THE LEGEND OF TIMM THALER OR THE BOY WHO SOLD HIS LAUGHTER
TIMM THALER ODER DAS VERKAUFTE LACHEN
2017, Beta Cinema, 102 min, Germany, Dir: Andreas Dresen

James Krüss’ celebrated 1962 children’s novel comes to life in this delightful fantasy about a young boy’s reckoning with his own identity. Timm Thaler (Arved Friese) is an ordinary child, but he has an extraordinary laugh - a laugh so contagious that the devil himself (Justus von Dohnányi) would trade untold riches to obtain it. After the devious Baron tricks him into trading the laugh for the ability to win any bet, Timm embarks on a quest to settle the score, while discovering the priceless nature of true happiness. With sun-kissed cinematography and big-budget set pieces, this German blockbuster is good-hearted fun for the whole family.


AS WE WERE DREAMING
ALS WIR TRÄUMTEN
2015, The Match Factory, 117 min, Germany, Dir: Andreas Dresen

Director Andreas Dresen’s adaptation of Clemens Meyer’s novel follows a rowdy group of East German youths shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Realizing that yesterday’s rules no longer apply, Rico, Daniel, Paul and Mark (Julius Nitschkoff, Merlin Rose, Frederic Haselon and Joel Basman, respectively) live in the moment, stealing cars, taking drugs and opening a disco that is soon besieged by neo-Nazi skinheads. A captivating study of a period that’s rarely explored through the lens of vérité, AS WE WERE DREAMING was a Golden Bear nominee at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. In German with English subtitles.


STOPPED ON TRACK
HALT AUF FREIER STRECKE
2011, Pandora Filmverleih, 95 min, Germany, Dir: Andreas Dresen

Andreas Dresen (SUMMER IN BERLIN, CLOUD 9) directs this intelligent and startlingly raw drama portraying a German postal worker's small window of time between the diagnosis of a terminal brain tumor and death. After Frank (Milan Peschel) learns of his suddenly truncated future, he and wife Simone (Steffi Kuehnert) must wrestle with breaking the news to their children, and with Frank's increasingly erratic - even hostile - behavior. Trenchant observations and true-ringing moments emerge from the cast's entirely improvised dialogue. Winner of the Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2011. "The process recalls that of Mike Leigh, and the payoff is similar, with dialogue that sounds entirely natural and actors totally at ease with their lines." -Variety. In German with English subtitles.


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