An Italian Independent Cinema in Neukölln: Il Kino

An Italian Independent Cinema in Neukölln: Il Kino

There are many independent cinemas in Neukölln, along the Landwerhkanal. Il Kino assumes its Italian origin and influence even in its name. Rebuilt and reopened in 2014 by Italian documentary filmmaker Carla Molino and her husband, German screenwriter Daniel, the cinema has only one 52-seat cinema. But it is extremely active, programming films from the Berlinale and taking part in original events such as the travel film festival. During a week, a different country is thematized each evening, a sufficiently representative film is chosen from the national production of the last 5 years and then a traditional meal is prepared by a local restaurant or chef.

I discovered a Croatian film, the 8th Commander, in a lively atmosphere before a very good and hearty meal prepared by a Croatian restaurant in Neukölln.

The cinema, apart from its usual programming of international films presented in their original version, focuses on the great Italian classics by genius directors such as Fellini. And, last but not least as they say, an Italian buffet is served every Sunday, accompanied by a red wine from Tuscany.

I'm going back there this Sunday.

If anyone likes the concept, I dream of eating spaghetti with tomato and garlic, drinking Italian wine and watching the movie Goodfellas. I'll let you know if I ever find (or create, why not?) the cinema of my dreams.

Map, Address and Price

Price: 7€ from Monday to Friday until 4pm (reduced rate 5€), 9€ otherwise (reduced rate 7€)
Metro: U-Bahn Schönleinstraße
Address: Nansenstraße 22, 12047 Berlin (Neukölln)

John-Henry Brichart


I write novels, short stories, travel the world, take pictures, get drunk and scatter. I studied journalism and worked as a freelancer in Brussels before moving to Lisbon and now to Berlin.

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