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<<< October 20 - 24, 2010 >>>

Current German Cinema

 

More New Films from Germany at the Egyptian Theatre!

 

Co-presented by the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

With the Support of German Films, Berlin&Beyond/San Francisco, and ELMA (European Languages and Movies in America)

We are proud to present the fourth German Currents Showcase, featuring some of the best German films of the past year. German film has had a rich and varied history. The Weimar era boasted a post-Caligari, pre-Hitler gallery of master criminals, fantastic worlds and pre-noir femme fatales. In the early 70s, a phenomenon known as "New German Cinema" erupted onto our screens, driven by the allegories of Werner Herzog, the road movies of Wim Wenders and the Brechtian melodramas and satiric comedies of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. After the Berlin Wall collapsed in 1990, German producers began generating "hits" that betrayed a lighter touch in their direction and performances. If the films of the New German Cinema were marked by introversion and alienation, more recent German films are extroverted and kinetic, featuring charismatic directorial voices and actors in action.

This year’s selections feature a wide array of narrative films and documentaries, from sweeping epics to intimate comedies. These films deftly cover such powerful emotional topics as immigration (WHEN WE LEAVE), aging (AUTUMN GOLD) and abuse (THE SILENCE), but also keep a positive tone, as in delightfully acerbic comedy VINCENT WANTS TO SEA, a German box office hit with young adults. We are also proud to present the first German 3D-animated film, ANIMALS UNITED, inspired by Erich Kaestner’s well-known book; the fascinating documentary ROCK HUDSON: DARK AND HANDSOME STRANGER, about the Hollywood icon’s seemingly disparate double life; and the epic historical drama POPE JOAN, based on the book by Donna Cross. Additional events in this series take place at other venues, so check the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles website for details. All films in German with English subtitles. Buy Tickets

 

Friday, October 22 – 7:30 PM

L.A. Premiere! POPE JOAN (DIE PAEPSTIN), 2009, Summit Entertainment Group, 148 min. It is the 9th Century and Johanna Von Ingelheim, a German-born woman of English roots, has an ambitious plan: to rise through the ranks of the Vatican and become pope. In order to achieve this, however, Johanna must skillfully disguise herself as a man. Nominated for three German Film Awards including Best Costumes, Production Design and Supporting Actress, director Soenke Wortmann's gender-bending historical epic showcases an array of strong performances and gorgeously lavish period set-pieces. In German with English subtitles. Discussion following with novelist Donna Woolfolk Cross. Trailer  | Buy Tickets

 

 

 

Saturday, October 23 – 5:00 PM

L.A. Premiere! AUTUMN GOLD (HERBST GOLD), 2010, Neue Visionen Filmverleih, 94 min. Five athletes compete at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Finland. The catch? All of these athletes are over the age of 80. Jan Tenhaven's moving documentary offers a glimpse of triumph and resilience at the end of life, and of the biggest challenge that all athletes must one day face - maturity. In German with English subtitles. Discussion following with director Jan Tenhaven. Trailer

 

 

 

Saturday, October 23 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: L.A. Premiere! THE ROBBER (DER RAEUBER), 2010, Films Distribution, 90 min. On the day of his release from jail for a previous bank heist, Johannes Rettenberger redefines "breaking parole:" He exits the prison, walks down the street, and holds up yet another bank. At once a tense thriller and fascinating character study based on a bizarre true story, director Benjamin Heisemberg' s crime drama was nominated for the prestigious Golden Bear award at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival. In German with English subtitles. Trailer

L.A. Premiere! THE SILENCE (DAS LETZTE SCHWEIGEN), 2010, Bavaria Film International, 118 min. When a child's bicycle is discovered in a wheat field - in the exact location of a heinous crime committed 23 years earlier - and when local girl Sinikka mysteriously goes missing, a town is thrown into a haze of anxious uncertainty. At once a tense police procedural and a subtle yet devastating portrayal of a family's struggle to come to terms with the unthinkable, director Baran bo Odar's assured drama examines the ripple effect of violence on a community. In German with English subtitles. Discussion following with directors Benjamin Heisemberg and Baran bo Odar. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

Sunday, October 24 – 2:00 PM

Germany’s Official Oscar Submission: WHEN WE LEAVE (DIE FREMDE), 2010, Majestic-Filmverleih, 119 min. Dir. Feo Aladag. Umay (a terrific Sibel Kekilli) is a young woman of Turkish descent, working hard to maintain a life of her own in Germany. However, Umay and her family don’t see eye-to-eye on her self-governed lifestyle, and what starts as a family feud quickly escalates into something much more grave. Winner of the Label Europa Cinemas award at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival. In German with English subtitles. This will will also play October 20 at 7:30 PM at the Egyptian Theatre. Trailer  | Buy Tickets

 

 

Sunday, October 24 – 5:00 PM

L.A. Premiere! THE WOMAN WITH THE 5 ELEPHANTS (DIE FRAU MIT DEN 5 ELEFANTEN), 2010, Cinema Guild, 93 min. Dir. Vadim Jendreyko. Swetlana Geier is considered the greatest translator of Russian literature into German. She has just concluded her life’s work for Zurich’s Ammann publishing house: completing new translations of Dostoyevsky’s five great novels, known as "the five elephants." This award-winning film interweaves the story of Geier’s life with her literary work and traces the secret of this inexhaustible, hard-working woman. In German with English subtitles. Discussion following with director Vadim Jendreyko. Trailer

 

 

Sunday, October 24 – 7:30 PM

L.A. Premiere! VINCENT WANTS TO SEA (VINCENT WILL MEER), 2010, Constantin Film, 96 min. Dir. Ralf Huettner. In this acerbically funny and brilliantly uncomfortable comedy, Vincent (Florian David Fitz, who also wrote the script) makes the great escape of struggling 20-somethings - he breaks out of rehab. Vincent, who has Tourette’s syndrome, is joined in his escape by anorexic Marie and obsessive-compulsive Alex. The unlikely band of outsiders head south (destination: Italy), where Vincent hopes to fulfill his mother's last wish. In German with English subtitles. Trailer | Buy Tickets