PORTLAND GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL – Monthly Film Series
In our Monthly Film Series, we will show a variety of GERMAN or GERMAN language films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. On the 2nd Wednesday of each month, audiences will now have a chance to see these films on a regular basis at the CLINTON STREET THEATER. (Children movies will be playing on Sunday afternoons – please check our website.) All films are with English subtitles.
A former German World War II officer journeys to the Ukraine with his granddaughter to find the only woman he ever loved – just as a new war breaks out in the former Soviet Union in Spring 2014.
Cast: Juergen Prochnow, Petra Schmidt-Schaller, Tambet Tuisk, Suzanne von Borsody
The gripping and touching drama about love, forgiveness and the long shadows of the past sends its protagonists Jürgen Prochnow (“The Boat”, “The English Patient”, “The Da Vinci Code”) as the old man and Petra Schmidt-Schaller (“Stereo”, “My life in Orange”), one of the most talented German actresses as his granddaughter, on an exciting road trip through a land in turmoil. Helmed by prize-winning director Nick Baker Monteys (“The Man Who Jumped Cars”).
About the Director:
Nick Baker-Monteys was born in Berlin in 1964. He gained a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Stirling in Scotland and worked as a journalist for different London newspapers before moving to Berlin in 1990 shortly after the Wall came down. Since then he has worked in Germany as a writer, director and script consultant on films for cinema and television and is a guest lecturer and tutor at the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin. His films include: PERFECT MOMENT (short, 2006), THE MAN WHO JUMPED CARS (2010), and THE FINAL JOURNEY (2017).
When Eduard’s wife dies, his daughter wants to put him in a home. Instead he gets on the train and embarks on an odyssey that doesn’t end until he gets to Russia. Eduard is looking for the woman he fell in love with while serving alongside the Cossacks, many of whom fought with the Wehrmacht against the Red Army. Eduard has never talked about his wartime experiences, but they’ve thrown a long shadow over the family. He has a terrible relationship with his daughter. And his granddaughter, Adele, can’t stand the cantankerous old man. But when Adele’s mother tells her to go to the station in Berlin and get Eduard off the train, she reluctantly agrees: he’s over 90, belongs in a home and there’s a war about to break out in eastern Ukraine. Eduard isn’t going to be stopped however, so Adele is forced to jump on the train to Kiev and join him on his search. The journey forces Eduard to confront his true feelings. And his past. And Adele slowly begins to realize that Eduard’s war, which she always thought had nothing to do with her, is the key to who she is.
BORNHOLMER STRASSE is a magnificently ironic and astonishingly moving comedy about hope meeting despair and heroes who have no desire to be such.
Cast: Charly Hübner, Milan Peschel, Rainer Bock, Max Hopp, Ludwig Trepte, Ulrich Matthes, Frederick Lau
9 November, 1989: At the Bornholmer Straße border checkpoint in Berlin, GDR soldiers and customs officers are shocked by an announcement made by Günter Schabowski, member of the Central Committee of the Politburo of the SED, as he reveals in a press conference, broadcast live on television, that all East German citizens will be allowed to cross into the West. Many people are caught up in the euphoria – and not realising that they still require a passport and visa, head straight to their nearest checkpoint. Lieutenant Colonel Schäfer and his men still haven’t realised what will be in store for them later that evening. It ends with the border being opened – the beginning of the end for the GDR.