Various – Deutschland 09 – 13 kurze Filme zur Lage der Nation AKA Germany 09: 13 Short Films About the State of the Nation (2009)

Thirteen noted German filmmakers offer their impressions of the past, present and future of the land they call home in this anthology. Coordinated by Tom Tykwer, Deutschland 09, 13 kurze Filme zur Lage der Nation is comprised of thirteen twelve-minute films, each from a different director and each focusing on an individual aspect of Germany’s political and social reality, spanning the six decades that encompassed World War II, the post-war “Economic Miracle,” the tumult of the 1960’s, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of the two Germanys, and the new era of reform that emerged in the 21st Century. Read More »

Harun Farocki – Das doppelte Gesicht: Peter Lorre aka The Double Face of Peter Lorre (1984)

Arnold Hohmann wrote:
Peter Lorre achieved international fame for his performance in the myth-making role in M. This character has held a peculiar fascination for generations of cinephiles. However, at the time, whilst such success meant recognition, it also weighed on the Hungarian actor as a constrictive burden. Using photographs and film extracts, Das doppelte Gesicht reconstructs the ups and downs of Lorre’s career, taking into consideration the economic imperatives and workings of the film industry at the time. Read More »

Mira Fornay – Cook Fuck Kill (2019)

Jaroslav K. seems to be a good son, father, and a decent husband. In reality, he is pathologically jealous of his beautiful wife Blanka, and his biggest nightmare is that she and their three kids might leave him one day. Jaroslav K. and his family do not shy away from violence and cheating, which eventually results in a tragedy. This drama about one strange family, scheming, and Jaroslav’s efforts to have his way utilizes computer games aesthetics. Read More »

Dominik Graf – Das Gelübde (2007)

Clemens Brentano, an artist in his prime, no longer wants to be an artist. The poet and bon vivant goes to the bedside of the nun Anna Katharina Emmerich as a simple “scribe of God’s wonders” to write down her visions and views. Emmerich became famous for her stigmata of Christ, which appeared on her chest, forehead and hands. In order to receive comfort and encouragement, believers make pilgrimages to the sickbed of the weakened nun. Brentano places great hope in his encounter with her. But the meeting of the famous poet and the nun becomes a crossroads for both of them. Read More »

Sam Wood – Kings Row (1942)

Five children in an apparently ideal American small town find their lives changing as the years pass near the turn of the century in 1900. Parris and Drake, both of whom have lost their parents, are best friends; Parris dreams of becoming a doctor, studying under the father of his sweetheart Cassie, while Drake plans on becoming a local businessman when he receives his full inheritance – juggling girlfriends in the meantime. As they become adults, the revelations of local secrets threaten to ruin their hopes and dreams… Read More »

Oleg Teptsov – Gospodin oformitel AKA Mister Designer (1987)

In this surreal take on Pygmalion set in 1900s St. Petersburg, Russia, a time known in art as Russian Decadence, a famous artist and decorator, Platon Andreevich, strives to find the secret to eternal life through the beautiful mannequins he creates, and his latest masterpiece, more perfect in his hubristic mind than anything that God had ever created, is based on a young dying girl. However, years later, he meets the wife of a rich merchant, who looks just like the now supposedly long time dead girl he used as model for his perfect mannequin. The artist becomes obsessed with uncovering the woman’s mysterious past, which puts him in grave danger. Read More »

Salomé Lamas – Eldorado XXI (2016)

Set in the highest settlement in the world, La Rinconada y Cerro Lunar (5500m), in the Peruvian Andes. Moved by the same interests as in the ancient times, people live and work in the most precarious of conditions. An illusion of gold and a better life leads men to self destruction. Read More »