If you missed this year’s Portland German Film Festival, you will have a second chance to see some of our films at the Seventh Annual International Film Festival at OSU in Corvallis from October 12th-18th, 2015.
The festival is hosted by the School of Language, Culture, and Society in the College of Liberal Arts and the screenings take place at Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th Street, Corvallis.
All films are free and open to the public. You need to obtain a ticket at the Darkside Cinema BEFORE entering the auditorium. Seats are limited – come early for guaranteed seating.
Monday, October 12th
6:00 PM Akte Grüninger (Grüninger’s Fall) 2013 Synopsis: The television film focuses on the events in late summer 1938, when Paul Grüninger saved the lives of up to 3,600 Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria by pre-dating their visas, enabling them to migrate ‘illegally’ to Switzerland. In Swiss German and German with English subtitles.
Tuesday, October 13th
6:00 PM Männer zeigen Filme & Frauen ihre Brüste (Men Show Movies & Women Their Breasts) 2013 Synopsis: Isabell, ambitious director, arrives at the Cannes film festival only to discover that there is not a single movie in the competition directed by a woman! Chauvinistic remarks and clichéd gender stereotypes seemingly prevale in Cannes. Isabell must first find out who really believes in her. In German and French with English subtitles.
Wednesday, October 14th
8:00 PM Wacken (2014) Synopsis: WACKEN OPEN AIR is the biggest 3-day-rock-and-metal-festival in the world. It’s three days of raw energy, non-stop Heavy Metal music at full blast and 80.000 fans on a party frenzy. A true legend, taking place annually since 1990 in the sleepy German country town of Wacken, it attracts fans from all over the world. This documentary takes you on an amazing journey into the fascinating world of the W:O:A community. In English.
Thursday, October 15th
6:00 PM Was heißt hier Ende? (Then Is It the End?) 2015 Synopsis: Critic Michael Althen, who died in May 2011, knew how to get passionate dialogue about cinema going in the most beautiful manner. Colleagues, friends, directors, his wife, and even Althen himself all get to have their say and it’s as if film history itself suddenly started speaking. In German with English subtitles.
Friday, October 16th
8:00 PM Im Keller (In the Basement) 2014 Synopisis: Maverick director Seidl delves into yet another exploration of the dark underside of the human psyche with a look at Austrian basements fitted out as private domains for secrets and fetishes. No desire or proclivity is off limits to Seidl’s camera, which takes in the opera-singing gunslinger, the Hitler-loving brass band, a hunter of exotic species, and the passionate devotees of S&M with both curiosity and compassion. In German with English subtitles. Note: For adult audiences only; some images may be disturbing to more sensitive viewers.
Saturday, October 17th
2:00 PM Shana: The Wolf’s Music (2014) Synopsis: The Canadian First Nations girl Shana is a very gifted musician. But to bring her violin to sing, she must follow the wolf. Nino Jacusso has filmed this captivating coming-of-age drama with sensational beauty and spiritual tenderness. In English.
6:00 PM Die abhandene Welt (The Misplaced World) 2014 Synopsis: By chance Paul Kromberger discovers on the internet a photograph of the US opera diva Caterina Fabiani who is the spitting image of Evelyn, his dead wife. His unease and growing sense of alarm are transferred to his daughter, Sophie. Filled with curiosity, she leaves Germany and journeys across the Atlantic to make contact with this stranger. Little by little, secrets which have been hidden for decades deep in the hearts of the older generation come to light. In German, English and Italian.
8:00 PM Cerro Torre (2013) Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of breathtaking Patagonia, climber David Lama sets out to climb the infamous south-east face of Cerro Torre, a mountain once said to be the most difficult in the world. No one has ever climbed this Needle of Granite in free-climbing style. A documentary about mountaineering, friendship and transformation. It’s a coming of age story that also takes a close look at the state of rock climbing and alpinism, as well as their many philosophies and ethical approaches. In English, Spanish, German and Italian.
Sunday, October 18th
12:00 PM Lola auf der Erbse (Lola on the Pea) 2014 Synopsis: Lola lives on a house boat called “The Pea” with her mother. Since her father vanished into thin air, she has become an outsider at her school. She wants nothing to change until he comes back. But suddenly two events tear Lola out of her lonely world. One: her mother has a new boyfriend, his name is Kurt, he’s a vet, and Lola does everything she can to get her mother and Kurt to split. And then there is Rebin, the mysterious new student in her class: he is a Kurd and lives illegally in Germany with his parents. In German with English subtitles.
2:00 PM Auf das Leben! (To Life!) 2014 Synopsis: When a young drifter begins a friendship with aging and isolated Ruth, their two lives become intimately intertwined. Raised in postwar Germany, Ruth, an ex-cabaret Yiddish performer with a suppressed life force, is struggling with moving into a retirement complex. Wandering throughout the city doing menial jobs, young Jonas tries to avoid being tied down. Auf Das Leben! To Life! follows the two as they embark on an emotional journey to find the strength to embrace the next stages of their lives. In German with English subtitles.