German Films Month at Room: Berlin in the Eyes of Filmmakers


Berlin in the Eyes of Filmmakers:
We would like to invite to watch Reflections of the city of Berlin in German cinema from defferent times over coffee on Sundays at Room Art Space.

Sunday 7/2
>>> People On Sunday (1930) <<<
Filmed over a succession of Sundays in the summer of 1929. The actors were amateurs whose day jobs were those that they portrayed in the film—the opening titles inform the audience that these actors have all returned to their normal jobs by the time of the film's release in February 1930. They were part of a collective of young Berliners who wrote and produced the film themselves, on a shoestring budget.

People on Sunday is notable not only for its portrayal of daily life in Berlin shortly before Adolf Hitler became Chancellor, but also as an early work by the future Hollywood writer/director Billy Wilder before he moved to the United States to escape from Hitler's Germany.

Sunday 14/2
>>> Wings of Desire (1987) <<<
a 1987 Franco-German romantic fantasy film directed by Wim Wenders. Set in contemporary West Berlin (at the time still enclosed by the Berlin Wall), Wings of Desire follows two angels, Damiel and Cassiel, as they roam the city, unseen and unheard by its human inhabitants, observing and listening to the diverse thoughts of Berliners: a pregnant woman in an ambulance on the way to the hospital, a painter struggling to find inspiration, a broken man who thinks his girlfriend no longer loves him. Their raison d'être is, as Cassiel says, to "assemble, testify, preserve" reality. In addition to the story of two angels, the film is also a meditation on Berlin's past, present, and future. Damiel and Cassiel have always existed as angels; they existed in Berlin before it was a city, and before there were even any humans.

Sunday 21/2
>>> Good Bye Lenin (2003) <<<
a 2003 German tragicomedy film. Directed by Wolfgang Becker. Most scenes were shot at the Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin and around Plattenbauten near Alexanderplatz.
In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared. 

Sunday 28/2
>>> Coffe in Berlin (2012) <<<
Set on Modern Berlin, this tragicomedy is a self-ironic portrait of a young man who drops out of university and ends up wandering the streets of the city he lives: Berlin. The film deals with the desire to participate in life and the difficulty to find one's place.



All films start at 8:30pm
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