“This moving drama of the birth of Israel focuses on two women – Else Lasker-Schuler, a German poet, and Tania Shohat, a Russian revolutionary. They meet first in Berlin, where utopian ideals and fear of the Nazis force their escape to Palestine. Re-united in Jerusalem, they confront a harsh reality in the city idealized in their dreams.”
Brief introduction to the movie by German House resident Daniel Watling and short discussion about main themes by PhD Candidate Gabriel Cooper.
This critically-acclaimed, Oscar®-winning film (Best Foreign Language Film, 2006) is the erotic, emotionally-charged experience Lisa Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly) calls “a nail-biter of a thriller!”
Before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, East Germany’s population was closely monitored by the State Secret Police (Stasi). Only a few citizens above suspicion, like renowned pro-Socialist playwright Georg Dreyman, were permitted to lead private lives. But when a corrupt government official falls for Georg’s stunning actress-girlfriend, Christa, an ambitious Stasi policeman is ordered to bug the writer’s apartment to gain incriminating evidence against the rival. Now, what the officer discovers is about to dramatically change their lives – as well as his – in this seductive political thriller Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) proclaims is “the best kind of movie: one you can’t get out of your head.”
Brief introduction to the movie by Sofoklis Giannakas, PhD Candidate in Germanic Languages and Literatures
Germany 1939. A day after Hans and Lene get married to each other the war breaks out, and Hans is sent to the Eastern front. During a bombing raid their daughter Anna is born. The house is destroyed. Lene and Anna move in with relatives in Berlin. Hans survives the war but has changed a lot. He and Lene find it difficult to live together again.
Brief Introduction to the movie by PhD Candidate Matt Lockaby