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The German Film Series
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.
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.
November 5: Pina (Wim Wenders, 2011; 103 min.)
Celebrated director Wim Wenders pays homage to Pina Bausch, the late legendary choreographer and founder of Tanztheater Wuppertal, in this fascinating mixture of docudrama and experimental film.
December 3: Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire, Wim Wenders, 1987; 128 min.)
A drama of sublime beauty and optimism, set in Berlin before the fall of the Wall: a lonely angel (Bruno Ganz) roams the city streets to provide comfort to mortals in need. When he meets a beautiful trapeze artist (Solveig Dommartin), he is faced with a difficult decision: Give up love? Or lose his eternal wings forever?