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Written by Jack Hopkins on 4th October 2017

It’s that time of year again when British people buy into one of Germany’s main exports, Oktoberfest.  It’s a festival that runs at the beginning of October, focusing on beer, beer and more beer. With the widespread success of Oktoberfest in the UK we wanted to look at which German exports have struck a chord with film and television audiences around the world.

Most audiences would have first seen Diane Kruger in Troy, portraying Helen of Troy. Since then, she has gone on to star in films all over the world. Her roles in Inglorious Basterds, Unknown and more recently The Infiltrator, with Bryan Cranston, have boosted her prestige in the UK and we can’t wait to see her in something again soon. The German actress was awarded Best Actress at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for her role in In The Fade, the German entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.

Many will remember Downfall for its iconic Hitler scene which has been repeatedly parodied over the years, featuring hilariously edited subtitles and contemporary subject matter. The gritty war drama was also very successful at the box office, winning the BBC Four World Cinema Competition in 2005 and picking up a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in the same year.

One of the most notable German exports in recent years is Deutschland ‘83, a stylish drama that depicts the conflict between West and East Germany in the 1980s. It was broadcasted by Channel 4 in 2016, receiving huge critical claim and viewing figures in the process. The series became the highest rated foreign-language drama in UK TV history with it’s second episode boasting an incredible 2.5 million viewers.  Its suspenseful charm was also recognised at the 2016 Emmys, with the series collecting the acclaimed International Emmy Award.

These are just a few of our favourite German media exports. Alongside Oktoberfest, what are yours?


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