Tag Archives: Germany

Kameradschaft / Comradeship (1931) Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Alexander Granach, Fritz Kampers, Ernst Busch, Drama

Kameradschaft (Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1931)
An old German mine was split in two after the end of WWI because of where the new border was located. In the French part a fire breaks out; the German miners send a rescue group in, helping their French comrades. Three old German miners, who were not treated friendly at a French inn the night before, start their own private rescue through an old tunnel that separated the two mines. Will the official rescue party realize there are others left behind in time to save them?

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Berlin – Ecke Schönhauser (1957) Gerhard Klein, Ekkehard Schall, Ilse Pagé, Ernst-Georg Schwill, Crime, Drama, Romance

Berlin - Ecke Schonhauser (Gerhard Klein, 1957)
The corner Schönhauser Allee in East Berlin is the main meeting-point for a group of adolescents. Dieter is a construction worker who falls in love with Angela. She, in turn, spends time with the clique whenever her mother is occupied with her new lover. “Kohle” stays away from home to avoid his dad’s alcohol problem, and Karl-Heinz is on his way to becoming a small-time criminal. Due to their interest in western music and culture they are regarded as no-goods and rowdies. Things get interesting when an incident forces Dieter and “Kohle” to escape to West Germany.

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Lifelong / Hayatboyu (2013) Asli Özge, Defne Halman, Hakan Çimenser, Gizem Akman, Drama

Nisantasi is a classy Istanbul residential district. Its inhabitants may be rich and beautiful but they are not necessarily happy. This is the case for 52-year-old architect Can and his wife Ela, an artist who is already past her creative prime. Their daughter Nil has left home to study in Ankara. Left to their own devices, the couple realise that their passion for each other is not what it once was. Nonetheless they both feel secure in the safe harbour of a marriage which places no demands for critical questions or complex explanations. One day, Ela happens to overhear her husband talking on the phone. Director Asl? Özge sketches the story of a lost love, filmed in desaturated colours and fashionably cool interiors which emphasise the emptiness that lies hidden beneath the surface. Caught in a thick web of lies, alienation and loneliness, the film’s protagonists appear to have made that typical middle-class mistake of sacrificing their personal lives on the altar of their careers.

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Slumming (2006) Michael Glawogger, Paulus Manker, August Diehl, Michael Ostrowski, Comedy, Drama

Rich slacker Sebastian has little respect for others, especially not women. Riding on his good looks and charm, he easily manipulates people, like his flatmate Alex. He enjoys playing with others; sometimes casually, sometimes cruelly, changing their lives.

Sebastian’s favorite sport is slumming in Vienna’s seedy bars and cafés in search of quirky characters to toy with. He also likes surfing for young women over the internet, seducing them with elaborate stories of truth, half-truth and lies. Grade school teacher Pia is his latest conquest. Or maybe this wallflower who talks too much when she’s nervous has actually conquered him?

Their romance is jeopardized when Pia becomes angry about Sebastian’s latest act of flippant cruelty: just for fun, he and Alex picked up an unconscious drunk off the street and drove him to the Czech Republic, where they dumped him without any ID.

Pia decides to rescue this man, Kallman, a down and out poet whose drinking binges usually result in ranting and raving and aggressive attempts to sell his poems on the street. Little does he know, he’s about to have a moment of sudden revelation, lost and alone in the wintry Czech wildnerness…

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Yara / The Wound (1998) Yilmaz Arslan, Yelda Reynaud, Halil Ergün, Nur Sürer, Drama

Yara (1999)
Hulya, the daughter of a family who migrated to Germany from Turkey (Yelda Reynaud), after a while will be sent back to Turkey on the grounds that psychological problems. Hulya began to live with his uncle in Turkey, runs away from home to find a way. All he wants is to go back to Germany. In this journey to Germany, crosses paths with different people from one another. However, the road passes through the prison and the madhouse Hulya.

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König der Diebe / King of Thieves (2004) Ivan Fíla, Lazar Ristovski, Iakov Kultiasov, Katharina Thalbach, Drama

Konig der Diebe (2004)
Two amateur circus kids from a poor Ukrainian village, ten-year-old Barbu and his older sister Mimma, are sold to a circus artist called Caruso who promises them a career in the West. Caruso smuggles them to Berlin and separates them from each other. Mimma is sold to prostitution, while Barbu is taught to snatch purses together with an older Albanian boy Marcel. Barbu finds out about Mimma’s fate and decides to free her from the brothel.

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