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Die Kümmeltürkin geht / Melek Leaves (1985) Jeanine Meerapfel, Melek Tez, Documentary

Melek Leaves (1985)
All speak of the “problem of foreigners” in West Germany. This film deliberately shows that this issue is primarily a German problem. the very personal story of Melek, a Turkish 38, after living 14 years in West Berlin, decides to return to their homeland account. The film portrays a woman out of the ordinary, one juggler of survival, a woman who forces us to rethink the image is generally on Turkish women. Melek does not let pigeonhole commonplace. And, in the same way, it is difficult to label the film about Melek: It is a mix between documentary and fiction, a mixture of associations and images of Berlin and Turkey. The film is an attempt to describe the invisible wounds that are afflicted with a foreign worker in the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Brüder / Brothers (1929) Werner Hochbaum, Gyula Balogh, Erna Schumacher, Ilse Berger, Drama

Brothers (1929)
“Brüder”, a film directed by Herr Werner Hochbaum ( who was a remarkable film director in the talkie 30’s ), was one of those films which showed the harsh daily life of the working class. The film depicts, in a kind of fictional documentary, the 1896 Hamburg dockworkers’ strike: the workers receive meagre wages for hard work and live under miserable conditions and finally go on strike (to make matters more personal, one of the strikers has a brother who is a policeman). Even though the inspiration for the story was an event that took place in the XIX century, things had little changed by the troublesome twenties so the story had a perfect contemporary ring.

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Im Staub der Sterne / In the Dust of the Stars (1976) Gottfried Kolditz, Jana Brejchová, Alfred Struwe, Ekkehard Schall, Sci-Fi

In the Dust of the Stars (1976)
After a six year journey, the Spaceship Cyrno lands on the planet TEM 4 from where they had received a call for help. Strangely enough, the Temers deny having sent this message. As commander Akala prepares the spaceship to leave they get an invitation from the rich ruler of TEM 4 to be a part of a lush party. Not only do the opulent food and the seductive dancers cloud their minds, but also the drugs mixed into their food manipulate their consciousness. Only navigator Suko was left behind on the spaceship for security reasons and makes an unexpected, terrible discovery.

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Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky / A Trick of the Light (1995) Wim Wenders, Stefan Barber, Wiebke Bayer, Nadine Büttner, Biography, Drama, Documentary

A Trick of the Light (1995)
A rare gem of cinematic storytelling that weaves docudrama, fictional reenactment, and experimental photography into a powerful, reflective work on the early days of German cinema. The film tells the story of the Skladanowsky Brothers, the German-born duo responsible for inventing the “bioskop”, an early version of the film projector.

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Auf der anderen Seite / The Edge of Heaven (2007) Fatih Akin, Baki Davrak, Gürsoy Gemec, Cengiz Daner, Drama

Auf der anderen Seite AKA The Edge of Heaven (2007)
Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali’s choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter’s university studies. Yeter’s sudden death distances father and son. Nejat travels to Istanbul to search for Yeter’s daughter Ayten. Political activist Ayten has fled the Turkish police and is already in Germany. She is befriended by a young woman, Lotte, who invites rebellious Ayten to stay in her home, a gesture not particularly pleasing to her conservative mother Susanne. When Ayten is arrested and her asylum plea is denied, she is deported and imprisoned in Turkey. Lotte travels to Turkey,where she gets caught up in the seemingly hopeless situation of freeing Ayten.

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Céleste (1980) Percy Adlon, Eva Mattes, Jürgen Arndt, Norbert Wartha, Biography, Drama

Celeste (1980)
In 1914, with men gone to war, Marcel Proust hired Céleste Albaret as his attendant. More than eight years later, she was at his side when he died. During this entire time, she only entered his room when he rang for her, sleeping from 9 AM to 3 PM to wait during the night while he wrote. Marcel uses her as more than a servant: she is his muse, telling stories of her childhood to stir his remembrance of things past; she’s in cahoots with him as he manipulates those he wants to draw on for his writing; she listens appalled to his descriptions of the underside of Paris. Hers is a life of love and sweet devotion as he races time to finish his work before death.

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