GUNDERMANN
2019, Pandora Filmproduktion, 128 min, Germany, Dir: Andreas Dresen

With six wins at the prestigious German Film Awards, including Outstanding Feature, Best Direction and Best Performance by a lead actor, GUNDERMANN is a thoughtful biopic about the celebrated East German folk singer-songwriter. A man of wildly conflicting interests in music, blue-collar work and the politics of the GDR, Gerhard Gundermann (Alexander Scheer) mirrors an equally tumultuous East German regime in the 1970s. With a documentary-like style, director Andreas Dresen examines his main character impartially, giving equal attention to moments of beautiful musical inspiration and reprehensible acts of betrayal.


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.


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