Germany

Herrmann Zschoche – Sieben Sommersprossen AKA Seven Freckles (1978)

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SYNOPSIS: Having once lived in the same house as young children, Caroline and Robby meet again at summer camp years later. Now 15-years-old, a relationship begins to build between the two old friends, but there are many obstacles getting in the way of their love. The other camp counselors disapprove of the love affair between Caroline and Robby and try everything to keep them apart. At camp, their regiment is strict and the camp director’s only interest is in keeping his campers in tip-top shape through serious exercise routines, and leaving no time for the youngsters to get acquainted. The campers choose to perform a play, Romeo and Juliet, and it is soon discovered that Caroline has competition for Robby’s love after he is chosen for the role of Romeo. Read More »

Werner Nekes – Diwan (1974)

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“Diwan, a lyric anthology, an outdoor movie with people. With people living in the surrounding precious and very beautifully photographed nature, are neither more nor less than one part of it. What Nekes manages there with landscape, as a cunning and quote many fine artist in a medium that runs in time, as he defeated the time changed, by themselves for change of scenery uses, as it interferes with the laws of chronology through the rewind ability of the camera or destroyed, which is a compelling and highly aesthetic experimental company.” Read More »

Jan Speckenbach – Die Vermissten (2012)

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All of a sudden, 16-year-old Martha vanishes. Her father Lothar, who for years has had no contact with her or his ex-wife, sets off unwilling to find her. He soon realises other young people are also vanishing from the city inexplicably. Lothar follows their trail across the country. He meets the occasional young person but the trail goes cold. In the next city he encounters militia groups and a reinforced police presence. Children are forbidden to be on the streets unless accompanied by adults. The world has changed… Read More »

Werner Schroeter – Eika Katappa (1969)

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Collage of dramatic scenes, some exaggerated to comic effect, with asynchronous sound from well known classic, operatic, and rock and roll music – with different approaches to love, suffering, and death. Read More »

Angela Schanelec – Der traumhafte Weg (2016)

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Angela Schanelec’s first feature since 2010 is the much-anticipated Der traumhafte Weg, a serious work that is deliberately constructed image upon image and allows the viewer to read a seemingly realistic, yet artificially created world as it is being experienced, yet ultimately works against any simple narrative comprehension. The best way to tackle Der traumhafte Weg is to proceed, scene by scene, with a description of the shots, of how within the shots the characters are framed, how the characters gaze, how they hold their bodies… In other words, it is an Angela Schanelec film, where attention is required and rewarded, and the characters are at the mercy of the elements of chance. Read More »

Rainer Werner Fassbinder – Lili Marleen (1981)

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Late Fassbinder melodrama. In Switzerland German singer ‘Willie’ falls in love with Jewish composer ‘Robert’ who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees. But his family thinks that ‘Willie’ is also a Nazi and may be a risk for them. One day ‘Willie’ helps ‘Robert’ but has to stay in Germany. As Willie starts to sing the song ‘Lili Marleen’ she becomes very famous and every soldier hears that song via radio at 8 pm. Although even Hitler wants to meet her she still does not forget ‘Robert’ and helps to smuggle photos of concentration camps to the free Switzerland. When ‘Robert’ wants to visit her he is captured he can finally get free again but he will never see Willie again until war is over. Read More »

Helene Hegemann – Torpedo (2008)

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After her mother’s death, 15-year old Mia moves in with her aunt, the actress Cleo, who lives with her son Fritzi in a shared apartment in Berlin. Mia lingers for stability and attention but in between Cleo’s rehearsals at the theatre and her relationally disturbed housemate Elisa, she finds herself in a world of adults who themselves seem to be unable to cope with life. (cineuropa) Read More »