Germany

Valeska Grisebach – Sehnsucht aka Longing (2006)

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The second feature of German director Valeska Grisebach is one of the pleasant surprises of the Berlin Competition here – a quietly unassuming tale of marital infidelity told in a brisk 90 minutes that is unexpectedly packed with a raw emotional power. It derives that power as much from the non-professional actors’ performances as from Grisebach’s austere approach to the material. Sehnsucht (Longing) is one of those rare films for which the overused axiom “less is more” is totally justified. With her latest feature, Grisebach could give the Dardenne brothers a run for their money. Read More »

Klaus Lemke – Sylvie (1973)

Fashion model Sylvie falls asleep drunk in the cab of Munich taxi driver Paul, and an impossible love affair beckons. Renegade director Klaus Lemke had previously startled German TV audiences with the biker drama Rocker, announcing an unprecedented, unvarnished freshness and authenticity with nonprofessional actors, real dialect and on-the-fly style. In Sylvie, he adds a disarming tenderness. Read More »

Burhan Qurbani – Shahada (2010)

The fates of three German-born Muslims in Berlin collide as they struggle to find their place between faith and modern life in contemporary western society, caught at a crossroads where alluring liberated lifestyles conflict with deeply-rooted traditions. Read More »

Lars Henning – Security (2006)

A security guard catches a young woman stealing in a supermarket, but something about
her makes him do something he has never done before. Read More »

Olaf Encke & Claudia Romero – Judas & Jesus (2009)

This short animation gives you quiet another take on the life and death of Jesus.
This is the New Testament as if told by Jess Franco and Chuck Jones. Read More »

Niko von Glasow-Brücher – Edelweißpiraten AKA Edelweiss Pirates (2004)

ksandness from United States wrote:
While the title makes it sound like a combination of The Sound of Music and a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, this is actually a serious film about the real-life Edelweiss Piraten, a loosely organized gang of German anti-Hitler youth who harassed the Nazis and hid Jews and others who were in trouble. Read More »

Tatjana Turanskyj – Eine flexible Frau AKA The Drifters (2010)

Greta: 40, an architect, mother of a 12-year-old son, separated from her husband, recently unemployed. She starts working in a call center but is soon dismissed once again. She does everything in her power to keep hanging on in there, starts drinking and drifts through the city, torn between the pressure to confirm and the spirit of contradiction. Read More »