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Films & Schedules - German Language

BEFORE SNOWFALL

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 5:30 PM (CANCELLED)
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Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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BEFORE SNOWFALL

DIRECTOR: Hisham Zaman - NORWAY

How far would you go to restore your family’s honor? As the oldest man in his household, Siyar confronts that question after his sister Nermin flees an arranged marriage and he must seek vengeance for the slight. Siyar tracks her from their village in Kurdistan to a world apart in Istanbul. His fateful introduction to Evin, a young girl living on the streets, leads to the first cracks in his resolve. Then Nermin escapes, and he follows her to Germany and Norway on a journey that will forever change his notions of loyalty, dignity, honor, and love. Both a tender...

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COFFEE IN BERLIN

Fri, Feb 14, 2014
at 6 PM (OMSI)
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Mon, Feb 17, 2014
at 2:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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COFFEE IN BERLIN

DIRECTOR: Jan Ole Gerster - GERMANY

Gerster’s wry, breezy first feature (a.k.a. Oh Boy) swept all of the major German Film Awards this year with its sly subversion of Generation Y clichés, assured direction, and timeless black-and-white cinematography. Berlin slacker Niko is drifting through his twenties content to let life and responsibilities slide by and oblivious to his growing estrangement. But over the course of a single day, the cosmic balance shifts, imperceptibly at first, and a series of unfortunate and surprising encounters snowball into what could only be described as an existential crisis. His girlfriend turns on him, and when his disappointed father asks him—after...

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THE GERMAN DOCTOR

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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THE GERMAN DOCTOR

DIRECTOR: Lucía Puenzo - ARGENTINA

Set in 1960, The German Doctor imagines an Argentine family unknowingly befriending Josef Mengele, the Nazi war criminal notorious for his horrific medical experiments, during his period in hiding in Patagonia. Less a conspiracy thriller than a subtle meditation on complicity, willful ignorance, and the allure of perfection—even at the risk of self-destruction—the film thought-provokingly ponders whether, if you met the “angel of death” on the road, would you recognize him? Or might you be charmed by the friendly doctor and his seductive promises to cure your diminutive daughter, fund your creative work, and care for your unborn twins? This...

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NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 11:45 PM (Cinema 21 - Large Theater)
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NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN

DIRECTOR: Katrin Gebbe - GERMANY

Young Tore belongs to the fervent Jesus Freaks, a fundamentalist Christian punk movement rebelling against established religion whilst at the same time following Jesus’s precepts of love. One day, in what appears to be a miracle, Tore manages to repair a car that has broken down and gets to know the driver, Benno. Before long, Tore moves into a tent in Benno’s garden and gradually becomes part of his family. But Benno can’t resist playing a cruel game, designed to test Tore’s faith. As the violence become more and more extreme, Tore’s capacity for love is pushed to its limits....

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THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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Mon, Feb 10, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT

DIRECTOR: Ramon Zürcher - GERMANY

This droll, comic day-in-the-life chronicles a multigenerational family preparing a dinner in their Berlin apartment. Compared with siblings Karin and Simon, their parents, and their little sister Clara, the cat is ironically the paragon of normalcy. Clara displays her penchant for screaming, Mom flirts with the neighbor fixing the washing machine, doors open and close as in a bedroom farce, and family members scramble hither and thither. Putting the absurdities of daily life on display, seemingly unspectacular details are assembled into a surreal choreography of the quotidian that will leave audiences grinning at the film’s audacity and perfect execution. “Zürcher...

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TWO LIVES

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 5:30 PM (CANCELLED)
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Sun, Feb 23, 2014
at 2 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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TWO LIVES

DIRECTOR: George Maas, Judith Kaufmann - GERMANY

1990. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, a flood of information from East Germany makes its way through Europe. Like most Norwegian children fathered by the German occupying troops during WWII, Katrine (Juliane Köhler) was sent to Germany as a child, only able to return to her Norwegian mother, Ase (Liv Ullmann), long after the war’s end. Not all the war children were as lucky—most were never reunited with their parents—and now a German-Norwegian lawyer is building a case against the Norwegian government for its exclusionary policy. Although a victim herself, Katrine...

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