Germany

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 »

Fritz Lang – M [Universum, 80th Anniversary Edition] (1931)

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The horror of the faces: That is the overwhelming image that remains from a recent viewing of the restored version of “M,” Fritz Lang’s famous 1931 film about a child murderer in Germany. In my memory it was a film that centered on the killer, the creepy little Franz Becker, played by Peter Lorre. But Becker has relatively limited screen time, and only one consequential speech–although it’s a haunting one. Most of the film is devoted to the search for Becker, by both the police and the underworld, and many of these scenes are played in closeup. In searching for words to describe the faces of the actors, I fall hopelessly upon “piglike.” Read More »

Helma Sanders-Brahms – Erdbeben in Chili AKA Earthquake in Chile (1975)

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When the church discovers that Josefa is pregnant, she is sentenced to death by decapitation. Her lover Jeronimo is jailed before he can rescue her. When fate intervenes in the form of a massive earthquake, the two lovers have no idea what is in store for them. Read More »