Tag Archives: Germany

Marseille (2004) Angela Schanelec, Maren Eggert, Emily Atef, Alexis Loret, Drama

Marseille (2004)
Sophie, a young photographer, exchanges her apartment with a student from Marseille. It is February and Marseille seems harsh and closed in the bright sun. Sophie dives into the city, she is alone, she takes photographs. In an auto-repair garage, she asks a young mechanic, Pierre, if he can get her a car. Two days later they meet again and spend the evening in a bar, captivated by the lightness of not knowing anything about each other. Sophie is happy. When she returns to Berlin, she is immediately immersed again in her former life. Her love for Ivan, the husband of her best friend Hanna, remains undeclared and the relationship between Hanna and Ivan seems to dominate. Sophie remains on the outside, yearns to leave, and decides to travel to Marseille for a second time.

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Das Kaninchen bin ich / The Rabbit Is Me (1965) Kurt Maetzig, Angelika Waller, Alfred Müller, Ilse Voigt, Drama, Romance

Das Kaninchen bin ich (1965)
The Rabbit Is Me was made in 1965 to encourage discussion of the democratization of East German society. In it, a young student has an affair with a judge who once sentenced her brother for political reasons; she eventually confronts him with his opportunism and hypocrisy. It is a sardonic portrayal of the German Democratic Republic’s judicial system and its social implications. The film was banned by officials as an anti-socialist, pessimistic and revisionist attack on the state. It henceforth lent its name to all the banned films of 1965, which became known as the “Rabbit Films.” After its release in 1990, The Rabbit Is Me earned critical praise as one of the most important and courageous works ever made in East Germany. It was screened at The Museum of Modern Art in 2005 as part of the film series Rebels with a Cause: The Cinema of East Germany.

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Djöflaeyjan / Devil’s Island (1996) Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, Baltasar Kormákur, Gísli Halldórsson, Sigurveig Jónsdóttir

Djoflaeyjan (1996)
Djoflaeyjan takes place in Reykjavik in the years following World War II. The British and American occupation army has left their bunkers behind. They became homes to hundreds of lower-class people who were pouring into the capital during those years. Djoflaeyjan tells the story of the struggle and often humorous life of people in the bunkers in those difficult times.

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Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo / We Children from Bahnhof Zoo (1981) Uli Edel, Natja Brunckhorst, Eberhard Auriga, Peggy Bussieck, Biography, Drama

Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (1981)
This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14-year-old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-story apartment building in Berlin. She’s fascinated by ‘The Sound’, a new disco with the most modern equipment. Although legally she’s too young, she asks a friend to take her. There, she meets Detlef, who’s in a clique where everybody’s on drugs. Step by step she gets drawn deeper into the scene.

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L’ingorgo: Una storia impossibile / Traffic Jam (1979) Luigi Comencini, Alberto Sordi, Annie Girardot, Fernando Rey, Drama

L'ingorgo Una storia impossibile (1979)
A tremendous congestion hit the Roma highway ring. The biggest traffic jam ever seen endures for more than 36 hours. People blocked in their cars react at the beginning normally. But the more the time advance the more we are witness of personal dramas, hysteric reactions and more. All the episodes are linked like one only plot. Cars and their hosts are a microcosm of stories part of a major universe: the congestion.

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