 founders Irene von Alberti and Frieder Schlaich.
With our first feature production 'Paul Bowles-Half moon', which received various awards and had great theatrical success, in 1995 our film production started out in the basement of the Filmgalerie 451-video rental in Stuttgart. Since we moved to Berlin, Saarbrücker Straße, in 2005, we intensified our film production activities and shot the movies 'Stadt als Beute', 'The African Twintowers', 'Making Of - Kamikaze', 'Tangerine', Diese Nacht' and 'The Invisible Frame'.
The Video label was created due to high demand for special films in our video store. The first two VHS-releases (in 1992!) were 'Das Deutsche Kettensägenmassaker' by Christoph Schlingensief and 'Die Rache einer Frau' by Jacques Doillon.
In the past years our DVD programme has developed especially well, and despite a highly competitive video market, we could publish exactly the films that mean something to us, latest releases as well as older films.
Following on from the success we had with theatrical releases such as “Windows on Monday” and “Schindlers Häuser”, we have extended our distribution activity further. With our concept of small, targeted releases we aim to reach specific audiences.
This step enables us to control our films from production to cinemas, to DVD and online distribution. However, we are not only distributing our own productions (such as “Tangerine”, “Diese Nacht – Nuit de Chien”, “The Invisible Frame”). For example, in 2010 the following films are being released: “La Pivellina” (release date 27. May, premiered in Cannes 2009), “Rammbock” (9. September, first seen at Achtung Berlin film festival and screening in Locarno 2010), and “The Drifter” (4. November, premiered at Berlinale / Forum 2010).
We also focus on our back-catalogue, which includes films by Roland Klick, Christoph Schlingensief, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Heinz Emigholz.
Everything started small in February 1987 with the video store "Filmgalerie 451" in Stuttgart in Gymnasiumstraße 52. Summer 2001 we opened our second store in Berlin in Torstraße. Until 2013 both stores were run by old-time, like-minded partners, licensed by 451 but independently. Since October 2013, there are no more video stores with 451-license.