Egyptian Theatre
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Sat, Oct 29, 2011
7:30pm
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GERMAN CURRENTS 2011
Double Feature! Director In Person!
IF NOT US, WHO? / STOPPED ON TRACK
Co-presented by the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles. In collaboration with German Films, MFG Film Funding Baden-Wuerttemberg and Lufthansa, sponsored by Porsche Beverly Hills, Friends of Goethe, E.L.M.A. (European Languages and Movies in America) and Standard Hotel Hollywood.
Discussion between films with director Andres Veiel (IF NOT US, WHO?).
Los Angeles Premiere!

IF NOT US, WHO?
WER WENN NICHT WIR
2011, Senator Film, 124 min, Germany, Dir: Andres Veiel

For fans of THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX, this is a must-see. Chronicling the decadelong relationship (which produced son Felix) between radical-left poster girl Gudrun Ensslin (a terrific Lena Lauzemis) and writer Bernward Vesper (August Diehl), director Andres Veiel gets inside the mindset of a divided Berlin teeming with radical change. As the increasingly left-wing Vesper struggles with mixed feelings for his father, one of Hitler's favorite writers during the Nazi regime, and as Ensslin slowly but steadily transforms from a wide-eyed co-ed to a steely revolutionary, the incendiary couple's stormy personal life evolves in constantly unpredictable directions. Vesper is saddled with trying to honor his father's deathbed wish to have his writings favored by the fascists republished in a changed early 1960s Germany. Winner of both the Alfred Bauer Award and Prize of the Guild of German Arthouse Cinemas, and nominated for the Golden Bear, at the Berlin International Film Festival 2011. In German with English subtitles.


Los Angeles Premiere!

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.


Egyptian Theatre • Sat, Oct 29, 2011 • 7:30pm
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