Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) - Now on DVD!

Those familiar with the history of WWII and its aftermath in Germany and, specifically, Berlin, will appreciate "Eine Frau in Berlin", based on the best-selling diaries of an anonymous German woman who survived the Soviet invasion of Berlin at the end of World War II. This gripping drama tells the story of a photojournalist's (Nina Hoss) forbidden relationship with a Soviet officer (Yevgeni Sidikhin). After being sexually assaulted by members of the invading Red Army, she turns to the officer for support, but soon finds herself falling for him. Peripheral characters also fill out this bleak and bitter portrait of Berlin and what the war brought upon the Germans.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Burghardt Klaussner Films at the Goethe Institute - The Edukators and Requiem

OK, so maybe you haven't heard of Burghardt Klaussner, but he is a renowned actor in his native Germany. You can see his work for yourself on Thursday, April 14, at The Goethe Institute at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. The film "Requiem" will follow on Thursday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m. The actor will be visiting the Goethe Institute with his band “Zum Klaussner” for a concert and talk on Thursday, April 16th.

German Films at the San Francisco International Film Festival - April 26 - May 5

The annual San Francisco International Film Festival will soon be upon the city, and that means a couple of films from Germany for fans of German cinema to check out. First up, The City Below (Die Stadt unter Uns)is a tense drama set in the upper echelons of Frankfurt’s banking sector.
Click here for details. In Blessed Events, a depressed woman in her 30s, goes out for a night of listless drinking and dancing on New Years Eve, wakes up in a stranger’s car after a one-night-stand and discovers afterwards that she’s pregnant. What happens next? Click here for details. Both of these films are playing at the Kabuki Theaters at Geary and Fillmore. Special support is generously provided by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany–San Francisco.