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German Language Films and Documentaries

Films and documentaries kept at the LRC are for viewing at the LRC exclusively. They may not normally be checked out. VHS tapes may be viewed in the two TV-VHS combo machines at the lab (ask the lab attendant for a set of headphones). DVD's may be viewed at any of the computers.

German-language feature films

Goodbye, Lenin

Year: 2004 - Country: Germany - Language: German - Director: Wolfgang Becker - Genre: - Runtime: 121 minutes - Actors: Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, Florian Lukas, Maria Simon - Rating: R - Format: DVD - Acquired: October 2013

"Winner of six prestigious European Film Awards, including Best Picture and 2004 Golden Globe(r) nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, this coming-of-age adventure blends the fall of Communism with the salient emotions of a family's love. "Destined to become one of Germany's biggest international hits," (BBC Films), GOOD BYE, LENIN! is a beautiful introduction to a whole new, free world. In 1989, Christiane Kerner has lost her husband and is completely devoted to the Socialist East German state. A heart attack leaves her in a coma, and when she awakens eight months later, the Berlin Wall has fallen and it's a whole new world. To protect her from the shock, her son Alex hatches a plan to keep her in the dark. It's easy... all he has to do is turn back the handle of time." (source)

http://www.amazon.com/Good-Lenin-Special-Daniel-Br%C3%BChl/dp/B000274THQ/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0301357/

Run, Lola, Run

Year: 1999 - Country: Germany - Language: German, English - Director: Tom Tykwer - Genre: - Runtime: 80 minutes - Actors: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri, Armin Rohde - Rating: R - Format: DVD - Acquired: October 2013

"A thrilling post-MTV, roller-coaster ride, RUN LOLA RUN is the internationally acclaimed sensation about two star-crossed lovers who have only minutes to change the course of their lives. Time is running out for Lola (Franka Potente). She's just received a frantic phone call from her boyfriend, Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), who's lost a small fortune belonging to his mobster boss. If Lola doesn't replace the money in twenty minutes, Manni will surely suffer severe consequences. Set to a throbbing techno score, "Lola's like a human stun gun!" Peter Rainer, New York Magazine." (source)

http://www.amazon.com/Run-Lola-Franka-Potente/dp/B000021Y77/

Rossenstrasse

Year: 2005 - Country: Germany - Language: German, English - Director: Margarethe von Trotta - Genre: - Runtime: 136 minutes - Actors: Katja Riemann, Maria Schrader, Svea Lohde, Jutta Lampe, Doris Schade - Rating: PG-13 - Format: DVD - Acquired: October 2013

"In the cold Berlin winter of 1943, hundreds of women stood, and waited, in defiance of the Nazis. While countless Jews were being sent to concentration camps for execution, Jewish husbands of Aryan wives suffered a different fate; they were separated from their families and imprisoned in a factory on a street named Rosenstrasse. On that street these women stood in protest, in the name of love until they were reunited with their men. This is the striking story of Rosenstrasse: where the power of the human will stands inconquerable - for hope, dignity and love." (source)

http://www.amazon.com/Rosenstrasse-Katja-Riemann/dp/B0006IIKRQ/

Auf Der Anderen Seite / The Edge of Heaven

Year: 2008 - Country: Germany - Language: German, English - Director: Fatih Akin - Genre: - Runtime: 116 minutes - Actors: Nurgul Yesilcay, Baki Davrak - Rating: Unrated - Format: DVD - Acquired: October 2013

"Fatih Akin, the critically-acclaimed director of HEAD-ON, weaves overlapping tales of friendship and sexuality into a powerful narrative of universal love. Six characters are drawn together by circumstances-an old man and a prostitute forging a partnership, a young scholar reconciling his past, two young women falling in love, and a mother putting the shattered pieces of her life back together. Akin's piercing sense of the human condition and contemporary world events charge these hyperlinked stories into a multi-cultural powder keg." (source)

http://www.amazon.com/Edge-Heaven-Nurgul-Yesilcay/dp/B001DB6J82

Nowhere in Africa

Year: 2003 - Country: Germany - Language: German, English - Director: Caroline Link - Genre: - Runtime: 141 minutes - Actors: Juliane Köhler, Merab Ninidze - Rating: R - Format: DVD - Acquired: October 2013

"Both epic and heartbreakingly intimate, Nowhere in Africa begins with a Jewish woman named Jettel Redlich fleeing Nazi Germany with her daughter Regina, to join her husband, Walter, on a farm in Kenya. At first, Jettel refuses to adjust to her new circumstances (she brought with her a set of china dishes and an evening gown), while Regina adapts readily to this new world, forming a strong bond with her father's cook, an African named Owuor. But this is only the beginning of a series of uprootings, and as the surface of their lives is torn away, Walter and Jettel find they have little in common, and must--under tumultuous circumstances--build their marriage anew. With incredible skill and passion, Nowhere in Africa manages to bring you fully into every change in this family's life; it richly deserves the Academy Award® it received in 2002. A powerful, deeply moving film. --Bret Fetzer" (source)

http://www.amazon.com/Nowhere-Africa-Juliane-K%C3%B6hler/dp/B0000AUHQG

Sophie Scholl - The Final Days

Year: 2005 - Country: Germany - Language: German - Director: Marc Rothemund - Genre: - Runtime: 120 minutes - Actors: Julia Jentsch (Actor), Fabian Hinrichs - Rating: NR - Format: DVD - Acquired: October 2013

"Through its simplicity and scrupulous attention to historical detail, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days proves to be both thrillingly suspenseful and emotionally devastating. During the peak of the Third Reich, Sophie Scholl (Julia Jentsch, The Edukators), along with her brother Hans and other students in Munich, formed a resistance group called the White Rose and distributed anti-Nazi leaflets. Sophie Scholl begins on a crisp winter day, with Sophie and Hans distributing leaflets around the empty halls of a university before class is let out. The tension only increases as they are arrested, interrogated, and swiftly convicted in a brutal show trial. The heart of the film are the scenes between Sophie and her interrogator, Robert Mohr (Gerald Alexander Held), a loyal Nazi who nonetheless respected and perhaps even admired Sophie. Their arguments, distilled down from hours of historical record, crackle with emotion and resonate throughout history, from Communist totalitarianism to the Bush administration condemning critics of the Iraq war as traitors. Jentsch's restrained performance only grows more and more moving over the movie's course. A deeply engaging and powerful movie. --Bret Fetzer" (source)

http://www.amazon.com/Sophie-Scholl-Final-Julia-Jentsch/dp/B000H5V8H2/

The Lives of Others

Year: 2007 - Country: Germany - Language: German - Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck - Genre: - Runtime: 137 minutes - Actors: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe - Rating: NR - Format: DVD - Acquired: October 2013

"Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this is a first-rate thriller that, like Bertolucci's The Conformist and Coppola's The Conversation, opts for character development over car chases. The place is East Berlin, the year is 1984, and it all begins with a simple surveillance assignment: Capt. Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe in a restrained, yet deeply felt performance), a Stasi officer and a specialist in this kind of thing, has been assigned to keep an eye on Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch, Black Book), a respected playwright, and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck, Mostly Martha). Though Dreyman is known to associate with the occasional dissident, like blacklisted director Albert Jerska (Volkmar Kleinert), his record is spotless. Everything changes when Wiesler discovers that Minister Hempf (Thomas Thieme) has an ulterior motive in spying on this seemingly upright citizen. In other words, it's personal, and Wiesler's sympathies shift from the government to its people--or at least to this one particular person. That would be risky enough, but then Wiesler uses his privileged position to affect a change in Dreyman's life. The God-like move he makes may be minor and untraceable, but it will have major consequences for all concerned, including Wiesler himself. Writer/director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck starts with a simple premise that becomes more complicated and emotionally involving as his assured debut unfolds. Though three epilogues is, arguably, two too many, The Lives of Others is always elegant, never confusing. It's class with feeling. --Kathleen C. Fennessy" (source)

http://www.amazon.com/Lives-Others-Martina-Gedeck/dp/B000OVLBGC/

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