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LARA
2019, Beta Cinema, 98 min, Germany, Dir: Jan-Ole Gerster

Director Jan-Ole Gerster (A COFFEE IN BERLIN) returns with this nuanced drama about a woman’s day-long excursion into a troubled past. On her 60th birthday, Lara (Corinna Harfouch) prepares for her son Viktor’s (Tom Schilling) all-important debut piano concert by spreading the word (and free tickets) all over town. Lara has every reason to be the proud mother, but a dark history prevents her from reconnecting with those from her past, especially with Viktor. With echoes of Michael Haneke’s THE PIANO TEACHER and mysteries that unravel with delicate precision, LARA is a fascinating character study with a surprising sense of warmth beneath its cold exterior. “There are powerful, profound moments in store for audiences here, mysteries to be resolved, and those […] for which we can never pretend to have a solution.” - Peter Debruge, Variety.


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.


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