GERMAN FILM CYCLE
25 APR - 2 may 2010
25 APR Ghost. Gespenster. Christian Petzold, 2005
30 APR Marry me. Heirate mich. Uli Gaulke, 2002-03,
2 MAY The lives of others. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2005/2006
DOM 25 ABR
Ghost Gespenster. Christian Petzold, 2005, V.O.S. German. 85 min.
A man travels from Paris to Berlin. He’s looking for his wife. He will find her in a sanatorium and take her back to Paris with him.
His wife goes to Berlin every year. She is desperately searching for her daughter. In 1989, their daughter was abducted at the age of three. And she has remained unaccounted for.
One day the woman discovers a girl, Nina. She is a vagrant, a drifter. An itinerant, young woman. She roams around with another girl named Toni. She’s a girl who takes what she wants. A thief. The wife believes that Nina is her missing daughter.
Ghosts are apparitions who don’t want to accept that they are dead. They haunt the twilight regions, the realm between the living and the dead. They hope that love can make them come alive again. It is phantoms like these, which concern us here..
VIE 30 ABR
Marry me. Heirate mich. Uli Gaulke, 2002-03, V.O.S. German. 105 min.
During his holidays in Havana, Erik meets a Cuban woman named Gladis. "It was love at first sight," he says.
A year later, Gladis and her 8-year-old son board a plane, full of hope, but also with tears in their eyes, to leave the island. After their arrival in Hamburg, the three follow a path full of comical, sometimes painful, and surprising events. But the twists and turns of this path tell the story of arrival, departure, the battle of the sexes, and the confrontation of cultures.
DOM 2 MAY
The lives of others. Das Leben der Anderen. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2005/2006, V.O.S. German. 137 min.
East Berlin, November 1984. Five years before its downfall, the former East-German government ensured its claim to power with a ruthless system of control and surveillance. Party-loyalist Captain Gerd Wiesler hopes to boost his career when given the job of collecting evidence against the playwright Georg Dreyman and his girlfriend, the celebrated theater actress Christa-Maria Sieland. After all, the “operation” is backed by the highest political circles. What he didn’t anticipate, however, was that submerging oneself into the world of the target also changes the surveillance agent. The immersion in The Lives of Others – in love, literature, free thinking and speech – makes Wiesler acutely aware of the meagerness of his own existence and opens to him a completely new way of life which he has ever more trouble resisting. But the system, once started, cannot be stopped. A dangerous game has begun...