Germany

Zbynek Brynych – Die Weibchen AKA Femmine carnivore AKA The Females (1970)

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Outrageous sleaze joins an exclusive health clinic only to discover it’s run by feminist cannibals. Read More »

Raoul Peck – Le jeune Karl Marx AKA The Young Karl Marx (2017)

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The early years of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Jenny Marx, between Paris, Brussels and London.
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Can – Rockpalast From The Archives (1970)

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The First Filmed Live Performance Of Can

Rockpalast From The Archives: Can

Live from the “Karussell Der Jugend” club in the German city of Soest.
The first filmed live performance of the German Kraut-Legend featuring Damo Suzuki.
It is hard to believe today that once one of the most influential German bands played in a small town in a state funded youth club (no alcohol allowed!). Read More »

Michael Koch – Marija (2016)

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Marija, a young Ukranian woman, earns a living as a cleaning woman in a hotel in Dortmund, but dreams of having her own hairstyling salon, and puts away some money each month. But when she is fired without notice, her dream is suddenly postponed to an uncertain future. Jobless and under financial pressure, she is forced to look for alternatives but, in order to achieve her goal, she is ready to discard her body, her social relationships and her own feelings. Read More »

Nicolette Krebitz – Wild (2016)

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After an encounter with a wolf, a young woman (Lilith Stangenberg) casts off societal conventions to live a life free of hypocrisy.

Wild is a 2016 German drama film directed by Nicolette Krebitz. It was shown in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

caught this one in theatres last year. entire row of old ladies behind me walked out after complaining pretty loudly for a good half hour Read More »

Werner Nekes – Uliisses (1982)

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The film is a Homeric journey through the history of cinema. Its theme is based on the mythological Odysseus of Homer, the Ulysses of James Joyce, and the synthetic figure, Telemach/Phil, from the 24-hour-long piece «The Warp,» by Neil Oram. Werner Nekes combines these three figures, and he shows their stories within the history of «lighterature,» writing with light = film. His central theme, however, is visual language in of itself: Odysseus/Bloom is transformed into Uli the Photographer, Penelope/Molly into his model, and Telemach/Stephen into Phil, who begins his «Telemachia». The connecting of their three lives occurs during the course of a single day, in September of 1980, in Germany’s industrial Ruhrgebiet region, preceding the elections in the Federal Republic. Read More »

Ulrike Ottinger – Freak Orlando (1981)

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As Orlando (Magdalena Montezuma) enters the world of “freaks,” the movie develops scenes from a mythological netherworld, the Spanish Inquisition, the Middle Ages, and a few other settings to focus on unusual characters with physical or mental oddities. By the time the various vignettes that take place in these separate periods are completed, each with their own points and counterpoints, the “freaks” seem much less odd than their physically normal contemporaries. After Orlando has revealed much about the human condition through glimpses of a P.T. Barnum side-show, Siamese twins, as well as modern sexual morés, her journey with the viewer is completed. The device of Orlando, the time-traveler and liberated bisexual is based on Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando: A Biography.” The same set of actors play different roles in each of the five chronological segments. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi Read More »