Monthly Film Series

TOUR DE FORCE (Hin und Weg)

WED. AUGUST 9, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Germany 2014, 95 min.

Director: Christian Zübert   Cast:  Florian David Fitz, Julia Koschitz, Jürgen Vogel |

Belgium, of all places! What's Belgium got besides chocolates and fries? No matter, this year it was Hannes' and Kiki's turn to choose the destination of their annual bike tour with their closest friends. They all look forward to the adventure, after all they know that what counts the most is the time they spend together.


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SISSI: THE YOUNG EMPRESS (Sissi-die junge Kaiserin)

WED. September 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Austria 1956, 107 min

Directed by: Ernst Marischka,  Cast: Romy Schneider, Karl Heinz Bohm, Magda Schenider,

Through her Hungarian teacher, the young Empress Sissi is enchanted by Hungary, a country she has never visited, but feels an affinity with. The Council of Ministers wants to punish some Hungarian rebels, but Emperor Franz Joseph gives all the rebels amnesty, including their leader, Count Andrassy.


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POWER TO CHANGE – THE ENERGY REBELLION

WED. OCTOBER 11, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Germany 2016, 94 min

Director & Screenplay Carl A. Fechner

Could Germany be using 100% renewable energy by 2030? It’s a belief held by Edy Kraus, a project developer whose idea is to generate energy from pellets made out of renewable resources and waste materials. He’s confident this goal is attainable even though every year the German economy currently spends around 100 billion euros on fossil fuels. Kraus is one of several green revolutionaries featured in POWER TO CHANGE – THE ENERGY REBELLION who are striving to develop renewable innovations.


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MY GERMAN FRIEND (El amigo alemán)

WED. NOVEMBER 8, 2017 – 7:00 PM

Germany/ Argentina 2012, 100 min

Argentina, in the middle fifties. Sulamit is the daughter of German-Jewish refugees. Friedrich is the son of German-Nazis refugees. Both children are closely friends as times goes by between the fall of Peron's Government in 1955 and the years of prison, torture and death in Argentina since 1976 to 1983.


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SISSI: THE FATEFUL YEARS OF AN EMPRESS (Sissi-Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin)

WED. December 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Austria 1957, 109 min

Directed by: Ernst Marischka,  Cast: Romy Schneider, Karl Heinz Bohm, Magda Schneider,

The young Empress Sissi is staying at the Godolle Palace in Hungary with her little daughter and some court people. Here she can be herself, liberated from all the strict court rules in Austria. She spends her days with Count Andrassy, riding in the woods. At a ball in his castle he declares his love for her.


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KARL MARX CITY (Karl Marx City)

WED. JANUARY 10, 2018 - 7:00 PM

USA/ Germany 2016, Documentary , 89 min - Language: German/ English

Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to the proletarian Oz of her childhood to find the truth about her late father’s suicide and his rumored Stasi past. Had he been an informant for the secret police? Was her childhood an elaborate fiction? As she looks for answers in the Stasi’s extensive archives, she pulls back the curtain of her own nostalgia and enters the parallel world of the security state, seeing her former life through the lens of the oppressor. Reconstructing everyday GDR life through declassified Stasi surveillance footage, the past plays like dystopian science fiction, providing a chilling backdrop to interrogate the apparatus of control and the meaning of truth in a society where every action and thought was suspect.


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AGNES (Agnes)

WED. February 14, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Germany 2016
105 min / In German, with English Subtitles
 

Director: Johannes Schmid

Cast: Odine Johne, Stephan Kampwirth, Sonja Baum, Walter Hess, Berit Karla Menze, Oliver Bürgin

The non-fiction author Walter falls for the physics student Agnes. He is fascinated by her extreme attitude towards life and her reserved appearance, which is quite the opposite of his quiet and regular life. When Agnes encourages him to follow his passion for writing fiction, he starts to work on a book, a portrait of how he sees her.


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