Rainer Rother is head of the Berlinale's "Retrospective". Over the years, he published primarily articles on film history in several journals and newspapers. Since 2001, he has been a member of the selection committee of the Competition of the Berlin International Film Festival. From 2004 to 2006 he co-curated the Berlinale series "Selling Democracy". In April 2006, Rother was appointed artistic director of the Deutsche Kinemathek.