In the little town of Herzsprung almost nothing has changed since German unification – except a rise in unemployment. Johanna, a young mother and widow, becomes one of the unemployed and lives on welfare. To make matters worse, her husband commits suicide and she falls in love with a dark-skinned, roving adventurer; the whole village starts talking about it.
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Prague Duet / Lies and Whispers (1998) Roger L. Simon, Gina Gershon, Rade Serbedzija, Patricia Hodge, Drama, Romance
Dr. Lauren is staying in Prague for a conference and falls in love with Czech writer Jiri Kolmar. However, she learns some awful secrets about Jiri’s family during the Nazi occupation and the concentration camps.
Roufa (Abdel Kechiche) is an attractive young man, and that works out well for him because he is a practitioner of “bezness:” he’s a sex-for-hire boy for the tourists who come to Tunisia. His girlfriend deeply resents his having sex with other women but doesn’t seem much bothered that a rich German man he’s been having sex with is hoping to sponsor him in Europe.
Goya – oder Der arge Weg der Erkenntnis / Goya, or the Hard Way to Enlightenment (1971) Konrad Wolf, Donatas Banionis, Olivera Katarina, Fred Düren, Tatyana Lolova, Drama
As a painter in the court of King Carlos IV, Goya – played by the great Lithuanian actor Donatas Banionis (The Red Tent, Solaris) – has attained wealth and reputation. He believes in King and Church, yet he is also a Spaniard who dearly loves his people.
The Big Bust Out (1972) Ernst R. von Theumer, Tony Kendall, Monica Teuber, William Berger, Action, Thriller, Erotic
The Polar Bear King / Kvitebjørn Kong Valemon (1991) Ola Solum, Jack Fjeldstad, Maria Bonnevie, Tobias Hoesl, Family, Adventure, Fantasy
After his father is killed, King Valemon ascends the throne, only to be turned into a polar bear by a bitter witch who wants to be his queen. Valemon must find a bride in the seven year span that he’ll be a polar bear, and so he travels to Winterland and finds a wife to take home.
Tatort: Kurzschluß (1975) Wolfgang Petersen, Günter Lamprecht, Dieter Laser, Klaus Schwarzkopf, Crime, Drama
A bankruptcy has consequences. The perpetrator, Kallweit, takes the trading agent Höllbrock as hostage and curse car driver on the flight. Freidahl, who is guilty of being guilty, can pursue her, and the perpetrator has to leave the prey some time.
Fluchtweg St. Pauli – Großalarm für die Davidswache / Hot Traces of St. Pauli (1971) Wolfgang Staudte, Horst Frank, Christiane Krüger, Heinz Reincke, Thriller
The dangerous violent criminal Willy Jensen flees from a prison in Hamburg and seeks shelter at his brother Heinz’ apartment. Heinz, an honest taxi-driver, believes in his innocence and helps him – until Willy kills another man in a robbery. After an argument Willy takes his wife Vera, who now lives with Heinz, as hostage on his further flight from the police.
Rahima (23) and Nedim (14) are orphans of the Bosnian war. They live in Sarajevo, a transitional society that has lost its moral compass, including in the way it treats children of the people who were killed fighting for the freedom of their city.
Wiener Blut / Viennese Spirit (1942) Willi Forst, Willy Fritsch, Maria Holst, Hans Moser, Comedy, Music
Willy Forst of course is famous for looking back on the ‘old Vienna’ in a mixture of nostalgia and gentle irony in his films, but “Wiener Blut” may be the one which most highlights the question of what makes the ‘true’ Viennese style. We get a first answer right at the beginning, when Forst himself masqueraded as a medieval alchemist mixes the ingredients for the brew of this film, which are ‘humour’, ‘frivolity’, ‘heart’, ‘history’ and most of all, ‘music’. And the film gets this mixture right.