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Pop Up Film Haus: Berlin is in Germany
May 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm CDT
What´s left? Films from former East Germany
As part of the 2018-2019 initiative Year of German-American Friendship, encompassed by the motto “Wunderbar Together”, Goethe Pop Up Kansas City invites everyone to its Pop Up Film Haus to discover German cinema through a curated selection of films. Each film will be shown in German with English subtitles.
Together with our partner Stray Cat Film Center, we invite you to What’s left? Films from former East Germany, a series of film screenings curated by Dr. Larson Powell, Professor of Film Studies at UMKC. Dr. Powell will lead a discussion after each screening about the film’s content and contexts, its relation to film history, and its artistic form and style.
This week’s screening at Stray Cat Film Center:
Berlin is in Germany (2001)
Director: Hannes Stöhr
Cast: Jörg Schüttauf, Julia Jäger, Tom Jahn
Brandenburg penitentiary 2001: Martin Schulz (Jörg Schüttauf) is released after 11 years of imprisonment. As a former citizen of the German Democratic Republic, he experienced the fall of the wall from his prison cell. Upon release, he receives the items in his possession at the time of his arrest: a blue East German identification card, an East German driver’s license, and a wallet full of East German money. Martin is full of hope when he returns home, but hardly recognizes East Berlin again. The “New Berlin” has already taken over and the “Old East Berlin” clings desperately to its last remaining traits. The eleven-year absence is like a time machine and Martin runs into one difficulty after another while finding his place in this “new” world.