GOLD
2013, The Match Factory, 101 min, Germany, Dir: Thomas Arslan

An official selection (competition) at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, GOLD is a Western about seven German immigrants who set out in search of gold in the backwoods of British Columbia during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898. Each have their motives: an older couple seeking security, a father (Lars Rudolph) hoping to help his impoverished family, an unpleasant newspaperman (Uwe Bohm) chronicling the journey, and a mysterious packer (Marko Mandic) with a past to outrun. The last to join is Emily Mayer (Nina Hoss), a metropolitan woman whose delicate demeanor masks a steely determination to survive. Assembled by a deceptively confident businessman of questionable motives, the settlers must travel through a relatively uncharted stretch of Canadian wilderness to reach their goal, the gold fields of Dawson. As the path grows more treacherous, betrayals come to light and desperate choices are made. Following in the footsteps of MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER and MEEK'S CUTOFF, GOLD is an epic that offers an unconventional take on the well-worn Western genre. In German with English subtitles.


SUMMER WINDOW
FENSTER ZUM SOMMER
2011, 96 min, Germany, Dir: Henrik Handloegten

Juliane (Nina Hoss, star of official 2013 German Oscar entry BARBARA) and August (Mark Waschke) are a happy new couple, despite having met in unhappy circumstances on the day that Julianne's friend Emily (Fritzi Haberlandt) died. While traveling with August in Finland, Juliane awakens one morning to find herself transported back to Berlin. She has traveled back in time - precisely six months earlier - before she met her new love. In a bizarre twist of fate, Juliane re-experiences the events that led up to a tragic event and a major change in her life. Is what at first glance appears to be a cruel setback actually a second chance...? Director Hendrik Handloegten delivers a trenchant and even suspenseful drama, which addresses loss, impossible love and love made impossible by outside circumstances. Nominated for three German Film Awards, including Best Supporting Actress (Haberlandt), Best Cinematography and Best Film Score. Based on the novel by Hannelore Valencak. In German with English subtitles.


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