Fall wouldn’t be fall without watching a German film now and then–we’ll get started on Thursday, Sep 24, at 7pm in Campbell Fanny Graves auditorium (Room 128). The series will offer a survey of more recent German cinema, from the historical to the culinary.
Students with an interest in history want to make sure to not miss the screening of Margarethe von Trotta’s Rosenstrasse, based on a true event in which a group of women began to protest against the Nazis in order to free their imprisoned Jewish husbands. Childhood and education play an important role in Austrian director Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon, which focuses on the oppressive social atmosphere and harsh child-rearing practices in a small German village at the outset of World War I. When does activism become terrorism? That’s the question at the heart of The Edukators (yes, that’s with a k), where a group of radical activists who use to break into the homes of the wealthy to rearrange their furniture accidentally kidnaps a wealthy businessman.
But it’s not all gloomy in German film, which is why several comedies are on the schedule as well. The film series will open with A Coffee in Berlin. This acclaimed and bizarrely funny cinematic walk through Berlin follows a hero who longs for a good cup of coffee and encounters a cast of other strange characters. German-Turkish director Fatih Akin’s Soul Kitchen is an ode to the joys of mixed-ethnic cuisine while also presenting in great comical fashion the experience of immigrants in Germany. Doris Dörrie’s Enlightenment Guaranteed tells the story of two German brothers who hope that a visit to a Zen monastery in Japan will help them to deal with midlife-crises and burn-out syndromes. Finally, there’s the classic Good Bye, Lenin!, the wonderfully nostalgic-comical cinematic farewell to the former GDR.
We hope you’ll be able to join us for many of these screenings and look forward to seeing you there! All films are with English subtitles. Get the full schedule in pdf format here.