Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Films From Germany

German Currents: New Films From Germany 

September 30 - October 4

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403 

Wedenesday, September 30- 7:30 PM

2008, Musicbox Films, 126 min. Dir. Philipp Stolzl.
Los Angeles Premiere!
With the 1936 Berlin Olympics looming, the Nazi party needs some hometown heroes. Benno Furman and Florian Lukas play the Germans who attempt to become the first to scale the near-vertical Eiger's North Face in the Alps, trying to beat a pair of Austrian climbers in this grippingly staged account that boasts plenty of white-knuckle thrills. "The climbing scenes have real grit, plus a chill factor that reaches deep into the viewer's bones..." -- Derek Elley, Variety.
Discussion following with producer Boris Schönfelder and actor Benno Fürmann.

Thursday, October 1 - 7:30 PM - Double Feature

2009, Film Movement, 110 min. Dir. Hans-Christian Schmid.
Los Angeles Premiere!
Kerry Fox stars as a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal in the Hague who must persuade a Bosnian witness (Anamaria Marinca of "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days") to give evidence against a suspected Serbian war criminal. "...a different kind of political thriller ... a reality check for a genre in which the good guys somehow always come out on top."
-- Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter

2008, 87 min. Dir. Santiago Zannou.
Los Angeles Premiere!
Director Niko von Glasow sets out to find 11 people who, like him, were born disabled due to the effects of the drug Thalidomide, to photograph them nude for a calendar. Winner of the 2009 Lola (German Film Award) for best documentary. Discussion in between films with director Hans-Christian Schmid (STORM), producer Britta Knöller (STORM) and director Niko von Glasow (NOBODY'S PERFECT).

Friday, October 2 - 7:30 PM  - Double Feature
2008, 120 min. Dir. Marco Kreuzpaintner.
Los Angeles Premiere!
Based on Otfried Preussler's 1971 children's book, "Krabat," is set in plague-ravaged 18th-century Europe. Krabat (David Kross of "The Reader") is a 14-year-old orphan who finds sanctuary at a mill run by a mysterious called the Master, but soon discovers his teacher is linked with dark forces. "...(A) riveting Faustian tale of teenage boys seduced by the lure of black magic that goes darker than even Harry Potter dares." 
2009, 112 min. Dir. Ben Verbong.
Los Angeles Premiere!
Cancer-stricken Laura (Katharina Schubert) returns to her parents' house, where her estranged sisters try to convince her to go back into treatment. Laura watches as her visibly uncomfortable sisters grapple with their emotions and unresolved family issues. Veteran actress Senta Berger co-stars. Discussion in between with director Marco Kreuzpaintner, producers Uli Putz , Jens Oberwetter (KRABAT), producer Anita Elsani and actress Julia-Maria Köller (LIKE IT OR NOT).

Saturday, October 3 - 4:00 PM  - Family Matinee
2009, 98 min. Dir. Christian Ditter.
Los Angeles Premiere!
Ten-year-old Hannes wants to join the Vorstadtkrokodile (Suburban Crocodiles), the coolest gang in town, but the initiation goes awry and his life is saved by the wheelchair-bound Kai, who is also desperate to join. Kai suddenly becomes of great interest to the gang when he is the only witness to a break-in. Based on a beloved German young-adult novel, the film won the top prize at the Munich International Film Festival's children's awards. Discussion following with director Christian Ditter.

Saturday, October 3 - 7:30 PM  - Double Feature 
2008, 100 min. Dir. Hannes Stohr.
Los Angeles Premiere! Globe-trotting DJ and electronic music composer Martin, aka DJ Ickarus (real-life musician Paul Kalkbrenner), returns to the hot-house rave scene in Berlin to record his highly anticipated new album -- but internal and external pressures take their toll. Shot on location in Berlin's hottest dance clubs. "Kalkbrenner has the appropriate energy, and obvious familiarity with the scene, to carry the story..." -- Jay Weissberg, Variety.
2009, 94 min. Dirs. Marcus Mittermeier, Jan Henrik Stahlberg.
Los Angeles Premiere!
Three German friends dreaming of fortune and fame start their own boy band and hop on a plane to America to pursue their goal. "Co-directors Marcus Mittermeier and Jan Henrik Stahlberg gleefully send up the voyeuristic world of live TV and its ability to turn ordinary, no-talent folks into superstars, gloriously subverting conventions of the road movie and music video while they're at it." - Variety. Discussion in between films with director Jan Henrik Stahlberg (SHORT CUT) and director Hannes Stöhr (BERLIN CALLING).

Sunday, October 4 - 3:00 PM

2008, 107 min. Dir. Helma Sanders-Brahm.
Los Angeles Premiere!
This true story depicts Clara Schumann (Martina Gedeck from The Baader Meinhof Complex'), a gifted pianist and composer, and her relationships with her husband, Robert Schumann (Pascal Greggory), and the much younger Johannes Brahms (Malik Zidi), who moves in with the Schumann family. "Gedeck ('The Lives of Others,') gives Clara a grounded quality that serves the role well, and she's especially convincing in her piano-playing scenes . while Zidi expectedly steals the show as Brahms." - Variety.

Sunday, October  4 - 7:30 PM

2008, 151 min.
Director Heinrich Breloer focuses on the fourth generation of the Buddenbrook mercantile family in his adaptation of Thomas Mann's novel. Armin Mueller-Stahl leads the cast of big-name German actors. Discussion following with producer Matthias Esche, director Heinrich Breloer and actor Armin Mueller-Stahl. 

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