The German Film Series

Fall 2015

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

(in German with English subtitles)


September 17:  Der ganz große Traum (Lessons of a Dream, Sebastian Grobler, 2011; 105 min.)
Daniel Brühl (Good Bye, Lenin!) stars as a high school teacher in late 19th-century Germany who is determined to introduce a newfangled sport from England – soccer – to curious enthusiastic kids and stubbornly skeptical authorities.

October 8:  Bierland (Beerland, Matt Sweetwood, 2013; 85 min.)
Armed with good humor and cheerful curiosity, an American documentary filmmaker embarks on a trip through various regions of Germany to figure out just what the national beverage means to the Germans. This film is primarily in German with some English with German subtitles.

October 22:  Woman in Gold (Simon Curtis, 2015; 109 min.)
Gripping docudrama, based on a true story: a feisty elderly lady who escaped the Nazis to the US (Helen Mirren) and a young American lawyer (Ryan Reynolds) team up to reclaim Austria’s most famous painting – Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer” – as her rightful property. This film is primarily in English with some German with English subtitles.

November 5:  Wahrheit oder Pflicht (Truth or Duty, Arne Nolting and Jan Martin Scharf, 2005; 89 min.)
Romantic comedy: when things go wrong in high school, Annika starts an elaborate ruse to trick her parents into thinking that she is doing well. Will Kai, a young man she meets, be able to set her straight? Featuring music from German pop sensation, Klee.

December 3:  Vier Minuten (Four Minutes, Chris Kraus, 2006; 112 mins.)
Gripping, award-winning prison drama: powerful wills clash and painful secrets emerge as an elderly teacher (Monika Bleibtreu) attempts to coach a young, highly gifted woman (Hannah Herzsprung) for a life-changing piano competition.