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I WAS, I AM, I WILL BE
ES GILT DAS GESPROCHENE WORT
2019, 122 min, Germany/France, Dir: Ilker Çatak

Ilker Çatak’s sophomore feature is a nuanced examination of life's unpredictability and progression from a troubled past to a complicated present and the hopeful promise of the future. Opposite worlds collide when Turkish gigolo Baran (Ogulcan Arman Uslu) meets Marion (Anne Ratte-Polle), a German pilot, on the beaches of Marmaris. In his pursuit of a better life in Europe, Baran convinces Marion to take him back to Germany, but what starts as a simple arrangement begins to develop into something deeper. “Çatak keeps the focus on a human level as the couple faces the kind of dilemmas that might have fuelled a melodrama by Douglas Sirk or Fassbinder.” - Allan Hunter, Screen International.


LEIF IN CONCERT VOL. 2
2019, Lischke & Klandt Filmproduktion, 109 min, Germany, Dir: Christian Klandt

Luise Heyer stars in this day-in-the-life portrait of Lene, who manages a popular blues and jazz bar in Germany. After a long break away from her trade, Lene returns with conflicting feelings of excitement and anxiety as she awaits the arrival of Leif, a popular musician she discovered in Copenhagen who is set to play in her bar. As the day goes on and Lene chats with everyone from deliverymen to plumbers to barflies, a certain poetic rhythm sets in, and even the most mundane tasks become compelling tableaus of everyday life.


TRANSIT
2018, Music Box Films, 101 min, Germany/France, Dir: Christian Pezold

Staged in modern dress, acclaimed director Christian Pezold’s (PHOENIX) adaptation of the 1942 novel of the same name follows a man on the run from advancing German troops in France. While fleeing, Georg (Franz Rogowski) acquires documents promising a Mexican visa to an author who had committed suicide in a French hotel. Identity, morality and the meaning of human connection are all brought into question in a thriller that resonates with refugee crises past and present. Also starring Paula Beer and Godehard Giese. “A film that shivers with the awareness of absence, distance and the relentless, elastic course of time’s arrow.” - Guy Lodge, Variety.


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