The German Film Series

Spring 2015

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

(in German with English subtitles)


February 12:  Schlußmacher (Break Up Man, Matthias Schweighöfer, 2013; 106 min.)
Smash hit comedy about a slick Berlin yuppie working for an agency that helps people end unwanted relationships.  All seems to go swimmingly until Paul (Matthias Schweighöfer) meets his match in oddball Toto (Milan Peschel), who simply refuses to give up on ideal love.

February 26:  Nirgendwo in Afrika (Nowhere in Africa, Caroline Link, 2001; 141 min.)
Drama, based on an autobiographical novel by Stefanie Zweig, about a German-Jewish family who, fleeing the Nazis in 1938, find refuge in Kenya.  Their struggle to remake their lives is experienced through the eyes of a young girl.  Winner of the 2003 Academy Award for best foreign film.

March 12:  Gegen die Wand (Head On, Fatih Akin; 121 min.)
Hard-hitting, award-winning drama by Germany’s most prominent German-Turkish filmmaker: a young Turkish woman (Sibel Kekilli), seeking to enjoy the same freedoms as her German friends, enters into a sham marriage with a Turkish small-time crook to escape her family’s oppressive conservatism.

April 2: Die Mörder sind unter uns (The Murderers Are Among Us, Wolfgang Staudte, 1946; 85 min.)
The first feature-length film produced in Germany after World War II: a traumatized German soldier returns to a Berlin in rubble, only to encounter his former superior officer, a war criminal who has quickly reestablished himself as a successful factory owner. Shown by kind permission of the DEFA Film Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

April 23:  Eichmanns Ende (Eichmann’s Fate, Raymond Ley 2010; 89 min.)
Stunning docu-drama, based on real historical events, chronicling the series of bizarre coincidences that made it possible to take Adolf Eichmann, the notorious mastermind of genocide, to court. Set in early 1960s Buenos Aires, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor falls in love with a young German – who turns out to be the son of Eichmann, comfortably living in Argentina under an assumed identity. Screenings co-sponsored by Amherst College Office of the Jewish Religious Advisor. Shown in conjunction with the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.

April 30:  M (Fritz Lang, 1931; 111 min.)
Fritz Lang’s legendary early sound film, the granddaddy of all suspenseful thrillers: the police and an organized crime racket conduct parallel investigations to capture a mysterious serial killer (Peter Lorre) terrorizing the big city.