IN THE AISLES
IN DEN GÄNGEN
2018, Music Box Films, 125 min, Germany, Dir: Thomas Stuber

A moving portrait of blue-collar workers, IN THE AISLES follows Christian (Franz Rogowski), an aspiring forklift driver, as he acclimates to a new job in a wholesale market in an eastern German province. Although the bleak, mundane life of an overnight stocker quickly sets in, Christian finds himself in the middle of a complicated romance with one of his coworkers, played by TONI ERDMANN star Sandra Hüller. Thanks to its arresting visual design and bold music choices, the film strikes a delicate balance between hopeless monotony and charming romanticism. A Golden Bear nominee at the Berlinale and winner of best lead actor at the German Film Awards. “A poignant and richly sympathetic film.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.


A HEAVY HEART
HERBERT
2015, 109 min, Germany, Dir: Thomas Stuber

Former East German boxing champion Herbert Stamm (Peter Kurth) is an abrasive, tattooed heavyweight now scraping by as a bouncer and debt collector for a local gangster. After he suddenly collapses and is diagnosed with ALS, Herbert realizes his time is limited. Longing to correct his past mistakes, Herbert reaches out to his estranged daughter (Lena Lauzemis), now a mother herself. This reversal of the classic up-and-coming boxer narrative is elevated by Kurth’s powerful portrayal of aggression and vulnerability, as well as cinematographer Peter Matjasko’s gritty depiction of Leipzig’s underbelly. In German with English subtitles.


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