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WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT
ALS HITLER DAS ROSA KANINCHEN STAHL
2019, Beta Cinema, 119 min, Germany/Switzerland, Dir: Caroline Link

Veteran filmmaker and Oscar-winner Caroline Link (NOWHERE IN AFRICA, ALL ABOUT ME) returns with this imaginative adaptation of Judith Kerr’s bestselling children’s novel of the same name. Loosely based on Kerr’s own experiences and observations growing up during the rise of Nazi Germany, the film follows nine-year-old Ana Kemper (Riva Krymalowski) as she flees Germany in 1933 with her mother Dorothea (Carla Juri) and twelve-year old brother Max (Marinus Hohmann), following closely behind their endangered father Arthur (Oliver Masucci), a famed Jewish journalist. Giving up her entire adolescent existence, including her beloved stuffed pink rabbit, Ana embarks on a new life in several new places, discovering the resilient power of the human spirit that emerges when faced with the darkest sides of humanity. Winner of the Outstanding Children or Youth Film at the 2020 German Film Awards.


IN THE AISLES
IN DEN GÄNGEN
2018, Music Box Films, 125 min, Germany, Dir: Thomas Stuber

A moving portrait of blue-collar workers, IN THE AISLES follows Christian (Franz Rogowski), an aspiring forklift driver, as he acclimates to a new job in a wholesale market in an eastern German province. Although the bleak, mundane life of an overnight stocker quickly sets in, Christian finds himself in the middle of a complicated romance with one of his coworkers, played by TONI ERDMANN star Sandra Hüller. Thanks to its arresting visual design and bold music choices, the film strikes a delicate balance between hopeless monotony and charming romanticism. A Golden Bear nominee at the Berlinale and winner of best lead actor at the German Film Awards. “A poignant and richly sympathetic film.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.


WE ARE YOUNG. WE ARE STRONG.
WIR SIND JUNG. WIR SIND STARK.
2014, 116 min, Germany, Dir: Burhan Qurbani

Three years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, anti-immigrant attacks targeting a refugee shelter on the outskirts of the former East German city of Rostock culminated in the notorious “Night of Fire.” Following three days of violence, nearly 3,000 rioters, neo-Nazis and bystanders set fire to the shelter, trapping Vietnamese refugees and a group of journalists inside. Qurbani’s controversial film recounts the hours leading up to the evening’s startling events as experienced by three very different characters: Lien, a Vietnamese immigrant; Stefan, an insecure young rioter; and Stefan’s father Martin, an ambitious local politician. Qurbani meticulously re-creates the look and feel of the era, when many East German cities struggled with unemployment and feelings of isolation from the West, exposing the complex issue of xenophobia in a country thought to have been healed by German reunification. In German with English subtitles.


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