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December 6 – December 13

The New German Cinema and Beyond (continued from fall calendar)

The New German Cinema, one of the most influential to emerge in the late 1960s and early 1970s, embraced several contrasting ideological positions and included arguably the most heterogeneous array of filmmakers at work in Western Europe. Their success was owed in no small part to the economic miracle that had remade West Germany in the 1950s, to the thriving network of film festivals and cinemas that gained international attention for new filmmakers, and to a supportive group of public broadcasters. In retrospect, the movement’s history oddly parallels the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall and the shifting political configurations it represented. With the emergence of a vital new generation of German directors, this older movement can perhaps now be more fully understood and its enduring significance measured. This series provides just such an opportunity for reexamination by tracing a number of this cinema’s exemplars, beginning with several early precursors.

December 6 (Wednesday) 7 pm

Dragon Chow

Directed by Jan Schütte
West Germany 1987, 35mm, b/w, 75 min.
With Bhasker, Frank Oladeinde, Youngme Song
German with English subtitles

A young Pakistani man seeking to gain residence in Hamburg takes an illegal job in a Chinese restaurant. He befriends a young waiter who decides to join him in pursuing their dream of opening a restaurant of their own. Director Schütte provides a humanist perspective on cultural displacement in modern Germany and the struggles of the new immigrant class.

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December 13 (Wednesday) 7 pm

Nowhere To Go

Directed by Oskar Röhler
Germany, 2000, b/w, 16mm, 100 min.
With Hannelore Elsner, Vadim Glowna, Jasmin Tabatabai
German with English subtitles

On the eve of reunification, a middle-aged German writer (Elsner) despairs at the decline of her once promising career. She decides to forgo the decadent lifestyle to which she has become accustomed and turns over a new leaf. Echoing themes from Fassbinder and Von Trotta, director Röhler provides an intelligent portrait of the modern woman, aided in no small part by an outstanding performance from Elsner.

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