We are proud to present the eighth German Currents Showcase, featuring some of the best films of the past year from Germany and German-speaking neighbors Switzerland and Austria. The selections feature a wide array of genres, including period drama, family comedy, documentary, ensemble pieces and even a Western. Most of these films make their Los Angeles premieres here, and many programs include discussions with the filmmakers in person. Affiliated with the screenings is the opening of the multimedia exhibit “The Other Worlds of Werner Herzog” at WUHO gallery (Woodbury University’s center for experimental exhibitions and multi-disciplinary collaborations).
Kicking off the series is Germany’s official Oscar submission: Dominik Graf’s BELOVED SISTERS, a portrait of the love triangle formed by noted 18th-century poet and playwright Friedrich Schiller and sisters Caroline von Beulwitz and Charlotte von Lengefeld. Two ensemble dramas offer masterful looks at disconnection in contemporary society. Petra Volpe’s DREAMLAND is set on Christmas Eve in Zürich, where four stories of love and duplicity are linked by a desperate teenage prostitute, while Frauke Finsterwalder’s narrative debut, FINSTERWORLD, weaves a darkly humorous modern fairy tale from eight characters observed during a single day. Robert Thalheim’s PARENTS offers a bittersweet look at the balance between career, marriage and family. An effeminate teen and his diving-coach father come to terms in Axel Ranisch’s wry I FEEL LIKE DISCO. Hear from one of the most notorious art forgers of the postwar era in Arne Birkenstock’s documentary BELTRACCHI - THE ART OF FORGERY. And travel to late-nineteenth century alpine village for a classic Western showdown in Andreas Prochaska’s THE DARK VALLEY, which won eight German Film Awards and is Austria’s official Oscar submission.
All films in German with English subtitles unless noted.
Series compiled by Gwen Deglise, Daniel Chaffey and Fareed Majari. Program notes by Daniel Chaffey, Francesca Krampe and John Hagelston.
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