German Film Week at Auditorium of the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh.

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Evidently a new generation is maturing in German cinema, a generation for whom
technical perfection is not the be-all and end-all. Once again film-makers have a story to tell. Even with the usual financial strain among the movie makers, amazingly German feature films have undergone an upturn in spite of all the bad news. The seventeen films featured during the German Film Week are produced in the years 2001 to 2005 and display interest in new thematic and stylistic trends in German cinema. It is a diverse collection dealing with a wide variety of subject-matter revealing an insight into contemporary German cinema. The film festival is a joint programme of the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh and the Chalachitram Film Society.
August 12, 13, 14, 15,16

12th AUGUST,sunday.2007


at 3:00 pm
colour, 80 min., 2002
Director: Fritz Baumann,
Anansi
Anansi

Four Africans - a political refugee from Togo, a Ghanaian photographer and his girl friend and the group's leader also from Ghana - plan to come to Europe to earn money for a better life. After a difficult journey full of pitfalls, three of them arrive in Berlin, from where the Togolese man is deported and sent back to his native country. The photographer and his girl friend face a difficult future without work or accommodation.



at 4:30 pm
colour, 84 min., 2002
Director: Ulrich Köhler
Bungalow
Bungalow

Paul deserts from the army and returns to his parents' bungalow where he meets his older brother with Danish girl friend. Paul does not return to the army, nor does he display any particular interest in his former girl friend. He finds the Danish girl marginally more interesting. In the end, however, he lets the military police take him back to the barracks.




at 6:00 pm
colour, 86 min., 2002
Director: Henner Winckler
Klassenfahrt
Klassenfahrt

During a class outing to a Polish seaside resort, shy Ronny and a Polish youngster vie for a girl's attention. Their rivalry comes to a tragic end in a test of courage. The Polish youth drowns and his death may now separate Isa and Ronny.





at 7:30 pm
colour, 92 min., 2002
Director: Michael Gutmann
Heart over Head
herat ober heart


Jakob is an adolescent who has given up school and returned to Frankfurt, where his sister lives. She already has one child and is expecting her second, but the child's father leaves her. Jakob meets old friends and gets to know the Polish au-pair Wanda. He falls in love with her. He has an argument with Wanda's guest-family and she too is compelled to leave. The two now intend to remain together.



13th AUGUST, Monday.2007

at 3:00 pm
colour, 83 min., 2003

Director: Neco Celik
Urban Guerillas
urban_guerillas



Feature film about young graffiti sprayers and musicians in Berlin, set far outside the familiar scenery of the capital city, primarily in the world of immigrants, on the fringes of society.




at 4:30 pm
colour, 88 min., 2002
Director: Christian Wagner
Ghettokids
ghettokids


Two young brothers from Greece live in Munich on the fringe of society: drugs, petty crime. A new teacher in the special school attended by the two brothers is at first driven out of the class, but she decides to make a fresh try. The head of a social centre supports her. They are able to help one of the two criminal boys, his brother is killed in an accident.


at 6:00 pm
colour, 90 min., 2001
Director: Hannes Stöhr
Berlin is in Germany
berlin in germany


After a lengthy sentence which began in the days of the GDR, Martin has now been released into a unified Berlin. He meets old friends and his wife who now lives with his son, whom he has never met, and another man. He is mistakenly caught up in a conflict with the police, but is released with his wife's help and is given another chance.









at 7:30 pm
colour, 92 min., 2003
Director:Sylke Enders
Kroko
koroko


This is a very touching story about an aggressive ghetto girl who has a look in her eyes that can kill You. One day she gets sentenced to work in a home for mentally disabled people - and then what happens? Does she change and become a good person?




14 AUGUST, Tuesday.2007

at 3:00 pm
colour, 103 min., 2002
Director: Almut Getto

Fickende Fische

fickende fische


A sixteen-year-old has been infected with the AIDS virus since receiving a blood transfusion and withdraws into himself. However, he meets a girl and despite his problems gradually changes his attitude towards life, at least temporarily.






at 5:00 pm
colour, 110 min., 2003
Director: Michael Schorr
Schultze gets the blues
schultze gets blue


Three potassium miners are sent into early retirement somewhere in Saxony-Anhalt. One of them discovers America, develops a passion for Cajun music, flies to Texas and travels alone through the Southern States of America.





at 7:00 pm
colour, 120 min., 2003
Director: Wolfgang Becker
Good bye, Lenin!
good bye lalin..




Berlin (East) in autumn 1989: Alex Kerner's mother is in a coma after a heart attack and misses the fall of the Berlin Wall. She awakes in summer 1990. Her doctor declares that excitement of any kind could be fatal. Alex must conceal the fall of the SED regime from her. He and his friends pretend to the sick woman that the GDR still exists; the illusion remains perfect until one day the truth can no longer be concealed. The clever comedy was the most successful film of the year in 2003.




15 AUGUST, Wednesday.2007

at 3:00 pm
colour, 105 min., 2003
Director: Hans-Christian Schmid
Lichter
licher

The story of two cities on the river Oder, Frankfurt on the German side and Slubice on the Polish side. The former conflict between east and west has continued on an economic level since the end of the Cold War. It is a film about people determined to reach the Federal Republic of Germany, and about people who discover that Germany is anything but paradise, as well as about legal and illegal transactions and a defunct east-west love story.




at 5:00 pm
colour, 117 min., 2003
Director: Sönke Wortmann
The Miracle of Bern
(Das Wunder von Bern)
the miracle of bern


A discerning portrait of the year 1954. The unexpected victory in the World Cup in Berne is linked with tough everyday life in the industrial Ruhrpott. A late homecomer from the war must come to terms with civilian life. All's well that ends well. Germany wins the Cup and peace is restored in the family.





at 7:00 pm
colour, 97 min., 2004
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
The Ninth day
(Der neunte Tag)
the ninth day In February 1942, the Luxembourgian priest Henri Kremer was granted nine days’ leave from the concentration camp where he was imprisoned. The Gestapo officer Gebhardt confronted him with a life-or-death decision: Kremer was asked to betray his own convictions by persuading his national church to collaborate with the National Socialists. If he failed to do so, not only he, but also his family and his imprisoned co-brethren would be facing imminent death. For nine days, on each of which he had brilliant rhetorical and intellectual duels with the Gestapo officer, Kremer grappled with this insoluble moral conflict that defied notions of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. The resultant film, built around extracts from the priest Jean Bernard’s diary, is a vivid and stirring specimen of polished dialogue and excellent acting that examines the eternal issue of individual responsibility.

16 AUGUST, Thursday.2007

at 3:00 pm
colour, 95 min., 2004
Director: Dani Levy
Go for Zucker
(Alles auf Zucker)

gp for zuker


After the death of his mother, bankrupt gambler Jaeckie Zucker receives a visit from his Orthodox brother Samuel Zuckermann and family. During the wake, Jaeckie secretly takes part in a pool championship to win the money he needs to pay off his debts.




at 5:00 pm
96 min., colour, 2005
Director: Anno Saul,
Kebab Connection
kebeb conection



Ibo, a young German of Turkish origin, sees his future career as filmmaker jeopardized when he gets his Hamburg girlfriend pregnant.







at 7:00 pm
colour, 99 min., 2005
Director: Mait Laas, Nadejda Koseva, Cristian Mungiu, Jasmila Žbanić, Kornél Mundruczó, Stefan Arsenijevic,
Lost and Found
lost and found


The issue of a “generation” is a running theme through the film, reflecting the new perspective that young Middle and Eastern European filmmakers have of themselves. Tradition and folklore are presented in a new, fresh and visual light. The concept of generation is not intended to focus our attention on differences between countries, but rather to create an exciting new framework for comparison.




The film festival is a joint programme of the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh and the Chalachitram Film Society.



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