The German Film Series

Spring 2014

Thursdays at 4:00 and 7:30 pm, Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College

(in German with English subtitles)

February 13:  Bandits (Katja von Garnier, 1997; 109 min.)
Fast-paced feel-good movie featuring some of Germany’s best known actresses, including Katja Riemann and Jasmin Tabatabai: four female prison inmates form a rock band.  At an outside gig, at a policemen’s ball, they seize the opportunity to escape, leading to a dramatic, crazy chase all over Germany, to an upbeat musical score.

February 27:  Hannah Arendt (Margarethe von Trotta, 2012; 113 min.)
Fascinating biopic with acclaimed actress Barbara Sukowa in the title role, centering on the controversies that erupted in 1961 when the famous German-Jewish political philosopher reported on the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Israel.

March 13:  Die Welle (The Wave, Dennis Gansel, 2008; 107 min.)
Thought-provoking drama centered on a charismatic high school teacher who launches an ominous experiment in his civics course: enforcing rigorous discipline in an authoritarian manner, he pushes his students to confront surprising and disturbing insights concerning themselves and the nature of power.

April 3:  Ende der Schonzeit (Closed Season, Franziska Schlotterer, 2012; 104 min.)
In 1942, a childless farmer and his wife in South Germany discover a young Jewish man after his unsuccessful attempt to cross the border into Switzerland.  They take him in, on condition that he sire an heir to ensure the survival of their farm.  The bizarre request leads to a series of tragic complications in this powerful, complex historical drama, partially based on a true story. Screenings co-sponsored by Amherst College Office of the Jewish Religious Advisor. Shown in conjunction with the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.

April 24:  Drei Zimmer/Küche/Bad (Move, Dietrich Brüggemann , 2012 111 min.)
Eight twenty-somethings find themselves constantly on the move: from internship to internship, from job to job, from relationship to relationship, from apartment to apartment.  Multiple narratives intersect in this smart, complex, refreshingly understated comedy that explores the comical, sometimes tragi-comical, trials and tribulations of life in present-day Germany.