German movies fall-12
December 11th, 7pm, in Miller 102
The title refers to the Feuerzangenbowle punch consumed by a group of gentlemen in the opening scene. While exchanging nostalgic stories about their schooldays, the successful young writer Dr. Johannes Pfeiffer realizes he missed out on something because he was taught at home and never attended school. He decides to make up for it by masquerading as a student at a small town high school and quickly gains a reputation as a prankster. Together with his classmates, he torments his professors Crey, Bömmel and Headmaster Knauer with adolescent mischief.
December 3rd, 7pm, in Miller 102
Marc (Til Schweiger) is a passionate cyclist and urban slacker whose life changes in an instant when he loses his left leg in a hit-and-run accident. Barely out of the hospital, Marc numbs his pain by rushing back into his old selfish life. But when he falls in love with Nika (Jana Pallaske), he finds the strength to turn his life around.
November 19th, 7pm, in Miller 102
ERBSEN AUF HALB 6
When Jakob Magnuson, a young, successful German theatrical producer, loses his eyesight in an auto accident he wallows in despair and is convinced his life is no longer worth living. He pushes away those who care about him, even Lilly Walter, a young blind social worker from the rehabilitation institute who wants to help him learn to adjust to being sightless. But Lilly does not give up on Jakob. Thus begins an improbable, yet totally believable, journey through Europe during which Jakob finds a reason to go on with his life. In the process he and Lilly also discover each other. This film has marvelous cinematography, and the Hilmir Snaer Gunason and Fritzi Haberlandt are unforgettable as Jakob and Lilly. The soundtrack is wonderful also. A movie to savor again and again.
November 1st, 7pm, in Miller 102
Alexander Honk (Matthias Schweighöfer) is an actor, whose career isn’t going quite so well. When he finds out that there is a casting for a big Hollywood production, he tries his luck as an Alexandra. Promptly, his alter ego lands a leading role in a movie called “Naziland” . Things get twisted as he falls in love with his colleague, Sarah Voss.
October, 17th, 7pm , Miller 102
TÜRKISCH FÜR ANFÄNGER
This is not how Lena (Josephine Preuß) imagined her vacation: After the plane crashes in the middle of the Indian Ocean, she finds herself stranded on a deserted island. Unfortunately for her, the island is not completely deserted: not only does she have to find a way to survive cannibals, sharks and island life in general, but she also has to deal with Cem (Elyas M’Barek), a Turkish macho, his religious sister Yagmur (Pegah Ferydoni), and Costa (Arnel Taci), a stottering Greek guy who were all on the same plane.
While the teenagers are desperately trying to find their way back to civilization, Lena’s “forever young” mum Doris (Anna Stieblich) is trying to convince Cem’s and Yagmur’s dad Metin (Adnan Maral), a somewhat quaint detective, that the kids will be just fine.
October 1st, 7pm, in Miller 102
A young businesswoman gets in touch with her taste for cutthroat corporate tactics by slowly seducing her inner demons. Immediately accosted by her ex-husband, Ben upon returning to her hometown of Wittenberg, Yella Fichte blows her former spouse off before informing her father that she has landed a lucrative accounting position in Hanover. When Ben subsequently offers Yella a ride to the airport, she reluctantly accepts but immediately realizes her mistake when he lashes out at her in an angry tirade before driving the car into the River Elbe. Just barely managing to escape from the car before her lungs fill with water, Yella swims to the shore and catches the first train to Hanover. As it turns out, Yella’s new boss has just been fired, yet after rejecting his thinly veiled advances the job-seeking woman seems to experience a stroke of luck when she makes the acquaintance of roving venture capitalist Philipp. Later, after Yella accompanies cold and calculating businessman Philipp to an important meeting, the relationship between the pair quickly turns personal.
September 17th, 7pm, in Miller 102
Daniel (Moritz Bleibtreu) is a shy and lovelorn science teacher in Hamburg, Germany. Juli (Christiane Paul) is a dread-locked, free-spirited Hamburg street vendor. They cross paths when Juli sells Daniel a sun-inscribed ring and tells him he will soon fall in love with a woman wearing a similar symbol–with the secret hope that she herself will be that woman. But before Juli can fully orchestrate her romantic plans, Daniel meets a beautiful Turkish tourist and determines to follow her to Istanbul. It isn’t long before Daniel embarks on a cross-country trip around the backroads of Eastern Europe in search of love–with a hitchhiking Juli not far behind…