THE SILENT REVOLUTION
DAS SCHWEIGENDE KLASSENZIMMER
2018, Studio Canal, 111 min, Germany, Dir: Lars Kraume

In this thrilling historical drama, a small act of solidarity brings chaos to the lives of a class of teenagers living in 1956 Communist-controlled East Germany. Classmates Kurt (Tom Gramenz) and Theo (Leonard Scheicher) could have never predicted that a casual but unauthorized trip to the movies in West Berlin would result in their divulging of political information that would forever change them and their fellow classmates. A Berlinale entry from historically minded director Lars Kraume (THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER), this fact-based drama offers a sobering reflection on the nature of protest and political action.


24 WEEKS
24 WOCHEN
2016, 103 min, Germany, Dir: Anne Zohra Berrached

With a 9-year-old daughter and a new baby boy on the way, popular stand-up comedian Astrid Lorenz (Julia Jentsch) and her manager/partner (Bjarne Mädel) lead a seemingly idyllic life. With Astrid's career on the rise, things couldn’t be any better for the young family. But a six-month check-up reveals that their unborn child has severe Down syndrome, and the news eventually gets worse, until Astrid is forced to make a difficult decision with no chance of an ideal outcome. Cinematographer Friede Clausz' strikingly intimate visuals capture the family’s most private moments as they struggle to answer the unanswerable question “Who decides whether a child will have a life worth living?” in unflinching detail. In German with English subtitles.


MORE THAN HONEY
2012, Kino Lorber, 90 min, Switzerland/Germany/Austria, Dir: Markus Imhoof

Winner of multiple awards, including the 2013 German Film Award (Lola) for Best Documentary film, MORE THAN HONEY, directed by Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof (THE BOAT IS FULL), tackles the vexing issue of why bees are facing extinction. With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite photography of the bees in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis. Writes Eric Kohn in Indiewire: "Imhoof captures the breeding of queen bees in minute detail, ventures to a laboratory to witness a bee brainscan, and discovers the dangerous prospects of a hive facing the infection of mites. In this latter case, the camera's magnifying power renders the infection in sci-fi terms, as if we've stumbled into a discarded scene from David Cronenberg's THE FLY." This is a strange and strangely moving film that raises questions of species survival in cosmic as well as apiary terms.


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