THE MOVER
ATLAS
2018, 23/5 Filmproduktion GmbH, 100 min, Germany, Dir: David Nawrath

At 60, Walter Scholl (Rainer Bock) is largely numb to his miserable job as a “removal man,” who carries out forced evictions of delinquent tenants. His unemotional state, however, is completely undone when he is scheduled to evict a family all too close to him. Hiding his personal connections from his crooked boss and violent co-workers, Walter considers how to protect the tenants, who may not want his help in the first place. From co-writer and director David Nawrath, THE MOVER is a thrilling drama that leads to a shocking climax.


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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