Tag Archives: German

Sandra Wollner – The Trouble with Being Born (2020)

Elli is an android programmed with memories that mean everything to her owner but nothing to her. The story of a machine and the ghosts we all carry within us. Read More »

Janusz Morgenstern – Ambulans AKA The Ambulance (1961)

“Ambulance” is a less than 10-minute etude with metaphorical overtones. The film opens with Hitler’s off-screen speech about the necessity of destroying the Jewish race. The appeal ends with the image of a group of children waiting in an empty square for their last journey. The title ambulance, which is normally used to save lives, becomes a tool of their extermination. Read More »

Katja von Garnier – Bandits (1997)

Four female cons who have formed a band in prison get a chance to play at a police ball outside the walls. They take the chance to escape. Being on the run from the law they even make it to sell their music and become famous outlaws.

The film stars Katja Riemann, Jasmin Tabatabai, Nicolette Krebitz and Jutta Hoffmann. Both the film and soundtrack album were commercially successful in Germany, but Bandits grossed less than $25,000 in the United States. Much of the soundtrack was written and performed by the actresses themselves. The soundtrack reached number one in the German album charts. Read More »

Peter Nestler – Verteidigung der Zeit (2007)

Peter Nestler’s poetic documentary Verteidigung der Zeit is not only an hommage to Jean-Marie Straub’s and Danièle Huillet’s film Quei loro incontri (2005), but also to their access to cinema itself. In various encounters and conversations Nestler offers an insight into their life and work, including passages from Italian poet Cesare Pavese. Read More »

Rudolf Jugert – Kennwort… Reiher (1964)

Film Synopsis:
France 1944: American pilot Philip Sturgess is shot down but found by a resistance group. In the neighborhood Sturgess meets another American and shortly thereafter the British Major Barton, called “Reiher”. He claims to have fled a German prison camp. Shortly before leaving for Spain to escape the Nazis, Sturgess discovers that Barton has written a letter to Germany. This confirms the suspicion that he could be a German spy… Read More »

Eugen York – Das Fräulein von Scuderi AKA The Young Woman of Scuderi (1955)

The setting is Paris under the reign of Louis XIV, the Roi Soleil. Cardillac, a goldsmith, is rightly regarded as a master of his craft. His pieces of jewellery are first-class works of art and so he has great difficulty parting from them, especially because he knows that one precious piece is only the price the beaux and gallants at the royal court have to pay for one amorous night with an aristocratic Lady. Whenever the goldsmith fails to talk a customer out of buying a piece, he waylays him in the dark of night… Cardillac is a merciless killer. The hopes of the lovers dashing off to their rendezvous are thoroughly disappointed: Instead of finding their way into their sweetheart’s arms, they end up stabbed to death by a goldsmith pathologically hankering after his own jewellery. Read More »

Ramon Zürcher & Silvan Zürcher – Das Mädchen und die Spinne AKA The Girl and the Spider (2021)

Lisa is moving out of the apartment she has shared with Mara and into one where she will live alone. As boxes are transported, walls painted white, and furniture is assembled, underlying problems in need of fixing are revealed, a to-do list expands, and desires and needs flair up… A tragicomic catastrophe film. A poetic ballad about change and transience which invites the viewer into a panopticon of forms of human relationships, meandering between a study of everyday life, a fairy-tale and a psychological portrait of a brittle world. After The Strange Little Cat, this is the second part of a planned trilogy about human togetherness. Read More »