First thing that strikes is the twenty-five years old Anita Pallenberg’s smile in Degree of Murder. We saw that smile as a tribute to the rebirth of Cinema after the pandemic, unfortunately postponed but more than ever necessary. We imagined this contagious yet gloomy smile along the streets of Bergamo, a city that can still remember all the difficulties it went through. Since Volker Schlöndorff is the protagonist of BFM39 retrospective, we couldn’t do anything else that place side by side two other beloved movies of his: The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum and Young Törless. Movies that are inspired, more than adaptated – as he would say -, from two great classics from German literature. Three images in which there’s as a crescendo of emotions: from Angela Winkler’s melancholic glance to Mathieu Carriere’s smile hidden from his own hand and, eventually, the unrestrained approach of Anita Pallenberg. Emotions that we hope will soon also belong to BFM 39: The screening is about to start!