October 26 - 30, 2011
We are proud to present the fifth German Currents Showcase, featuring some of the best German films of the past year. The selections feature a wide array of genres, from sharp, elegant dramas to breezy comedies and fascinating documentaries. Kicking off the series is ALMANYA: WELCOME TO GERMANY, Yasemin Samdereli’s light-as-air and colorful comedy of manners about a multinational identity crisis within a German-Turkish household. Next up is a double feature of Chris Kraus’ THE POLL DIARIES, about a young girl who goes to live with her madcap father on the brink of World War I, and Jan Fehse’s JASMIN, an absorbing drama in which a mother’s reasons behind a heinous act are pieced together during a psychiatry session. In Florian Micoud Cossen’s THE DAY I WAS NOT BORN, a young swimmer stranded in Buenos Aires discovers tragedy and secrets in her family’s history; Robert Thalheim’s WESTWIND follows a pair of twins coming of age immediately before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Director Andres Veiel appears in person with IF NOT US, WHO?, a must-see for fans of THE BAADER-MEINHOF COMPLEX, depicting the stormy relationship between radical-left poster girl Gudrun Ensslin and writer Bernward Vesper, followed by Andreas Dresen’s STOPPED ON TRACK, which takes a Mike Leigh-esque approach to a story about a postal worker’s final months of life before succumbing to a brain tumor. On closing night, filmmaker Angelina Maccarone appears in person with excellent documentary THE LOOK, a portrait of screen icon Charlotte Rampling; and finally, Ulrich Koehler’s Berlinale festival favorite SLEEPING SICKNESS is paired with spunky tale of teenage misfits LOLLIPOP MONSTER, with filmmaker Ziska Riemann in person.
All films in German with English subtitles.
Series compiled by Annette Rupp, Margit Kleinman and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by Beth Hanna.
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