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Films & Schedules - German Language

HANNAH ARENDT Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 4:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

HANNAH ARENDT

DIRECTOR: Margarethe von Trotta - GERMANY

Von Trotta’s film is an intelligent and powerful dramatization of the life of the philosopher and writer Hannah Arendt, whose The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951) made her famous in philosophical circles before her controversial chronicle in The New Yorker of Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s 1961 trial for war crimes shot her to broader international celebrity. Focusing on the Eichmann era, Barbara Sukowa perfectly embodies the academic Arendt, who observes that it is the ordinariness of Eichmann (“He looks like a nobody”) that leads her to fashion her most startling concept—the “banality of evil”—while her reporting on collaborating German Jews causes a...

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HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 5:30 PM (Cinema 21)

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA

DIRECTOR: Dmitry Vasyukov, Werner Herzog - GERMANY

“Paradise on earth? Through writer and narrator Werner Herzog’s lens, that is what Bakhtia, a village on the river Yenisei in Russia’s far north might seem like in this breathtaking, rich, and frequently funny documentary. He and first-time director Vasyukov capture the local people—nearly always in companionship with their dogs—making their own tools, trapping sable, felling trees to build boats, fishing, harvesting food, and holding ceremonies for the turning of the seasons. Sharing their perspectives on greed, war, and mortality, as Herzog notes: They live off the land and are self-reliant, truly free. … No rules, no taxes, no government,...

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IN THE SHADOW Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 8 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

Wed, Feb 13, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 12 PM (Cinema 21)

IN THE SHADOW

DIRECTOR: David Ondříĉek - CZECH REPUBLIC

In 1950s Prague, police detective Hakl is investigating a jewelry store heist, until East German State police specialist Zenke arrives and takes over. Zenke believes that members of the Jewish community are responsible and that an underground ring may be smuggling funds to Zionist terrorists in Israel. Unconvinced, Hakl continues his own investigation. But which version of the truth do the Communist authorities prefer to find? Ondříĉek spins a suspenseful noir tale of standing up to the mistrust and fear in Stalinist, postwar Czechoslovakia. (106 mins.)

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LORE Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Mon, Feb 11, 2013
at 5:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

LORE

DIRECTOR: Cate Shortland - AUSTRALIA

Lore explores the tribulations faced by the young in the aftermath of World War II. When their Nazi SS parents are arrested by the Allies, five siblings are suddenly left to fend for themselves. Teenaged Lore, the oldest, takes charge, and the children set out on foot to join their grandmother in Hamburg, 500 miles away. Along the arduous journey, they encounter a populace suffering from postwar denial and deprivation and for the first time are exposed to the reality and consequences of their parents’ actions. The children meet Thomas, a young Jewish survivor who helps them negotiate their way...

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MORE THAN HONEY Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 2:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

MORE THAN HONEY

DIRECTOR: Markus Imhoof - SWITZERLAND

Einstein supposedly said, “If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years left to live.” All over the world, bees have been dying, and although the causes are still a mystery, one thing is already clear: more is at stake than honey. Seeking answers—and employing incredible cinematography—Imhoof embarks on a journey to meet with people whose lives depend on bees: a Swiss beekeeper living in the Alps, a gigantic almond plantation in California, a bee brain researcher in Berlin, and a pollen trader in China. All report on how the bees...

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PARADISE: FAITH Buy Tickets

Fri, Feb 22, 2013
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 3:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

PARADISE: FAITH

DIRECTOR: Ulrich Seidl - AUSTRIA

The second installment of Seidl’s controversial and unflinching Paradise trilogy follows the fanatically devout Anna Maria, who in her desperate search for “paradise” spends her summer vacation away from her job by doing missionary work: in this case, going door-to-door with a large statue of the Virgin Mary hoping to win converts. At home, she prays with a startling fervor, tinged with a taste for masochism. After a long separation, her husband Nabil—a tradition-minded Egyptian Muslim confined to a wheelchair—returns, and his pushy demands for his wife’s attention put her faith to the test. (113 mins.)

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PARADISE: LOVE Buy Tickets

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)

Fri, Feb 15, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)

PARADISE: LOVE

DIRECTOR: Ulrich Seidl - AUSTRIA

The first installment in Seidl’s Paradise trilogy, Paradise: Love explores the collision of Christian virtues with worldly realities. Leaving her wearying job and troublesome teenage daughter in the care of her sister for a brief vacation, Teresa heads for a “full-service” beach resort in Kenya—a popular sex tourism destination for middle-aged women. The buff young men on the beach in front of the hotel are there to sell trinkets or themselves as need be, but for Teresa, the boundaries of sex, love, and oppression are not so clear. As Seidl explores the perspectives of a woman who, while in power,...

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POLLUTING PARADISE Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 3 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 12:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

POLLUTING PARADISE

DIRECTOR: Fatih Akin - GERMANY

Çamburnu is a small village in northeastern Turkey where people have lived for generations off tea cultivation and fishing. But the idyllic landscape has been compromised by the decision 10 years ago to build a garbage landfill directly above the village. Despite protests by the mayor and the villagers, the site has continued to pollute the air and ground water, while rains flush the waste down the slopes, and flocks of birds and stray dogs besiege the village. In 2006, Akin went to Çamburnu, his grandparents’ home village, and over five years returned many times to chronicle the village’s struggle...

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THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)

Tue, Feb 26, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA

DIRECTOR: Marten Persiel - GERMANY

Skateboarding becomes a metaphor for freedom in this love letter to the subversive power of youth. In East Germany in the 1980s, for three teens—Nico, Dirk, and Dennis—life in the GDR was dominated by skateboarding. But in a nation where “the streets were not for playing around,” skating was as much a revolutionary act of defiance as it was a spectacular sport. Using a clutch of priceless Super-8 films, animations, reenactments, and archival footage, all set against a delirious punk soundtrack, This Ain’t California follows the three through adolescence and into adulthood on the eve of reunification. Through the lenses...

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