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Island of Swans - Insel der Schwäne
When he is 14, Stefan's parents decide to move the family to Marzahn, a desolate high-rise suburb of Berlin that is still under construction. Stefan's innocent childhood suddenly ends when he encounters the bullying of an older boy and his gang. Officials accused director Herrmann Zschoche and scriptwriter Ulrich Plenzdorf…
Bailing Out - Kaskade Rückwärts
Maja is thirty-something and a widow. Her daughter is frustrated that Maja cannot seem to get over her husband's death. Then she picks up and moves to the city. A story that balances romance and satire, with ironic sideswipes at daily life in East Germany. Dir. Iris Gusner, GDR, color,…
Five Days, Five Nights - Fünf Tage, Fünf Nächte
May 8, 1945: WWII is over. Dresden is in ruins. But where are the 2200 paintings by artists such as Rembrandt, Raphael, Rubens, Giorgione, Vermeer van Delft from the Old Masters Picture Gallery? Red Army Captain Leonov and his soldiers have been ordered to recover the lost paintings. During the…
The Actress - Die Schauspielerin
Maria, a rising theater star in Nazi Germany, is in love with Mark, a Jewish actor. She accepts her dream job at a theater in Munich, while Mark is banned from performing--except at the Jewish Kulturbund Theatre in Berlin. Maria discovers she is unable to live without Mark, but the…
The Airship - Das Luftschiff
Franz Xavier Stannebein, a young boy at the turn of the 20th century, wants to do nothing more than fly. He carries this dream through his years at an orphanage and into adulthood as a merchant in Spain. He eventually invests everything he has into building his own version of…
Our Daily Bread - Unser Täglich Brot
The petit bourgeouis Weber family lives in sectored Berlin after the Second World War and struggles to make ends meet. Karl Weber, an unemployed cashier, observes from a distance how his son Ernst and daughter Inge participate in the construction of a new socialist society. However, he cannot understand their…
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Since her parents died in a car accident, Sabine has lived in an orphanage. When Edith--her beloved caretaker and the only adult she trusts--leaves to have a baby, Sabine runs away. Like Alice in Wonderland, the spunky little girl wanders through the city of Berlin, observing life and meeting people.…
Elective Affinities - Die Wahlverwandtschaften
During the Napoleonic Wars, Baron Eduard and his wife Charlotte live an reclusive and idyllic life together in an old castle. Driven to boredom by isolation, Eduard invites his friend Captain Otto to come stay, and Charlotte decides to bring her foster daughter Ottilie back from boarding school. Complex and…
The Second Life of Friedrich Wilhelm Georg Platow - Das Zweite Leben des Friedrich Wilhelm Georg Platow
Refusing to accept that he has become redundant when his job is automated, Platow, a 57-year-old railway crossing guard, embarks on a new life rebelling against the path laid out by society. Pretending to be his son, he enrolls in a training course and starts to live a second youth.…
Someone Else's Children
Someone Else's Children (1958) is a feature-length psychological portrait of a family life in Tbilisi in the 1950s. Nato meets two children in the street, and becomes their friend. The children's father, Dato, whose wife had died, recently parted with a girl he loved, Teo, because she couldn't get on…
The Bridge
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