AMNESIA
2015, Film Movement, 96 min, Switzerland/France, Dir: Barbet Schroeder

This 1990s-set tale of German expats brings director Barbet Schroeder back to Ibiza, the scene of his debut feature, though the soundtrack here is techno rather than Pink Floyd. Twenty-something composer Jo (Max Riemelt) has come over from Berlin hoping to get a job as a DJ in the new nightclub on the island, Amnesia. Martha (Marthe Keller) has been living alone in her house facing the sea for 40 years. One night Jo knocks on her door; they become friends even as the mysteries around her accumulate: that cello in the corner she refuses to play, the German language she refuses to speak. Costarring Bruno Ganz. "A simple yet poignant drama with sharp historical undertones." - Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter.


THE AMERICAN FRIEND
1977, 125 min, West Germany, Dir: Wim Wenders

When mild-mannered frame maker Jonathan (Bruno Ganz) learns he is dying, his art smuggling friend Ripley (Dennis Hopper) comes up with a diabolical idea: Jonathan should become a mob hit man in order to make money for his estate. Working from Patricia Highsmith's novel RIPLEY'S GAME, Wim Wenders creates one of his finest films, a noir set in an urban milieu where morality seems to be crumbling away before the characters' very eyes. With Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller. In German with English subtitles.


FARAWAY SO CLOSE!
1993, Sony Pictures Classics, 140 min, Germany, Dir: Wim Wenders

In this sequel to WINGS OF DESIRE, Wenders' angels face post-Cold War Berlin - a world one angel, Cassiel (Otto Sandler), desperately wants to enter as a human. He does so, but his innocence and faith lead him into some difficult situations when his idealism clashes with the realities of the physical world. Bruno Ganz, Peter Falk, and Willem Dafoe costar. In German with English subtitles.


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