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Warchild / Stille Sehnsucht – Warchild (2006) Christian Wagner, Labina Mitevska, Senad Basic, Katrin Saß, Drama

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A young mother, Senada, loses her child in the Bosnian war. Many years later, today, she learns that her child is still alive: with adopted parents in Germany. She sets off on a search for Aida, her daughter. Using her own resources, she travels illegally to Germany. Her odyssey ends at the home of the German couple, Heinle. But Aida is no longer the small child of the past. Her name is now Kristina. Senada is disturbed by this realization. She slowly grasps the fact that she must say goodbye to the beautiful, peaceful dream that has long ago been stolen from her.

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This Very Moment / Milchwald (2003) Christoph Hochhäusler, Sophie Charlotte Conrad, Leo Bruckmann, Judith Engel, Drama

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This is the story of Sylvia, who looses her stepchildren on a shopping trip in Poland. For fear of loosing her husband’s love, too, she is unable to tell him what has happened and returns home, pretending anything is fine. When realising the missing of his children, the father starts a desperate retrieval. He is ready to give up anything in order to find them. Sylvia supports him in any way; she tries to comfort him and takes care of his hope’s vulnerable flame. For the first time he really needs her. While the children are trying their best to get home, the police fails in detecting their whereabouts. When a very vague trace leads to Poland, the parents hit the road to find their children on their own.

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Woman’s Lake / Frauensee (2012) Zoltan Paul, Nele Rosetz, Therese Hämer, Lea Draeger, Drama

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WOMAN’S LAKE takes places in the magical and largely undiscovered landscapes of Brandenburg, the hinterland around Berlin which is criss-crossed by Europe’s largest network of interconnected lakes. A glorious long weekend in the waning days of summer. The protagonist, Rosa, is a guardian of the lakes and waterways in the magical hinterland north of Berlin. Besides professional fishing, she is in charge of protecting the environment and issuing fishing licenses, therefore she is a thorn in the side of amateur anglers and tourists. Rosa’s lover Kirsten, a successful architect, lives in a lakeside bungalow, and together the couple play host to two brash and self-confident young students on a weekend break from Berlin. The four women’s intense sexual attraction is fueled by their profoundly different hopes, dreams and worldviews.

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Bliss / Glück (2012) Doris Dörrie, Alba Rohrwacher, Vinzenz Kiefer, Matthias Brandt, Drama

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Bliss – directed by Doris Dörrie and adapted from the short story by Ferdinand von Schirach – recounts the tale of Irina, who leaves her war-torn country to become a prostitute on the streets of Berlin and Kalle, also living in on the streets of the German capital. These two individuals are alone and lost in the world until they are brought together through a chance encounter. As their relationship blossoms, a cataclysmic event threatens to destroy their fledgling love, with Kalle forced to extreme measures in order to preserve their happiness.

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Black Sheep / Schwarze Schafe (2006) Oliver Rihs, Jule Böwe, Milan Peschel, Jenny Deimling, Comedy

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“Black Sheep” is about urban Berlin Lifestyle. About a bunch of hopeless losers, who are trying, to get the big money with the strangest plans. There is a Ex-Handmodel for Rolex, who wants to seduce a yuppie girl and cheat his insurance company. There is a East-German woman and her drunken artist boyfriend playing Lotto. Some satanists, who are planing a ritual with there grandmother. Two young anarchists, who are testing a new kind of Ego-economy. And last, but not least, three horny Turkish boys, who are stealing cash, to meet a prostitute. A lighthearted, stylish comedy in a electric Berlin, full of surreal moments. About material illusions and true love.

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At Ellen’s Age / Im Alter von Ellen (2010) Pia Marais, Jeanne Balibar, Stefan Stern, Georg Friedrich, Drama

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A woman puts herself through some remarkable changes in this drama from director Pia Marais. Ellen is a flight attendant edging into middle age who is growing disenchanted with her job and gets a wake-up call about her love life when her boyfriend Florian informs her he’s been sleeping with another woman – who is soon to make him a father. Florian proposes that he, Ellen and the other woman could all live together, which doesn’t agree with Ellen, and after she stuffers a panic attack during a flight, Ellen walks away from her job. With no idea of what she wants to do with herself, Ellen almost randomly falls in with a radical animal rights group and embraces a new life of political action, drugs and free love. Has Ellen truly embraced a new life, or is she simply reacting to her anger over what happened to the old one? Im Alter Von Ellen (aka At Ellen’s Age) was an official selection at the 2010 BFI London Film Festival.

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Two Mothers / Zwei Mütter (2013) Anne Zohra Berrached, Karina Plachetka, Sabine Wolf, Florian Weber, Drama

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Katja and Isabella decide to have a child. However, like many lesbian couples they soon discover that this is much more difficult than they first imagined. Citing legal reasons, most of the sperm banks and fertility clinics refuse to treat them. Fortunately, they are able to find one doctor willing to help – for a large sum. After a while, Katja decides she wants to call a halt to their ‘project’ on account of the toll it is taking on their relationship, not to mention their beleaguered bank balance. But Isabella refuses to give up. She finds a dealer who sells them a kit allowing them to perform the insemination in the comfort of their own home. There are plenty of men on his website willing to sell their sperm for various sums and sometimes one or two additional conditions. And so they begin ‘casting’ for a potential donor – a process that drags on for several difficult weeks. This fictional story is part experiment and part salutary tale. Containing all manner of sensitive material such as research, statistics, facts, prognoses, dreams and realities, this exciting work charts the vibrant terrain between fiction and reality.

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Die Drei von der Tankstelle / Three Good Friends (1930) Wilhelm Thiele, Willy Fritsch, Lilian Harvey, Heinz Rühmann, Comedy, Musical, Romance

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Returning home from a holiday, three friends – Willy, Kurt and Hans – learn they are bankrupt. Their fortune has evaporated and their possessions are being seized by the bailiffs. Undeterred, the three friends sell their car and open a petrol station, taking turns to man the petrol pump. Each has, as his first customer, Lilian, a beautiful young woman who easily wins his heart. Lilian, however, realises that she loves only one of them. How can she break the bad news to the other two without ruining their friendship?

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